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Announcements from The UNM Alumni Association

Mirage Is On Its Way To Your Mailbox

The UNM Alumni Association proudly prints and mails more than 150,000 copies of Mirage Magazine twice a year, and the glossy paper copy of Mirage is on its way to your mailbox now! We want every single alumnus who wants a paper copy to have one, but we also know that people’s reading habits are changing. Like many of us, maybe you have become fast friends with an iPad or addicted to your Kindle. Maybe you like to read on your desktop or on your phone. And, maybe, you would just like to reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of paper in the world.

If you would no longer like to receive a paper copy of the Mirage Magazine in the mail and would prefer an emailed version, please let us know by completing the digital opt-in form. Simply confirm your email address and the Fall 2017 edition will be sent directly to your email inbox and not your curbside mailbox.

If you opt for the electronic version only, rest assured you will see the same magazine — great color photos, engaging articles, news of alumni events and updates on your classmates — only in a digital format with easy-to-use page-turning features. Read the Spring 2017 Mirage here.

MWC in Las Vegas

It’s time! The Mountain West Championships will be held March 6-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. Join the UNM Alumni Association, the Las Vegas Chapter and the UNM Lettermen's Association on Wednesday, March 8, for a Fan Appreciation Reception at Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel. Check out our event page and Facebook page for the updated reception time based on team seeding. Appetizers will be provided; a cash bar will be available. Stop by to pick up your Lobo rally gear before cheering our men’s and women’s basketball teams to tournament victories! (Reception time is subject to change depending on Lobo Women's Basketball team tournament advancement.)

Games will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Find game times and the bracket for the men’s team here and women’s team here. For individual tickets, and to sit with other Lobo fans, please contact Aaron Mahnke by phone at 317-554-1597 or by email.

Winter Awards

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association proudly honored the 2017 Winter Awards recipients on Thursday, Feb. 16, with a dinner and award ceremony at Albuquerque Country Club. The recipients include: James F. Zimmerman Award – David Campbell; Bernard S. Rodey Award – Loren Kieve; Erna S. Fergusson Award – Stephen Ciepiela; and Faculty Teaching Award – Amy Brandzel. Thank you to everyone who came to the Winter Awards Dinner! Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr page.

Did U know?

The UNM Alumni Association’s national chapter program provides opportunities for alumni to stay connected with the University, meet with other UNM alumni living in their area and give back to the University and to their communities. Find a chapter in your area here.

Join us!

Austin Chapter Lobo Day

Celebrate Lobo Day with the Austin Alumni Chapter at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4, with speaker Kathryn Lane, ‘80 CFA, at Ronald McDonald House Charities Community Room in Austin. Read complete details here.

Golden Grads: Class of 1967

The Class of 1967 and the UNM Heritage Club members, those who graduated more than 50 years ago, are invited to attend the Heritage Club Reception & Dinner on Friday, May 12, at which time our Golden Grads of 1967 will be inducted into the club. All members are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13. For more details, contact Kathie Scott at 505-277-9093 or visit the Golden Grads webpage.

Golden Grads and Heritage Club members can sign up for UNM Alumni Connect, the UNM Alumni Association's online community. Find and connect with alumni of the Class of 1967, submit a class note, or update contact information. All you need to do is establish a User ID and password and login.

Lobo Living Room

RSVP today for our next upcoming Lobo Living Room on Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m., a presentation by Dr. Sanjeev Arora about Project ECHO in the Domenici Center Auditorium. Read the full schedule and details here.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess in Santa Fe

NDI New Mexico will host the premiere of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary International Tour on Saturday, March 18. The UNM Alumni Association has reserved 100 tickets for our alumni to attend the March 18 performance for free. Reserve your free tickets here.

Statewide Financial Literacy Workshops

The UNM Alumni Association in partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and Office of Senior Affairs in support Financial Literacy Month and Money Smart Week has scheduled UNM alums Patrick Stewart and Shey Chavez Roy to present “Silver Security: Protecting Seniors and Those Who Care for Them.” Topics to include recognizing the red flags of financial scams, consumer online safety, crime prevention, identity theft and fraud. This presentation has been scheduled for the follow cities:

  • April 6 at 11 a.m. (MST) in Socorro at the Macey Convention Center
  • April 6 at 5:30 p.m. (MST) in Las Cruces at the City of Las Cruces Council Chambers
  • April 12 at 5:30 p.m. (MST) in Farmington at the San Juan Country Club
  • May 2 at 5:30 p.m. (MST) at the Taos County Administration Building, Commission Chambers

Chapter Updates

Mark your calendars for the following chapter events! Keep an eye on your email for details.

  • Honors College Alumni: Join Honors alumni and faculty in reading and discussing these great books. Each discussion is hosted by an Honors alum. Get your books and start reading! Location details can be found on the Honors College Facebook event pages.
    • April 23 at 6 p.m. (MST): Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, discussion led by Juliette Cunico.
    • June 11 at 6 p.m. (MST): A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez, discussion led by Dawn Stracener.
    • August 20 at 6 p.m. (MST): At The Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell, discussion led by V.B. Price.
    • October 1 at 6 p.m. (MST): Book to be announced, discussion led by Richard Obenauf.
  • Lobos in Dallas: Watch parties at The Social House Addison:
    • March 4 at 9 p.m. (CST): Lobo Men’s Basketball vs. San Diego
    • April 1 at 5 p.m. (CST): University Update and Alumni Reception
  • Lobos in Phoenix:
    • March 16 at 6 p.m. (MST): Meet The Pack! UNM Alumni Association Phoenix Chapter Professional Networking Event
  • Lobos in San Diego:
    • March 4 at 7 p.m. (PST): Lobo Men’s Basketball vs. San Diego watch party at McGregor’s Grill & Ale House
  • Young Alumni:
    • March 3 at 11 a.m. (MST): Volunteer to set up the seventh annual Stone Soup event; need 5 volunteers
    • March 4 at 8:30 p.m. (MST): Volunteer to clean up at the seventh annual Stone Soup event; need 5 volunteers
    • March 28 at 5:30 p.m. (MST): Suits, Ties, and Pizza Pies — Young Alumni Professional Development Event & Workshop

Active Alumni

Alumni Adventures Abound!

Pencil in these summer trips today! Our Alumni Travel Program sets you up for successful adventures by handling all the travel plans and arrangements for you while offering amazing discounts. View our full 2017 Alumni Travel Program options. For questions, please call Kathie Scott at 505-277-5808.

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.

Purchase Your Lobos License Plate Today!

Are you a licensed New Mexico motorist with a vehicle registered here too? You can show your Lobo pride on your plate! The annual fee is $37 with $25 being donated back to the University. Fill out your application today!

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.

  • Feb. 16: RED, Winter Award recipients honored
  • Feb. 25: RED, UNM Men's Tennis defeats NMSU, 5-0, in the Rio Grande Rivalry
  • Feb. 28: RED, Lobo Day

For questions or more information:

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