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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Congratulations Class of 2018!

The Alumni Association proudly welcomed over 3,000 Lobos to the pack and proudly applauded the installation of Garnett Stokes as the 23rd President of the University of New Mexico during events held on May 12. Leading the way were members of the Class of 1968 and other Heritage Club members who enjoyed a weekend of reunions, reconnection and remembrance of their time at UNM. To read more about the day’s activities and see photos, visit the UNM Newsroom.

Join us at the Kennedy Center for a Special Performance

You are invited to a special reception and performance from the highly esteemed choreographer, dancer, cultural figure and UNM alumnus Dana Tai Soon Burgess. His award-winning dance company was founded in 1992, and is proud to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special dance performance.

We are excited to host a reception prior to the performance in the Chinese Lounge inside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Passes are $25 per person and include admission to the reception and performance. RSVP is required as space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event webpage.

A Message From UNM Alumni Assoc. President Harold Lavender

This will be my last piece as the President of your Alumni Association. I have considered it an honor to serve in this role over the past year and am hard pressed to list the most memorable moment. It does give me great pleasure to say I was able to be in this position when the University welcomed its first female President and I cannot say enough about how much I have enjoyed getting to know Garnett Stokes. I want to thank the many members of the University, Community and the Alumni Board who have been an integral part of my service. During my year, I’ve asked you as alumni to “just show up” and it’s been wonderful to see how you have responded.

I have also enjoyed an opportunity to get to know more about the great things going on in the University and how our alumni play a role in contributing to them. This month, I want to share the story of a recent graduate from the School of Architecture and Planning, Farrokh Rostami Kia. Farrokh arrived at UNM in the summer of 2015 from Iran, and immediately became a hard working and well respected student.  During the final year of completing his Masters of Architecture, his design work was selected to appear on the cover of a national magazine for architecture students — CRIT. Initially unaware of this honor, Farrokh learned that his work was selected based on the response to his design on social media.

He chose to create a memorial honoring a devastating earthquake in China several years ago, recognizing the hundreds that died. The project was developed in an ARCH 602 Architectural Design studio taught by Associate Chair and Principal Lecturer Karen King.

UNM provides a wonderful platform for students to share their passions with the world and express themselves in ways that show how each of us defines all of us. I applaud Farrokh and all of the members of the Class of 2018 on their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them become involved as active alumni. And for those of you from the School of Architecture and Planning who will be at the AIA Convention in New York this summer, make sure you come to the Alumni Reception.

Again, thank you and as always, GO LOBOS!

Did U Know?

Season tickets for Men’s Basketball are on sale now! You can get more information and the 2018-2019 home schedule online.

Join Us!

Save the date!

Save the date! for a Lobo Living Room event guaranteed to get you into the swing of things! On August 30, the Lobo Living Room series will be visiting UNM’s Championship Golf Course for education, instruction and fun. More details to come!

Can you smell it?
We Can!

NorCal Chapter Volunteers prepare chile for distribution

Plan Ahead for Chapter Green Chile Events! Alumni chapters across the country will be gearing up this summer for their annual green chile events, ranging from full blown roasts, to cheeseburger picnics, and more. Keep up to date with the latest news online. Chapters are always looking for volunteers to help. Contact your local chapter leaders for more information. As you may know, proceeds from most of the chile roasts help support scholarships for students from chapter areas to attend UNM. Can’t make the chile roast? More details on how to support the chapter scholarships is available online.

Scheduled events:

  • August 18, noon to 5 p.m.: Dallas Chapter Chile Roast
  • August 18: Salt Lake City Chapter Chile Fest, Harmon’s
  • August 25, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Austin Chapter Chile Roast and Brunch, Pease Park
  • August 25: Chicago Chapter Chile Roast
  • August 26: Las Vegas Chapter Chile Roast
  • August 26: Los Angeles Chapter Chile Roast, Los Angeles Ale Works
  • September 8-9: Washington, D.C. Chapter Chile Roast and Taco Picnic
  • October 6: Atlanta Chapter Chile Roast, The Square Pub

Homecoming Updates:

WOLFSTOCK: Peace, Love and Lobos!

The UNM Alumni Association is proud to announce that Homecoming 2018 will be held Monday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 29. This year’s theme is Wolfstock: Peace, Love and Lobos!

Homecoming 2018 will keep with tradition for a week packed with events and reunions, including the All University Breakfast and the Lobo football team taking on Liberty University on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Dreamstyle Stadium. Make your plans now to join us in September!

For our Lobos who are coming home for this year’s Homecoming festivities, the Alumni Relations Office has started to negotiate discount rates at four hotels in Albuquerque. For more information visit, visit our homecoming webpage.

We will be grooving and celebrating throughout the week with the following Alumni Association sponsored events:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pet a Pup, various locations across campus
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon: Picnic on the Patio with Faculty & Staff Alumni, Smith Plaza
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.: Lobo Living Room
  • Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m.: Diner en Rouge
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m.: All University Breakfast
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, TBD: Homecoming Tailgate

More details about Homecoming and reserving your hotel rooms before the discount booking deadlines, is available online.

It’s good to be a Lobo!

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!

FEATURED BENEFIT: UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel

Spring has sprung and love is in bloom. The Alumni Association invites you to tour and book the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel for your special day! Elegant in its Southwestern simplicity, the University of New Mexico’s Alumni Memorial Chapel is the ideal location for weddings, vow renewals, baptisms and memorial services. The UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel is nondenominational and available to students, faculty, staff and alumni for special events. A virtual tour and booking information is available online. Please call Kathie Scott before reserving your event at 505-277-9093.

Chapter Events and News

Upcoming Chapter Events

Members of the Atlanta Chapter enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the CDC.

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



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.

  • May 2: Grad Photos at The U
  • May 11 and 12: Congratulations new graduates!
  • May 28: Memorial Day

For questions or more information:

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