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University Update

A Message from President Stokes

Lobos Recognized by State Lawmakers

President Stokes

We are now in the thick of the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session and the state budget, education reform and economic development continue to occupy center stage. I was honored to visit the Roundhouse for UNM Day on Jan. 28, along with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Roundhouse was painted cherry and silver, and dozens of tables filled the rotunda area ­– all showcasing the diverse and wide-reaching programs UNM has to offer. We truly are the University for New Mexico. And while this day highlights our institution to New Mexicans, it contributes to our global story.

It was a particularly special day because two UNM faculty and four students were honored by legislators in both the House and the Senate: Dr. Leslie Strickler, Dept. of Pediatrics; Dr. Vanessa Svihla, OILS and Chemical and Biological Engineering; Sumit Patel and Jaron Kee, both in the BA/MD Program; Esteban Abeyta, Biochemistry; and Lauren Zundel, Math/Physics. I joined them on the Senate floor where they were each recognized for their individual achievements in making our community and state a better place to live and learn. Those of you who have graduated with degrees in these areas – take pride in the recognition of not only your alma mater, but also the caliber of students and faculty that make up these departments and programs. Success stories like theirs color the pages of UNM history, creating a platform on which future students, staff and faculty can collaborate.

The day concluded with the annual UNM Alumni Legislative Reception, attended by countless alumni, lawmakers, students, staff and faculty. Many thanks to all who attended UNM Day at the Roundhouse and continuously do their part to empower our STATE of minds.

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Lobo Day - Celebrating UNM's 130th Birthday!

The Alumni Association and some of its regional chapters are celebrating Lobo Day (UNM’s Birthday) with Dinners for 12 Lobos and various Lobo Day Lecture Series:

  • The Austin Chapter will revive a previous Lobo Living Room presentation: The Science of Beer, with Dr. Mark C. Stone, Associate Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, on Saturday, February 23. Cost is $20. RSVP now!
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter will feature Dr. Horton Newsom at their Lobo Day Brunch on Sunday, February 24. Dr. Newsom, from UNM's Institute of Meteoritics and NASA, will describe what it is like for him and his students to help run the Curiosity rover, and the recent dust storm on Mars. Attendees will also get a chance to walk on Mars (virtually)! Purchase tickets on our website!
  • The NorCal/Sacramento Chapter will host a New Mexican Potluck and Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2. Guests are also asked to help with supporting victims from the Camp Fire in Paradise. RSVP here.
  • The Washington DC Chapter will feature a presentation from Dr. Rob DelCampo, Executive Director of UNM’s Innovation Academy and the Lobo Rainforest, a program that allows students to pursue their interests in innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, while residing in a unique environment on March 31, 2019. Stay tuned for more details on our event calendar.

Dinner For 12 Lobos

Dinner For 12 Lobos Banner

The UNM Alumni Association invites alumni in the Greater Albuquerque area and Valencia County to attend a Dinner for 12 Lobos to celebrate UNM’s 130th Birthday. The intent of this program is to invite alumni, students, and faculty for a meal to meet and get to know one another, making UNM a smaller, friendlier place. Dinners are scheduled for Thursday, February 28; Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2019.  If you are interested in attending a dinner, please register on our website. For more information, contact Maria Wolfe at

Scholarship Applications Now Available

Thanks to the generous gifts from alumni, friends, and chapters, the UNM Alumni Association is able to assist top undergraduate and graduate UNM students with their academic expenses. Scholarship applications for the 2019-20 academic year are now available! The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 22. Visit our scholarships webpage for more information.

College Fair Volunteers

Alumni Volunteers - LOVE UNM? Want to make an impact?  Help recruit future Lobos!
The University of New Mexico is looking for students from your area. Volunteers are needed to assist at college fairs across the country. No experience necessary - training and materials provided. If you’re willing to contribute a few hours, contact Gary Bednorz at

February 23 Los Angeles Chapter Recruitment Team at Torrance College Fair
April 9 Los Angeles Chapter Recruitment Team at Pasadena College Fair
April 14 Los Angeles Chapter Recruitment Team at Anaheim College Fair
April 16 Los Angeles Chapter Recruitment Team at Ontario College Fair
April 17 San Diego Chapter Recruitment Team at Del Mar College Fair
April 18 San Diego Chapter Recruitment Team at NACAC National College Fair

Chapter News & Events

Seattle Chapter New Year’s Party
Seattle Chapter New Year’s Party

Please check our event calendar for updates and to RSVP.

February 7 UNM Alumni Association Winter Awards Banquet
February 9

Lobos Coast to Coast Men’s Basketball Game Watch, UNM vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (MST)

  • Albuquerque, NM – Hops Brewery, 3507 Central Ave. NE
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Redrock Bar and Grill, 18110 Midway Rd.
  • Denver, CO - Sloan's Lake Tap and Burger, 1565 N. Raleigh St.
  • Farmington, NM – No Worries Sports Bar and Grill, 1298 W Navajo St
  • Las Vegas, NM – JC's New York Pizza Department, 209 Plaza St.
  • Lincoln, NE – Dino’s Crafted Burgers & Pizza, 2901 S 84th St
  • Los Angeles, CA – LA Aleworks, 12918 Cerise Ave
  • New York, NY - Blondies Sports, 212 W 79th St.
  • Orlando, FL – Craig Miller's Field House, 7958 Via Dellagio
  • Phoenix, AZ – Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave.
  • Ruidoso, NM – El Camino Nuevo Mexican Restaurant, 1025 Mechem Dr.
  • San Diego, CA – San Diego Brewing, 10450 Friar's Rd.
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Legends Sports Bar, 677 S 200 W
  • Washington DC – Mission Dupont Circle, 1606 20th St NW
February 20 UNM Veterans Alumni Chapter Membership Meeting, Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, 5:30 p.m. - RSVP to to obtain your parking permit
February 21 School of Architecture and Planning Alumni Chapter Annual Membership Meeting. - RSVP to to obtain your parking permit
February 23 Austin Chapter Lobo Day: Science of Beer with Dr. Mark Stone, Austin Beerworks, 11 a.m.
February 24 Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Lobo Day Brunch: From NM to Mars with Dr. Horton Newsom, Brookhaven Country Club, 10 a.m.
February 26 NorCal Chapter UNM vs. SJSU MBB Pre-Game Social, Rookies Sports Lodge, 5 p.m.
February 26 Daily Lobo Alumni 125th Anniversary celebration, Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, 5:30 p.m. - RSVP to
February 28 - March 3 Dinners for 12 Lobos, ABQ and Valencia Branch Campuses
February 28 UNM’s 130th Birthday celebration!
February 28 UNM American Studies Alumni Group Meeting, Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, 5:30 p.m. - RSVP to to obtain your parking permit
March 2 NorCal/Sacramento Chapter Lobo Day Potluck Scholarship Fundraiser, Home of Carlos Melendez and Debra Jensen, 5 p.m.
March 7 Anderson Hall of Fame Banquet, UNM SUB Ballroom, 6 p.m.
March 13-16 Mountain West Basketball Championships
Includes Las Vegas, San Diego, LA Chapters
March 15 San Diego Chapter Happy Hour, Societe Brewing Co, 5:30 p.m.
March 31 Washington DC Chapter Lobo Day Brunch, Dr. Rob DelCampo, Fort Belvoir Officer's Club, 10:30 a.m.
May 19 SAVE THE DATE! Phoenix Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament, Stonecreek Golf Club

It's Good to Be A Lobo

UNM Alumni Travel Program

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Lobos with wanderlust, get ready to book your next trip! Now is the time to check out the trips the Alumni Travel Program has scheduled for 2019! 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 2019 trips calendar is up on our website. For questions or to book your trip, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-9093.

SPECIAL OFFER - The Charm of the Amalfi Coast: Let Italy's Amalfi Coast dazzle you with its stunning seaside tapestry while enjoying seven nights in Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. Reserve your spot by February 26 and save $500 per couple. Learn more about this exclusive offer.

Chapel Tiles: Cherished Memories

Photo of UNM Memorial Chapel

Remember, memorialize and celebrate with a photo tile on the Alumni Memorial Chapel’s Celebration Wall. The Celebration Wall serves the University community’s spirit and provides a historic record of the many celebrations, memorials, and important events held at the Chapel. The tiles are designed to resist fading and scratching, and will not include names or captions. Each tile costs $300. Funds raised through the tiles directly support the Chapel and its programs.

The Brick Brigade: Be A Part of Alumni History

Hodgin Hall Bricks

The Hodgin Hall Brick Brigade provides an opportunity to commemorate your own or a loved one's days at UNM with a personalized brick laid in a handsome walkway leading to Hodgin's main entrance. Your brick purchase will endow the future for Hodgin Hall and the UNM Alumni Association. Funds raised will assure Hodgin Hall's maintenance and renovation while supporting the efforts of the UNM Alumni Association.

Photos – Lobos Across the Land

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.

  • January 5, 2019 – UNM Men’s Basketball defeats then ranked #6 Nevada Wolfpack

For questions or more information:

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