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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Winter Awards Dinner

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the prestigious 2017 Winter Awards. The recipients include: James F. Zimmerman Award — David Campbell; Bernard S. Rodey Award — Loren Kieve; Erna S. Fergusson Award — Stephen Ciepiela; and Faculty Teaching Award — Amy Brandzel.

The Alumni Association’s Winter Awards recognize outstanding teaching, exceptional accomplishments, commitment and distinguished service to the University of New Mexico. Visit our awards page to read about the honorees.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

Thanks to the generous gifts from alumni, friends and chapters, the UNM Alumni Association is able to assist top undergraduate and graduate UNM students with their academic expenses. Scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year are available now! The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, March 3. Visit our scholarships webpage for more information.

Save YOUR Date Today!

Recently engaged or starting the wedding planning process? The Alumni Association invites you to tour and book the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel for your special day. Dates for 2017 events at the Chapel are booking quickly!

The University of New Mexico's Alumni Memorial Chapel is the ideal location for weddings, vow renewals and memorial services. The Chapel is nondenominational and available to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Visit the Chapel’s webpage for a virtual tour and booking information, or call 505-277-5808.

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Dinner For 12 Lobos — Attend A Dinner!

We are looking for Albuquerque-area alumni to attend a dinner on one of three evenings: Friday, Feb. 24; Saturday, Feb. 25; and Sunday, Feb. 26. The dinners are a celebration of Lobo Day, the University’s 128th birthday, on Feb. 28. Dinner for 12 Lobos is an opportunity for alumni to connect with UNM students, faculty, staff and other alums all in the hopes of inspiring conversation, connection and community through a good meal with great people! For more information, contact Sue MacEachen by email at

Lobo Living Room

RSVP today for upcoming Lobo Living Room events:

Tune in!

To help celebrate Lobo Day, KNME will air three documentaries — UNM@125, Zimmerman@75 and Popejoy@50 — about UNM’s history starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Watch preview of each documentary here.

MWC Basketball Tournament

It’s almost time! The Mountain West Championships will be held March 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Stay tuned for details on alumni gatherings, and check out men’s and women’s tournament information. For individual tickets, and to sit with other Lobo fans, please contact Aaron Mahnke directly by phone at 317-554-1597 or by email at

Chapter Updates

History Lobos

Calling all History alumni! You are invited to take an active role in the inaugural Graduate Alumni Retreat on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. Visit the retreat’s webpage for more information and to register.

American Studies Lobos

All UNM American Studies alumni are invited to an evening with light refreshments and rich conversation as we share current activities of department and alumni stories from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Hodgin Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by phone 505-277-3929 or by email

Upcoming Chapter Events

Mark your calendars for the following chapter events! Keep an eye on your email for details.

Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter

The UNM Alumni Association is proud to announce the latest Aluminaria Award recipients. This award is presented to alums who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place through community service, excellence in the workplace and contributions to society. The following Aluminating alums have brightened the lives of many: Loren Dils, ‘95 MBA; Ernest Ortega, ‘82 BA; Tony Perez, ‘12 BA; Francisco ’Paco‘ Perez, ‘08 JD. Read more about the awards recipients on our awards webpage.

The UNM Alumni Association gives awards to outstanding alumni throughout the year. These awards recognize our alums’ accomplishments and dedication to the Alumni Association, the University, professional development and community service. The UNM Alumni Association welcomes recommendations and nominations for various awards. Visit our website for information and to nominate alumni.

Active Alumni

Alumni Adventures Abound!

Is your New Year’s resolution to travel more? Then book your trip today! Our Alumni Travel Program sets you up for successful adventures by handling all the travel plans and arrangements for you while offering amazing discounts. View 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.

Purchase Your Lobos License Plate Today!

Are you a licensed New Mexico motorist with a vehicle registered here too? You can show your Lobo pride on your plate! The annual fee is $37 with $25 being donated back to the University. Fill out your application today!

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 life-long 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. Updates on when The U will be lit here.

  • Jan. 16: BLUE, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 17: RED, UNM Women's Swimming defeats NMSU, 193-107, in the Rio Grande Rivalry

For questions or more information:

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