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University Update

A Message from President Stokes

President Garnett Stokes on stage

We're only two weeks away from the beginning of the Fall semester and you can feel the energy of the campus building. Soon our students, faculty and staff will be well into the first half of the new school year.

While this is an exciting time to be on campus, it is also a thrilling time to be a UNM alum and a member of the Alumni Association. The new slate of Board of Directors, led by new president Alexis Kerschner Tappan, was welcomed July 1 and is already hard at work seeking new ways to engage and connect alumni, and continue the group's momentum. The board is charged with guiding the Association as a vital partner in the continued success of The University of New Mexico. I am confident this board, with the support of all our outstanding alumni, will continue to advance the University's priorities.

There are several opportunities to welcome the class of 2023 as well as our returning students and I encourage all alumni to join in the excitement. Whether it's helping with Operation Lobo Move in, volunteering at Freshman Convocation or joining us for Welcome Back Days, our alumni play an important role in inspiring and retaining our students. I would be thrilled if you joined us in kicking off the new school year for our Lobos.

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Chapter Annual Green Chile Roasts Are Just Around the Corner!

Green Chile Roasts 2019

Alumni Chapters around the country are gearing up for their annual Green Chile Roasts! These roasts are a chance for our alumni and friends to find a bit of New Mexico in their new homes while raising funds for the Chapter Scholarship programs, which support students attending UNM from the chapters’ area.

Keep an eye out for more dates and information coming soon on our website 

Aug. 10: 
Austin Chapter Annual Chile Roast and Picnic
Aug. 10: 
Dallas Fort Worth Chile Roast at Community Beer
Aug. 18: 
Las Vegas Chapter Annual Green Chile Roast & Lunch
Aug. 24: 
Salt Lake City Alumni Chapter Green Chile Roast
Aug. 25:
Greater LA Chapter Chile Roast, Lunch and Scholarship FUN-raiser
Sep. 7: 
Washington, D.C. Chapter Annual Green Chile Roast and Taco Picnic
Sept. 21:
NorCal Chapter Annual Green Chile Roast and Picnic
Oct. 5: 
Atlanta Chapter Annual Green Chile Fiesta

Aluminaria Awards

The UNM Alumni Association would like to congratulate the following UNM alumni for their dedication and selfless acts of service in their respective communities:

Mario Perez, MBA ’04

Dr. Mario Perez has been serving in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters for the last 11 years and is currently the Lead Program Scientist for one of the three themes within the Astrophysics portfolio, namely, Cosmic Origins. This portfolio includes large NASA flagship missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope, SOFIA Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope and the soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope (2021). Dr. Perez has been instrumental and is the originator of several of the Astrophysics Division initiatives such as new technology solicitations to understand and eliminate technology gaps that could enable the next generation of NASA’s large space missions.

Erica Krause Munoz, BA ’10

Erica is extraordinarily passionate about helping UNM young alumni land on their feet and succeed after graduation. As the 2018-2019 President of the UNM Young Alumni Chapter, she has a proven professional and career development record of mentoring and helping young people in New Mexico. Among many other accomplishments during her tenure, Erica helped establish the Young Alumni scholarship for recent graduates of UNM who want to pursue a graduate at degree at UNM.

The Aluminaria Award honors alumni who dedicate their lives to make the world a better, brighter place through community service, excellence in the workplace and/or contributions to society beyond what is required. These alumni heighten the profile of UNM, and inspire others to follow in their path. Nominate someone today on the UNM Alumni website.

Join Us!

Lobo Living Room

Join us at the upcoming Lobo Living Rooms

New Mexico Courts: The Bar, Bench & Backroom
Thursday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | UNM School of Law

Quiz yourself on how much you know about the New Mexico Court system. This Lobo Living Room presentation offers information about New Mexico's Court of Appeals, Tribal Court and District Court. Three New Mexico Judges will provide overviews of their respective courts. We’ll view depictions of trial lawyers and judges in the movies/TV vs. real life. What happens in the chambers the public does not see? Learn about Effective vs. Ineffective Advocacy, lawyers, lay witnesses, and expert witnesses. How important are lawyers’ briefs, written motions, etc. vs. oral arguments? What is the role of court clerks? Do appellate judges with differing opinions negotiate with each other? Learn more and RSVP at:

Lobo Living Room Stamp

UNM Press 90th Anniversary
Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Albuquerque Museum

Join authors N. Scott Momaday, Anne Hillerman, Baker Morrow, Anna Nogar, Jack Loeffler, V. B. Price and Jim Kristofic as they reflect on this significant milestone and discuss the legacy, culture, history, and stories published by UNM Press. Learn more and RSVP at:

Homecoming 2019: October 21-26

Mark your calendars and start making plans to join us October 21-26 to celebrate Homecoming 2019. Lobo football will take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at Dreamstyle Stadium. Homecoming will be a tradition-packed week of events and reunions that you won't want to miss!

Homecoming 2019 Vertical Banner

Lobo Cancer Challenge

UNM Alumni are invited to participate in the Lobo Cancer Challenge on Saturday, September 14. This community fundraiser helps ensure access to world-class cancer care and treatments based on the most advanced cancer research right here in New Mexico! Every dollar raised by our Challengers goes to support cancer patient care, research, community outreach, or education and training at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Learn more on the Lobo Cancer Challenge website.

Lobo Cancer Challenge

Alumni Volunteers Needed to Welcome Our New Lobos

Aug 13-17
Operation Lobo Move-In - Help welcome over 2,000 residents to campus! Volunteers can give directions, answer questions, interact with new students and parents, or help new and returning resident Lobos unload their cars and carry boxes. Sign up for a volunteer slot today.
Aug. 18
Freshman Day/Freshman Convocation – Help us welcome our newest Lobos and their families! Volunteer for two- or three-hour shifts. Visit the Freshman Convocation website for more information and to sign up.
Aug. 19-20
Ask Me! Fall Semester Welcome Event - Finding your way to your classes can be hard the first 2 days students are on campus. Volunteer for an hour or two and help students find their way. Sign-up now and you can park for free at Hodgin Hall.
Aug. 23
Welcome Back Days – Treat students to food at the Duck Pond. Email Kim Feldman to volunteer at

Chapter News & Events

Upcoming Chapter Events

Aug. 10 Chicago Chapter at Chicago Fire v. Montreal | SeatGeek Stadium | 8 p.m.
Aug. 17 Honors Alumni at New Mexico United | Isotopes Park | 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 Phoenix Chapter Happy Hour | Il Bosco Pizza | 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 25 DFW Alumni Chapter at Summer Series: Monet, His Life and Impact | Kimbell Art Museum | 2 p.m.
Sept. 8 Central Florida Lobo Game Watch - UNM v Notre Dame | Miller’s Ale House —Orlando Airport | 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 Honors Alumni Book Club | Reading I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai | Hodgin Hall Alumni Center | 2 p.m.
Sept. 27 San Diego Chapter Happy Hour | On the Border in Mission Valley | 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Phoenix Chapter Happy Hour | Il Bosco Pizza | 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 San Diego Chapter Happy Hour | Second Chance Brewery in Rancho Bernardo | 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 UNM vs. SDSU Basketball Game Watch Party | San Diego Brewery
Feb. 12 UNM at SDSU Basketball Game | More information on tickets to come

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

Photos – Lobos Across the Land

Find your photos!

Did you attend one 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

For questions or more information:

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