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Keep reading for more info on your Green Chile Roast — By Post and how you can make a difference in a Lobo student’s life while tackling your Green Chile cravings!

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Homecoming 2020 — Connected by the Unexpected

Homecoming isn’t on hold in 2020 as we work to honor tradition, our students and alumni. We are “Connected by the Unexpected,” and our new reality has inspired us to celebrate our University and what it means to be a Lobo in new, creative ways that keep us united and growing as a Lobo family.

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We have a great lineup of events this year, many of which you can participate in from anywhere — nationwide! We can’t wait to celebrate our Lobo Pride with all of you!

Homecoming 2020 — Sept. 28 – Oct. 3

Monday, Sept. 28
Spirit Yard Sign Campaign
Lucy and Louie Local Hero Thank Yous 
Homecoming poster reveal from UNM Alumnus and artist, Noé Barnett

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Evening Virtual Paint Class for Big and Little Lobos
SA+P ‘Architecture’ Chapter Virtual Lecture

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Staff and Faculty Alum Recognition Celebration from 12-3 p.m. MST
Lobo Living Room presents Astonishing True Tales of UNM’s Early Presidents 6:30 p.m. MST
Virtual fun run in partnership with the ALS Foundation — Join the Lobo Team and compete on your own time

Thursday, Oct. 1
Drive-In Movie at Balloon Fiesta Park with pop-up surprises and giveaways — gates open at 5:30 p.m. MST

Friday, Oct. 2
Continuation of week-long merriment

Saturday, Oct. 3
Lobo Nation Tailgates and Victory Game Watch Party — A worldwide celebration of our Lobo Pride from your home!

While participating in UNM’s Homecoming 2020, consider becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico! Mentor2.0 matches high school students with college-educated mentors, and provides them with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce. Mentor/mentee matches get to know each other through an innovative combination of weekly messages (via a secure web-based platform) and monthly group events held at the high school hosted and organized by mentor2.0 staff. Mentor2.0 is currently only available in Albuquerque.

Photo of Carolina, daughter of Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey

Second generation Lobo, Carolina, daughter of Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey (’03, ’07)

Follow UNM Alumni on social media, watch your email, and check our Events Calendar for all the latest Homecoming 2020 updates. Let’s celebrate everything that makes us Lobos — Connected by the Unexpected!

UNM’s Plan to Bring Back the Pack

UNM, including the Health Sciences Center (HSC), is continuing to develop and evolve a comprehensive design for Bringing Back the Pack. Campuses will be forging the tools for protecting Lobos and helping them thrive under new and challenging conditions.

Residence Life & Student Housing issued its Student Re-entry Plan for students moving into student housing, quarantining (when necessary), and adjusting to life in student housing under new health and safety protocols. About 4% of classes on the UNM-Albuquerque main campus will be fully face-to-face, another 21% are currently planned as face-to-face plus remote, and the remaining 75% of courses are planned for fully remote delivery. Find more information about this multi-phase process by clicking here.

UNM Vanity Plates Orders

Lobos, thank you for ordering your new Cherry and Silver vanity plates this summer! Due to pandemic related setbacks with ordering and delivery service, there has been a delay in shipping. The plates are manufactured in Canada, and at this time we are anxiously awaiting the first shipment so we can get your plates to you!

We appreciate your patience, and you can rest assured that your plates are coming. We cannot wait to see you showcase your Lobo Pride with your new vanity plate! If you have questions, please email alumni@unm.edu.

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Spreading Some #LoboLove

Share the UNM Alumni Chapter Scholarship Application

Do you know a Lobo who could use scholarship funds? Tell them about our Regional Chapter Scholarships! Several UNM Alumni Association Chapters sponsor scholarship stipends through their various fundraising efforts, and applications are now open and being accepted through Sept. 9, 2020.

To be eligible for most Chapter Scholarships, the student must be from the area served by the Chapter.

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Support Lobo-owned Businesses

Through our Lobo Love campaign, we’ve compiled a list of businesses owned by your fellow Alumni that can be found at this website, along with other resources and giving opportunities you may find useful. Reach out and support another Lobo today, and if your business isn’t listed here, please let us know by emailing alumni@unm.edu.

Many of these owners operate part (or all) of their business online, so you can support another Lobo from the comfort of your home, wherever you might be.

UNM Alumni Events & Programs

It’s Your Green Chile Roast – By Post!

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Are you ready for “All You Can Heat” delivered directly to your home? This year we’ve partnered with Young Guns Hatch Valley Chile to bring you your Green Chile Roast — by Post! Support UNM students and your Green Chile habit safely, securely, and without any peeling, freezing or thawing!

You’ll play a pivotal role in a student’s Lobo experience by contributing to UNM Alumni Association Regional Scholarships today or any time before September 20, 2020. Choose from one of the four support levels at this website and bring another Lobo one step closer to joining our Alumni Pack.

Order fulfillment begins the week of October 5, 2020. Share the #LoboLove, tell a friend, and don’t forget that Green Chile makes the perfect gift!

The Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series

Alumni Association President Chad Cooper’s letter in the June Howler regarding his and fellow board members’ concerns about racial injustice following the George Floyd murder was followed by a number of emails in support of his message of hope and resilience.

We wanted to continue to have the conversations addressing pressing issues that impact our communities, and in support of our Lobo Love campaign, we were inspired to launch the UNM Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series.

It’s about listening and being heard, and being a vehicle for constructive conversation in the Lobo community.

We have recorded three Vodcasts so far. The first episode featured Dr. Assata Zerai, UNM VP for Equity & Inclusion, and Brandi Stone, Director of African American Student Services and a member of the UNM Black Alumni Chapter.

Vodcast group photo in the Pit

The second in the series addresses the Black Lives Matter movement as it relates to Lobo Athletics. We interviewed Athletic Director Eddie Nunez, Head Football Coach Danny Gonzales, as well as Head Tennis Coach Ben Dunbar and student-athletes, Gwen Maly and Marcus Williams and Dada Willis-Gregory, Athletics diversity and inclusion designee.

Our third vodcast is a great interview with the Health Sciences division of campus with Dr. Tracie Collins, professor and dean for the College of Population Health, and Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, vice chancellor of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

You can watch and listen to the UNM Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series on the Alumni Association’s YouTube Channel. We hope this is the beginning of meaningful discussions with University leadership and subject matter experts that will continue for years to come, and invite your feedback. Send us an email at alumni@unm.edu any time.

Lobo Living Room – UNM & the CDC on Sept. 10

University of New Mexico Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Holloway is one of our special guests at the next virtual Lobo Living Room, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. This Lobo Living Room was previously planned for August 27, but has been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have already RSVPed for the event, you do not need to do so again. The same Zoom meeting link and password you received via email is still valid for Sept. 10.

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Holloway will be joined by Executive Vice Chancellor for The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Richard Larson, and UNM alumnus, Peter Hicks, epidemiologist and informaticist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

They will discuss how UNM is addressing higher education and operations during the pandemic, research being conducted at the university related to treatment and a vaccine, as well as insights into how the CDC is working to control the spread of COVID-19 in different populations and geographic areas.

RSVP for the event and participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and password to join. Space is limited to 500 guests.

We’d also like to invite you to join us during Homecoming Week for a very special Lobo Living Room presentation with University Archivist Portia Vescio on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. MST. For this virtual event, “Astonishing True Tales of UNM’s Early Presidents,” she will review the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first seven presidents in UNM's history from Elias Stover through James Zimmerman. The early leaders had fights with the Governors, Regents, and Faculty on a regular basis, but they also created the foundation of what UNM is today. RSVP for the event and learn more about who these men were and what their legacies are.

Watch your email, follow us on social media and check the UNM Alumni Events Calendar for more Lobo Living Room event details.

Anderson School of Management Program Seeks Mentors for Undergraduates

The Anderson School of Management’s Alumni Council is piloting their first undergraduate mentorship program during the fall 2020 semester and is looking for mentors!

Chad Cooper, Alumni Association Board President, will be focusing on the Alumni Career Initiative over the next year – with the goal of supporting UNM’s Career Services, career mentoring initiatives in individual colleges and majors, and specialized networking events.

Program mentors will supplement resume, cover letter, interview, and networking-focused curriculum, as part of a Career Management Skills course. Mentorship training will take place before the fall semester begins.

If you would like to participate in this mentorship program, please submit the Anderson Mentor Interest Form here

For any questions, please contact Crystle Collier with the Anderson School of Management at crystlem@unm.edu.

Join the Med-Law Virtual Celebration on Sept. 17

As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the UNM School of Medicine and UNM School of Law, in collaboration with ReGeneracíon Columbia, are hosting a Med-Law Virtual Celebration honoring Latina@ Trailblazers on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. The ceremony can be accessed via YouTube at this link.

Among the honorees is the Honorable Frances Muñoz, J.D., the first Latina Trial Court Judge in the U.S. Muñoz was appointed to her post in 1978 by then California Governor Jerry Brown. Also being honored are Professor Emerita of Law, Margaret Montoya, J.D., who has taught at the UNM School of Law as well as serving as a special advisor at the UNM School of Medicine; Lisa Cacari-Stone, Ph.D., an associate professor of Health and Social Policy at the UNM College of Population Health; Michael A. Olivas, Ph.D., J.D., a Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center; and David Acosta, M.D., the Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Alumni Travel Opportunity Updates

This summer, the Alumni Relations Office’s travel partner made the decision to postpone all September and October 2020 departures, and reduce the passenger capacity on all 2021 land programs. All trips that had a maximum capacity of 28 travelers will now have a maximum of capacity of 24 travelers (with 10 passengers needed to operate).

Travelers impacted by the postponements will receive the option to transfer to another departure of the same program or any other trip in 2021. Those choosing this transfer option will receive an additional $250 per person discount off of their chosen trip and the price will be protected at the 2020 rate.

If you are not ready to choose a future trip yet, you may opt to receive a refund in the form of a voucher in the amount paid to AHI plus an additional amount that is determined by the amount already paid to AHI.  This voucher can be used for a future trip up through June 30, 2022 and is transferrable to family and friends. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or email alumni@unm.edu.

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For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)
E: alumni@unm.edu