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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Mirage Magazine Is Going Digital

This March, the Spring 2021 issue of the Mirage Magazine will be 100% digital! Moving the Mirage to a completely digital platform allows us to tell our alumni stories in exciting and new interactive ways, including video features. If you already receive your Mirage electronically, you will automatically receive an email with a link to the new Mirage Magazine website for you to explore. If you have only opted in for the paper copy of the magazine, you will need to update your preferences to receive Mirage via email in the spring. If you have questions, please email

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Vodcast Series: New Episodes Available

We are proud to release the next four vodcast episodes as part of The Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series. These four episodes include conversations with four new deans at The University of New Mexico:

Watch as they discuss their first semester of leadership at UNM. These four episodes join our previous five episodes of the UNM Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series and can be watched on the Alumni Association’s YouTube Channel.

We hope this is the beginning of many worthwhile discussions with University leadership and subject matter experts that will continue for years to come, and invite your feedback. Send us an email at any time.

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‘Good News’

If you’ve been tuning into the pandemic pick-me-up Some Good News with John Krasinski, you might have spotted a member of our Lobo Pack at about the 3:30 mark! Congrats to June who was featured in the holiday episode’s Good News Lighting Round after tweeting Krasinski with her good news – first generation college grad. Congrats June, and all our 2020 grads, on your amazing, hard-earned accomplishments!

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Connect With Your Pack

Happy New Year! Has it been a while since you’ve connected with the UNM Alumni Association? Don’t worry, January is the perfect time to start 2021 off right by logging into UNM Alumni Connect, our online community, to reconnect with your fellow Lobo alums, update your contact preferences, control your privacy settings, add Class Notes and more!

If you’ve never logged into UNM Alumni Connect before, you’ll need to know your Alumni ID # to complete the first-time user login. And we’re happy to share that info with you! Simply click this link -- UNM Alumni Connect -- or visit our website and click “First-Time Login” in the upper right corner of the screen to have complete access to the online community. Accessing the online community gives you the ability to update your email and contact preferences allowing you to stay up to date about this year’s Homecoming 2021 events, regional chapter Green Chile Roasts, UNM department or program news, game watch parties and more #ProudUNMAlumni moments.

We hope you take this time to reconnect with the programs, events, adventures and benefits the UNM Alumni Association has available for Lobos like you.

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Spreading Some #LoboLove

Coast-To-Coast Watch Parties

Mark your calendars for three upcoming Coast-To-Coast virtual watch parties hosted by the UNM Alumni Association and Lobo Athletics as we get the Pack together to show our support and cheer the Lobos to a victory:

  • Thursday, Jan. 21: Lady Lobos vs San Jose State
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Lobo Men’s Basketball vs San Diego State
  • Saturday, Feb. 13: Lady Lobos vs Colorado State

Wear your favorite Cherry & Silver and decorate your virtual space, tune into the games 30 minutes before tipoff for pre-game coverage, log into the Fan Zoom from your laptop, smart phone or tablet, and be ready to win great prizes and play trivia throughout the game. For Zoom link and passcode, click here.

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Watch Party Winners

Thank you to all the Lobo fans who joined us for a virtual Coast-To-Coast watch party on Saturday, Jan. 2, to cheer on the Lobo Basketball team in its game against Nevada. We played trivia and games and gave away a plethora of great prizes! Congrats to our winners:

  • Brian Archuleta
  • Rosa Belanger
  • Jennifer Martinez
  • Jaime McCarthy
  • John Pablo
  • Brandon Rael
  • Allison Reynolds
  • Desmond Reynolds
  • Derrick Toledo


New grads, have you received your U magnet and postcard in the mail yet? When you do, gently remove the U magnet, snap a selfie, and post it on Instagram or Twitter with #UforU to enter to win weekly prizes! After you post, visit for details about receiving your free Alumni T-shirt.

Scholarship Opportunity

Anderson School of Management proudly launches Lobo for Life scholarships! As alumni, you’re eligible for a Lobo for Life scholarship to pursue an Anderson master’s degree. Whether your passion is being the next great entrepreneur, solving complex engineering or social problems, helping patients get and stay healthy, or educating our next generation of movers and shakers, Anderson has a program and format to fit your career path and lifestyle, including:

We’d love to talk to you about your making you career and life goals reality. To learn more, request information, or speak with an advisor, visit the Lobo For Life website.

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Chapter News & Events

LA Chapter Hosts Lobo Day Fundraiser

The UNM Alumni Los Angeles Chapter will be hosting an online auction Feb. 22 to 28 with proceeds benefitting the LA chapter’s endowed scholarship fund, which supports scholarship opportunities and educational stipends for students who are legal residents of the chapter’s city and attend The University of New Mexico.

Several fabulous UNM & Lobo items will be available for online auction. Bidding will begin Monday, Feb. 22, and close on Sunday, Feb. 28, on the platform. Additional details will be shared on our social media pages and in the February Howler.

In Memory

During the holiday break, we lost a wonderful and kind member of our Lobo Pack. It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Veronica Reed ('65 BFA). Veronica served as an UNM Alumni Association board member and was a former leader of our UNM Alumni New York Chapter. She will be deeply missed!

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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. When appropriate and safe, 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!

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For questions or more information:

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