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M A G A Z I N E The University of new mexico I Alumni Association

Andrew Stone: He’s got the apps for that

New Alumni Chapel Garden Globe-trotting Investment Banker Studio Artists on the Land Online Marketplace for Tutoring

Contents 5 UNM CREATING LOBOS FOR LIFE A message from UNM President Robert G. Frank.

5 Album Keep up with your classmates.

6 U Are Here What’s been happening around campus? Find out here.


Some University data.

14 HISTORIC TOUCHES New Alumni Chapel plaza, garden and Celebration Wall, reflect historic landscapes.

Graduate painter Celeste Newhaus experiences salt foam at the Great Salt Lake as part of the Land Arts of the West program.



Young entrepreneurs create an online marketplace for tutoring. By Claire Sykes (’83 BA)

Finance degree begins global journey for investment banker Mathis Shinnick. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

18 BACK TO THE LAND Unique program trains studio artists through exploration. Mellon grant will allow Land Arts of the American West to support student work.

Bill Fan and Joshua Beach work on the website for their startup tutoring company.

Cover Programmer Andrew Stone sports the Google Glass, a wearable computer being developed by Google. Independent software developers still need face time, and they find it in the Cocoa Conspiracy. Photo by Gene Peach






Fall 2013, Volume 33, Number 2

Selection of awards presented to alumni and faculty.

A sampling of books by UNM alumni.

The University of New Mexico:


Karen A. Abraham, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations

Genetic counselor helps patients and their families understand and make decisions. By Carolyn Gonzales (’96 BA)

Sherry Robinson, Editor Wayne Scheiner & Company, Graphic Design UNM Alumni Association Executive Committee:

27 IN A WORD Translations stood in the way of cancer screenings at two Navajo communities. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

28 CENTENNIAL IN CENTENNIAL Department of Civil Engineering celebrates a century of education.

32 TIMELESS LANDSCAPES Frederick Wong looks back over a long career in watercolors. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

34 A FATHER’S LEGACY In “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” Anne Hillerman gives female cop a new role. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

Robert G. Frank, President

Randy Royster ’92, President Brian Colón ’01, President-Elect Glen Millican

38 GOLF COACH TEES UP MEMORABLE CAREER Glen Millican has led his players to win after win. By Greg Archuleta (’90 BA)

42 UNM ALUMNI CHANGING WORLDS Andrew Stone (’77 BArch) creates software to make life better. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)


Tom Daulton ’77, Treasurer Duffy Swan ’68, Past President Monica Armenta ’85 Harold Lavender ’69, ’75 Ann Rhoads ‘85 Kathie Winograd ’07 Mirage is published two times a year by the University of New Mexico Alumni Association for the University’s alumni and friends. Address all correspondence to UNM Alumni Relations Office, MSC 01-1160, 1 University of New Mexico, 87131-0001 or You may also contact us at (505) 277-5808 or 800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866). Web: Facebook: unmalumni. Twitter: @unmalumni. To comply with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, UNM provides this publication in

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UNM Creating Lobos For Life Dear Fellow Alumni: As I think about my own Lobo experience at UNM, I reflect upon my lifelong bond to this university. We were not only Lobos for the years here on campus earning our degrees, but are all Lobos for life. When each of us chose to come to UNM we chose to become a part of a proud, worldwide family. I would like to share one recent shining example of what it means to be a Lobo for life. Shortly after UNM graduated another outstanding class of students this past May, I received a message from one of our new alums who is now encouraging the children she teaches to become Lobos and, more importantly, to discover all of the amazing things they can accomplish by continuing their education and becoming a college graduate. After graduating in 2010, Rachael Gonzales joined Teach for America and is now inspiring young students to follow their dreams. Rachael’s students wrote to tell me what they are learning, what they want to become, and how they feel like they already live a Lobo life. She explained that these children face many challenges, but that her goal is to change their life trajectory and inspire them to follow their dreams. Rachael stated in her letter to me that the objective at Teach for America is to spark an enthusiasm for learning in their students and ensure that all children have an equal education. Similarly, our objective is to spark an enthusiasm for engaged learning around the world through research, community service, practice and education. Rachael’s is one of the countless stories about the ways in which our alumni reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. I thank you all for keeping the Lobo reputation strong and continuing to support each other and your alma mater to watch future generations succeed in the world. You will always be a Lobo! Stay connected to UNM and your fellow alumni.

Kind regards,

Robert G. Frank President, The University of New Mexico

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1940s Starr Jenkins (’48 BA, ’73 PhD), San Luis Obispo, Calif., a retired California Polytechnic State University professor, led a group of his retiredmen’s book group in the analysis of his own novel, Morelos of Mexico, Man with a Future. It is the dramatization of the true life of José María Morelos, a Mexican revolutionary hero, as sketched in the biography of him by Starr’s mother, Beatrice S. Jenkins (’48 BA). PS: They liked it.

1950s Allen E. Fuhs (’51 BS), Carmel, Calif., was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in February 2013. He is professor emeritus of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He served as AAIA president and was on its board of directors for 10 years. He is a member of the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Leo M. Bartolucci (’55 BS), Albuquerque, retired in 1999 to be a caregiver for his wife of 66 years. After serving in combat overseas, he reenlisted and was assigned to White Sands Proving Ground as a draftsman, working with Wernher von Braun on the V-2 rocket. He was discharged in 1946, moved to Albuquerque, and attended UNM under the GI Bill. After graduation, he taught at Highland High for two years, then began a construction company specializing in custom homes and light manufacturing.

1960s Nasario Garcia, Jr. (’62 BA, ’63 MA), Santa Fe, was named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Historical Society of New Mexico in May 2012 in recognition of his stellar contributions as an educator, community activist, and author to New Mexico history. “Your work in the advancement and preservation of

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U Are Here Bad Breaks Taos Ski Valley in 2008 lifted its ban on snowboarders and allowed them to join skiers on the mountain. Dr. Gehron Treme, a UNM orthopedic surgeon, and a team of researchers studied injury rates at Mogul Medical Clinic in Taos before and after the ban was lifted, and found that while injuries did indeed increase, snowboarding alone isn’t necessarily to blame.

In helicopter surveys, Scott Jasechko collected water samples from remote lakes and rivers in northern Canada in 2009.

MOVING WATER Plants use vast amounts of fresh water in their life cycles, which can help predict future climate change effects on water resources. This is the conclusion of a study published in the prestigious journal Nature. Its lead author was Scott Jasechko, a doctoral candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Overall, the rate of injuries increased 13 percent after March 19, 2008, and closed-head injuries doubled. The largest increases were in upperextremity injuries, such as broken or sprained wrists, shoulder separations, and broken collarbones. Results don’t indicate that snowboarding is more dangerous than Alpine skiing, or that skiers place themselves at greater risk by sharing the slopes with snowboarders, although the younger age of snowboarders may be a factor in the higher rate of injuries, Treme said.

Jasechko compared his samples to others from around the world, 73 lakes in all. By analyzing the isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen, he found that the amount of fresh water that plants use during their life cycles accounts for the biggest movement of fresh water on Earth – 150 percent of movement in rivers. Plants account for most of the The study, which began when Jasechko water passing into the atmosphere, but high carbon levels reduce the amount began collecting samples as he of water plants release. drove from his home in Canada to Albuquerque in 2011, indicates that The team authoring the paper included “if we actually change vegetation in a Fawcett, professor Zach Sharp, and significant way, we can really alter the three scientists from Alberta Innovates, flux of water from the surface to the a Canadian research institution. They atmosphere,” said associate professor were enabled by a grant from the Snowboarding isn’t necessarily more dangerous Peter Fawcett. Caswell Silver Foundation. than skiing.




Album Hispanic language, culture, and folklore in New Mexico has been unparalleled,” said the Society to Nasario. “Your academic career, which includes numerous university appointments, has been outstanding.”

Repeat Offenders

Graham Timmins

Breathtaking tests Since joining the College of Pharmacy in 2001, Graham Timmins can count 32 technologies, four patents, and licenses to two start-ups companies. For his accomplishments, the STC.UNM board of directors named Timmins the 2013 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow, a yearly recognition of a faculty inventor whose body of technologies has made a significant social and economic impact on society and the marketplace.

Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at UNM’s Mind Research Network, recently led a study of 96 male convicted felons to see if brain scans can predict which felons are most likely to get arrested after leaving prison. Using the scans to test impulse control, Kiehl found that inmates with relatively low activity in the anterior cingulate cortex—a region thought to be important for impulse control—made more errors on an impulse-control task, so they were more likely to get arrested.

Bad Bugs UNM received an $8.4 million contract from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to study two deadly bacteria that can be used as biological weapons. George Tegos, a professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology, leads the research team that will study disease producing Francisella tularensis and Burkholderia pseudomallei and how they defeat, antibiotics. One goal is to develop therapeutic drugs.

Timmins, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, studies the use of stable isotope-labeled compounds in drugs and diagnostics and free radical biology in melanoma and infectious disease. His breath-test technology for the early detection and treatment of cystic fibrosis led him to co-found in 2010 Avisa Pharma, which is developing a breath test to detect and monitor infection in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and tuberculosis. He is the company’s chief science officer. George Tegos


Rudolfo Anaya (’63 BA, ’69 MA, ’72 MA), Albuquerque, recently won five awards for his 2012 children’s book How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico: the Historical Society of New Mexico 2013 Pablita Velarde Award for Best Children’s Book, the New Mexico Press Women 2013 Best Children’s Book, the New England Book Festival 2013 Honorable Mention Children’s Picture Book, the Los Angeles Book Festival 2013 Honorable Mention Children’s Picture Book, and the Great Southwest Book Festival 2013 Runner Up Children’s Picture Book. The book was illustrated by Nicolás R. Otero (’07 BS) and translated by Nasario Garcia, Jr. (’62 BA, MA ’63). James E. Gover (’65 MS, ’71 PhD), Rio Rancho, was a professor of electrical engineering at Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, in Michigan for 14 years before recently retiring to New Mexico with his wife of 48 years, Lois Jean. James teaches online graduate courses for Kettering in hybrid and electric vehicle technologies. He also develops and records educational modules on electric vehicle drive trains for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and does research for the IEEEUSA R&D Policy Committee and for the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. David R. Brosman (’65 BS), El Paso, Texas, recently retired as chief operations officer from El Paso Water Utility. Reed Barnitz (’68 BAR, ’70 MA) and Carol Barnitz (’69 BAR, ’85 MS), Tijeras, N.M., were the first husband-wife duo to be inducted to the Albuquerque New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame on March 3, 2013. Carol recently retired after 42 years as the head volleyball coach at Manzano High School. She has coached basketball and softball as well. Reed has coached swimming and water polo at the high school and club level for a half-century. Retired from Albuquerque Public Schools, Barnitz continues to coach part-time at Bosque School, Tanoan Country Club, and Albuquerque Academy.



U Are Here proteins and design a method to detect their toxicity. “This knowledge will not only help us to better understand how protein aggregates kill brain cells, but will also be used to screen for potential drug compounds that can inhibit toxicity,” she says. Initiating a new research project is often the tallest hurdle for a new investigator. The Catch-22 in scientific research is that investigators must show good results in preliminary data to get funding for their research, and yet it takes seed funding to conduct the initial research. Thanks to the Hunings, Chi has cleared that first hurdle.

Smarter Grids Eva Chi with students Melissa Hernandez (left) and Emmalee Jones

Gift of knowledge Eva Chi studies the proteins that cause such diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. With a gift from one family, she can take a giant step forward in her research. Because Parkinson’s disease has affected the entire Huning family, who are longtime residents of Los Lunas, New Mexico, family members have pledged $50,000 per year for three years to support Chi’s research. Former Mayor Louis Huning calls it a gift to future generations.


“Our family has suffered through two generations of early onset Parkinson’s disease,” says Margaret Bell. “Our goal with this research is the development of a diagnostic test that will allow for prevention so that the next generation of our family and other families will not be affected by this terrible disease.”


Parkinson’s is caused by the buildup of protein within brain cells, causing tremors, loss of balance, and difficulty moving. Chi is trying to identify these


School of Engineering professors Majeed Hayat, Andrea Mammoli and Nasir Ghani have recently received a three-year $1.05 million grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to support basic research on failures in modern power grids. Their goal is to offer a fundamental understanding of cascading failures in smart grids resulting from natural disasters and/ or weapons of mass destructions. They will also model such human factors as indecision, panic and delay in collaboration with Olga Sachs at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Systems in Cambridge, Mass.

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Blazing trails UNM will deliver its first satellite, The Trailblazer, to NASA for launch in mid-October. Classed as a nanosatellite, the fourinch cube is all new technology. It’s the first satellite to rely entirely on Space Plug-and-play Architecture, or SPA; every part is integrated with its central computer system, which allows Trailblazer’s system to read and control its components. UNM and its partners have taught more than 800 people on SPA in the past three years.


Trailblazer will also capture radiation levels that mechanical and electrical engineering students will analyze. And it’s the first to have electronic parts printed from a 3D printer. Its cost: $40,000. Trailblazer is a product of UNM’s Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations and Applications Center (COSMIAC), which jumpstarted the University’s aerospace engineering involvement with the satellite project in 2011.

Linda J. Carpenter (’70 BSN), Austin, Texas, received two honors recently: She was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was named one of the top 25 nurses in Texas.

Linda J. Carpenter

Gordon Bronitsky (’71 BA), Albuquerque, arranged the Chinle Valley Singers’ tour to China in November 2012. They performed in Shanghai, Nanjing, and other cities. He has previously taken them to Estonia, Latvia, Italy, England, The Netherlands, Dubai, and Oman. Gary C. Stein (’72 MA, ’75 PhD), Eagle River, Alaska, has retired and moved back to Alaska, where he is doing new research on Alaska history topics. Judy C. McCarver (’73 BA, 80 MD), Albuquerque, has opened a general adult psychiatry private practice. Clifton M. Snider (’74 PhD), Long Beach, Calif., recently published a career retrospective titled Moonman: New and Selected Poems  (World Parade Books, 2012). Judith M. Darling (‘75 BS) Austin, Texas, retired in 2006 after 30 years of teaching language arts in Albuquerque, Texas, and Alaska. She is currently president and owner of Razzle Dazzle Learning Judith M. Darling Co. LLC, an educational publishing company. She has spent years writing and producing language arts and writing products that promote and encourage independent, student-directed learning. Her products are sold in public schools and to home-school parents all over the United States. She has recently begun selling digitally on Teachers Pay Teachers and Currclick, as well as on her website, Judith enjoys traveling with her husband Gene W. Darling (‘68 BA), and spending time with their three children and six grandchildren.

The Trailblazer satellite is a 4-inch cube.



U Are Here Cyber battle “Information Assurance,” or IA, is a benign way to describe the turbulent front where electronic barricades and foxholes defend security and privacy. For its efforts, the Anderson School of Management’s Center for Information Assurance Research and Education is earning recognition. The National Science Foundation awarded the school a five-year, $1.67 million grant to provide 18 scholarships for master’s degree study in information assurance and cyber-security. “Information assurance includes technical aspects of computer and network security but extends them to include related areas such as data protection, privacy, economics, fraud, auditing and effective protection within the context of human behavior and modern organizations.” said Stephen Burd, associate professor and principal investigator. Alex Seazzu, director of the center, added, “The demand for IA professionals keeps increasing with more and more information resources needing protection. Nowadays, systems are everywhere and there is a greater awareness involving safeguarding the nation at different levels. “Our national security is heavily committed against cyber attacks,” said Anderson School Dean Doug Brown. “It’s clearly one of the next fields of battle and we better be good at it.”




Dane Smith Hall was the setting for “Albuquerque Civic Tech Day Mini Conference and Hackathon,” one of more than 100 such events nationally on the National Day of Civic Hacking in June. Civic hacking involves creating better platforms to engage with government and improve the ability to do business. About 60 participants learned about apps and tools and studied datasets from the City of Albuquerque and UNM. Programmers attended developer boot camps and worked in teams to build local apps and develop their own tools. Photo by Gene Peach


Appointments President Barack Obama appointed Lynne Sebastian (’88 PhD) to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She will advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation, enhancement and productive use of historic resources. Sebastian was New Mexico Historic Preservation Officer from 1997–1999, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and State Archaeologist from 1987–1997, and is currently president of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, director of Historic Preservation Programs at SRI Foundation (formerly called Statistical Research Inc.) in Albuquerque, and a UNM adjunct associate professor of anthropology. David Herring, a law professor and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, became dean of the UNM School of Law. Herring has written extensively on child welfare law issues, focusing recently on behavioral biology research and its implications for children placed in foster care. “I have long admired the UNM School of Law for its commitment to clinical legal education and community service,” he said.


Mark Russell has been named Associated General Contractors Endowed Chair in Construction Management and Construction Engineering at UNM. He began teaching at UNM in 2011 after more than 20 years in the construction industry, with expertise in sustainable construction and building rating systems. Conrad James, Suzanne Quillen, and Heidi Overton became UNM regents. Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed James and Quillen to six-year terms and Overton, a student regent, to a two-year term. Fraud expert Richard G. Brody has been elected to the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization. Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown Professor of Accounting and a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow. He is a prolific author and an expert on fraud, and was honored as the association’s 2012 Educator of the Year. Economics Professor Kate Krause has been appointed Dean of the Honors College and University College.

Maj. Richard J. Patterson USAF (Retired) (’75 MS), Front Royal, Va., was Commander, 2063 Communications Squadron, (Wiesbaden, Germany—USAFE). He now is president of RJP Consultants, Ltd., which provides program management and proposal management services to clients in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he was the information systems program manager for the new Newark International Airport monorail station. It connects the monorail with both the New Jersey transit rail line and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. He also was instrumental in designing the visual paging and master clock system in the Port Authority bus terminal that brought the terminal up to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Bill Piatt (’75 JD), San Antonio, Texas, is the author of Catholic Legal Perspectives, published in 2012 by the Carolina Academic Press. Bill is the former dean and current law professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Greg A. Morgan (’77 BS), West Richland, Wash., recently published an article about The Wave at Paria, a sandstone formation north of the Grand Canyon, in Answers ( In 1992 he was selected as Employee of the Month for the United States Department of Energy, Savannah River Field Office, for first getting four nuclear reactors shut down due to safety issues, and then leading the team that resolved those issues and got them restarted. The head of DOE’s Office of Nuclear Safety said that Greg’s reports prevented a reactor core melt. Greg hopes to retire soon to become a public speaker and photographer. David J. Rodriguez (’77 BS), Overland Park, Kan., recently moved from Arizona to Kansas to work for Burns & McDonnell as senior project manager on transmission projects throughout the U.S. John I. Allen (’77 MD), Bloomington, Minn., national quality advisor for Minnesota Gastroenterology in St. Paul, became clinical chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., on April 1. Dr. Allen is also the quality chair at Minneapolis-based Allina Health System and vice president of the American Gastroenterological Association. Marc R. Space (’78 BA, ’00 EdD), Las Cruces, N.M., was elected superintendent of the GrantsCibola County School District. He has 15 years of experience in school administration in New Mexico.

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U Are Here Worlds of art Indigenous artists from opposite sides of the world worked together last spring at the Tamarind Institute. LandMarks, a project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, brought Australian aboriginal and Native American artists together and gave them the opportunity to work as a community, share experiences and artistic styles, and explore a common spiritual connection to the land. The project began in May, when Australian aboriginal artists from three distinct groups and Native American artists from the United States and Canada traveled to the Buru-Larrngay Mulka Art Center off the northwestern coast of Australia. Phase two of the project brought the artists to Tamarind, where they worked with Tamarind students and master printers to create lithographs. While at Tamarind, guests were taken on excursions to Jemez Pueblo and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Their work will be on exhibit in the Tamarind Gallery in spring 2014.

Correction In the spring issue of Mirage (page 43, “Zia Awards�), we misspelled the last name of Edward Gonzales. We apologize for the error.




Indigenous Australian artist Alma Nungarrayi Granites creates her first lithograph during her participation in the LandMarks project at Tamarind Institute.



Nuggets of University trivia.


The number of books in Zimmerman Library after acquiring The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid: The Noted Desperado of the Southwest, Whose Deeds of Daring and Blood Made His Name a Terror in



New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Published in 1882, it was written and signed by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett. The William A. Keleher family donated the book.

3,321 students received degrees at Spring Commencement from all UNM campuses.


This included 2,033 bachelor’s degrees, 529 master’s degrees, 74 doctorates,

The number of students served by the

90 juris doctorates, 60 medical doctorates,

Department of Biology, the largest

86 pharmacy doctorates, 5 graduate

department in the College of Arts and

certificates and 12 education specialists.

Sciences and the University’s biggest research funding generator. Biology majors have increased 275 percent in 10 years.



Album Judge Eugenio S. Mathis (’79 JD), Las Vegas, N.M., completed his 20th year of service with the Fourth Judicial District Court on Nov. 30, 2012. He was admitted to the bar in 1979, practiced law for 13 years, and was elected to the bench in 1992. Eugenio has served as the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District and is a former president of the New Mexico District Judges Association.

1980s Julie N. Altwies (’81 BA, ’84 JD), Albuquerque, has been appointed the new chief judge at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Altweis was a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in the 2nd Judicial District for 18 years, at one point heading the violent crimes division. AnnaMaria E. Romero-Lehrer (’81 BS), Wilmington, N.C., recently received the Principal of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association of Educators. She is the principal of South Topsail Elementary. Brian S. Page, AIA, (’82 BArch), Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has joined Bernardo Wills Architects in Spokane, Wash., as a project architect-manager. Page previously worked for Brian S. Page Bernardo Wills from 2004 to 2011. He is currently on loan to Fairchild Air Force Base’s 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron, providing project management services for renovation and remodel work on the base. Antonio A. Flores (’83 BUS, ’88 MA), Los Lunas, N.M., retired from a 25-year teaching career at Los Lunas High School in May. He taught art, photography, English, and social studies. Sherry Robinson (’83 BA), Albuquerque, won first and second places in the National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest for work done for the Gallup Independent. She also won four first places in the New Mexico Press Women contest.

square feet are taken up by research and development, laboratory, office and mixeduse space in the Science & Technology Park @ UNM. Owned and managed by the

Lobo alumni live in every state and

University, the park comprises 163 acres.

92 foreign countries.

Compiled by Sherry Robinson.

Daniel Rafael Gonzales (‘84 BA), Porcia, Italy, was selected competitively to attend the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., as a civilian student. He is currently the director

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Individual alumni members provided memorial trees, fountain and benches.

Historic Touches Alumni Victor Chacon (’05 BA) and Jaymie Roybal (’12 BA) look at wall photos with student Ashkii Hatathlie. To their left are Alexis (’97 BS, ’04 MA) and James Jimenez (’86 BA, ’01 MPA), who were married in the chapel.

New Alumni Chapel garden inspired by gardens and courtyards of 17th century New Mexico.



One of the University’s architectural treasures, the Alumni Chapel, features a handsome flagstone courtyard and garden.

UNM’s Alumni Chapel has a new plaza, garden, and Celebration Wall, designed to extend the spiritual space within the Chapel to the surrounding area. They’re a gift from the Alumni Association to the University, which dedicated the garden May 31. The courtyard reflects “historic landscape precedents found both on the UNM campus and in the Spanish Colonial

landscapes of New Mexico of 400 years ago,” says landscape architect Baker Morrow. “The gardens and courtyards of Abo, Quarai, Pecos, Acoma, and Gran Quivira (Las Humanas) pueblos provide us with a number of landscape features that have inspired the grounds of the Alumni Chapel,” Morrow writes. “The stone in our display wall is very typical

Album of business operations, 31st Contracting, Aviano Air Base, Italy. He is also the 31st fighter wing’s installation commercial and competition advocate. Shannon Gilbert (’86 BBA, ’02 MBA), Denver, Colo., recently joined the law firm of RubinBrown as a manager in the firm’s tax services group. Charles J. Vigil (’86 BBA), Albuquerque, received the J.T. Canales Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan Law School, where he received his law degree. The award honors a UM alumnus who has made a Charles J. Vigil significant contribution to empowering the Latino community and who serves as a role model for the next generation of Latino lawyers and leaders. Charles is the president and managing director of the Rodey Law.

Alexis Jimenez (’97 BS, ’04 MA) looks for the photograph of her wedding.

of the conventos of the 17th century, as are the carefully-fitted flagstones of the courtyard pavements. “Benches within the courtyard are designed for reflection and meditation or study, quite characteristic of the retreat spaces of the early Franciscan cloisters. The roses were favorite courtyard plants of the early missions.” And the fountain and flowering trees will mature to recreate the feeling of mission orchards. Morrow says the historic touches work well with the architecture of John Gaw Meem’s Spanish Pueblo Revival UNM Alumni Chapel. Meem’s “wonderful buildings have defined UNM’s central campus for over 70 years.” The Celebration Wall, topped with photographic tiles of alumni, students,

faculty, staff, and friends, is both centerpiece and people magnet. UNM President Robert Frank, remarking that the dedication also marked his first anniversary as president, told association members, “We really appreciate what you do for UNM each and every time. Please continue to be part of the University and its fabric.” Karen Abraham, Associate Vice President, credited project participants: Baker Morrow, of Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, plaza landscape design; Brian Colón, lead fund raiser; Westwind Landscape Construction; Bob Doran, UNM architect; Suzanne Mortier, UNM landscape architect; Worthen Memorials; and Mary Vosevich, director of the Physical Plant.

Paul W. Fonken (’87 MD), Estes Park, Colo., has been named 2013 Colorado Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Physician of the Year. In addition to managing a full patient load, he has also been a leader in global medicine and medical reform to improve the lives of patients. JoAnne O’Connell (’87 BS), Albuquerque, recently became a member of Cibola High School’s Athletics Hall of Fame. At Cibola, she was an all-state volleyball player and All-American athlete; she also played basketball and softball. During her years at UNM, she was a four-year volleyball letter winner and also played softball during her senior year. Karen L. Ashby Ortiz (’87 BBA), Charlotte, N.C., is sales and marketing coordinator at Xytrus, a supplier and manufacturer of ingredients in personal care Karen L. Ashby Ortiz products. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and previously worked at Interactive Health Therapies as the Marketing and Social Media Director. Karen lives with her husband Robert and two children, Christian and Caroline.

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After UNM, the world Investment banker helps Asian aviation companies strategize. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

Mathis Shinnick (’77 BA) had an affinity for numbers and business as a student but never dreamed those skills would take him into the heady world of aviation consulting and mergers and acquisitions in Hong Kong. After working all over the world as an investment banker, merchant banker, and financial adviser, Shinnick is the CEO of SkyWorks Capital Asia, based in Hong Kong, where he advises corporate clients and shepherds mergers and acquisitions.

tech transfer efforts, it made technology from the space program available in a pre-Internet database to UNM faculty and small businesses in New Mexico. (TAC was later renamed the Earth Data Analysis Center.) His father, William Shinnick, was also a guest lecturer at UNM’s business school.

“Mathis is a guy we’re especially proud of,” says Mark Lautman, an Albuquerquebased economic development consultant. “He’s the only guy in his league.”

At UNM Shinnick majored in finance with a concentration in accounting. He was also a swimmer, which is how he got to know UNM President Bob Frank and Mark Lautman. When Frank was inaugurated, word passed through the swimming alumni, and 60 attended, including Shinnick.

Shinnick came by his interest in business and finance from his father, a Sandia National Laboratories engineer, who in the 1960s led the Technology Application Center, a joint venture between UNM and NASA founded in 1964. One of the earliest

Shinnick stepped back from sports when he “decided I needed to go chase my grades.” At the Anderson School of

“The swimming community is special,” says Lautman. “The bonds formed seem to last.”

Management, he recalls “really good professors. Perry Mori was a tough guy, very skilled at opening your eyes.” He would later appreciate Anderson’s well rounded education, which included sales and marketing, and the solid grounding in core fundamentals. In the Peace Corps, after graduating with a degree in finance from UNM, he taught business fundamentals learned in the Anderson School to Costa Rican cooperatives. That experience stoked Shinnick’s appetite for travel; at the same time, he discovered that he enjoyed management more than accounting. “I always liked the numbers side of business, but I realized I was more interested in using numbers for finance than for preparing accounts,” he says. “I didn’t become an accountant. I wanted to use numbers to do strategic things with businesses.” He earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In grad school he met Robin, whom he married in 1986. (They have one daughter, Rory.) His first job after grad school in 1981 was for Manufacturers Hanover, working in Latin America. Banking, he decided, was a good platform for what he wanted to do. He would later work in London as a merchant banker, involved in bond and equity underwriting, managing securities,

UNM swimmers have stayed in touch. (L to R) Steve Piskin, UNM swim and water polo teams, 1975-77; Bob Muehlenweg, swim, 1973, and water polo, 1973-76; Brian Patno (behind Muehlenweg), swim and water polo, 1974-1978; Mike Hickerson, water polo, 1974-75, and assistant water polo coach, 1976; unknown man behind Hickerson; Brooke Hickerson, Mike’s daughter; Mathis Shinnick, in white hat and shirt; John Mechem, swimming and water polo coach, 1968-74; Mike Mann, swim and water polo, 1972-1976; Rick Klatt, swim and water polo 1969-74, and coach for both, 1974-1977; Dane Jacobs, water polo, 1973-76; Tom Daulton, swim and water polo, 1972-77. Photo courtesy Mike Leach



Album and corporate finance. And as a young merchant banker, he entered his specialty – transportation. Headhunters drew Shinnick into a long series of positions: 20 years in investment banking at Chase Securities as head of Aerospace and Defense; founder and manager of the aerospace and defense mergers and acquisitions practice of Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance; and executive vice president of the global transportation merchant banking business of HSH Nordbank AG in Hamburg, Germany. In 2010, he moved to Hong Kong, where he became president of HNA Group International and CEO of Hong Kong Aviation Capital. Both Mathis Shinnick are transportation investment and leasing companies. It was an opportune time for the move. In recent years, mergers and acquisitions have proliferated in Asia (along with demand for strategic and financial advice) as they declined or leveled out in the United States and Europe. The number of Asia-Pacific deals now matches the count in North America, experts say, and the activity is growing quickly because acquiring companies – Chinese, Japanese and Indian – aren’t dependent on the investments from the West. And the deals, by companies large and small, stretch across many industry segments. Local and international players are now competing for deals, but they’re finding the playground more difficult. Business cultures are radically different, and Asian markets are far more fragmented.

Hong Kong, he says, “is a good place to be.” And, no, he doesn’t speak Chinese because “the language of my business is English.” The recession dampened the Asian markets briefly. Financial institutions tightened the reins but kept lending; companies could still get financing, he said. “Overall, equities slowed but came back quicker.” Last year Shinnick joined Connecticutbased SkyWorks Capital, which advises large and small aviation entities on mergers and acquisitions, business operations, finance and restructuring. That means Shinnick stays abreast of developments in his industry, looks for opportunities for his clients, and helps them strategize. Typically, he says, “We work with the airline to develop an overall strategy, whether to grow by acquisition, partner with another airline, or just buy new aircraft. If they want to buy new aircraft, we help them determine what kind, execute the order, and finance the aircraft.” Shinnick is involved again with UNM as a member of STC.UNM’s Economic Development Advisory Group and the Cecchi VentureLab Advisory Group. “You put your head down in business and realize several years later that it’s time to give back,” he said. “I would love to have the opportunity to talk to students and support (Dean) Doug Brown and his team at the business school.”

Michael E. Kaemper (’89 BA, ’99 JD), Albuquerque, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Rodey Law Firm on January 23. Michael practices in the litigation department, Michael E. Kaemper where his focus is products and general liability. He has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his experience and expertise in railroad law. Barthy A. Byrd (’89 PhD), Las Cruces, N.M., was named professor emerita following her retirement from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She taught journalism at UTEP for 27 years and now lives in Las Cruces. Antonio “Tony” S. Franklin, Sr. (’89 BS, ’93 MS), Galesburg, Ill., received an Excellence in Community Leadership Award in February 2013 from the Illinois Department of Public Health, in celebration of Black History Month. The department honors African-Americans in communities across Illinois “who have made a positive impact in public health.” Tony is the county extension director for University of Illinois Extension. Pamela Yuen-Fen Hsu (’91 BA, ’96 MD), Albuquerque, is a general cardiologist with the Presbyterian Heart Group. Following med school and her cardiology fellowship at the UNM Medical Center, she completed a cardiology echo fellow at the University of California, San Francisco and worked at the Mayo Clinic. Her professional focus is pulmonary hypertension.

1990s Jacquelyn Marushka (’92 BA), Nashville, Tenn., has joined Shore Fire Media as general manager of its new Nashville office. Marushka was previously with Sony Music Entertainment’s Provident Label Jacquelyn Marushka Group, where she rose to vice president of public relations. During her 14 years with Provident, Marushka spearheaded

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Students hike immigrant trails with U. S. Border Patrol agents in Animas, New Mexico in 2010.

Solving salinity one sweep at a time. Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah, by Ameila Zaraftis and Emily Vosburgh, 2012. Photo by Jeanette Hart-Mann

Land Arts of the American West received a five-year, $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “It’s a major breakthrough for us to get a Mellon grant,” said Bill Gilbert, a professor of art history. “They don’t normally support academic art programs, but our unique focus on land art attracted their attention.”



For the past 13 years, faculty and 10 to 14 students have traveled throughout the southwestern United States and north central Mexico to live and work, investigating such cultural sites as Chaco Canyon, Roden Crater, Wendover Complex of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Hoover Dam, Juan Mata Ortiz in Mexico, Spiral Jetty, and the Very Large Array.

Album publicity for a roster of award-winning artists while managing corporate media relations for the company’s three labels, publishing and distribution arms, and film and home video division. Marushka is an honors graduate of UNM. Mary T. Torres (’92 JD), Albuquerque, recently was selected to be secretary of the American Bar Association, becoming the first Hispanic woman in the association’s history to serve as an officer. Paul B. Seusy (’93 BA) was elected to serve on the board of the South Florida State College Foundation. He was also voted DeSoto County’s Best Attorney in 2012 by readers of the Paul B. Seusy Charlotte Sun-Herald’s Arcadian. And he was elected president of the Rotary Club of Arcadia, Fla. Angela G. Baumeister (’94 BA), Albuquerque, has joined Presbyterian Medical Group as a physician assistant. She previously worked at El Centro Family Health in Las Vegas, N.M., and served for five years in the New Mexico National Guard.

Cloud Person, collaborative project from Rozel Point, Utah, by Celeste Neuhaus and Jamie Porter Lara, 2011. Neuhaus is enveloped by salt foam blowing off the Great Salt lake at Spiral Jetty. Photo by Jamie Porter Lara

They also visit the Grand Canyon, Grand Gulch, Gila Wilderness, Bosque del Apache and Otero Mesa.

international travel, and graduate student thesis projects and post-MFA work.

The travel is done in three or fourweek blocks. Back in the studio for a month, students create a response to the land, and their works form an exhibition.

Gilbert started Land Arts in 2000 with a grant from the Lannan Foundation to provide an alternative model for the education of studio artists. It now has more than 100 alumni, who are running similar programs at other institutions.

The Mellon grant will be used to support graduate research,

David H. Johnson (’94 JD), Placitas, N.M., has become a board member of the New Mexico chapter of the Association of Health Care Executives. David devotes his practice to the representation of David H. Johnson healthcare providers in operational, regulatory, transactional, compliance, licensing, and litigation matters. Lisa Chavez Ortega (’94 BA, ’97 JD), Albuquerque, has received the highest MartindaleHubbell peer rating. She is a member of the Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. Lisa Chavez Ortega law firm, where her focus is personal injury litigation and professional negligence matters, including claims (continued, p. 25)

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Tutonic: A Calculated Success Online marketplace links tutors and students. By Claire Sykes



Start with a man who enjoys sharing his love of learning, add another with a globally entrepreneurial spirit, plus a few bucks from wealthy investors and close friends. Then multiply all this by passion, drive and good timing, and what do you get?

And to help others. Tutoring over the years, Beach has motivated students in math, helping them become as passionate as he is about education and a subject he’s relished ever since those childhood multiplication tables.

Tutonic, an online marketplace that connects tutors with high school and college students ( Joshua Beach (’09 BS) and Bill Fan (’09 BA) are building a solid, regional foothold for their New York City-based start-up before going international.

As a UNM pure math major, he says, “It was the faculty who helped me shape my future mathematical development. They were superinfluential, and I’m forever grateful for them.”

Such an ambitious venture just goes with the territory for Beach, who dreamed up the innovative company that shifts the privatetutoring landscape. “My education has been a personal journey toward success,” he says. “I came from a hard-working family, growing up in Albuquerque with a single mom doing bookkeeping for my grandfather who ran an auto body repair shop. Neither went to college. For me, education was my way to transcend where my family was.”

Through mutual friends, he met Bill Fan, who was majoring in accounting and operations. “I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know what in,” says Fan, who fondly recalls his international professors. Though the two students didn’t hang out together a lot, they stayed in touch after graduating. As UNM’s “Most Outstanding Pure Math Grad,” Beach set out for Yale and its year-long masters program in statistics, “a natural precursor to the quantitative-finance world I thought I’d be interested in,” he says. While there, he and a friend started J&M Statistical Solutions,

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LLC, a statistical consulting and data-analyzing firm. Then came Columbia University for a master’s in financial mathematics. In summer 2011, while at Columbia, Beach worked as a financial researcher for a large asset-management firm, tutoring high school students on the side. But he was disillusioned with the tutoring industry then. “There was no efficient go-to place to find a good, trustworthy tutor at a fair price,” he said. So why not create one, using J&M’s quantitative algorithms and analytics to match tutors to students? That fall, visiting Albuquerque, Beach was swigging beers with Kyle Cromer, from his Yale days, and Fan, who was also living in New York, when he brought up Tutonic. “Initially, I thought, how would this apply internationally?” said Fan, who was between jobs after leaving an executive assistant position in Beijing with an Indonesian real estate conglomerate. “Through my father, a prominent business owner,

Bill Fan

Joshua Beach

I was in touch with investors in China looking to do some form of a project, and I thought Tutonic would be perfect.”

$6,000, and they built a beta website. A month later, Fan, Beach and Cromer went to China and pitched their business plan to the investors, who gave them $600,000 in exchange for a stake in the company. By October 2012, Tutonic had added five staff, and the website was up, joining the business’s promotional efforts through social media, flyers and, mostly, word of mouth.

Fan was born in Taiwan, grew up in South Africa, and in 1999 moved to Albuquerque where family lived. “Tutoring has been a big part of my life; it’s how I learned English. Also, in China, there’s a need for tutoring because of the competition to get into the top schools.” Fan and Cromer both kicked in $20,000, Beach’s best friend Mark Stensland (‘09 BUS) added

Unlike websites of traditional tutoring agencies, Tutonic’s site features free tutor profiles, with



photos and customer reviews. It connects nearly 1,000 tutors to about 300 students, based on subject, location, learning style and price. “You ‘meet’ a range of potential tutors, seeing a bit of what they’re like as individuals, their educational background, tutoring and teaching experience, and availability,” says Katherine Hyde, a freelance writer in New York City, who hired Beach to help her with a mathrelated project. The site also handles messaging, scheduling, billing and payment. And instead of a broker charging tutors up to 60 percent, Tutonic students hire tutors directly, and it’s only 15 percent. The company’s commission was “the main reason I chose them,” says Albuquerque’s Nevin Bahadirli, who tutors in math and academic testing. She found out about

Tutonic through Beach, a high school friend. “Also, it’s another great way for me to advertise. And the learning-style criteria differentiate between visual, analogical, interactive, concrete and verbalauditory, which can be very useful when determining how to work with a student.” Tutonic students aren’t the only ones succeeding. The company has seen an average growth rate of 10 percent weekly in numbers of tutors and students, expecting 100,000 users by March 2014. The Chinese investors have committed another $3.2 million to fund Tutonic’s global growth. “We’ll start with China,” said Fan. “In the long-term, Tutonic will bring students and tutors together from different countries and cultures, in a cross-training of different perspectives that go beyond traditional, academic subjects.” As for his

own future, it stretches beyond Tutonic, pursuing business ventures in Southeast Asia and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China, all similarly economically developed). “But I still consider Albuquerque my home.” So does Beach, who plans to make that home where he lives right now: The selfprofessed serial entrepreneur’s next project is an authentic Albuquerque restaurant in Manhattan. “And I’d love to teach math or statistics classes at a community college one day. The biggest reward is empowering others to find something that they’re really passionate about and love doing. That’s all that really matters.” A fervor for learning plus the world, times green chiles. It’s an equation Beach and Fan will probably always be solving—and always getting the right answer.

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Awards Honoring Outstanding Achievements

Among the 2013 Women of Influence named by Albuquerque Business First were Barbara Bergman, professor, School of Law; Marilyn Melendez Dykman, director, UNM Veterans Resource Center; Viola Florez, professor and PNM Education Endowed Chair, College of Education; Dohnia Dorman, part-time adjunct lecturer; Gayle Dine’ Chacon, associate professor, School of Medicine and Surgeon General, Navajo Nation; Kim Hedrick, vice president, Strategic Business Development, UNM Medical Group Inc.; and Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO, STC.UNM.

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, associate professor in the Department of History, has been named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians, which sends historians around the country to speak about their studies. His current book project, Latino



Landscapes: A Transnational History of Urban America, reinterprets the history of U.S. cities in the decades since 1950, focusing on the way Latinos have imported styles of housing, small business, and public space, and in the process revived numerous U.S. neighborhoods.

Maestas, Diana Solis and RuthAnn Tibbetts. Their mentors were John Benavidez and Nick Flor. It’s the second win in three years.

The YWCA honored Dr. Cheryl Willman as “La Estrella” during the 27th annual Women on the Move awards. Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center, was recognized for her distinguished medical career and leadership in the field of cancer research. Natural Heritage New Mexico, a division of UNM’s Museum of Southwestern Biology and the Department of Biology, received the 2013 Conservation Impact Award from the NatureServe network. The honor highlights contributions to the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT). Developed in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), and other western-state wildlife agencies, CHAT will create new maps depicting areas of crucial habitat and corridors for wildlife across the western United States. Anderson School of Management marketing students took top honors in the 2013 American Petroleum Institute Adventures in Energy Case Competition held in San Francisco. They were: Patrick Adams, Eric Gross, Mariah

Bruce Thomson

Bruce Thomson, Regents’ Professor of Civil Engineering and director of UNM’s Water Resources Program, was named the 2013 Engineer of the Year in the Public Sector by the Albuquerque Chapter of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. Thomson has been heavily involved in water and sustainability issues within New Mexico. Meeko Oishi and Mark Stone received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards, the NSF’s most prestigious awards to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacherscholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both within their organizations. Oishi is

Album against attorneys, appraisers, and other real estate professionals. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating is given to lawyers whose legal ability and professional ethical standards are of the highest quality. Lance T. Wilson, (’94 BS, ’98 MD), Albuquerque, has joined ABQ Health Partners as its new medical director. Wilson previously worked as the medical director of emergency medicine for Lovelace.

an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Stone is an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department. Sanjay Krishna, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Regents’ Lecturer, re ceived the Young Scientist Award for 2013 from the International Symposium of Compound Semiconductors. Krishna also received a BizTech Innovation Award from Albuquerque Business First for his company SKINfrared.

the founding CEO and Chairman of TruTouch Technologies, Inc. recognized by Time magazine as an Invention of the Year in 2006. SPIE is the 225,000-member international society for optics and photonics. UNM honored 15 with annual teaching awards: Presidential Teaching Fellow, Max Minzner, School of Law; Outstanding New Teachers of the Year, John Carr, Geography, and Kathy L. Powers, Political Science; Outstanding Online Teacher of the Year, Debby Casson, Mathematics & Statistics. Outstanding Teachers of the Year were Sergio Pareja, School of Law; Maria Cristina Pereyra, Mathematics & Statistics; and Kenneth Richard Roberts, UNM Gallup Branch.

Jim McNally

Jim McNally (’86 PhD) was recognized as a Fellow of the SPIE for achievements in entrepreneurship that led to innovations in spectroscopybased medical diagnostics. McNally’s contributions advanced the development and commercialization of noninvasive alcohol testing products, and he became

Outstanding Lecturer or Affiliated Faculty of the Year were Robert Grassberger, Jr., Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology; Sushilla Knottenbelt, Chemistry; and Jessica Rowland, Sustainability Studies Program. Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants of the Year were Daniel Cryer, English; Clare Daniel, American Studies; Gbenga Frederick Olorunsiwa, American Studies; Alexis Pulos, Communication & Journalism; and Fares Qeadan, Mathematics & Statistics.

John M. Stroud (’96 BS), Albuquerque, has been promoted to president of J.B. Henderson Construction Company Inc., where he has worked for 24 years, serving as John M. Stroud laborer, plumberpipefitter, estimator, project manager, and most recently as Rio Rancho area manager. He has managed such notable projects as UNM’s Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall and the National Security Sciences Building for the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory—both award-winning projects. Bryan Jerdone Davis (’98 BA, ’02 JD), Albuquerque, has founded Davis, Gilchrist & Lee P.C. Bryan formerly practiced with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. and Bannerman & Williams, P.A. While in law school, Bryan served as editor-in-chief of the New Mexico Law Review and interned with Judge John E. Conway. Chad Kuhn (’99 BS), Albuquerque, recently joined Cibola High School’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Chad played football, basketball, and baseball for the Cibola Cougars and had a great baseball career at UNM. He was all-conference both as a first baseman and as an outfielder, and also had a minor league career from 1988 to 1995 after being drafted by San Diego in 1987.

2000s Jill S. Zack (’00 BA), Arvada, Colo., has been hired by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a Denverbased provider of study abroad programs across the globe, as its marketing and communications director. Jill is also principal of Zack and Associates, LLC, a creative agency. Previously, she was director of marketing and communications (continued, p. 27)

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genetics a good fit for her background and personality. “I am a clinician at heart,” she said. Ballinger is now the Senior Genetic Counselor at the UNM Cancer Center, where she sees patients who might be at risk due to age or family history. Cancer is caused by a change in the genes, but not all of these changes are inherited. Most cancer occurs sporadically. Lori Ballinger

Demystifying cancer risk Spirit of Hope winner offers information and support. By Carolyn Gonzales (’96 BA)

The first time Lori Ballinger (‘80 BS) heard about genetic counseling, it was from her Sandia High School science teacher, Carl Bittner, in 1973.

For her contribution to the fight against breast cancer, Ballinger this year received the Nancy Floyd Haworth Foundation “Spirit of Hope” award.

“That was my religious conversion,” she said.

“The cancer experiences of these women are often more frightening and difficult,” wrote Dr. Melanie Royce in nominating Ballinger. “Lori provides not only extensive genetics counseling for these patients and their families, but she often ends up being a resource and support system for them, making their cancer journey less arduous and mystifying.”

Ballinger is the only licensed and certified genetic counselor in the state working in cancer risk counseling. She helps patients and their families understand and make decisions regarding their cancer risk. “A lot of what I do is helping women understand the risk of developing breast cancer over the long-term. We look at many factors and help women put all the information together,” she said. She may talk to women about how to help the family negotiate the testing process or about options, which include increasing screening and prevention. She works to understand what breast cancer means for the entire family.



Following her UNM education, she went to Sarah Lawrence College, where she received an MS in genetic counseling in 1983. While working in prenatal diagnosis, she was approached by Dr. Charles Key, of the New Mexico Tumor Registry, about a case he was working on. He later hired her as the program manager for the Cancer Genetics Network, which led to her current clinical position. She found cancer

“Five to ten percent of cancers are inherited,” Ballinger said. “Risk for developing cancer if a person has a mutation is much higher than in the general population, and often occurs at a younger age.” Actress Angelina Jolie was in the news for having her breasts removed because she has a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer at 56. Jolie’s aunt died of breast cancer shortly after Jolie had the double mastectomy. Ballinger emphasizes that other options include alternative breast imaging or chemoprevention. “It’s a very personal decision, and patients must know all the options. We can offer high risk screenings, MRIs, mammograms or drugs that can reduce risk,” she said. Ballinger sees 300 new patients a year. “In this job, I learn as much from my patients as I can. I am privileged to work with them.” Ballinger is proud to be a Lobo. She met her husband Michael Goodrich (BS ‘80) at UNM. They have been married 32 years and have two children – Beth, 28, and David, 23. Both graduated from UNM summa cum laude, and both received full scholarships to graduate school, she said. Their son headed to Rutgers where he is working on a PhD in genetics. Their daughter is a developmental specialist with Abrazos Family Support Services.

In a word

Translations raise hurdles in cancer prevention. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA) The word “cancer” can feel like a fist when you hear it in the context of a doctor’s office. Now imagine the translation of the word.

from the Navajo capital of Window Rock, Arizona. They don’t necessarily have access to programs available on “Big Navajo.”

In Navajo, it means “sore that does not heal,” which has made cancer a forbidden subject and an obstacle to early screening.

Asked how they feel about cancer research, participants responded that they need to know what cancer is. Questions about Kristina Flores cancer screening revealed Kristina Flores, a research that the current Navajo translations about assistant professor of epidemiology screenings seemed to emphasize cancer at the UNM Cancer Center, led a discovery, not prevention. cancer-education project in the Navajo communities of To’ Hajiilee and Alamo to understand barriers to cancer education, research, and prevention within New Mexico’s Native American communities. “Native American communities have higher mortality rates compared to the general U.S. population for some types of cancers,” Flores said, and yet cancer screening rates were lower.

“We got all this information back,” Flores said. Translations had to be relevant to the community, and explanations of cancer screening needed to be “in ways we could instill hope and not fear.” Flores discovered that most people living in these Navajo communities want to combine Western medicine and traditional medicine.

The project, which Flores joined in 2005 and took over in 2007, was part of the Native American Research Centers for Health, a joint effort of the Indian Health Service and National Institutes of Health to learn what Native American communities need.

Ophelia Spencer, a community coordinator for the program, led the effort to translate a cancer-education video into Navajo and to emphasize that cancer screening is a way to stay healthy by recognizing changes in the body and relating them to your physician.

She and her team used focus groups to interview people; Navajo advisory panels reviewed the work and the translations. Another consideration was the isolation of the two communities: Both are hours away

“When you get into the communities and have that discussion,” Flores said, “instead of going in and telling them what they need, you learn things from the community.”

Album for the UNM Foundation, founding national marketing manager of SouthwestRe, executive director and project manager for Verde Studios, and website news producer for World Now/KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque. Brian S. Colón (’01 JD), Albuquerque, recently was elected vice president of the board of directors of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Colón is an attorney with Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C. He is president-elect of Brian S. Colón the UNM Alumni Association and serves on the boards of New Mexico State University Central NM Alumni, Albuquerque Community Foundation Future Fund, KiMo Foundation, and others. Eleanor C. Werenko (’01 BA, ’08 JD), Albuquerque, has joined Rammelkamp, Muehlenweg and Cordova PA as an associate. She will practice in the areas of business transactions, commercial law and commercial litigation. Tanna M. Curtin (’02 BBA), Denver, Colo., has joined the accounting and business consulting firm of RubinBrown as a manager in its assurance services group. Curtin works Tanna M. Curtin with clients primarily in the not-for-profit, public sector and real estate industries. Sybil Ehresmann (’02 JD), Albuquerque, has joined Decades, LLC, as geriatric care manager. She previously worked as a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney for 10 years. Candace M. Hodoba (’03 BS), Veguita, N.M., received her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading in 2010 from Grand Canyon University. She was named 2012 Teacher of the Year at Rio Grande Elementary School in Belen, N.M., where she is the reading specialist after 9 years as a classroom teacher.

Isolation is a factor in cancer education for outlying Navajo communities.

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Centennial in Centennial Engineering Center Civil Engineering Department clocks 100 years of education.

Hadley Hall II built in 1920.

Hadley Hall was UNM’s second building.



1906: The College of Engineering opens and offers courses leading to a civil engineering degree. Hadley Hall housed science and engineering classes. It was named for Walter C. Hadley, a mining engineer who prospered in silver and became one of the state’s most prominent men. 1909: Edmund Ross, one of UNM’s first engineering students, earned a B. S. in mining engineering. As Albuquerque City Engineer from 1916 to 1917, he supervised construction and maintenance of city streets and sewers. In 1931 he became District Engineer for the New Mexico State Highway Department.


1910: Hadley Hall, which housed the College of Science and Engineering, burned to the ground. UNM lost lab and engineering equipment, along with botanical and ethnological specimens.


1912: Charles Lembke, student body president, becomes the first to earn a B.S. from the Department of Civil Engineering. He was also president of the UNM Society of Charles Lembke Engineers and managed the campus newspaper and yearbook, called Mirage. After fighting in World War I, he joined his father’s company, which became the largest home-grown construction firm in the state. Lembke Construction would build 17 campus buildings, including Popejoy Hall, Johnson Gym, and the original Zimmerman Library.

1920: Hadley Hall, destroyed by fire in 1910, was replaced. The new building housed civil engineering, mathematics, shops, and drafting rooms.


1929: Bill C. Wagner joined the CE faculty and pioneered in materials research. He planned most of the University’s present street system, helped establish the New Mexico Society for Professional Engineers and later became the organization’s national director. 1929: One of the earliest research projects began with CE students studying the properties of New Mexico lumber.

Did you ever wonder where the “civil” in civil engineering came from? Civil engineers belong to an old discipline, designing roads, bridges, dams and buildings. The term was

coined in the 18th century to distinguish it from military engineering. Civil engineering education began in New Mexico when the UNM College of

Engineering began offering courses in 1906. This year the Civil Engineering Department celebrates its centennial. The department today offers degree programs – bachelors,

masters and doctoral – in civil engineering, construction engineering, and construction management. Annual sponsored research expenditures exceed $2 million.

1941: Engineering courses become part of the War Training Program. By 1942 1,192 students are enrolled in the program, in addition to engineering students.

U Mountain, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains 1930s: The Engineers’ Society led the annual white washing of the large “U” made of white stones in the Sandias. It was visible from campus.


1938: The State Highway Department moved its testing laboratory to Hadley Hall, which benefited both the department and the state.

1943: Bill C. Wagner was appointed department chairman and served for 17 years. An avid Lobo fan, he served as president of the intercollegiate conference and chairman of the University Athletic Council. He also helped to organize the New Mexico Society of Engineers, becoming president in 1947 and 1948.


Bill Wagner in front of the Civil Engineering Building


1949: Constructed hastily to replace Hadley II, which had suffered an explosion, the Civil Engineering Building was vulnerable to flooding, and its walls bowed, but the GI Bill filled engineering classes, and the department needed space.

Civil Engineering Building 1953: CE develops a graduate program.

Night classes for engineering Wartime Training programs

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1967: When Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority moved from the house across the street from the civil engineering building, it ended “the best girl watching on the campus,” an engineering privilege for more than 30 years.

1985: Funding increases five-fold in three years, the number of graduate students doubles, and three new labs keep the department ahead in technology. 1988: The construction engineering and construction management degree programs begin. 1989: The curriculum in construction engineering is accredited. Charles Lembke, right, received the Alumni Award of Distinction in 1972.

CE students and their mascot, Baron Ludwig von Beethoven, picket a sorority.



1990: The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) contracts with UNM to build the Civil Engineering-AMAFCA Open Channel Hydraulics Laboratory, a teaching and research facility. CE students design the lab, manage construction, and perform the assembly.

1969: Bill C. Wagner retired, and the civil engineering building was re-named Wagner Hall in his honor.

Bill Wagner is honored for 33 years of service to UNM and the engineering profession.



1980 on

Open Channel Hydraulics Laboratory


Kirby Jefferson, right, celebrates with Chinese officials the ribbon cutting for a new fab in 2007. Kirby Jefferson, right, celebrates with Chinese officials the ribbon cutting for a new fab in 2007.

Jefferson comes home to lead Intel’s Fab 11X Two-time alum Kirby Jefferson became vice president in the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corp. and general manager of Intel’s Fab 11X manufacturing complex in Rio Rancho, N.M. He’s responsible for all site operations at Fab 11X, which makes many of Intel’s semiconductor products, especially for mobile market segments. Previously, Jefferson was general manager of Intel Semiconductor (Dalian) Ltd., known as Fab 68, in Dalian, China, where he spent eight years.

Jefferson joined Intel in 1980 as a production supervisor at the company’s Fab 2 facility in Santa Clara, Calif. During his Intel tenure, he has been involved in seven factory startups, holding a variety of jobs in manufacturing and engineering. Jefferson earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA degree from UNM. “When this opportunity came about, I was very excited to come home and be a member of the Intel New Mexico team,” he said. I‘m a native New Mexican, and I want to be part of ensuring Intel New Mexico will be here long into the future.“

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Sarah E. Hunt (’03 BA), Arlington, Va., has joined the Arlington-based government affairs firm Stateside Associates as a regulatory counsel in the Regulatory Services Division. She will also contribute to the Sarah E. Hunt firm’s consulting practice in environment, energy, and health care issues. In May 2012, she graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M. in international environmental law. Javier José Mendoza (’03 MM), Chicago, Ill., is artistic director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra, a professional chamber orchestra in residence at the Athenaeum Theatre. In February, the orchestra released its first album, Al Combate, which repremieres lost 18th-century works from colonial Mexico (New Spain). It is available on Amazon. Channell Wilson-Segura (’03 BA, ’06 MA), Santa Fe, became principal of Capital High School in March after serving as the interim principal since September 2012. She was an English teacher there for six years and assistant principal for a year. Emily A. Williams (’04 MBA, ’04 JD), Los Lunas, N.M., has joined Keshet Dance Company as finance and administration director. She will oversee human resources, finance and budgeting, governmental contracts, and general systems management. Donna Michele Schuch (’05 BFA), Albuquerque, opened a hip-yet-classic shoe and accessory boutique, Schushop, in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood in November 2012. Trent M. Toulouse (’05 BS), Albuquerque, received his PhD in neuropsychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Currently he is pursuing post-doctorate study at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque. Brian M. Vineyard (’05 BS), Albuquerque, recently was hired as a senior academic advisor for the UNM College of Arts and Sciences after teaching high school mathematics for eight years. Ethel G. Nicdao (‘06 PhD), Sacramento, Calif., was named one of 12 Emerging Scholars nationwide in (continued, p. 33)

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Timeless Landscapes Frederick Wong has spent most of a long life painting, and he’s still at work. By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

Frederick Wong

Frederick Wong Exhibitions: The Oklahoma Museum of Art, The Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Lehigh University, and Hofstra University. Solo exhibitions: Mi Chou Gallery in New York, the Genkan Gallery and Tokyo-American Club in Japan, Alisan Fine Arts in Hong Kong, Jones Gallery in LaJolla, Malton Galleries in Cincinnati, Kenmore Galleries in Philadelphia, Silvermine Guild in Connecticut, Young and Rubicam in New York, Sun Yat Sen University in China’s Guangdong Province, and Sarah Lawrence College. Corporate and private collections: The New York Times, Siemens Corp., The Roy Neuberger Collection, U.S. Summit, and American Express. Awards: The National Arts Club, Ligonier Arts Festival, Butler Institute of American Art, Silvermine Guild, Mainstream, Marietta College, Grumbacher, Artists in Action in Hawaii, and most recently, American Water Color Society.



“Barging in Burgundy,” 2009, demonstrates Frederick Wong’s landscapes, which have been described as universal and timeless.

Sitting in his living room in New York City, Frederick Wong (’51 BFA, ’53 MFA) looks up at “Waterworks” hanging over the mantle. The painting won the American Watercolor Society’s Gold Medal of Honor last spring. “It’s a helluva painting, and it only took me 53 years to do it,” he said. Wong, a lifelong watercolorist, learned a lesson he never forgot in UNM’s College of Fine Arts, and he’s shared it many times over with his own students. Born and raised during the Depression in Buffalo, New York, young Frederick showed an early gift for drawing, trading pencil sketches to classmates for comic books. In the sixth grade, he received a block of watercolor paper, tubes of watercolors, brushes and a book from a friend of the family. “I had never owned anything of that quality. I didn’t use them for months,” he said. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, he began reading the book, Making Water Color Behave by Eliot O’Hara. “It piqued my interest.”

Teachers encouraged him, handing him off from one grade to the next and directing him to the Buffalo Technical School. In high school he won a college scholarship from Scholastic Magazine that gave him a choice of three schools; UNM offered the best financial package. Wong had never traveled west of Cleveland and in 1947 found himself at UNM with a large influx of war veterans. They were assigned to barracks at Kirtland Air Force Base. “That was not my idea of college life,” he said. “I was homesick. I wanted to go back to Buffalo.” His sister cabled the dean of men who took Wong aside and advised him to give it some time. “Go home for Christmas and be Joe College,” he told the student. Think about it. Take your exams. “He was right. From that time on I was happy in New Mexico.” Wong stayed five years, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. UNM didn’t have a watercolor program, but it had a watercolor class taught by Lez Haas.

The only assignment was to paint. “I went out on a mesa and found a rusty army truck stuck in an arroyo and painted it.” Haas posted the paintings for critiquing. Looking at Wong’s truck, he said, “Fred, this is not even a painting.”

“There are some awfully good watercolors in me yet to be done.” Young Wong didn’t learn until his master’s oral exam what Haas meant. “You were the hotshot. I wanted to put you in your place,” Haas said. “You did an illustration. You didn’t consider the edges, the four sides.” “When I teach at the League, I present that same problem,” Wong said. “I realize it took me all those years to treat all the sides – to do a three-dimensional painting and

out, but she would become Mrs. Wong and the most avid collector of his work. Yvonne works at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. They have two daughters: Mary Kendall Wong, who is with the Isabelle Gardner Museum in Boston, and Meredith Wong, with the Jewish Museum in New York City. Wong soon garnered awards and recognition. He began painting more and teaching at Hofstra University, Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, and, for 27 years, The Art Students League of New York. At the League, his colleagues were reputable artists, and there was no portfolio review or grading, which gave him more time in his own studio. His water-color workshops in Europe and the United States have been popular for 25 years. Arts Magazine has written: “What is international and timeless in landscape scenes? Well, Frederick Wong has found it in these quiet, misty scenes, suggesting at once the light and the brushwork of Gainsborough, Corot, and Monet, the philosophical overtones of Sung scrolls and wall hangings, and the almost-but-not-quite sentimentality of Robert Frost word-pictures.” If artists were athletes, we might catalogue their careers in statistics: number of one-man shows, number of awards, number of paintings in prestigious collections, positions held. Wong would score well in such a listing.

“Waterworks,” 2009, a watercolor on Masa paper, won a gold medal from the American Watercolor Society this year.

not a two-dimensional painting. I can now look at my paintings as paintings. Thinking back now, I appreciate all these things that happened to me in New Mexico.” In 1952 he was drafted. Being a member of the heavy weapons infantry was a good experience. “I met a lot of people. I traveled. It was invigorating,” he said. After his discharge, he returned to Buffalo and moved to New York City to launch his art career. Sharing a studio with another artist and a gallery, he painted and, to pay the bills, did a variety of commercial art, including greeting cards. In 1961 at his first one-man show at Mi Chou Gallery, the first New York gallery specializing in Asian artists, he met Yvonne L. Chan. It took Frederick three months to ask her

His proudest moment, however, was seeing “Waterworks,” with its gold medal, hanging in the society’s 146th annual international exhibition in April. “I’ve been a signature member for 53 years,” he said. “I laugh that it took me 53 years to win the medal. I’m in fantastic company. There are many well known artists.” Wong isn’t ready to set down his brush. “I’m 84. I’m still working, still painting in my studio,” Wong said. “There are some awfully good watercolors in me yet to be done.”

Album the January 2013 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She is assistant sociology professor at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Maija D. West (‘06 JD), Carmel Valley, Calif., recently opened her solo law practice, the Law Office of Maija West, Moxie Lab (, in Monterey. Her practice will Maija D. West focus on estate planning and business consulting while she also develops her concierge legal service practice. John Lissoway (’07, MD), has joined the Presbyterian Medical Group emergency department. Board certified in emergency medicine, he previously worked for five years as a clinical educator at the Stanford University Division of Emergency Medicine. Bart E. Miller (’07 BA), Las Cruces, N.M., has been hired by New Mexico State University as the Aggies’ new offensive line coach. Previously he worked in the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. At UNM, Miller was a starter and two-year letterman for the Lobos on the offensive line, earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior and senior. Nicolás Otero (‘07 BA), Albuquerque, illustrated Rudolfo Anaya’s 2012 children’s book How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico. Recently, the book won awards from the Historical Society of New Mexico, New Mexico Press Women, the New England Book Festival, the Los Angeles Book Festival, and the Great Southwest Book Festival. Andrew A. Sloan (’07 BBA), Rio Rancho, has been promoted to program manager for mission integration consulting at Equifax Consulting Solutions. ECS integrates identity management, risk mitigation, fraud detection, and other Equifax products and services into the operations of customers in government, health care, and financial organizations. Leigh A. Caswell (’09 MPH), Albuquerque, is the new community health manager for (continued, p. 35)

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Photo by Don Strel

Anne Hillerman continues her father’s legacy, her way In Spider Woman’s Daughter, female cop gets her opportunity to shine. Anne Hillerman.

By Sherry Robinson (’83 BA)

Libraries open new portal

If you’ve been missing Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito, they’ve come to life again in Anne Hillerman’s reprise of her father’s mysteries. Spider Woman’s Daughter, set on the Navajo Nation and in Santa Fe, follows the trail of the Navajo detectives Tony Hillerman created.

This year the University Libraries opened the Tony Hillerman Portal, which provides unprecedented access to the manuscripts, papers and notes that Hillerman donated to Zimmerman Library in 2005. “It was immediately clear that they represented a treasure trove of unique historical anecdotes and an insightful roadmap into his creative process,” said Kevin J. Comerford, assistant professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian. “Given Tony’s stature as an icon of New Mexican culture, combined with the exhaustive nature of his collection of papers, it is clear that there existed an amazing opportunity to make them available for research, education and public enjoyment.” The portal was made possible by an anonymous gift of $300,000 in 2011. Users will be able to read Hillerman’s manuscripts online, view them in his own handwriting, watch interviews with Hillerman, and experience New Mexico and the Southwest through his eyes.



After her father died in 2008, his fans kept asking Anne if the New York Times bestselling author had another book in his computer or in a drawer. “I was missing my dad and also missing those stories, and my writer buddies were poking at me very gently,” Anne said. Her mother, who was also Tony’s first editor, encouraged her to walk the same path. She knew exactly where to begin. “As I was reading through his 19 novels, I noticed the character Bernadette Manuelito,” Anne said. “Usually her job is getting rescued.” She once told her father, “Dad, this is a policewoman. You should let her act like a cop.” His response: “To tell you the truth, Joe Leaphorn is my favorite character.” One of Anne’s first acts in the book is to sideline Leaphorn “and let Bernadette really shine.” Anne Hillerman (’73 BA) was a student of UNM’s most famous journalism instructor long before taking up fiction. (Hillerman taught at UNM from 1966

to 1987 and served as department chair from 1976 to 1981.) “My dad was a good teacher. I liked being in his classes,” she said. A storyteller in and out of the classroom, Tony wove his lessons and his digressions together, always bringing them to a tidy conclusion before the class ended. And he was a stickler for grammar, spelling and punctuation. “It doesn’t matter how well you write if your copy is full of typos and misspellings,” he would say.

Album Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Caswell is also an adjunct faculty member at UNM’s Emergency Medical Services Academy and president of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council.

But during his early morning Advanced News Writing class in the old journalism building, which was always too hot, Anne couldn’t help dozing off. “I’d heard my dad’s voice for 22 years. I don’t know who was more embarrassed.”

“I’m enormously grateful for having him as my father, but this is my book.” Anne, like her father, was a journalist for many years before tackling her first book project, and she’s written eight, some with her photographer husband Don Strel. She started the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference to honor her father while he was still alive. She’s also a director of Wordharvest Writers Workshops. Through the conferences and workshops,

she was further schooled in the basics of plot points, character development and scene setting. When the time came to create her own mystery, Anne was realistic. She didn’t suffer from the journalist’s aversion to crossing the line into fiction, and she has learned to muzzle the reporter to avoid bogging down a story in reportorial detail while allowing the novelist to speak. But she retains the journalist’s sense of discipline: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to approach it as a job. The more you do it, the easier it gets.” She’s silenced the nagging concerns about what Tony’s fans might expect. “I’m lucky to inherit such good characters,” she said. “I’ve called on characters from previous books. I’m enormously grateful for having him as my father, but this is my book.”

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Brent Ferrel (’09 JD), Albuquerque, is managing the new Glasheen, Valles & Inderman law office. Brent has handled a variety of cases, including collisions, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, and medical and nursing home negligence. In 2012 Brent was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Associations “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys in New Mexico. He has been admitted to practice in both U. S. District Court for New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Nate Steinberg of Albuquerque received a B.A. in Theatre Arts on May 11. Five days later, he gave the keynote address at the 8th Grade Promotion Nate Steinberg ceremonies of the Class of 2017 at The Public Academy for Performing Arts.

Jamie L. (Cox) Glasgow (’09 PharmD), Albuquerque, was the founding president of the UNM chapter of Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity. She moved to Hawaii after graduation with her husband Fitz Glasgow (’09 PharmD). There they became preceptors, took UNM College of Pharmacy students for rotations, and gave them a place to stay. In 2011 Fitz learned he had a brain tumor, and they returned to New Mexico with their daughter to have gamma knife surgery. KOB Channel 4 featured Fitz in a story about the surgery. Jamie is now manager of clinical services for the inpatient pharmacy at Lovelace Medical Center Downtown and Heart Hospital at Lovelace. Although they love and miss Hawaii, New Mexico is their home and they are happy to be back.

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Shelf Life

Books by UNM Alumni


Dr. George: My Life in Weather

Robert E. Bieder (’64 BA, ‘64MA, ’72 PhD) Reaktion Press, 2013

George R. Fischbeck (’49 BA, ’55 MA) with Randy Roach UNM Press, 2013

This is a cultural history of the bear, beginning 27 million years ago with a bear about the size of a raccoon. It begins with paleontology and ends with descriptions of the eight remaining species. Bieder explores bear legends of American Indians, Scandinavians, Siberians and Japanese and expands into a variety of captive bears. About the author: Robert Bieder, an award-winning author, taught at universities in Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana and Southeast Asia. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Common Spiders of North America Richard A. Bradley (’83 PhD); illustrations by Steve Buchanan University of California Press, 2013 Spiders are among the most diverse and least understood terrestrial invertebrates. This is the first comprehensive guide to all 68 spider families in North America and beautifully illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Group keys enable identification by web type and other observable details. Species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioral notes.

George Fischbeck has devoted his life to educating the public about science and weather. Not only did he spend 23 years as a public school teacher in Albuquerque, he also developed a statewide following as host of a syndicated science program on public television. Dr. George’s distinctive approach to weather reporting made him one of the most recognizable and beloved news personalities in Southern California. About the author: A recipient of the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California, George Fischbeck has served as a science educator and television meteorologist for more than 50 years.

I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches Sherry Robinson (’83 BA) University of North Texas Press, 2013

About the author: Richard Bradley is associate professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University.

Lipan Apaches are some of the least known, least understood people in the Southwest. These plains buffalo hunters and traders were one of the first groups to acquire horses, which they used to expand from eastern New Mexico into Texas and Coahuila, Mexico. For a small group, the Lipans had an outsized impact through three centuries, which Sherry Robinson describes using the written record and oral history. Clever, fearless and resourceful, they remained free long after their enemies were driven to reservations.

Departure Lounge: A Novel

About the author: Sherry Robinson is a long time New Mexico journalist and author of three other books, including Apache Voices.

Robert Laurence (’77 JD) Sunstone Press, 2012 In the mid-1980s, it was easier to pass through a place without notice, to be out of touch, to get lost. Michael Reid embarks on a spate of obsessive travel: Scandinavia, the Persian Gulf, South Asia, back home to the Ozarks, then off again to Greece, eastern Europe, and Egypt. Along the way, he writes letters about what he sees and thinks to three friends. While they all know Michael, they don’t know each other. Against the background of Michael’s travels and letter, their lives become curiously intertwined. About the author: Robert Laurence was the Robert A. Leflar Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also taught at the University of North Dakota, Florida State University, UNM’s American Indian Law Center, and the Külkereskedelmi Főiskola (College for Foreign Trade) in Budapest. Now retired, he lives near Hindsville, Ark.



Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932 Gary Van Valen (’03 PhD) The University of Arizona Press, 2013 The largest group of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon, the Mojos, coexisted with nonNatives since the late 1600s, when they accepted Jesuit missionaries, converted to Catholicism, and adapted to mission life. Nearly two hundred years later they faced new challenges: liberalism and the rubber boom. White authorities wanted to modernize the region and dismantle much of the social structure of the missions. The rubber boom created a demand for labor, which took the Mojos away from their savanna towns and into the northern rain forests. About the author: Gary Van Valen is an associate professor of history at the University of West Georgia.

Los Árabes of New Mexico: Compadres from a Distant Land Monika Ghattas (’61 BA, ’78 MA, ’86 PhD) Sunstone Press, 2012 Arabs from today’s nations of Syria and Lebanon began arriving in New Mexico in the late 19th century, primarily from the communities of Roumieh and Zahle. Many sold goods as they traveled from place to place and in time were successful enough to set down roots. Their stores flourished from Las Cruces to Raton and their descendents would become the state’s most successful modern entrepreneurs. About the author: Monika Ghattas is retired from Central New Mexico Community College, where she taught European and Far East history for more than 20 years.

The Old Man’s Love Story Rudolfo Anaya (’63 BA, ’69 MA, ’72 MA) University of Oklahoma Press, 2013 Rudolfo Anaya, one of New Mexico’s best loved writers, grapples with the loss of his wife and with it the changes wrought by advancing age in a work close to his own life. Anaya fans will find the familiar lyrical writing, the mystical exploration of nature, and the frank revelation of a lifetime of love. About the author: Rudolfo Anaya, considered a giant of Hispano literature, has won many awards for his writing.

The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood Sandra Ramos O’Briant (’71 BUS) La Gente Press, 2012 When Alma flees with her lover to Texas to escape an arranged marriage, the sisters are forced apart, and their legacy is endangered. Pilar, her 14-year-old tomboy sister, is offered as a replacement bride. What follows is a courtship and marriage clouded by her husband’s former lover, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Sandoval family. Each sister tells her own story of love and loss at the begining of the Mexican-American War. About the author: Sandra Ramos O’Briant grew up in Santa Fe and Texas and lives in Los Angeles. She won first place at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards in two categories: Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book.

A Woman in Both House: My Career in New Mexico Politics Pauline Eisenstadt UNM Press, 2012 The first woman to serve in both houses of the New Mexico Legislature, Pauline Eisenstadt witnessed exciting times during the terms of four governors. Memorable legislation included public arts, continuum of care for children and families, grandparents’ rights, Indian casinos, and ethics reform. The book is not an exposé but a thoughtful look at the process and dynamics of New Mexico politics. It’s the winner of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and an award from New Mexico Press Women.

Album 2010s Jennifer M. Anderson (’10 JD), Santa Fe, has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez as director of the Division of Alcohol and Gaming. Anderson previously worked as an attorney at the law firm of Lewis and Roca LLP in Albuquerque, where she practiced state regulatory law in the areas of water, telecommunications and energy. Paul Hooper (’11 PhD) has accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University beginning Fall 2013.

Marriages Alexandra Arcos ‘11 BA, and Felipe Arcos Angela G. Drew ‘00 BA, ‘04 MPT, and Derek Drew Lindsay S. Dunn ‘08 BSN, and Andy Dunn Stacey Lanae Fisher, and Adam G. Fisher ‘12 BA Andria E. Gilligan ‘12 BA, and Michael G. Gilligan Deirdre M. Gonzalez ‘08 BA, and Gary M. Gonzalez Elizabeth K. Gregory ‘11 MPH, and William K. Gregory ‘12 BSCS Morgan A. Griego ‘11 BSN, and James J. Griego ‘12 BSCHE Jennifer L. Jaramillo ‘12 BSED, and Joshua A. Jaramillo ‘12 BBA Tara L. McElheney ‘10 BA, and Donald Craig McElheney ‘91 BBA Ashley E. Mohler ‘12 BA, and Ben Mohler Caitlin M. Purlgraski ‘12 BSCE, and Charlie M. Purlgraski Asha E. Richardson ’10 BUS, and Johnathan W. Hesketh ’09 BA Rachel E. Sandoval, and Fredrick R. Sandoval ‘80 BUS Amy M. Schulz ‘07 BA ‘11 MS, and Jesse William Schulz ‘06 BA Frieda Archuleta Stewart ’04 BUS and Ronald I. Savage Alicia Anna Walker ‘06 BS, and Ian R. Walker Danielle L. Wyne ‘12 BS, and Christopher T. Wyne

About the author: Pauline Eisenstadt completed course work at UNM for her Ph.D. in 1976 but entered community life before completing her dissertation. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1984 to 1992 and in the Senate from 1997 to 2000. She and husband Mel live in Corrales.

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UNM Golf Coach Tees Up Memorable Career Players John Catlin, James Erkenbeck, Gavin Green and Victor Perez get pointers from Coach Glen Millican.

Millican gives his players all the credit, but coach recognized in Mountain West competition. By Greg Archuleta ’90 BA All in all, the 2012-13 school year wasn’t half bad for Glen Millican (’98 BA, ’00 MBA). The UNM men’s golf coach teed up a fairway full of success this season. His Lobos advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., losing in a match-play quarterfinal to eventual national champion Alabama. It was UNM’s first appearance in nationals since 2007. The Lobos’ fifth-place finish was the second-best effort ever by the school in the NCAA Championship. They finished fourth in 1973 and fifth in 1979 and 2005.



Along the way to this year’s finals, the Lobos won the NCAA Columbus Regional in Columbus, Ga. Senior James Erkenbeck won the individual title in Columbus as well. New Mexico also won the Mountain West Championship for the first time since 2006 and won the conference and an NCAA regional in the same year for the first time in school history. The team won five regular-season tournaments, had a school record and Mountain West Conference record four players earn all-conference honors, led by Erkenbeck, the MW Player of the Year. Millican earned MW Coach of the Year honors.

Erkenbeck, John Catlin, Gavin Green and Victor Perez all earned PING All-West Region accolades, and Erkenbeck was named to the PING All-America team. Millican was one of six finalists for national Coach of the Year honors. Perhaps, “half-bad” isn’t the most accurate description to describe Millican’s year. “Unbelievable,” “incredible” or “awesome” might be more appropriate. Or in the coach’s own words… “This is probably the best season I’ve ever been a part of, for a lot of reasons,” he says. After wrapping up the NCAA Championship, “I wanted our guys to know

UNM has been quite successful, thank you very much, under Millican, who took the helm of the Lobos’ program on June 25, 2001. Only a handful of coaches led their teams to the NCAA Championships in five of their first seven years, including that fifth-place finish in 2005. Still, 2012-13 will go down as one of the most memorable years in Millican’s coaching career, he says. From winning the William H. Tucker Invitational at the UNM Championship Course in September by a whopping 29 strokes, to Glen Millican

that they did some things this year that no Lobo team has ever done before. And we’ve had a pretty storied history.” Yet, the 38-year-old Millican would be the first to tell you that he had very little to do with the team’s success. “All the credit goes to the players,” he says. “As coaches, we do everything we can to recruit the best players and then do everything we can to help those guys excel, but we don’t hit any shots. They’re the ones constantly working on their game, and the ones who turned in all the positive results week after week.” In fact, after he was named MW Coach of the Year, Millican wondered aloud about the necessity to have such an award. “That just happened because we had guys who had such a great year,” he said. “It didn’t have anything to do with me.” Then it must be purely coincidental that the Lobos have won five MW Championships – another conference record – during Millican’s 12-year tenure. The Lobos have won 22 tournaments during Millican’s UNM coaching career; he ranks second on the school’s all-time list for wins by a head coach – only Dick McGuire is ahead of Millican, with 28 wins from 1954-76. Six former Lobos currently are members of the PGA Tour – Charlie Beljan, Tim Herron, Kent Jones, Doug LaBelle, Michael Letzig and Spencer Levin. Three of those (Beljan, Letzig and Levin) played for Millican.

Lobo ties

Album In Memoriam Mary R. (Anton) Marquis, ‘32 Margaret Louise (Fisher) McGhee, ‘37 Genevieve Ginger (Mollands) Thompson, ‘38 Jean Cletsoway Crandal, ‘40 Robert J. Dobell, Sr., ‘40 Joseph L. Cramer, ‘41 Ruth Leach Pedersen, ’41 Leonore R. (Rodulfo) Blair, ‘42 Margaret S. (Sandoval) Garcia, ‘42 Wilson R. Hart, ‘42 Marguerite E. Mullenneaux, ‘42 Helen C. (Currier) Dobell, ‘43 ‘57 Martha L. Lauser, ‘43 Professor Jose E. Martinez, ‘43

When Coach Glen Millican takes a team to the NCAA Championships, he’s among old friends and prominent Lobo alumni.

William C. Briggs, ‘44

Coach Dwaine Knight (’70 BA) played for UNM for four seasons until graduating in 1969; in 1967 his team won the Western Athletic Conference championship and placed ninth at nationals. He was the Lobo’s head coach from 1978 to 1987, when he left for UNLV. His wife, Deborah (’77 BA, ’79 MBA) is also an alum.

Francis C. McMains, Sr., ‘44

John Fields (’82 BUS), who is head coach at the University of Texas, followed Knight, coaching at UNM from 1987 to 1997. Fields, a Las Cruces native, was a four-year letterman at New Mexico and a member of Lobo golf teams that finished fifth and seventh at the NCAA Championships. His wife Pearl is also a 1982 UNM graduate.

George J. Grande, ‘48

Fields, who was Millican’s coach, led UNM to nine NCAA Championship appearances in 10 years. He helped bring the NCAA Championships to Albuquerque in 1992 and 1998. This year Fields told the Albuquerque Journal, “The Lobos are an exciting team with depth, experience, talent and desire. Glen has done a great job.”

Charles J. Johnson, ’49

Fields’ assistant coach is Millican’s former teammate Ryan Murphy (’97 BA, ’01 MA), who played at UNM from 1994-97, playing in four NCAA Championships, including the 1996 event, where UNM finished sixth. He was also an assistant golf coach.

Harold K. Wimberley, ‘50

J. T. Higgins worked for Dwaine Knight at UNLV before becoming Lobo head coach from 1997 to 2001. When Higgins left for Texas A&M, Higgins’ assistant coach of three years, Glen Millican, moved up.

Albert Travis Ussery, ‘51

Sara A. (Arthur) Bohner, ‘44 Edyth N. (Nichols) Lee, ‘44 Thomas B. Conway, ‘45 Sam L. Johnson, Jr., ‘45 John Robert Hall, ‘46 C. B. McCullar, ‘46 Patricia M. (Mutch) Cheeseman, ‘47 Robin D. Adair, Jr., ‘48 Max A. Enseleit, ‘48 Louise (Edmondson) Lake, ‘48 Stuart L. Akom, ‘49 Genene Lee Bateman Birdwell, ‘49 David M. Bliss, ‘49 William T. Bonine, ‘49 Jean (Wagner) Cobb, ‘49 Elaine Harriet Dribbon ’49 Arthur E. Jones, ‘49 Marian M. (Mitchell) Stoller, ‘49 David M. Brugge, ‘50, ‘05 Charlene (Hook) Freeman, ‘50 John F. Griego, Sr., ’50 Kenneth R. Judkins, ‘50 John H. Stewart, ‘50 Frank A. Tegard, ‘50 Elio Cultreri, ‘51 Richard S. Graham, ‘51 Wendell Gray ’51 Richard R. Hartwick, ‘51 Baltazar Estrada Martinez, ‘51, ‘71 Joseph H. Raburn, ‘51 Alvin S. Eisenberg, ‘52 Donald S. Fowler, ‘52 Jerry V. Glenn, ‘52 Viola Chess Miller, ‘52

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Individuals Shine in Baseball, Track and Field, Tennis

The old saying goes that the more you enter – whether it’s a lottery, a sweepstakes or a competition – the more chances you have to win. So while the UNM baseball team’s 2013 season ended prematurely – losing two games in the NCAA Fullerton Regional – it has established itself as a program that will have lots of opportunities in the coming years to reach Coach Ray Birmingham’s primary goal – to go to the College World Series.

Seniors DJ Peterson and Mitch Garver earned co-MW Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. Peterson, a third baseman, also was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur baseball player annually. Garver is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the nation’s top catcher in College Baseball Division I. Birmingham won the MW Coach of the Year Award, becoming just the third coach in league history to win the award more than once.

The Lobos finished the 2013 season with a 37-22 record, a Mountain West regular-season championship and a fourth The baseball program wasn’t the only consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament spring team to complete a highly – only one of four programs in the nation successful season. to accomplish such a feat. The UNM men’s track and field team won its first ever Mountain West Indoor Championship, while the women’s team finished second, tying for its highest finish ever. Senior Floyd Ross (triple jump) and junior Luke Campbell (5,000 meters) both earned indoor All-America status.

Caldwell added MW Indoor StudentAthlete of the Year honors, while Coach Joe Franklin earned MW Indoor Coach of the Year accolades. The men’s and women’s teams combined for first-team All-MW selection in 22 different events.

Baseball players DJ Peterson and Mitch Garver are MW Players of the Year.

UNM set a Mountain West record by winning 14 straight conference games, which took place from April 12 to May 11. The Lobos reached a sterling 25-5 record in conference play and reached as high as a No. 13 national ranking.




The women’s team finished second in the MW Outdoor championship, its 153 points the most by a UNM team in a conference meet in 28 years. The men finished third. UNM earned a total of 22 first-team all-conference awards.

Luke Caldwell

Caldwell (5,000), Ross (triple jump), Lovett (high jump), Moutrie, Charlotte Arter and Chloe Anderson (all 1,500) advanced to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In tennis, the UNM men’s team (14-13 in dual matches on the season) advanced to the MW Tournament Championship match, losing a 4-3 heartbreaker to Boise State. The Lobos had four All-MW selections in Jadon Phillips, Conor Berg, Sam Iftikhar and the team of Berg and Andy Van Der Vyver. Phillips also earned the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsman Award for the Mountain Region.

The women’s team (7-15) had two AllMW honorees under first-year coach Erica Perkins Jasper in Michaela Bezdickova and the doubles team of Bezdickova and Caldwell (3,000, 5,000 meters), Ross (triple Laura Richardson. jump), Richard York (heptathlon), Django The UNM softball team finished 21-35 Lovett (high jump), Kendall Spencer (long jump), Josephine Moutrie (mile, 800 on the season and had two players – meters) and Kendra Schaaf (5,000 meters) Chelsea Anaya and Cassandra Kalapsa – all earned MW individual championships. earn MW Player of the Week honors. – Greg Archuleta

coming back from 27th place after the first day of the NCAA Championship to finish in the top eight and qualifying for stroke play, Millican thoroughly enjoyed the ride. “This team put itself in position almost every tournament to have a chance to win on the last day,” he said. “Whether or not we got off to a fast start didn’t matter. The guys always found a way to be near the lead during the final 18 holes. Week after week, I never had to worry about whether they would show up and compete.” The Golf Channel took notice of the Lobos’ ability to compete, coming to Albuquerque in April for a feature on the program that McGuire built and Millican has maintained. The six-minute story aired on May 14. UNM finished first or second in nine of the 14 events it played during the season. It finished in the top five in 12 of 14 events, matching a feat it accomplished during the 2011-12 season. This year, the Lobos won the regional and finished tied for sixth in the 54-hole NCAA Championship to earn a spot in the final eight. “Coach always did a good job of keeping us focused on the present and not allowing us to get ahead of ourselves or get lazy,” Catlin said. The national tournament, from May 28-31, typified the Lobos’ penchant for finishing among the leaders. In the first round they trailed Arizona State by a whopping 22 strokes and were 13 strokes out of the coveted No. 8 spot as they languished in a 27th-place tie. In the second round they tied for 15th place, just six strokes out of the top eight. The Lobos teed off with the morning group during the final round of stroke play, shot a 4-under 276 and then watched as teams ahead of them faded. They found themselves in a four-way tie for sixth but was one of three teams to move on. “What a great way for the seniors to end their careers,” Millican said of Erkenbeck, Catlin and Benjamin Bauch. “They worked so hard all season to put

themselves in a position to play for a national championship. “And for our sophomores (Green and Perez), the experience those guys earned is invaluable as they become leaders next year. What they’ve experienced the past two years, it’ll be difficult to put them in any kind of situation they haven’t experienced before.” Millican would know. Coming to UNM after graduating high school in Garland, Texas, he earned letters from 1994-95 to 1997-1998, had seven top-20 finishes in 27 career tournaments and placed 11th at the 1997 WAC Championships. Millican’s best showing as a Lobo golfer was a seventh-place tie at the 1994 Red River Classic as a freshman. His career stroke average was 75.06 in 80 rounds of play. In 1997 he won the Albuquerque City Championship and was an Academic All-American, posting a 3.34 GPA in working towards his degrees in General Management and Human Resources. As assistant coach under J.T. Higgins in 1998, he helped guide the team to success in the classroom and on the links; in each of his six semesters, the team posted a GPA above 2.95. As a head coach, Millican has directed his players to team GPAs of better than 3.0 in 19 of 24 semesters, including the last 11 semesters in a row. Last year, three Lobos were Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections. The only argument about Millican’s resume is whether his program has had more success off the golf course or on it. This year Millican witnessed one of the better comebacks in NCAA Championship history to earn a spot in the match-play round. The final round of stroke play “was one of my best days ever in coaching,” he said. “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Album In Memoriam Reverend James P. Moore, ‘52 Mary Ruth (Clift) Terrell, ‘52 David D. White, ‘52 George E. Dernbach, ‘53 Jack Donlon Davis, ‘53 Helen Aleyis (Guzelis) Keeley, ’53 N. Jane (Adams) Ratcliff, ‘53 Charles E. Clouthier, ‘54 Roger S. Cox, ‘54 Duane L. Lang, ‘54 Phyllis Lee (Burk) Lucky, ‘54 Jack Leroy Eaton, ‘55 Juanita L. (Armijo) Gallegos, ’55 Richard H. Rogers, ‘55 Donald W. Holgerson, ‘56 Albert J. Klassen, ‘56 Robert F. Koontz, ’56 Evangeline (Witham) Miller, ‘56 Charles H. Reynolds, ‘56 Robert Ted Rickelton, ‘56 William L. Werrell, ‘56 Robert Wertheim, ‘56 Arthur E. Jones, ‘57 Vernon E. Kerr, ‘57, ‘63 Julia J. (Jaramillo) Martinez, ‘57 Judy (Huber) Wolfenbarger, ‘57 John H. Bartholdi, ‘58 Harold G. Ferguson, ‘58 Robert Brandt, ‘59 Robert F. Burwinkle, ‘59 Jan D. Holt, ‘59 Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth I. Langley, ‘59 Sammie L. (Roberson) Logan, ‘59 Charles B. Allen, ‘60 Ronald P. Biggerstaff, ’60 William B. Fisher, ’60 Louis E. Johnson, ‘60 Robert M. Werdig, Jr., ‘60 Fred Begay, ‘61, ‘63, ‘73 William W. Farran, ‘61 Denis Alton Heimerich, ‘61 Darrell R. Hutton, ‘61 Oliver M. Harris, ‘62 William E. Hayes, Jr., ‘62, ‘69 Robert E. Pearcy, ‘63 Fred O. Smith, Jr., ‘63 Susan F. (Federer) Milloy, ‘64 Marsha Ann (Sauerman) Shishman, ‘64, ‘95 Carole Darr, ‘65 Westley J. (Sullivan) Lagerberg, ‘65 Martha W. (Watson) Linnell, ‘66

Greg Archuleta is assistant communications director for Lobo Athletics and a former sports writer for the Albuquerque Journal.

William R. Oakes, Jr., ‘66, ‘68 Mary (Nelson) Balcomb, ‘67 James G. Birdsong, ‘67

FALL 2013


Software to make life better Architecture frames the work of app creator Andrew Stone. Story and photos by Sherry Robinson (’83 BA) Andrew Stone rakes his hand through cottonwood fluff around the home he built and explains how easy it is to compost nature’s lint. What others see as a nuisance, Stone reprograms. Stone (’77 BArch) may be a software rock star, but he never stopped being the architect UNM produced decades ago. And he sees little difference between the two. “Architecture is like being in a giant computer,” he said. Technology can deliver efficiency, and in a world of shortages, “we can do a lot with efficiency.” In 2005, his was the first solar home to sell electricity back to the utility. “In the world of technology we don’t believe in anything being impossible. There’s an almost naive amount of positive energy that’s transformative,” he said. “Technology is able to do anything. The way the world is, you add software and get something better, greener and more efficient.”

“In the world of technology we don’t believe in anything being impossible. There’s an almost naive amount of positive energy that’s transformative.” Stone is best known as developer of the popular mobile application Twittelator for the iPhone and iPad. Working from home in Albuquerque, Stone, through his Stone Design Corp., has published more than 35 software titles for generations of Macintosh operating systems, from the HyperCard up to the latest. “The School of Architecture and Planning helped me think about how things are connected,” he said.



Stone arrived at UNM in 1974 during “a brilliant time in the School of Architecture. There were a lot of good minds there. We had people like Paul Lusk and Dick Nordhaus. We learned about Frank Lloyd Wright, but we were very much influenced by the free thinkers. To this day, I’m able to quote some of the things I learned.” As a design-build architect for 10 years, Stone began using computers in his work. When he returned to UNM in the mid1980s with the idea of graduate work, Nordhaus, then director of the Design and Planning Assistance Center, had established a graphics lab and curriculum at the center. Nordhaus introduced Stone first to the Macintosh and then to Ed Angel, chair of the Computer Science Department.

the most successful student I have worked with. He learned what he needed from us and made Stone Design a significant player in the Mac world.” Before completing his master’s degree, Stone began programming software for NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after being forced out of Apple in 1986. Stone saw his first NeXT computer in the SUB in 1988 and thought it was a beautiful machine. He still has a half dozen sitting in his workshop. “It was the chance to be in on the ground floor of something huge,” he said. “I was the first guy to have an indy package.” That was TextArt, a type-styling program, in October 1989, followed by many more programs. The NeXT was too expensive

“That’s how I got regrooved and began to think, maybe I need to be in software,” he said. Still, his training in architecture and planning gave him direction; his pursuit of software wouldn’t be “just tech for tech’s sake but to make life better.” In thanks for the early inspiration, Stone dedicates every gift he makes to UNM in honor of Nordhaus. Ed Angel remembers Stone as “smart, creative and fun… Of all the grad students I’ve worked with over the years, Andrew is not only the most successful grad student who never completed our program, he may be

Software developer Andrew Stone takes a break in the cottonwoods outside his Albuquerque home. Photo by Sherry Robinson

and never took off, but when Jobs sold NeXT to Apple in 1996 and took the helm at Apple once again, he asked Stone to continue his work. Steve Jobs is legendary for both his genius and his absence of interpersonal skills. Stone to this day is unwavering in his loyalty because Jobs was opening creative doors for everyone. Living in Albuquerque, Stone was “distant from flying objects” at Apple, and the company cultivated relationships with independents like Stone, “people who don’t want to go work in a corporation but want to be their own boss and participate in larger things.”

Andrew Stone joins other programmers weekly for the Cocoa Conspiracy, a time for socializing, networking and shop talk. Photo by Gene Peach

“The ultimate gift of Steve was to be in your garage,” Stone said. “There’s no social stigma about apps being written by one or two people.” Stone has written dozens of apps that compete head to head with such software giants as MicroSoft, Adobe, and Quark. His products were later packaged as Stone Studio and Stone Works. He believes he’s more productive working in Albuquerque. “The advantage of being here is I’m not distracted by the baubles of Silicon Valley,” he said. In 2008 Stone released Twittelator, which helps users manage multiple Twitter accounts from their iPhones and iPads.

“The Twitter thing I did as a lark. I developed a couple of intense programs for audio and blogging,” he said. Then he heard about the young Egyptian jailed during demonstrations in his country who tweeted his friends and got released. Since then, Stone’s work and that of other indies has created momentum for Twitter, he said. “The moments we used to be waiting, now we’re tweeting.”

Album In Memoriam Georgia J. (Jackson) Lindsay, ‘67 Janet M. Panconi, ‘67 Dr. Dean R. Lee, ‘68, ‘69 Donald A. Smerk, ‘68 Barbara L. (Hill) Strand, ‘68 James D. Doss, ‘69 Ruth M. (Hoyenga) Henderson, ‘69 Dr. John F. Howard, ‘69

More recently, Stone is focused on family (his wife Katie hosts “The Children’s Hour” on KUNM), gardening, and involving himself in big-picture issues like energy and the environment.

Ralph H. Moon, ‘69

And the Cocoa Conspiracy. After noticing that his fellow programmers were too isolated, he began bringing them together every Thursday morning at Winning Coffee Co., a block from UNM, to socialize and talk shop.

Constance J. Cohn, ‘70

“People also come and pitch ideas. Cocoa Conspiracy is cool because we’re doing economic development, but the only agency is the group. People come and say, help me do this project.” The group has evolved to become an informal guild or collaborative. Stone helps form teams and serves as in-house expert. “We give back to the community by helping create community.” “Andrew Stone is a great champion of the independent developer,” said Eric Renz-Whitmore, executive director of the New Mexico Technology Council. “His eagerness to share his expertise and contacts as a successful developer, as well as learning new things, make him a rare asset, one the Albuquerque area is lucky to have.” Angel added, “He has always been willing to give back. He’s been helping some bright young people I sent to meet him, and now they’re on the way to becoming the next generation of Andrew Stones.”

Jim Kimmons, ‘69, ‘89 Jerald Lee Sanders, ‘69 Michael Joseph Strubhar, ‘69 Dr. Joseph H. Villalon, ‘69 Roger D. Wright, ‘69, ‘78 Michael Laddie Cole, ‘70 Dr. Rich Hatley, ‘70 Billie K. Jones, ‘70 Andrew Leo Lopez, CPA, ‘70 Romolo Richard Nuanes, ‘70 Peter H. Johnstone, ’71, ’74 Lisa Dawn Littlefield, ‘71, ‘74 Edward O. Lucero, ‘71 Esmond McNutt, ‘71 James L. Martin, ‘71 Dale Alan Micklevitz, ‘71 Paul William Onstad, ‘71 Daniel Antonio Sanchez, ‘71 Don William Doak, ‘72 Michael C. Ferguson, ‘72, ‘77 Edmund Jacob Harris, ‘72 Colonel Herbert E. Mendenhall, ‘72 Rosalind Ogden Womack, ‘72 Ira William Dodds, ‘73 Ronald L. Hagenbaugh, ‘73 Sister Clara Patricks, ‘73 Valerie Dean Westheimer, ‘73 Suzanne Wilson Doyle, ‘74 Robert James Goldsworty, ‘74 Dolores V. Mountain, ‘74 Yolanda Mayorga Shoemaker, ‘74 Kathryn N. (Gabig) Stejskal, ‘74 Thomas Starr, ‘75 Colonel Thomas B. Christiansen, Jr., ‘76 Leonora Durrett, ‘76 Julie G. Slane, ‘76, ‘77 Barbara A. Wolf, ‘76 Sharon J. Montgomery, ‘77 Kurt David Floersheim, ‘78 Steven Garson Jones, ‘78 Isauro Martin Mercado, ‘78 Filbert Joseph Montes, ‘78, ‘82 Mary C. Tisone, ‘78, ‘82 Dana Collins Wood, ‘78, ‘90

FALL 2013


Alumni Outlook UNM Alumni Association 2014 Travel Program Cuban Discovery Program Fall 2014 (Dates TBA early 2014)

Civil War & Cherokee Trail of Tears November 14 – 22, 2014

European Mosaic June 16 – 24, 2014

Alumni Holidays

Chapter Master Calendar August August 11 Austin Chapter annual Beat the Heat Ice Cream Social August 25 Los Angeles Chapter 20th annual Green Chile Fest @ Ventura August 31 Albuquerque Tailgate at University Stadium – Lobos vs. UT/San Antonio August TBA Black Alumni Chapter and African American Student Services annual Student Welcome Back Barbeque


Adriatic Antiquities

Lifestyles Explorations in Spain

June 26 – July 9 Hosted by UNM President Bob and Mrs. Janet Frank

September 7 NorCal Chapter Green Chile Roast – Newt Hollow, Briones Regional Park September 7 Austin Chapter annual Green Chile Roast and Picnic September 7 Lobo Football at UTEP September 7 Los Angeles Chapter – New Mexican Dinner and Recruitment Training Orange County September 8 Washington, DC Green Chile Roast and Taco Picnic September 14 Lobo Football at Pittsburgh September 21 Sacramento Area annual Pot Luck September 21 Chicago Chapter annual Green Chile Fiesta September 27 Black Alumni Chapter 3rd annual Trailblazer, Living Legend and Charles P. Roberts Fellowship Awards Ceremonies. UNM Alum and LA Lakers great Michael Cooper will be honored as the Living Legend Recipient. September 28 Homecoming – Lobos vs. UNLV in Albuquerque September Nationwide College Fair Season – Volunteers Needed

July 12 – August 5


ACA Normandy, 70th Anniversary

October 6 – 14, 2014

October 5 October 5 October 12 October

Atlanta Chapter annual Green Chile Roast Albuquerque Tailgate at University Stadium – Lobos vs. NMSU Lobo Football at Wyoming Nationwide College Fair Season – Volunteers Needed

November This is a preliminary schedule. Trips, dates and pricing are subject to change. For additional information, contact Charlene Chavez Tunney at the Alumni Relations Office at 505-277-5808 or 800-258-6866.

November 2 November 9 November 16 November 23 November 23 November 30 November

Lobo Football at SDSU – Pre-game Gathering at McGregor’s Austin Chapter – Hill Country Wine Tasting Tour Albuquerque Tailgate at University – Lobos vs. CSU Lobo Football at Fresno State Los Angeles Chapter - Pre-game Gathering at Fresno State Lobo Football at Boise State Nationwide College Fair Season – Volunteers Needed

December December 14 December 14 December 15

Lobo Basketball at Kansas LA Chapter Holiday Event Austin Chapter annual Holiday Party and Pot Luck Dinner

Events, dates and times are subject to change. Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 505-277-5808 or 800-258-6866 for additional information.



Album In Memoriam Doris T. Campbell, ‘79 Glenna M. Nielsen, ‘79

A Message from Our Alumni Association President

Matilda Bowman Arviso, ‘80 David Lynn Caffery, ‘80 Paul R. M. Hatfield, ‘80 Dr. Mark Steven Schramm, ‘80, ‘86 Dr. Eve P. Malo, ‘81 Darlene K. Norero, ‘81, ‘85 Patricia Sisneros Padilla, ‘81 Loretta M. Nazzarett, ‘82 Jerilyn Marie (Miller) Lopez, ‘83 Regina Laura (Zudick) Earnest, ‘83 Emily Georges Gottfried, ‘84

When I graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law 21years ago, I had no idea I would one day marry a former President of the Alumni Association who would encourage my involvement with the organization. I also had no idea I would ultimately have the honor to serve as the President of the Alumni Association. Lucky me on both counts—life is good!

university beyond your student days. As one example, we are preparing to webcast our highly successful “Lobo Living Room” presentations so those of you who can’t make it to campus can still take part. Past presentations have included flamenco, zombies, the Office of the Medical Investigator, an evening with head Lobo football coach Bob Davie and backstage at the Lion King.

During my 13-year journey of service I look forward to with the Alumni hearing from you Association, I have about your ideas for continually been making our Alumni amazed at the breadth Association vibrant. of the university I hope Homecoming and the scope of its Randy Royster addresses fellow alums after his swearing in last spring. festivities Sept. 24-28 alumni community. will bring many Alumni are the of you back to campus for reunions university’s largest and undoubtedly one of its most valuable constituency groups. and celebrations. This year’s theme is “A Howllywood Homecoming.” Through our alumni, the university and We expect the stars to be shining on our community are provided with ties our Lobos! to all parts of the country, to all fields of endeavor, to all levels of government, Randy Royster, ’92 JD and more. Early this fall the Alumni Association will conduct a survey focused on different ways to engage you in the university. We UNM Alumni want all of you to feel a vital part of the Association President

Diane M Gurule Livingston, ‘84 Joanne Sisk Pendall, ‘84 Lisa Mann Burke, ‘85 Caroline F. (Mitchell) Schumacher, ‘85 Joseph Anthony Martin, ‘86 Matilda (Maddy) D. Vallejos, ’86, ’02 Nina M. Syner, ‘87 Mark Alan Harrison, ‘88 Dale Osborn, ‘88, ‘94 Donna Vivian Rowe, ‘88, ‘93 Dan Van Tran, ‘91 Derek Frank Sanchez, ‘92 Brent Steven Austin, ‘93 John Menello, ‘94 Morley Robert Anderson, ‘95 Frederick Griesbacher, ‘95 Jacqueline H. Howard, ‘95 Kenneth Duane Baca, ‘96 Lisa Dawn Littlefield, ‘96 Caleb Michael Smith, ‘95, ‘96 Lisa Dawn Littlefield, ‘96 Catherine E. Padilla, ‘96, 97 Raymond G. Estelle, ‘98 Brian Michael Ridgeway, ‘98 Deborah Ann Clapper, ‘99 Moira Ann Murphy, ‘99 Gordon Neal Keating, ‘00 Jane Austin Madsen, ‘01 Deborah A. Flanagan, ‘02 Chantel A. Bowen-Sanchez, ‘05 Linda Irene Rickert, ‘07, ‘11 Christian R. Gurule, ’13 Blanca I. Badillo-Castro Mildred Schubert Breiland Glen W. Brunken Maire T. Buckman John Martin Campbell Roselie Lucero Alfredo Manuel Ortiz Dr. Ralph W. Rowe

FALL 2013


Cherry and Silver Are Always in Style Join Your Local Chapter Have work or life events taken you outside New Mexico? Stay connected through UNM Alumni Chapters in cities across the nation. Their activities – including the occasional chile roast – bring together UNM alumni as they benefit the university and community. Join the Lobo Pack! Regional Chapters, found in many of the larger cities, provide social, service, giving and sports-related activities for alumni and friends in their chapter areas and always welcome new members and their friends. Find a chapter near you at UNMAlumni. com/regional-chapters.html

Greater Albuquerque Area Alumni Chapter A new Greater Albuquerque Area Chapter is being established, with exciting opportunities for area alumni of all interest levels. To subscribe to the Listserv for events and notices, email us at: For more information call (505) 277-5808 or see

UNM Alumni Association Attitude Survey

Lobos for Legislation UNM alumni have a unique and important role in helping the university communicate its needs and priorities to elected officials. Legislators are most receptive to opinions of their friends, neighbors and constituents. Lobos for Legislation is an Alumni Association program that serves as a pipeline of information to alumni and friends of UNM on legislative matters. Activities include receptions and awards. Your participation makes a difference! See

We want your opinion to better help us understand your needs. Watch your e-mail for opportunities to participate.

Just a reminder… We want to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information available. Call 800-alum-unm (800-258-6866), email, or go to our website,, to update your information. To see what we have on file, go to the Alumni Association’s Online Community. Update your address and other contact information, search for your UNM friends and make new connections. Access to the sections above are for registered alumni only.

Be a mentor or student recruiter

Why Volunteer? Wherever you are, you can increase the value of your degree and give back by volunteering as a mentor to current UNM students, becoming a recruiter at local college fairs, advocating in the Legislature and Congress or learning to sort and roast green chile at a chapter event. Many alumni stay involved by donating money to the university, but your time and knowledge are also valuable. Consider these great opportunities to get involved and show that Lobos stay in the pack and support each other.

The Alumni Association has two ways to help students and make a difference. The UNM Alumni Career Mentor Program links gives students the opportunity to meet alumni, explore career interests, and engage in professional relationships. Alumni volunteers find that being a mentor enriches their lives and adds value to their own degrees. Register today at UNM needs student recruitment volunteers. Maybe you know a student who would like to attend UNM or you’re willing to describe your experiences during college fairs. Volunteers describe recruiting as some of their most fun and rewarding activities. Contact UNM Recruitment Coordinator Gary Bednorz at to learn more.



Sen. Bill Payne received an award this year from Rich Diller of the Alumni Association for his support of UNM.

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The University of New Mexico Homecoming Poster By David Vega Chavez, ‘71 the desired effect, for example, on my skies.

I have been influenced mostly by the English watercolorists of the 19th and 20th century. Initially, I was interested in the moody and gray atmospheres they created by tinting the paper with a warm or cool tone.

In 1991, I moved back to New Mexico to paint full time. I wanted to see if the method I was using would work in expressing the primitive and haunting landscapes of my native state. In retrospect, I feel my time and effort have been well spent. This style makes my work unique, and I now use the method wherever I choose to paint.

Later, I became intrigued with the possibility of underpainting a painting’s values, in neutrals or blues over the tinted paper. I thought I could follow by San Francisco de Asis Church, Golden, New Mexico, by David Vega Chavez layering my chosen colors Signed limited edition: $50. Unsigned limited edition: $35. Order using the form When I encounter a new over the tinted paper, in the enclosed homecoming schedule or at subject, I first decide sometimes using ink for upon the appropriate medium for expression; after that, the accents and white gouache for highlights. This would allow mood will dictate the technique. I do not limit myself to the me to quickly set the tone and values of the painting without technique I’ve described and sometimes use others, such as relying on the values of the colors themselves to achieve the popular “wet on wet” method. the mood. T






































I’d never seen anyone use the method before. The biggest hurdle was to keep the colors from turning muddy; I discovered adding black or blue paint to the tinted paper made it difficult to keep the subsequent colors transparent. I spent many years experimenting, without much success.

The most difficult thing for me to express is why I paint. I only know that when I do, I am transported emotionally to a place that is peaceful and sometimes surreal. My hope is that my work transcends technique and captures the viewer’s attention, first on an emotional and visceral level.

Eventually, I discovered the importance of the quality of the watercolors and the balance of the water/paint ratio. Sometimes it took 15 or more dry-on-dry layers to achieve

Ultimately, I paint for the sheer joy and learning of it. I know my vision may never be fully realized. However, the pleasure the process brings to me is beyond measure.

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