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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Connie Beimer Named Interim VP of Alumni Relations

Connie Beimer

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes named Connie Beimer as interim vice president of Alumni Relations effective Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The leadership change was prompted by the departure of Dana Allen, who recently accepted a position at UC Davis.

“I am so pleased that Connie will be our interim vice president of Alumni Relations,” President Stokes said. “As a lifelong New Mexican and two-time UNM alumna, she has dedicated her career to public service, including heading our Office of Government and Community Relations for the past several years. Her energy and ability to connect people to their passions will be a valuable asset to our alumni and the University.”

For 15 years, Beimer has worked for the University, most recently as the director for the Office of Government and Community Relations. She has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and a master’s in public administration – both from UNM.

“I welcome this opportunity to proudly serve as the interim vice president for Alumni Relations,” Connie said. “UNM alumni, more than 200,000 of us since 1889, are a valuable resource in building this terrific institution. I look forward to working with our alums and our UNM community to grow our university and provide even greater opportunities for our graduates and to celebrate their accomplishments.”

Read the complete announcement here.

Winter Awards

The Alumni Association’s Winter Awards recognize outstanding teaching, exceptional accomplishments, commitment and distinguished service to the University of New Mexico. The Winter Awards will be held on Thursday, February 20, at Hotel Andaluz in Downtown Albuquerque. To learn more about how to nominate outstanding alumni, visit our awards webpage.

Paul Ré Peace Prize Nominations

The bi-annual Paul Ré Peace Prize has opened the 2020 nomination cycle. Artist Paul Ré is recognized internationally for promoting world peace and harmony through his masterful creations. For almost five decades, Albuquerque resident Ré has shown how serene and elevating art can act as a model for living and can inspire us to find our inner depth and express it outwardly through good works. Nominations can be submitted electronically or mailed, and must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 for the May 2020 award presentation. For nomination forms and more information about the prize, click here.

Join Us!

Alumni at Diner en Rouge

Connect In 2020

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 2020 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! Click here to request your Alumni ID.

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 2019 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.

UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel

Did you celebrate the holidays by getting engaged? Congratulations! As you enjoy this new chapter in life and start the wedding planning process, 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, memorial services, and celebrations. The UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel is nondenominational and available to students, faculty, staff and alumni for weddings and memorial services. A virtual tour and booking information is available online.  For more information, please call 505-277-5808.

Alumni Chapel

UNM Alumni Travel Program

Alaska Landscape

Did you resolve to travel more this year? Now is the time to check out the trips the Alumni Travel Program has scheduled for 2020! With a number of unique trip opportunities, our Alumni Travel Program sets you up for success by handling all the travel plans and arrangements for you while offering amazing discounts. The UNM Alumni Travel Program’s 2020 trips calendar is up on our website. For questions or to book your trip, please call 505-277-5808.

Chapter News & Events

Upcoming Chapter Events

Jan. 27 UNM Day | Capital Building | Santa Fe
Jan. 29 UNM vs. SDSU Basketball Game Watch Party | San Diego Brewery
Feb. 12 UNM at SDSU Basketball Game Watch Party | More information to come
Feb. 15 UNLV at UNM Basketball Game Watch Party | Washington, DC Chapter. See for time and location
Mar. 1-7 Mountain West Basketball Tournament | Las Vegas

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

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!

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. For history of The U click here.

Dec. 1: Men’s Basketball victory over Montana, 72-63, and Women’s basketball victory over Missouri, 71-68.
Dec. 3: In honor of NCAA National Cross Country Champion Weini Kelati
Dec. 4: Men’s Basketball victory over Boise State, 80-78
Dec. 6: Hanging of The Greens
Dec. 7: Women’s Basketball victory over Wyoming, 79-65
Dec. 12: New Grad Bash
Dec. 13: Fall Class of 2019 Commencement
Dec. 14: Men’s Basketball victory over NMSU, 69-62
Dec. 16: Women’s Basketball victory over NMSU, 107-53

For questions or more information:

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