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University Update

A Message from President Stokes

Grand Challenges

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 graduates and welcome to the UNM Alumni pack! Your hard work and dedication to your academic success has paid off and I would like to personally commend you on this momentous achievement.

Although your current academic endeavor is winding down, your journey as part of the Lobo family is just beginning – and it comes with lifelong support. In two weeks, you’ll cross the stage at commencement and join a pack of nearly 200,000 Lobos worldwide. The UNM Alumni network stretches from regional chapters across the country, to global, social, and professional groups. Our graduates are Lobos for life and benefit greatly from our Alumni Association. I encourage you to take advantage of those benefits and the many ways to stay connected to your Lobo roots.

To our new and current alumni, regardless of graduation year or geographic location, I urge you to stay engaged with the Alumni Association and UNM – no matter where your journey takes you. With Lobos making an impact on the community, the state, and beyond, maintaining connections among each other makes us stronger and is essential to the ongoing success of The University of New Mexico.

Congratulations, class of 2018 – you truly are an inspiration to us all!

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Welcome Fall Class of 2018!

Recent Graduate

The UNM Alumni Association and UNM Young Alumni Chapter will celebrate the Summer and Fall Class of 2018 at the New Grad Bash from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Bring your family, friends, and fellow Lobos to join other soon-to-be alumni for music, drinks, appetizers, and door prizes. Join us as we proudly welcome our newest grads to the Alumni Association. Visit our website for more information and to RSVP or call 505-277-5808.

Always a Lobo!

There are a number of ways to stay connected to the University and your alumni Lobo pack – here are just a few:

  • Find your chapter – Our national and constituency chapter program provides opportunities for alumni to stay connected, meet other UNM alumni, and give back to the University and their communities. Find your chapter here.
  • Sign up for UNM Alumni ConnectLog into the online community today to update your communication preferences, submit Class Notes, and let us know what you do with your degree. We love to stay in touch with our alumni!
  • Commemorate your time at UNM with a permanent place on campus – Honor your success by purchasing a photo tile at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel Garden or a Hodgin Hall Alumni Center paving brick with your name. To order, visit Brick Brigade or Chapel Garden.
  • Put your pride on your plate – Apply today for a UNM license plate. The annual fee is $37 with $25 donated back to the University. Fill out your application today!

UNM Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Photo

The University of New Mexico will hold the Fall 2018 commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Dreamstyle Arena. Visit the UNM graduation webpage for complete details.

Did U know?

Did you know that you can volunteer at UNM’s commencement? You can find more information and sign up to volunteer here.

Congratulations to our Aluminaria Award winners!

The UNM Alumni Association would like to congratulate the following UNM alumni for their dedication and selfless acts of service in their respective communities:

Warman Hall '14 EdD, Principal of Aztec High School, was named New Mexico Principal of the Year for his leadership in bringing his school and the Aztec community together to recover from the tragic school shooting in 2017.

Michael Palter ’66 MA, has for many decades used music as a medium to work with disadvantaged, underserved and abused children, young adults and adults on the North Shore of Boston. For these efforts, Mike received the First Annual Cabaret Humanitarian Award in Boston, MA, and the Paul Re Peace Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in Music from UNM.

Maria Wolfe, ’09 BA, volunteered for ASK ME, a UNM program to orient new freshmen on campus. She went out of her way and personally assisted a blind freshman student to his classes on the first day of the semester.

The Aluminaria Award honors alumni who dedicate their lives to make the world a better, brighter place through community service, excellence in the workplace, and contributions to society beyond what is required. These alumni heighten the profile of UNM and inspire others to follow in their path.

Nominate someone today:

UNM Native American Alumni Chapter

NM Native American Alumni Chapter Officers

Native American Alumni Chapter Officers Geraldine Blackgoat
(BAA ’13, MARCH ‘16), Elizabeth Suina (BAA ’09, MARCH ’10),
Chelsey Begay (BAEPD ‘12 )

The UNM Native American Alumni Chapter elected their first officers: Chapter President Ervina Castillo (Diné), Vice President Kim Gleason (Diné), Secretary Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Treasurer Levi Bowman (Diné/Laguna Pueblo). The chapter’s mission is to support alumni and students through the recognition and empowerment of our cultures and traditions.

The chapter is looking for alumni volunteers to serve on the following committees: Community Service, Publicity, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Engagement and Social. Email Ervina Castillo for more information. Check out our Facebook page and Instagram. Join us for our next meeting: Thursday, January 17, 5:30 p.m. at Hodgin Hall. Email to RSVP and to get information.

School of Architecture and Planning Alumni Chapter Planning

Architects, planners, and landscape architects of UNM are invited to design, plan, and direct the future of our SA+P Chapter! Please join us Thursday, January 24, 5:30 to 7p.m. at Hodgin Hall to vision our mission, goals, and priorities for the coming year. We want your input and promise a fun evening with great refreshments! Also mark your calendars to join our New Grad and Alumni mixer on April 25.

Dinner for 12 Lobos

The UNM Alumni Association invites alumni in the Greater Albuquerque area to volunteer as dinner hosts for our Dinner for 12 Lobos program. Dinner for 12 Lobos is an opportunity for alumni to connect with UNM students, faculty, staff, and other alumni in order to get to know one another, making UNM a smaller, friendlier place. Dinners are scheduled to celebrate Lobo Day, UNM’s Birthday (February 28), and will be held Friday, February 28, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 2019. If you are interested in hosting a dinner in your home, please register on our website. If you have questions, contact Sue MacEachen at

Chapter News & Events

UNM Regional Chapter Scholarships

The following UNM Alumni Chapters awarded scholarships or stipends to current UNM students for the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Denver awarded two students
  • Los Angeles awarded one student
  • NorCal awarded three students
  • Washington DC awarded two students

We’re happy to announce we have three new regional chapter scholarships from Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Phoenix! To help support a student from your regional area who is attending UNM, donate directly to a chapter scholarship by visiting our chapter scholarships page!

Upcoming Chapter Events

Events are planned and put on our calendar weekly, stay up to date by visiting our online events calendar.

December 5 Los Angeles Chapter | MBB vs. St. Mary’s Game | Staples Center | 4 p.m. (followed by post-game event at El Cholo Mexican Restaurant)
December 11 Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter | MBB Game Watch vs. CU and Happy Hour | Texas Live | 6 p.m.
December 13 Young Alumni Grad Bash | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
December 14 Fall Commencement | Dreamstyle Arena | 6 p.m.
December 15 Austin Chapter Holiday Party | Home of Alyce and Terry Richardson | 5 p.m.
December 18-20 STEM Boomerang Symposium & Job Fair for STEM alumni | UNM SUB
January 5 Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter | MBB Game Watch vs. Nevada | Redrock Bar & Grill | 7 p.m.
January 12 Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter | MBB Game Watch vs. CSU | Redrock Bar & Grill | 3 p.m.
January 15 San Diego Chapter | MBB at UNM vs. SDSU Game | 9 p.m.
January 17 Lobo Living Room: Cybersecurity | Anderson School of Management Jackson Center | 5:30 p.m.
January 22 Las Vegas Chapter | MBB at UNM vs. UNLV Game | 8 p.m.
January 27 Seattle Chapter New Year’s Party - Details TBD
February 24 Dallas Fort Worth Chapter | Lobo Day: New Mexico to Mars, Dr. Horton Newsom | 11 a.m.
February 26 NorCal Chapter | MBB vs. SJSU Pre-Game/Game Social – details TBD

UNM Alumni Travel Program

The Charm of The Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Positano, Naples

Amalfi Coast Sorrento, Positano, Naples

Discover Italy on a journey to the stunning Amalfi Coast in the Campania Region, an engaging crossroads of ancient history, scenic beauty, and captivating local culture.

Spend seven nights in Sorrento, a beautiful city dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples, and admire the pretty pastel homes and fragrant lemon groves. Visit our website for more information.

With a number of unique trip opportunities, our Alumni Travel Program sets you up for success by handling all the travel plans and arrangements for you while offering amazing discounts. The UNM Alumni Travel Program’s 2019 trip calendar is up on our website. For questions or to book your trip, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-9093.

Photos – Lobos Across the Land

Find your photos!

Did you come to any of our recent events? You can find all the photos on our Flickr site. Take a minute and find yourself and your friends!

UNM Alumni Photo Collage

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)