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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

2017-18 Board of Directors

During its meeting on Friday, June 9, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association Board of Directors listened to President James B. Lewis recap his year. He symbolically passed the gavel to previous Past-President Ann Rhoades for President-Elect President Harold Lavender, who was unable to attend the meeting, during the Summer Celebration that evening. Lavender’s presidency began on July 1, and he looks forward to upcoming events and opportunities for more alumni to reignite their Lobo spirit.

We are also proud to announce The UNM Alumni Association Executive Committee for 2017-18, effective July 1, includes: President Harold Lavender; Past-President James Lewis; President-Elect John Brown; Treasurer Daniel Trujillo; Secretary Dana Allen (nonvoting member); Members at large include: Sandra Begay-Campbell, Bill Dolan, Regent Rob Doughty, Rosalyn Nguyen, Henry Rivera and Alexis Tappan.

New members also joining the board of directors on July 1 are Sophia Collaros, Sydney Gunthorpe, Dick Knipfing, Christopher Lujan, Dolores Martinez, Amy Miller, Fred Mondragon, Jim L. Novak, Jennifer Riordan, Jaymie L. Roybal, and Michael M. Silva Jr. The Board of Directors meets three times a year, while the executive committee meets monthly. Visit our webpage for a full list of Alumni Association board members.

Chapter Leaders Meeting

Every June a howl goes out, calling our chapter leaders to return to the pack for planning, brainstorming, strategizing and fun! This year during the annual Chapter Leaders Meeting on Thursday, June 8, our dedicated UNM Alumni Chapter Leaders recapped the last year of events and gatherings and shared their plans for the upcoming year. There are going to be great things happening for our Lobo alumni across the nation! Find your local chapter here and update your calendar with upcoming events here.

Summer Celebration

The Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office thank everyone who attended the Summer Celebration and Karen A. Abraham Courtyard Dedication on Friday, June 9. It was a beautiful summer evening on the courtyard to celebrate our board members, chapter leaders, community leaders, volunteers, donors and supporters as well as lifelong Lobo, Karen Abraham. We are beyond grateful for all you do to help our programs, events and gatherings to continue to make them amazing opportunities for our Lobo alumni to return to their pack. We cannot thank you enough! Photos from the event can be found here.

Lobos For Legislation

On Friday, June 9, during the Summer Celebration, President James B. Lewis awarded Sen. Jacob Candelaria the Higher Education Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the Alumni Association. The purpose of this award is to recognize a New Mexico state legislator who has made an extraordinary and exemplary contribution to higher education at the University of New Mexico during the immediate, past legislative session.

Sign Up To Be A Lobo Link

Lobos for Legislation is a legislative advocacy network of UNM alumni concerned with the future of higher education at the University of New Mexico. This Alumni Association sponsored program works with the Office of Government Relations and serves as a pipeline of information between UNM and New Mexico legislators. Lobos for Legislation’s primary goal is to promote and enhance UNM through grassroots networking. The committee is nonpartisan and comprised of alumni, friends and student government leaders.

Become a Lobo Link and act as an advocate for UNM and higher education. You will play a pivotal role:

  • Forge alliances with state legislators to champion UNM’s legislative priorities
  • Convey UNM’s position on legislative issues pertinent to higher education
  • Foster goodwill among public officials and the general public
  • Establish a rapport and communicate with legislators periodically
  • Interface with state legislators year-round through UNM Lobos for Legislation events, meetings, briefings and receptions
  • Act on behalf of UNM when prompted by Lobos for Legislation. Actions include: text, written, phone, e-mail, or visiting lawmakers in their home districts or Santa Fe

Show your pride and support UNM. As an alumnus or friend, your voice is especially important in speaking on behalf of the University. Volunteer to be a Lobo Link.


On Saturday, May 13, Alumni Association President James B. Lewis was honored for his four-decade public service career and his support for UNM — its alumni, students, faculty and staff — at graduation by being presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Congratulations, James!

Did U know?

The 2018 Alumni Travel Program trips are up on our website and two trips — Journey To Southern Africa and Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights — have special early bird discounts that end in August. Check out our trips and booking information here.

Join Us!

Homecoming 2017

We are gearing up for Living La Vida Lobo! held Monday, Sept. 25, through Saturday, Sept. 30! Homecoming will keep with tradition for a week packed with events and reunions, including the All University Breakfast, but have a few new — and soon to be favorites — on the calendar as well. Homecoming Week 2017 will end with the Lobo football team taking on Air Force Academy at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Dreamstyle Stadium. Make your plans now to join us in September! Get details and deadlines for discount hotel rates by visiting our homecoming page.

Lobo Living Room

Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. for Lobo Living Room: Inside Look At Lobo Basketball. Alumni and community members are invited to meet UNM Men’s Basketball Coach, Paul Weir, and Women’s Basketball Coach, Mike Bradbury. More details and RSVP here.

Did you miss a Lobo Living Room? Don’t worry, you can watch videos of previous Lobo Living Room presentations anytime by visiting our Lobo Living Room webpage and clicking the name of the presentation you’d like to watch.

UNM Alumni Travel Program

Lobos with wanderlust, get ready to book your next trip! 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 the full 2017-18 Alumni Travel Program options. For questions, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-5808.

Chapter Updates

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

Can you smell it? We can! Our regional chapters are planning their annual Green Chile Roasts. The following chapters have selected their dates, be sure to mark your calendars now and keep your eyes on your email for green chile order details!

  • Saturday, Aug. 19: Austin Chapter Green Chile Roast
  • Sunday, Aug. 20: Las Vegas Chapter Green Chile Roast
  • Saturday, Aug. 26: Dallas Hot Hatch Chile Run/Walk
  • Sunday, Aug. 27: Greater Los Angeles Chapter Green Chile Roast
  • Sunday, Aug. 27: San Diego Chapter Green Chile Roast
  • Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10: Washington D.C. Chapter Green Chile Roast and Taco Picnic
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: NorCal Green Chile Roast
  • Saturday, Oct. 7: Atlanta Green Chile Roast

It’s Good To Be A Lobo

UNM Alumni Memorial Chapter

The Alumni Association invites you to tour and book the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel for your special day. Dates for fall weddings at the Chapel are booking quickly! The UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel is nondenominational and available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. A virtual tour and booking information is available online or call 505-277-5808.

Mirage Magazine

We are currently producing the Fall 2017 Mirage Magazine, our bi-annually publication that is one of the many benefits our alumni enjoy, and gearing up to go to print in August. 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 before Friday, July 14, and the Fall 2017 edition will be sent directly to your email inbox and not your curbside mailbox. You can update your subscription preferences, at any time, here. Did you miss the spring Mirage? You can read the Spring 2017 issue online here.

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.

  • June 9: Summer Celebration & Karen A. Abraham Courtyard Dedication
  • June 11: Josh Kerr’s NCAA title in the 1,500-meter run

For questions or more information:

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