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A Message from the UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors President, Alexis Tappan
Staying connected to our UNM Pack has never been more important, but also comes with unique challenges as we practice social distancing to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during this time of uncertainty. While we may not be able to physically gather, there are so many opportunities for us to continue to connect to both our alumni community and the communities in which we live.
I’d like to encourage every one of you to reach out and share your #LoboLove. Call the friend or family member you’ve had on your mind. Safely support your local businesses. Let your social media followers know about your favorite comfort food to make at home, or the educational activities you’re doing with your kids. Donate to those in need if you are able, and get the word out about resources for those who need help facing this worldwide crisis.
Our UNM Alumni Relations staff is working on ways to keep you connected now and in the future, even as some events are being cancelled. They’ll be communicating opportunities for you to support your communities, and asking for your suggestions so we can share our #LoboLove with others.
As UNM Alumni, let’s define this time in our lives with the kindness, generosity and the perseverance that unites us as Lobos.
Alexis Tappan, ’99 BA, ’17 MA
UNM Alumni Association
Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association
Alumni Emeriti Postponed
The University has made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 16 and all related activities including Alumni Emeriti events—50th anniversary celebrations.
We want to ensure our Alumni Emeriti class of 2020 is properly recognized and celebrated in the near future. Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 commencements are being considered as alternative dates for this spring’s Alumni Emeriti class. We will keep you informed of the rescheduled event.
University Update on COVID-19
The University of New Mexico strives to promote and maintain a safe, healthy learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. University administration made the decisions to limit campus operations, move to remote class instruction and imposing on-campus living restrictions. UNM is closely monitoring the public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted authorities, and if you’d like more information on how the University is responding to the pandemic, visit their dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
Young Alumni Board Accepting Applications
Join the UNM Young Alumni Board! If you received a degree from UNM at any level (undergrad, graduate, law, med, PhD) and are under 40 years old, you can apply here! Board members are involved with alumni events and activities throughout the year, working closely with the Alumni Relations Office and Alumni Association. Appointments are for an initial term of two years, with an option to renew at the end of the two-year term. Find more information and apply here by April 24.
Spreading Some #LoboLove
UNM Offering Small Business Recovery Course
The University of New Mexico's Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course to help New Mexico businesses at this critical time for our state's economic recovery. New Mexico Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand your Business Online, will teach businesses e-commerce techniques including developing storefronts and driving traffic to your store. The course is open to anyone in the community and available completely online. It will run April 6 through May 15 and can be done on your own time.
The course cost is only $17 and includes a one-year domain name for your storefront. For more information and to register, click here.
Lobo Food Pantry
Lobo Food Pantry is a great way to give back right now! They provide free groceries to students, employees and the greater UNM community. Your donation in any amount directly supports food pantry operations and helping people who need access to food.
Donations can be made at this website, and be sure to indicate that you’re a UNM alum!
“The Post Up” at the Mountain West Tournament
In partnership with the Lobo Club and UNM Foundation, the UNM Alumni Association threw an exciting Post Up event in Las Vegas at the Beerhaus. Over 300 Lobo fans celebrated a first-round win for our men’s basketball team during the 2020 Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament. This annual event brings in Lobos from coast to coast in such great numbers, the Thomas and Mack Center becomes known as “The Pit West” due to the pride and support shown by our Lobo community for our team. Mark your calendars for March 2021!
Capitol Hill Congressional Reception
Last month, 120 Lobos in and around Washington D.C. joined President Stokes and the Alumni Association for a reception honoring the New Mexico Congressional Delegation. The importance of higher education and the work of The University of New Mexico was followed by lively conversations on the need for good green chile.
Chapter News & Events
Phoenix Golf Tournament Postponed
The annual Phoenix Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament that normally takes place in May has been postponed. When a new date is selected, we’ll keep the Pack informed via email and social media.
The Cherry Plates Have Landed
Show your Lobo Pride with the new Cherry Plate now available on the New Mexico MVD website. Just fill out the form and indicate “Cherry” next to the UNM plate selection. The plate is only $37, and proceeds from the plate support our Lobo community through the work and mission of the UNM Alumni Association. *Please note that the New Mexico MVD is temporarily closed, and order processing may take longer than usual.
It's Good To Be A Lobo
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!
For questions or more information:
Alumni Relations Office