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University Update

Voting On Education

President Stokes and other University leaders celebrate the reopening of Farris Engineering Center following a renovation made possible by the 2014 GO Bond.

President Stokes and other University leaders celebrate the reopening
of Farris Engineering Center following a renovation made possible by the
2014 GO Bond.

If you were able to join in the UNM Homecoming festivities on campus last week, you might have noticed some of the many physical transformations to the campus. Several of our buildings and public spaces have been improved to support our academic and research missions and to positively impact the Lobo experience. Many of these projects were made possible with state funding through General Obligation (GO) Bonds.

Thanks to state legislation and New Mexican voters over the last several general elections, we’ve been able to construct health education laboratory and classroom space, renovate a decades old engineering building, and enhance safety and accessibility in numerous facilities at various campuses. This is only a snapshot of the changes made possible by GO Bonds.

This November, New Mexico voters will be able to vote on General Obligation Bonds D for higher education and B for libraries. Bond D for higher education would allot approximately $136 million to colleges, universities, special and tribal schools throughout the state. Bond B for libraries would provide more than $12 million, $4 million of which would go to academic libraries at numerous higher education institutions.

While these bonds would directly benefit New Mexico’s institutions of higher education, there are many votes that can support or guide our public school systems, including the people voted into office.

As you consider your vote this year, I urge you to think about how your ballot choices might impact the educational opportunities in your community. Whether you live in New Mexico, or anywhere else in the country, your vote—your voice—matters.

Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Homecoming 2018: A Howling Success

Many thanks to all our groovy alums and the UNM community who showed up at many of the far out events held during Homecoming Week. We had an opportunity to pet puppies, learn about the geography of cannabis and science of beer, tour many halls and spaces around campus, and recognize alumni who have made major impacts on The University of New Mexico. But we were most thrilled with reconnecting with many of our alums who traveled near and far to support their alma mater. We look forward to seeing you next year! Be sure to check our Flickr page for photos of the week’s events.

UNM Alumni Homecoming 2018 Photo Collage

2018 Hall of Honor Inductees Named

2018 Hall of Honor Inductees Photo Collage

The 2018 University of New Mexico Hall of Honor class certainly has a championship feel. Leading the way are the 2017 NCAA National Champion Women's Cross Country team and joining them as inductees are Pete Gibson (Basketball), Willie Long (Basketball), DonTrell Moore (Football), Jeff Rowland (Soccer) and Sam Scarber (Football).

In addition, UNM will honor its 2017-18 Coach of the Year Joe Franklin (Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field), Male Athlete of the Year Josh Kerr (Cross Country/Track & Field), and Female Athletes of the Year Cherise Beynon (Basketball) and Ednah Kurgat (Cross Country/Track & Field).

The honorees will be inducted at the Hall of Honor awards dinner, which will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marriott Pyramid North. Tickets are $60 each or $600 for a table of 10. Call the UNM Alumni Lettermen's Association at 505-925-5905 to purchase tickets. The group will also be honored during New Mexico's football game against Fresno State on October 20.

Read more about this year's inductees

Have you seen the Lobo Flag on College Gameday?

Image of UNM Lobos Flag be spotted on televison

As many college football fans know, it is often a quest for schools to show their colors and mascot proudly flying in the background of Saturday’s ESPN College Gameday broadcast. Our own Lobo and New Mexico flag was spotted and after some research, it was determined that the proud Lobo fan was Valerie from Texas. You can learn more about this and catch up on Lobo Football action weekly by reading the Love Your Lobos Newsletter which includes information on the VetTix program and other updates.

Aluminaria Awardee Recognized

Joe Krueger ’12, BSED

At Tooele High School in Utah, Joe Krueger ’12, BSED, a life skills instructor who works with autistic students in his classroom, developed a method that helped a high school boy and, ultimately, his classroom. By noticing cues and triggers that agitated him, Krueger was able to prevent the boy from becoming anxious. Working one-on-one with the student proved beneficial as well as he was able to interact more with his classroom activities.

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.

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for its Winter Awards, where we will present the Zimmerman, Rodey, Fergusson, and Faculty teaching awards.

Nominate someone today:

Upcoming Chapter Events:

October 6: Atlanta Chapter Chile Roast, Square Pub in Decatur Square, 12-7 p.m.
October 6 Las Vegas Alumni Chapter Tailgate for UNM v. UNLV Football, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
October 6 Dallas/Fort Worth Happy Hour at Shannon Brewing Co., Keller, 205 p.m. CT
October 13 Phoenix Chapter Green Chile and Game Watch Event, Carlsbad Tavern, in Scottsdale, 2 p.m. MT
October 19 San Diego Chapter Happy Hour at Stone Brewing, Liberty Station, 5:30 p.m.
October 19 Law School Distinguished Achievement Awards Dinner, UNM SUB, 6 p.m.
October 19 Swimming and Diving Team Alumni Reunion
October 25 School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Awards, Embassy Suites. 5:30 p.m.
October 27 Salt Lake City Chapter Tailgate at UNM vs. Utah State Football game, 11 a.m.
November 3 San Diego Chapter, UNM vs. SDSU Game Watch at SD Brewery
November 1: Lobo Living Room-Rare Treasures and Fine Wine Zimmerman Library
November 9: Veterans Day Celebration at UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel hosted by UNM Veteran Alumni Chapter, Naval, Army and Air Force ROTC

And don't forget our Chapter and Constituent Group event calendar is updated regularly, so make sure to check out the latest lineup and find something new to do with your fellow alumni.

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!


The Lobo Living Room series is designed to present unique aspects of UNM and its alumni in informative and entertainment settings. From Bees to Baseball and Mars to Mariachi, these events showcase the depth and breadth of what the University and community have to offer. Although a majority take place on or near campus, many of our alumni do not know they can watch these presentations at their convenience by visiting the Lobo Living Room website and viewing them on our YouTube channel. Have a suggestion of a topic that we haven’t yet covered? Take a few minutes to fill out the form on the same site and let us know!

Save the date for our next Lobo Living Room Rare Treasures and Fine Wine .

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the UNM campus at Zimmerman Library. Peruse the halls of Zimmerman Library and get a glimpse of rare treasures and artifacts not normally seen. Visit stations with Latin American artifacts, old books, manuscripts and maps, and learn about WPA furniture and architecture from researchers and experts on the matter. A sampling of fine wines and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered. The event will take place in the stunning southwestern architecture of Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico campus.

This event is free and is sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association and UNM Zimmerman Library. Participants must be 21 years old to participate in the wine sampling.


5:30-6:15 p.m.: Registration and Reception

6:15 -7:30 p.m.: Rare Treasures and Fine Wines

Space is limited so RSVP now and save your place for what is sure to be a popular event!

Photos – Lobos Across the Land

Attend one of our events lately, especially the many activities during Homecoming week? Take a look at our Flickr page and see if we caught you showing your Lobo pride!

UNM Alumni Photo Collage

For questions or more information:

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