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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

A Message From President Harold Lavender

At an institution I attended for a brief period as an undergraduate, the time after the holiday break and spring break was referred to as The Dark Ages. We at UNM are so fortunate that even when the weather is iffy, we know we can depend on bright sunny days. With nice weather and campus activities in full swing, we have a myriad of possibilities to participate. As you know by reading previous issues of The Howler, my focus is on encouraging attendance and participation at athletic events, at lectures and performances. Please become involved, pay attention to scheduled events and just SHOW UP! Our special focus this month is on another wonderful organization created by three UNM alumnae called SHIFT | DANCE. (Photo by Travis Lewis)

At an institution I attended for a brief period as an undergraduate, the time after the holiday break and spring break was referred to as The Dark Ages. We at UNM are so fortunate that even when the weather is iffy, we know we can depend on bright sunny days. With nice weather and campus activities in full swing, we have a myriad of possibilities to participate. As you know by reading previous issues of the Howler, my focus is on encouraging attendance and participation at athletic events, at lectures and performances. Please become involved, pay attention to scheduled events and just SHOW UP! Our special focus this month is on another wonderful organization created by three UNM alumnae called SHIFT | DANCE.

Founded in 2015, and co-directed by Jacqueline García (’13 MFA), Lisa Nevada (’15 MFA), and Kelsey Paschich (’16 MFA), the mission of SHIFT | DANCE is to invigorate and sustain the art of professional modern and contemporary dance in Albuquerque through a committed network of creative professionals and advocates. Since its inception, SHIFT | DANCE has established programming that invites local, national, and international artists to engage and share with the Albuquerque community. SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL was created in 2016 to drive the advancement of professional contemporary, exploratory and research-based dance and to elevate and generate awareness for the range of dance forms in Albuquerque. SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL invites guest artists outside of New Mexico to create new, highly developed works that are performed over the course of the festival. Festival artists also engage with the Albuquerque community through an Artist + Public Engagement Series, as well as a Festival Workshop Series, provided at low cost or by donation. You can learn more about this vibrant organization online.

Winter Awards

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the prestigious 2018 Winter Awards. The recipients include: James F. Zimmerman Award – Joy Harjo (‘76 BA); Bernard S. Rodey Award – Phyllis Perrin Wilcox (‘93 PhD); Erna S. Fergusson Award – D.F. “Duffy” Swan (‘68 BA); and Faculty Teaching Award – Karl Karlstrom.

The Alumni Association’s Winter Awards recognize outstanding teaching, exceptional accomplishments, commitment and distinguished service to the University of New Mexico. The recipients will be honored at the Winter Awards Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 8. Visit our awards page to read about the honorees.

Dinner For 12 Lobos

The UNM Alumni Association invites alumni in the Greater Albuquerque area to volunteer as dinner hosts and sign up as guests for our Dinner for 12 Lobos program. Dinners are scheduled to celebrate Lobo Day, UNM’s Birthday on February 28, but will be held Friday, Feb. 23; Saturday, Feb. 24; and Sunday, Feb. 25. If you are interested in hosting or attending a dinner in your home, please register on the Dinner for 12 Lobos webpage. If you have questions, contact Sue MacEachen by email.

Lobo Day

February 28 commemorates the founding of The University of New Mexico in 1889! Three of our regional alumni chapters will be hosting Lobo Day celebrations and have invited professors and other speakers from the University to their towns for Lobo Day events. RSVP for your local event today:

  • Dallas Chapter: Saturday, Feb. 24, Lobo Day celebration with Anderson School of Management Dean, Craig White. More info & RSVP.
  • Washington D.C. Chapter: Sunday, Feb. 25, Lobo Day Brunch with Dr. Chris Witt. More info & RSVP.
  • American Studies: Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Hodgin Hall Alumni Center; the Annual American Studies Alumni, Faculty & Student Lobo Day Dialogue. Refreshments provided.
  • Austin Chapter: Saturday, March 3, Lobo Day celebration with speaker Dr. Horton E. Newsom. More info & RSVP.

Did U know?

Did you know, if you’ve never logged into UNM Alumni Connect before, you’ll need to know your Alumni ID number to complete the first-time user login. And we’re happy to share that info with you! Simply complete this request form, and we will email your Alumni ID number to you. 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 2018 events, regional chapter Green Chile Roasts, UNM department or program news, game watch parties and more #ProudUNMAlumni moments.

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 2018-19 academic year are available starting at 5 p.m. (MST) Monday, Feb. 5! The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, March 8. Visit our scholarships webpage for more information.

Join us!

Lobo Living Room

Mark your calendars and RSVP for two upcoming Lobo Living Room events:

  • Thursday, March 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: The Neurobiology of Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by Dr. David A. Hovda. More info & RSVP.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: A Lobo Rainforest in the Desert. More info & RSVP.

Online Career Advising

UNM Career Services is offering live online career advising for alumni on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (MST) during the Spring 2018 semester. It is UNM Career Service’s goal to make services more accessible to UNM alumni who might not be able to visit UNM main campus often. To chat with an advisor, send Career Services an email to get started and get more information.

UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel

Recently engaged or starting the wedding planning process? The Alumni Association invites you to tour and book the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel for your special day. Dates for 2018 events at the Chapel are booking quickly! Elegant in its Southwestern simplicity, the University of New Mexico’s Alumni Memorial Chapel is the ideal location for weddings, vow renewals and memorial services. 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. Please call Kathie Scott before reserving your event at 505-277-9093.

UNM Alumni Travel Program

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 2018! 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 2018 trips calendar is up on our website. For questions or to book your trip, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-9093.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Events are planned and put on our calendar weekly, stay up to date about chapter events by visiting our online events calendar.

Austin

  • Sunday, Feb. 25: Hunger Walk. Email Bill Renfro for more information.
  • Saturday, March 3, 6 to 9 p.m.: Lobo Day Celebration with Dr. Horton E. Newsom. More info & RSVP.

Chicago

  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Game watch UNM vs UNLV Men’s Basketball. More info.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: Chicago Chapter’s Virtual Birthday Party. More info.

Dallas

  • Saturday, Feb. 24, noon to 2 p.m.: Lobo Day with Anderson School of Management Dean, Craig White. More info & RSVP.

New York

  • Sunday, Feb. 25: Game watch UNM vs UNLV Men’s Basketball. More info.

NorCal Chapter

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: UNM Men’s Basketball vs. San Jose State pre-game happy hour and basketball game. More info.

Veterans Chapter

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 to 7 p.m.: Pints, Pins & Pizza Happy Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brewery 377 in Albuquerque. More info.

Washington D.C. Chapter

  • Sunday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lobo Day Brunch with Dr. Chris Witt. More info & RSVP.

It’s Good To Be A Lobo

Business Card Drive

The UNM Alumni Relations Office is asking alums to mail us five business cards. The cards will be assembled into binders that will be shared with the career services and enrollment management offices to share with prospective and current students, showing the vast scope of careers that are possible with a degree from UNM. As a way to say thank you for your participation, the fifth card will be returned to you as a luggage tag. To share your business cards, please send them to: UNM Alumni Relations Office, ATTN: Business Card Book, MSC01-1160, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

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 tag yourself and your friends!

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. Updates on when The U will be lit here.

  • Jan. 15: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 27: UNM Women's Swimming

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)
E: alumni@unm.edu