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University Update

A Letter from UNM Alumni Association Board President

Alexis Tappan

What a year we’ve had, Lobos! Spreading the word about New Mexico's favorite crop through our ever-growing Green Chile Roasts, Painting the Town Cherry at Homecoming, and creating incredible connections from coast to coast that mean even more to us now, during this unprecedented time.

As my time as your board president comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the great work this Alumni Association does and will continue to do as Chad Cooper, your new president, steps in to lead. The Association will continue keeping the line to your University open, supporting and celebrating all graduates at every step of their journeys, and connecting our Alumni Pack across the globe. 

I want to encourage you to stay involved with your Alumni Association family as we all learn to navigate our new normal. The bonds we share as graduates of The University of New Mexico are incredibly important now, more than ever, and I hope you’ll find ways to share your #LoboLove. Join your local chapter’s Facebook Group, call or text your fellow Lobos, or give back to the UNM communities that are most in need right now.

Each of us defines all of us at UNM, and although we may feel worlds apart, our Lobo Spirit keeps us united. It’s been my pleasure to serve this Alumni Association and all of you, I look forward to staying active in this community, and I hope to see all of you soon!

Stay Healthy and GO LOBOS!
Alexis Kerschner Tappan

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

UNM Cherry Vanity Plates Available Now

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For decorative vanity plates to display your Lobo Pride at home or in your office, you can order personalized plates through this order form. These plates may contain up to five letters and/or numbers, and cannot be used on your vehicle, but make a great addition to any room's décor! These plates may take up to six weeks to be delivered, and are available for a low introductory price of just $9.99! Get yours today before this kickoff special ends on July 31, 2020.

UNM’s Plan to Bring Back the Pack

Until approximately the middle of July, UNM will be developing a comprehensive design for Bringing Back the Pack in Fall 2020. During this early summer phase, a limited group of individuals will be permitted to return to campus to start up critical functions and to support Fall planning. Services will continue to be available remotely, buildings will largely remain locked, and campus access will remain limited. Yet, our campuses will be forging the tools for protecting Lobos and helping them thrive under new and challenging conditions. Find more information about this multi-phase process by clicking here.

A Toast to 2019-2020

The UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors met recently in their matching red UNM Alumni shirts (order yours here) to review the past year, thank outgoing members, and make a toast to celebrate 2019-2020!

We are incredibly grateful for our outgoing Board Members, who have dedicated their time and efforts to this Alumni Association: Breda Bova, James King, Harold Lavender, Ryan Lindquist, Dolores Martinez, Kendra Merritt Doyel, Rosalyn Nguyen, Tim Nisly and Terri Salazar. Cheers!

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July 1 marks the new year for your UNM Alumni Association Board! Congratulations to new President, Chad Cooper, and President Elect, Mike Silva, along with new Board Members Dr. Kenneth Armijo, Kyle Biederwolf, Aprilyn Chavez Geissler, Ryan Ferguson, Jessica Hurtado, Erica Krause-Muñoz, Susan Moczygemba-McKinsey and Joe Ortiz.

Find more information about the UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors here.

Four New Deans Join the UNM Pack

The University of New Mexico has announced over the past months that four new deans will be joining the Pack this summer! Click through to read more about them:

Spreading Some #LoboLove

Show Us Your UNM Alumni Shirts!

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Did you get your super-soft t-shirt from the UNM Young Alumni Chapter yet? We want to see where you’re showing off your Alumni Pride! Tag @unmalumni on Instagram and Twitter, or send us an email at with a pic of you in your new shirt for a chance to win some UNM Alumni gifts!

Every purchase of the new shirts and hoodie benefits the UNM Young Alumni Scholarship Fund, which is given to a recent UNM grad who is pursuing an advanced degree at The University of New Mexico. Order yours today at this website.


Celebrating New Grads with the U

We are so proud of our newest alumni and their accomplishments. While we couldn’t celebrate them at Hodgin Hall this spring, we wanted to send a little bit of #LoboLove to every graduate’s mailbox. Each Spring 2020 UNM grad was sent a postcard with a keepsake U magnet, and we’re encouraging all of them to post a photo with their U on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win prizes!

Each week through July 31 we’re choosing a winner who will receive UNM Alumni swag, and at the end of the #UforU contest, one grand prize winner will get a UNM “LOBOS” vanity plate, a diploma frame and more. If you or someone you know has their U, get out there and show us your #UforU pics!

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Lobo Food Pantry

Lobo Food Pantry is a great way to give back right now! They provide free groceries to students, employees and the greater UNM community. Your donation in any amount directly supports food pantry operations and helping people who need access to food.

Donations can be made at made at this website, and be sure to indicate that you’re a UNM alum!

Chapter News & Events

The Alumni Vodcast: Community Connector Series

This month, the Alumni Association launches an interview series focusing on racial equity and inclusion at The University of New Mexico. Join your hosts, Alumni Association President Chad Cooper and President Elect Mike Silva, as they tackle important issues and ask the tough questions that need to be addressed.

The inaugural episode will feature a discussion about equity and inclusion in higher education, followed by shows looking at health care, athletics and more. Look for updates on The Alumni Vodcast in your email and on social media.

Return of The Lobo Living Room

Join us as we host Lobo Football Coach Danny Gonzales and special guests for a virtual Lobo Living Room on July 23 at 6:30 p.m.! More details to come, but rest assured you’ll be getting all the latest Lobo Football updates about the upcoming season, players, coaches and more. Watch your email, follow us on social media and check the UNM Alumni Events Calendar for more information about this exciting event.

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It’s Your Green Chile Roast – By Post!

We may not be able to celebrate our favorite New Mexican export in person this year, but we’ve got your green chile cravings covered, Lobos! Keep an eye out for information on this year’s version of the Regional Green Chile Roast. We’ll be offering ways to order authentic green chile that will be delivered straight to your mailbox, as well as other fantastic Alumni swag – all benefitting UNM Alumni Scholarship Funds.

So stay tuned and start training your taste buds because we’re bringing you “All You Can Heat” safely, with no contact, and to every Lobo nationwide!

Connect with Us on LinkedIn

Follow the UNM Alumni Association on LinkedIn for career- and UNM-centric news and updates. You can find us at this link, and please let us know what you’d like to see shared on this professionals’ platform.

Let’s Go Green, Lobos!

Show your #LoboLove by going green this summer! In an ongoing effort to go green and use less paper, we’d like to encourage all alumni to receive your copy of the Mirage digitally. The digital version contains every bit of the outstanding Mirage content you know and love, just in a digital format you can access anytime, anywhere, with any connected device. Please consider saving paper and trees by opting out of your hardcopy by clicking this link. You’re also welcome to email the Alumni Relations Office directly and we will update your delivery preferences.

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For questions or more information:

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