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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Alumni Association Seeks Award Nominations

The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the Zia, Lobo and Inspirational Young Alumnus awards. The awards will be presented at the All University Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 30. Visit our awards webpage for descriptions and to make a nomination.

Welcome Class of 2017!

The UNM Alumni Association and UNM Young Alumni Chapter celebrate the Spring Class of 2017 by inviting graduates to party with their pack at the New Grad Bash from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Bring your family, friends and fellow Lobos to join other soon-to-be alums for drinks, appetizers provide by Conchita’s Cafe, and music as we proudly welcome our newest grads to the Alumni Association. Visit the New Grad Bash webpage for more information and to RSVP or call 505-277-5808.

UNM Commencement Ceremony

The University of New Mexico will hold the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at WisePies Arena aka The PIT. Keynote speaker is Joshua Cooper Ramo. Visit the UNM graduation webpage for complete details.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sign up for UNM Alumni Connect – Log 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Put your pride on your plate – Apply today for a UNM license plate. The annual fee is $37 with $25 being donated back to the University. Fill out your application today!

Golden Grads Invited To Participate in Commencement

The UNM Alumni Association proudly invites the Class of 1967 and Heritage Club members, alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago, to join fellow Lobos, friends and classmates for the Golden Graduates & Heritage Club Weekend with activities on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. A list of activities, including participating in Spring 2017 Commencement, is available here. Don’t miss out on reconnecting with friends and rediscovering your Lobo pride!

Karen Abraham Courtyard

Work on the Karen Abraham Courtyard is nearing completion and we will be dedicating the space in June! Many generous alumni and community supporters have contributed toward our goal of raising $50,000 for this project, and there is still an opportunity for you to be involved. Please visit our website to read more about how this project will benefit the University and the community, and for information on how you can donate online.

Student Rec Event

The UNM Alumni Association proudly presented its Citizenship Award and Trailblazer of the Year award to outstanding UNM students at the annual Student Recognition Reception on Friday, April 21, in The SUB Ballrooms. The Citizenship Award was presented to Jacklyn Asamoah, Venes Barlas, Alyssa Beltran, Ayham Maadi, Claire McNallen and Valuable Sheffey. Trailblazer of the Year was awarded to Lauren Dennis. To learn more about the recipients, visit our awards webpage.

Did U know?

You can increase the value of your UNM degree by telling us where you work? UNM programs, departments and colleges need to know how alumni are using their degrees. You can tell us where you work by logging into UNM Alumni Connect, our online community, or by simply filling out this form.

Join us!

Lobos vs. Cancer

The Lobos vs. Cancer celebrates the tenth year of the Sequins, Suits and Sneakers Gala on Saturday, May 20. UNM alumni are invited to attend and can register here. All proceeds benefit cancer research and patient programs at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gala has raised more than $500,000. The UNM Athletics Department, Lobo Spirit team, ROTC and many volunteers support this event.

Statewide Financial Literacy Workshops

The UNM Alumni Association in partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office will wrap up its Consumer Security: Protecting the Citizens of New Mexico presentation series with the final workshop held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in Los Alamos at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos branch campus. More information and RSVP here.

Lobo Living Room

Did you miss a Lobo Living Room? Don’t worry, you can watch previous Lobo Living Rooms from, well, your living room. To watch videos of previous presentations and discussions by dynamic and engaging speakers about diverse topics, visit our Lobo Living Room webpage and click the name of the presentation you’d like to see.

Chapter Updates

Active Alumni

Mirage Magazine

The bi-annually published Mirage Magazine is one of the many benefits our alumni enjoy. You can read the Spring 2017 issue online here. We want every single alumnus who wants a paper copy to have one, but we also know that people’s reading habits are changing. If you would no longer like to receive a paper copy of the Mirage Magazine in the mail and would prefer an emailed version, please let us know by completing the digital opt-in form. Simply confirm your email address and the Fall 2017 edition will be sent directly to your email inbox and not your curbside mailbox. Update your subscription preferences, at any time, here.

Alumni Adventures Abound!

Pack your bags for adventure this summer! Our Alumni Travel Program sets you up for successful adventures by handling all the travel plans and arrangements for you while offering amazing discounts. Read about our full 2017 Alumni Travel Program options. For questions, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-5808. Book now for:

It's Good To Be A Lobo

Business Card Drive

The UNM Alumni Relations Office is asking alums to mail us five business cards. The cards will be assembled into binders that will be shared with the career services and enrollment management offices to share with prospective and current students, showing the vast scope of careers that are possible with a degree from UNM. As a way to say thank you for your participation, the fifth card will be returned to you as a luggage tag.

To share your business cards, please send them to: UNM Alumni Relations Office, ATTN: Business Card Book, MSC01-1160, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

Lobo Benefits

Beyond friendship, fun, connecting with your professors and cheering for the Lobos, there are additional tangible benefits to being a UNM alum. UNM alumni, students and faculty can rent the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel for life remembrances and celebrations. Alumni are eligible for negotiated group rates on insurance needs — from pets to homes. As an alum, you can purchase a Johnson Gym rec card and receive discounts on lifelong learning opportunities. Learn more about all Lobo Perks today!

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 tag yourself and your friends!

And, we lit THE U for you!

The U, located in Hodgin Hall Plaza, is lit in various colors to celebrate key achievements in academics, athletics, and other occasions on campus. Find updates on when The U will be lit here.

  • April 21: The U was lit in BLUE for the Student Recognition Ceremony
  • April 26, 27 and May 3: The U was lit in RED for Grad Photos at The U
  • May 3: The U was lit in RED to celebrate the UNM Ring Ceremony
  • May 11: The U will be lit in RED to celebrate UNM’s new graduates

For questions or more information:

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