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University Update

A Message from President Stokes

Exploring Research Frontiers

President Garnett Stokes

Spring is in bloom on campus and the change of season has reenergized UNM. The 2019 New Mexico legislative session recently closed with an increase in the higher education budget, our UNM Grand Challenges collaboration is moving forward with upcoming seminars presenting the proposals in greater detail, and our UNM Board of Regents elected their new officers and committee chairs.

It’s a time of positive change and momentum across campus. Tucked in every corner of the University, our faculty, staff, and students are doing groundbreaking work that will ripple positive outcomes across our campus, community, state and beyond. I could not be more excited to bring this energy into my second year as leader of New Mexico’s flagship university.

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Spring 2019 Graduation Celebrations

Welcoming New Alumni!

Grads who purchased class rings can participate in the official UNM Ring Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in the SUB Ballroom. Then the UNM Alumni Association and UNM Young Alumni Chapter invite the the Spring/Summer Class of 2019 to party with the pack at the New Grad Bash from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Visit the UNM Alumni Association events calendar for updates and details.

Welcome New Alumni

Golden Grads: Class of 1969!

This Spring, the UNM Alumni Association will be honoring those alumni who graduated in 1969, along with Heritage Club members - those who graduated 50 or more years ago. This special Golden Graduate recognition began as a salute to alumni unable to participate in their own commencement ceremonies because of military service in WWII and the Korean Conflict. Gold-colored robes are provided and the names of those returning for the ceremony are printed in the official program. In addition to participating in the Commencement ceremony, Golden Graduates are invited to participate in their school's convocation ceremony. This is a perfect opportunity to reminisce with former classmates and friends! Learn more and RSVP on our website.

Golden Grad Honored

University Commencement Volunteers Needed

Please consider attending or volunteering this year to join in the celebration of the Class of 2019. Commencement will take place Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. Information on volunteering can be found here.

Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame

Anderson Hall of Fame Banner

The Anderson School of Management celebrated its 30th annual Hall of Fame event on March 7, 2019. The honorees were C. Thomas Daulton, Alice Loy, Lillian Montoya, and Jerry Pacheco. Amanda Armenta and James Trudeau were the 2019 Young Alumni Award honorees, and the Faculty Community Leadership Award honored Dr. Dimitri Kapelianis, Associate Professor of Marketing.

The MC for the event at the UNM Student Union Building was R.J. Berry, former Albuquerque Mayor and 2013 Anderson Hall of Fame honoree, and John Garcia, 2000 Anderson Hall of Fame honoree, hosted the live auction. The event raised more than $125,000 for Anderson School scholarships.

The 31st Hall of Fame event is scheduled for March 12, 2020.

Congratulations to our new School of Architecture and Planning Alumni Chapter Officers!

  • Chair Elect Tom Vliet (BAA ’94, MARCH ’04)
  • Chapter Chair Geraldene Blackgoat (BAA ’13, MARCH ’16)
  • Communications Chair Victor Pascual (MARCH ’17)
  • Finance Chair Elizabeth "Buffy" Suina (BAA ’09, MARCH ’11)
  • Events Co-chair Brandon Rael (BAFA ‘08, MARCH ’12 )
  • Not pictured: Event Co-chair Christina Horton (BAA ’06, MARCH ’10)
SAAP Alumni Chapter Officers

Join Us!

3rd Annual D.H. Lawrence Lecture

Join us for the 3rd Annual D. H. Lawrence Lecture presenting Marianna Torgovnick, professor at Duke University and director of the Duke in NY Arts and Media Program in NYC. She will speak about “MY D.H. Lawrence: When Creativity Gets Contagious." The lecture will take place today, Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the UNM Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico. A special tour of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. weather permitting. Learn more and RSVP here.

Lobo Living Room: Reading the River

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Lobo Living Room: Reading the River on Wednesday, April 24. To honor Earth Day, Basia Irland, UNM Art and Art History professor emerti, will discuss how her work as an artist and activist explores international water issues especially waterborne diseases, drought, and rivers she has explored in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Learn more and RSVP on our website.

Lobo Football take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!

Lobo Football Team

The Lobos are taking on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 14, 2019. Alumni can take advantage of exclusive travel packages to make it a memorable weekend of rooting on the Lobos! Learn more here.

Homecoming 2019: October 21-26

Mark your calendars and start making plans now to join us October 21-26 to celebrate Homecoming 2019. Lobo football will take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, October 26, at Dreamstyle Stadium. Homecoming will be a tradition-packed week of events and reunions that you won't want to miss!

Lobo Football Players running with New Mexico Flag


NEW!: Open Community Prayer and Meditation Service at the Alumni Chapel

Photo of UNM Memorial Chapel

The UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel will be accessible to students, faculty/staff and the UNM community for an open community time of prayer and meditation from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from April 2, 2019 through May 9, 2019. Lutherbury (the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry) will host this hour of renewal and prayer. All are welcome!

Chapter News & Events

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Stay up to date about chapter events by visiting our events calendar.

Upcoming Chapter Events

April 6 Austin/San Antonio Area Alumni Wine Tasting | Hye Meadow Winery followed by others | 11 a.m.
April 25 Black Alumni Chapter T.A.S.T.E. (Take a Student to Eat) | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center | 3 p.m.
April 25 School of Architecture + Planning Alumni & New Grad Happy Hour | Draft and Table | 5:30 p.m.
April 25 Native Guitar Tour Chapter Meetup | Marble Brewery Downtown | 7 p.m.
April 26 CSW Magazine Release Reception | Willard Reading Room in Zimmerman Library | 6:30 p.m.
April 27 Black Graduation and Awards Ceremony | UNM SUB Ballroom | 11 a.m.
April 27 BSE Magazine Release Reception | Honors Forum | 2 p.m.
April 27 Daily Lobo Alumni Barbeque and Awards Ceremony | Albuquerque Press Club | 6 p.m.
April 28 Native American Chapter at UNM’s 64th Annual Nizhoni Days Pow-wow | Johnson Field | 11:30 a.m.
May 4 Dallas Alumni Service Project & Cinco de Mayo Celebration | Nash Farm | 11 a.m.
May 5 LA Chapter Cinco de Mayo Celebration | Duke's Huntington Beach | 12:15 p.m.
May 9 College of Education Chapter Golden Grads Tour of Teacher Prep Program | La Mesa Elementary School | 8:15 A.M.
May 9 Young Alumni Chapter New Grad Bash | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center | 5:30 p.m.
May 11 Austin & Houston Alumni Happy Hour | Brazos Valley Brewing Co. | 1 p.m.
May 17 San Diego Chapter Happy Hour | Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Sorrento Mesa | 5:30 p.m.
May 21 Daily Lobo, CSW & BSE Alumni Planning Meeting | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center | 5:30 p.m.
May 23 Native American Chapter Membership Meeting | Hodgin Hall | 5:30 p.m.
May 19 Phoenix Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament | Stonecreek Golf Club | 6:30 a.m.
May 23 Native American Chapter Membership Meeting | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center| 5:30 p.m.
May 24 Las Vegas Chapter at the Las Vegas Aviators | Las Vegas Ballpark | 7 p.m.

It's Good to Be A Lobo

UNM Alumni Travel Program

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The Charm of the Amalfi Coast. 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.

Special Offer!: Book by April 23 and save $500 per couple.

Grande Danube. Travel through nine European countries to discover Old World capitals and charming villages along the mighty Danube River.

Special Offer!: Book by April 30 and save $500 per couple.

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

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.

  • March 8: Lobo Men’s Basketball victory over Wyoming, 78-68, at the Mountain West Championship Tournament

For questions or more information:

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