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CONTENTS 4 Welcome—and Thank You!

 he Alumni Association thanked its T tremendous volunteers and welcomed Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Frank to UNM on June 1.

5  Creating a Vision for the Future  A message from our new President, Robert G. Frank.

5 Album

Keep up with your classmates.

6 U Are Here

 hat’s been happening around W campus? Find out here.

12 Golden Age


 e celebrated the golden anniversary W of the Alumni Memorial Chapel on April 28 and 29, and revealed plans for a chapel garden.

16 Everyday Sacredness

 oet Luci Tapahonso returns to UNM P as a professor of creative writing and literature. By Carolyn Gonzales

20 Bringing Landscape and History to Light

 aker H. Morrow is a landscape B architect, professor, and author— and still finds time to delve into the explorations of a sixteenthcentury Spaniard. By Michelle G. McRuiz

COVER Luci Tapahonso finds inspiration for her poetry in Navajo culture, family, and everyday occurrences. While her work is distinctly Navajo, it has universal appeal. This renowned poet is now a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at UNM. Photos by Chris Corrie




24 Off the Grid, On with Nature

37 Cherry and Silver—and Gold

 raig Leisher left the New Jersey C ‘burbs behind for a year of selfsufficiency with his family in the Maine woods. By Melissa Fraterrigo

26 Future Fossils

Lindsay Zanno believes that scientists have a responsibility to bring their knowledge to the public. By David Menconi

28 Point of No Return

Andy Lim and Corey Fiala’s rapidly expanding tech start-up is revolutionizing clunky restaurant point-of-sale systems. By Michelle G. McRuiz

 he Alumni Association T honors 50-year graduates at spring graduation.

38 Casas del Río

 NM’s newest dorms feature allU suite living and lots of amenities.

41 Betty Sabo Endowment

 his endowed fund honors Betty’s T legacy of creating and supporting fine art in New Mexico while assisting UNM art students.

42 More than a Game

Assistant coach Jason Lenzmeier teaches young men strategies for success in both football and life. By Greg Archuleta

30 UNM Alumni 44 Alumni Outlook Changing Worlds: News on our travel program, a calendar of alumni chapter events A Design for around the country, and a message Success from our new Alumni Association John and Caroline Harvey’s pledge supports the study of regional and indigenous architecture. By Michelle G. McRuiz

32 Shelf Life A sampling of the many books written or edited by UNM alumni.

president, Duffy Swan.


Fall 2012, Volume 32, Number 2 The University of New Mexico: Robert G. Frank, President Karen A. Abraham, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations Michelle G. McRuiz, Editor Wayne Scheiner & Company, Graphic Design UNM Alumni Association Executive Committee: Duffy Swan ’68, President Randy Royster ’92, President-Elect Rich Diller ’75, Treasurer Waneta Tuttle, ’67, ’70, ’73, ’85, Past President Monica Armenta ’85 Steve Chreist ’67 Harold Lavender ’69, ’75 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

Mirage was the title of the University of New Mexico yearbook until its last edition in 1978. The title was then adopted by the alumni magazine, which continues to publish vignettes of UNM graduates.

alternative formats. If you have special needs and require an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Karen Abraham using the contact information listed above.

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Welcome—and Thank You!







1. Vice-President of the Black Alumni Chapter Sam Johnson, Janet Frank, President Bob Frank, Alumni Association Director Karen Abraham, and Black Alumni Chapter President Barbara Simmons. 2. Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM) Senator Cassie Thompson, former ASUNM President Jaymie Roybal, and the Hon. Frank Sedillo. 3. Volunteer Lisa Lindquist and Alumni Association Board member Cate Wisdom.


Every year, we reward our many volunteers for the invaluable work and support they have given us by throwing a party. On June 1, 2012, we had an extra reason to celebrate: That day marked the first day in office for the new UNM President, Robert G. Frank. Held on the Mountain View Terrace of Sandia Resort, “An Evening on the Terrace” reminded us how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful pack of Lobos helping us engage the UNM community and alumni.



10 4. Alumni Chapter Leader Bob Renfro and his wife Kathy.

7. Senator Dede Feldman and Alumni Association Board member Sarah Kotchian.

5. UNM Professor Emeritus Jean Civikly-Powell, State Land Commissioner Ray Powell, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, and Dr. Yolanda Jones-King.

8. Carolyn Mountain and her husband, UNM Foundation Board member John Cordova.

6. Terri Salazar (wife of past Alumni Association President John Salazar), Connie Mondragon, and UNM adjunct professor and entrepreneur Fred Mondragon.

9. Past Alumni Association president Redd Eakin, Randy Eakin, past Alumni Association president Jack Mulcahy, and Nancy Covalt. 10. Former Alumni Association President Waneta Tuttle passes the gavel to the new Alumni Association President, Duffy Swan.

Creating a Vision for the future A Note from President Robert G. Frank

ALBUM Compiled by Margaret Weinrod

Although I’m addressing you as the President Look for a friend on every page! of the University of New Mexico, it is also my distinct honor to do so as a fellow alum. I received Send your alumni news to Mirage Editor, The University of New Mexico Alumni Association, MSC three degrees at UNM—that adds up to a lot of 01-1160, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, time spent on the campus and in New Mexico, NM, 87131-0001. Or better yet, email your news a lot of wonderful memories, and a lot of pride to Please include your in being a Lobo. My experiences at UNM middle name or initial! have shaped the person I’ve become, and it is those foundations to which I look to lead this Deadlines: great University. Fall deadline: June 1 I’ve always looked forward to my issue of Mirage, to reading the stories of Lobo alumni who are translating their passions into meaningful acts around the globe or right here in New Mexico. These stories demonstrate how their remarkable and varied experiences at UNM still influence their lives today.

Spring deadline: January 1

As our greatest ambassadors, our alumni are an integral part of the University of New Mexico’s progress and success. UNM’s nearly 150,000 alumni are well positioned to strongly influence the University’s future. They span the globe, and we want to keep them involved with the University wherever they may be. It is with great enthusiasm and privilege that I encourage all of you keep your connections with UNM strong and vibrant as we strive to create a greater University.

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As we continue the process of creating the vision for UNM in 2020, I have a deepening appreciation of the role that every aspect of the University plays in attracting outstanding students, providing them with diverse opportunities, and preparing them for lives of leadership—and lifelong engagement with the University. The involvement, participation, and support of all members of our community, especially our alumni, will be critical. I look forward to talking with many more of you about our emerging vision this fall at Homecoming and as I travel around and beyond New Mexico. Go Lobos!

of the Year in recognition of her loyalty and

1950s Jo Moore, ’51, Raton, recently exhibited her sculptures in Perla Nera, a domestic black in Torreon, N.M. M. Maxine Kelly Boles, ’52 BA, Dallas, was selected by the Huston-Tillotson University International Alumni Association Awards Committee as the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus philanthropic spirit. She was also inducted into the Hall of Honor at the United Negro College Fund this year. James H. Turner, ’56 BBA, Clovis, has been honored by the Board of Trustees of Clovis Community College (CCC). The board named the business office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration the Dr. James H. Turner

Kind regards,

Business Services Center. Dr. Turner served Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis from 1969 to 1990 and CCC from 1990 to 1999. He retired as CCC

Robert G. Frank President, The University of New Mexico

President in 1999. In January 2011, Dr. Turner was honored by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce with the Chamber Heart Award for his commitment to under-employed, youth, elderly, and local causes.

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and journalism—Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants of the Year.

Top Lecturer: Computer science professor Stephanie Forrest has been selected for the UNM 2012 Annual Book Award: Assistant history professor Research Lecture. This is one of the Cathleen Cahill has won the 2011 highest awards that UNM bestows Labriola Center American Indian on a faculty member. She will present her lecture this fall. Forrest was also recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Association for Computer Machinery/AAAI Allen Newell Award for innovations in computing technology that help solve complex, real-world challenges. Teaching Awards: In May, UNM recognized the following faculty for their outstanding teaching: Leslie Donovan, University Honors Program—Presidential Teaching Fellow. Matías Fontenla, economics and Gary Weissmann, earth and planetary sciences—Outstanding Teachers of the Year. Dianne Bechtel, English; Judith Hendry and Janet Shiver, communications and journalism— Outstanding Lecturers or Affiliated Faculty of the Year. Amy Brandzel, American studies and women’s studies; and Julie Sykes, Spanish and Portuguese—Outstanding New Teachers of the Year. Janet Shiver, communications and journalism—Outstanding Online Teacher of the Year. Brad Bergsbaken, economics; Martha Byrne, mathematics and statistics; Shirley Heying, anthropology; Stacey Kikendall, English; and Angela Putman, communications



Cathleen Cahill National Book Award for her book Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the U.S. Indian Service, 18691933. This award is presented annually by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University. Peace Out: The 2012 Paul Ré Peace Prize—a biannual award given to UNM students, faculty, staff, alumni, or retirees who promote peace, harmony, and understanding throughout the world— goes to William M. Brown of Sage West Consultants in Arroyo Hondo, N.M., and the Peace Talks Radio Production Team (Paul Ingles, producer; Suzanne Kryder; Carol Boss; and Nola Daves

Moses) of Albuquerque. Brown won for his environmental conservation efforts, including The Climate Reality Project. Peace Talks won for its work on a series of more than 100 programs exploring the diversity of peace promotion topics. ACE Selection: Carol A. Parker, professor of law and associate dean for finance and administration, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2012-13. The ACE Fellows Program aims to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Major Contributions: Two UNM Cancer Center members, Angela WandingerNess and Elaine Bearer, were elected as fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Two other UNM scientists, biology professor Scott Collins and associate professor Diana Northup, were also elected this year. Catalyst for Learning: Rebecca Adams, associate director for online course development at UNM Extended University’s New Media and Extended Learning, recently won a Blackboard

ALBUM Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Programs. The award honors those who develop innovative courses that represent the best in technology and learning. Public Health Award: Leah Steimel, director for the Health Sciences Office of Community Affairs, received the Jonathan Mann Award at the New Mexico Public Health Association and UNM National Health Disparities Joint Conference in April. This award is given in recognition of lifetime commitment to public health and social justice issues. Steimel came to UNM in 2006 as the first director of the Office of Community Affairs. No Fraud Here! Anderson School accounting professor Rich Brody has been named Educator of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud

Spurred On: Distinguished Professor of History Paul Hutton is the winner of the 2011 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Short Nonfiction for his article, “The Alamo, Well Remembered.”

C. Robert Campbell, ’58 BA, Albuquerque, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects at its December 2011 meeting.

1960s Nasario Garcia, ’62 BA, ’63 MA, Santa Fe, is the

High-Ranking Researchers: Anderson School of Management Professors Xin (Robert) Luo and Ranjit Bose have been named in the prestigious “Top 100 Ranking of Researchers” list from the Association for Information Systems. Luo was ranked in the top 25 in the area of Information Systems based on publications in the top-tier journals European Journal of Information Systems and Journal of Strategic Information Systems. Luo joined the Management Information Systems and Information Assurance Program at Anderson in 2008. Bose, who is the associate dean at Anderson, is ranked among the top 40 for a collaborative paper with Luo that assesses a firm’s potential to undertake green IT initiatives via virtualization. Bose has served as associate dean since January 2011 and is a Regents Professor.

author of the recently published Grandpa Lolo’s Navajo Saddle Blanket: La tilma de Abuelito Lolo (UNM Press), a bilingual story of friendship in northern New Mexico between two men—a Navajo and an Hispanic—a horse, a saddle blanket, and some baby goats. Carlos E. Cortés, ’65 MA, ’69 PhD, Riverside, Calif., is the author of Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time, published by Heyday in Berkeley. In this memoir, Cortes chronicles his family’s tumultuous, decades-long spars over ethnicity, religion, class, and culture. It is adapted from his nationally successful one-man play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. Jon G. Jonz, ’65 BA, Payson, Ariz., has been named Professor Emeritus of English by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. He retired in 2010. He was a finalist for the Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation Award and the Case Professor of the Year Award. The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) gave Jon its annual Award for Distinguished Research in recognition of his work. He was

Rich Brody Examiners (ACFE). ACFE presents this award to a member who has made an outstanding contribution in antifraud education.

Outstanding Leadership: Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, vice chancellor for Diversity for UNM’s Health Sciences Center (HSC), received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award at the National Hispanic Medical Association’s recent annual conference in Washington, D.C. Romero-Leggott was recognized for

the long-time editor of the Southwest Journal of Linguistics. Heather F. Gallegos-Rex, ’67 BA, ’89 MA, Tijeras, exhibited 10 of her hand-dyed, handwoven tapestries in the Deux Spectacles show at the Watermelon Gallery, Cedar Crest, NM, in May 2012.

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the outstanding work she has done in promoting Latino faculty in the HSC and

Dr, Valerie Romero-Leggott other academic health institutions across the nation, and developing programs to encourage Hispanic youth to enter health professions. Romero-Leggott is also associate dean of the School of Medicine Office of Diversity, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and executive director of the Combined BA/MD Degree program.

GRANTS UNM Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) has been awarded nearly $8.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Innovation awards. Project ECHO teams community-based providers with specialists at university medical centers



to manage patients with complex chronic conditions. Through real-time virtual clinics conducted weekly in the manner of grand rounds, Project ECHO shares medical knowledge to expand treatment capacity. It was developed 10 years ago by Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a Health Sciences Center physician. Real(i)ty Boost: Rosemont Realty, the largest commercial real estate landlord in New Mexico, plans to give grants to 30 incoming UNM and New Mexico State University students, beginning in the fall of 2013. Rosemont Realty will form a nonprofit organization to run the program in the summer of 2013. Thirty students will be selected from a variety of geographic and ethnic backgrounds to spend a week at each of the campuses while attending leadership programs designed by the universities.

POLICY & PEOPLE Indigenous Architecture: UNM has founded an Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi). Its director, Ted Jojola of Isleta Pueblo, says iD+Pi has three major goals: To offer interdisciplinary curriculum that demonstrates the value of indigenous architecture; to be a resource to tribal communities; and to create a certificate degree program in indigenous design and planning.

Crisis Intervention: The Agora Crisis Center, which has offered crisis intervention listening and referral services to the UNM and New Mexico communities for 41 years, recently added an instant messaging service to reach more youth. The online chat feature has allowed Agora to reach more individuals than ever in the age 10-to-24 bracket. Biodiversity Collaborative: In May, UNM’s Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS), and the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs signed a Memo of Understanding to create the New Mexico Biodiversity Research and Education Collaborative. Areas of focus for the collaboration include sharing faculty and staff between the NMMNHS and the MSB, creating adjunct and guest lecture relationships, and managing collections that complement and strengthen each institution. Smart Energy: UNM and an international consortium focused on new energy solutions unveiled a state-of-the-art microgrid facility at Mesa del Sol on May 17. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO), the UNM School of Engineering, Mesa del Sol, PNM, and Sandia National

Photos by Paul Akmajian, Juan Fidel Larrañaga, David Groth, and UNM Archives, Center for Southwest Research

Laboratories are collaborating on a microgrid that integrates power generated on-site, including solar photovoltaics, fuel cell, and backup systems, with off-site electrical energy delivered by PNM’s centralized grid. The microgrid will be a showcase for future smart grid projects. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Andrea Mammoli is leading UNM’s involvement

Andrea Mammoli in the project and will collaborate on the design and implementation of the control system of PNM’s Prosperity Energy Storage project. Mammoli’s team will also research photovoltaic power production forecasting and test smartgrid simulation models.


by Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Lil’ Wayne). Their intention was to raise funds for the One Hope Centro de Vida Health Center, where they volunteer, while offering a parody of a first-year medical student’s life. Since its release on YouTube on March 22 ( watch?v=KLT9SBypzpw), it has been viewed more than 100,000 times and has raised about $1,000 for the clinic, which serves uninsured, immigrant, and lowincome residents in Albuquerque.

Ray Rummler, ’69 MME, Nampa, Idaho, is the

Engineering Success: Computer engineering undergraduates Phillip Garcia and Michael Darling recently won second place with their senior design project—an Android application for people with speech disabilities— in the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition, competing against graduate teams with strong marketing backgrounds. Their company, which was the only undergraduate team, won second place and $10,000 to fund their start-up, Lonely Bloke Software LLC.

Paul R. Secord, ’72 BA, Albuquerque, recently

Diversity in Technology: Christina Salas ’08 MS was one of the women featured in “Technical Women of Color: A Difference Today, a Legacy for Tomorrow,” published STUDENTS on, about highly Look at Them Now: Medical students Adi successful women of color in the field Mehta, Nick Villalobos, and Umar Malik of technology. Salas is completing her spent their spring break creating a rap PhD thesis at UNM; it is based on her video set to “Look at Me Now” (originally experience as a mechanical engineering

author of The Wrong Bottom Line … Still: Critical Components (Applied Focus International), which addresses the factors that affect the success of people and organizations. He is also credited with over a hundred arrangements and compositions for choir and orchestra, produced by Copypack Music. Jess Michael Orenduff, ’69 MA, Valdosta, Ga., is the author of The Pot Thief mystery series. He has recently published the fifth book in that series, The Pot Thief Who Studied D.H. Lawrence.

1970s published Albuquerque Deco and Pueblo (part of Arcadia Publishing’s series Images of America). The book highlights the multicultural influences that make Albuquerque’s architecture unique— the mixing of various Native American, Hispanic, and 19th- and 20th-century Anglo American forms and motifs. Jon Anderson, ’73 BAA, Albuquerque, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. This honor recognizes those who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Anderson was elected in the category of Design Fellow. David Seidler, ’73 BA, Fort Worth, Texas, was selected for the 2011 Fort Worth Top Attorneys by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. The attorneys are chosen as the best in their fields by

David Seidler

their peers.

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intern at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is working on a technique to predict the potential for bone fracture in patients with highly osteoporotic bone density so doctors can intervene and reinforce the region of likely fracture. Distinguished Frat Man: Jacob Wellman, who will graduate in 2013, has received the North American

to cancer cells. UNM undergraduates have played important roles in this research. About a dozen undergraduates work in Dr. C. Jeffrey Brinker’s new Nanoscience and Nanomedicine Lab at the Centennial Engineering Building, and most of them will be the lead author of at least one paper before graduating with BS degrees. Dr. Brinker is Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, a member of the UNM Cancer Center, and a fellow at Sandia Labs.

Ethics in Action: Under the guidance of O.C. Ferrell, who is the Bill Daniels Professor of Business Ethics at the Anderson School of Management, UNM students won the grand prize in the 2012 National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust Jacob Wellman “Ethics in Action” video competition. Interfraternity Conference Undergraduate The winning video, “The Case of the Questionable Reference” ( Award of Distinction. While a UNM watch?v=JkFMJ12VQhI), was produced student, Jacob has been president of by team members Drew Wayner and his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, held Dezlyn Chacon. multiple positions at the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico, Supporting Women’s Health: Lori and currently is a Student Regent. Pearson-Kramer, a soon-to-be alumna of the College of Nursing’s midwifery Undergrad Cancer Research: Researchers at UNM and Sandia National program, has been appointed by Santa Fe County Commissioner, Liz Stefanics, Laboratories have developed a new type of nanoparticle called a protocell that can to the Santa Fe County Maternal Child Health Planning Council. The deliver cancer-fighting drugs and other types of therapeutic molecules specifically council’s mission is to plan, coordinate,



and support sustainable communitybased programs, infrastructure, and

Lori Pearson-Kramer funding resources that have a positive and lasting impact on the health and well-being of women and their families. Lori is a registered nurse, co-owner of Pearsonkramer, Internet Business Specialists, and creator of the blog

MORE NEWS Bucks for Books: UNM’s Center for Regional Studies (CRS) has provided $23,000 to purchase books published by UNM Press for 65 under-funded public and tribal libraries across New Mexico. This project has contributed more than $163,000 for books for the state’s most in-need libraries and promotes the interests of both the CRS and UNM Press in improving literacy across the state and providing learning opportunities for all New Mexicans.

ALBUM Top of Our Game: The Princeton Review named UNM as one of the top 10 schools in the U.S. for video game design. UNM’s Advance Graphics Lab, run by Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Pradeep Sen, is ninth in the rankings for undergraduate programs. Designation of Excellence: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have re-designated UNM as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Systems Security Education. The Information Assurance program, within the Anderson School of Management, initially earned a five-year CAE designation in 2007. The new designation covers academic years 2012 through 2017. In Top 100: Higher Education’s Hispanic Outlook reported in May that UNM ranks No. 16 for conferring bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, No. 16 for conferring master’s degrees, and No. 7 for conferring doctoral degrees. Some of UNM’s degree programs were also ranked in the Top 10 for Hispanics, including medicine, pharmacy, and education. An Open Book: In May, UNM launched a new website, The Sunshine Portal (, that includes information about purchasing contracts and employee positions and salaries. UNM is the first university in New Mexico to post extensive financial data publicly.

Corrections and Clarifications

James C. Work, ’73 PhD, Fort Collins, Colo.,

In the spring issue of Mirage (page 21, “Spreading Satire”), we stated that Nico Condon, ’09 BA, persuaded the satirical newspaper The Onion to establish an outpost in Albuquerque. We would like to make the following corrections to that article: The Onion is a franchise. In May 2011, Satirical Media, LLC, a Santa Fe firm, purchased the franchise rights for a New Mexico version of the newspaper, thus making Santa Fe the 11th U.S. market where the weekly news parody is distributed locally. Satirical Media was founded and is owned by John Clema and Corine Lebrun; Nico Condon is a Satirical Media employee. The Onion’s headquarters in Chicago produces all editorial content and Satirical Media provides advertisements for the New Mexico version. We apologize to Satirical Media, LLC, for any confusion our article may have caused.

recently published Don’t Shoot the Gentile

Karen Menczer, ’79 BS, who was featured in “More than a Pet Project” (pages 28 through 31 of the spring issue), works as a biodiversity conservation consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Her work at USAID covers the cost of international travel for the nonprofit organization she founded, Animal-Kind International (AKI). AKI, which has no overhead, sends 100 percent of all donations to its animal welfare partner organizations. AKI does have a Facebook page, but for more detailed information about the organization’s mission, history, and work, please visit

the author of Dreamers of Dreams, Planners of

(University of Oklahoma Press). In his memoir, Work describes his years as a teacher at the College of Southern Utah in the mid-60s, when he knew little about teaching and even less about the customs of his Mormon neighbors. Allen Dart, ’73 BA, Tucson, Ariz., has worked and volunteered as a professional archaeologist in New Mexico and Arizona since 1975. He is now the state cultural resources specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arizona, and also works part-time as executive director of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, a Tucson not-for-profit organization that he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology and culture. A registered professional archaeologist, Allen received his MA in anthropology from the University of Arizona and has been a recipient of the Arizona Governor’s Award in Public Archaeology for his efforts to bring archaeology and history to the public. Mark Seifter, ’76 MA, Trumbauersville, Pa., is Planners. Mark remembers classes in Russian history with Dr. Richard Robbins, who got him started with research into Russian and Eastern European history and civilization at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Patricia Di Vasto, ’77 BUS, ’78 BS, ’82 MA, Rio Rancho, was inducted into the Catherine McAuley High School Hall of Fame in April 2012. She was honored as an Outstanding Educator and Advocate for children. She is the assistant principal at Ernest Stapleton Elementary School in Rio Rancho and Mathematics Education Advocate for the state of New Mexico.

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Golden age The Alumni Memorial Chapel celebrates 50 years of joy, solemnity, and memories.



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6 It is a house of friendship, offering a haven for those in trouble, a podium for the free voice in quest of truth, and a vineyard for those who would toil against the prejudices of the world.

ALBUM 1980s Elizabeth Thompson Walker, ’81 MA, Holden, Mass., has retired from Assumption College where she was associate director of public affairs. She is

On Feburary 28, 1962, Dr. William E. Hall, Jr. spoke these words when presenting the Alumni Memorial Chapel to the UNM community. The chapel, created out of a desire to provide a symbol of hope and honor UNM alumni who have died in the nation’s wars, spent nearly 20 years in the making. Fifty years later, it remains an enduring icon of UNM.

On April 28 and 29, the Alumni Relations Office and Alumni Association celebrated the golden anniversary of the chapel. The event’s theme, “Celebrate and Remember,” reflected the founders’ intent to have the chapel serve as a place to mark both joyous and sad occasions.

now a freelance writer/editor focusing on higher education publications and issues. Mirabai Starr, ’83 BA, ’85 MA, Taos, is the author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Monkfish Publishing, 2012). She is an adjunct professor of philosophy and world religions at the UNM-Taos campus. Darren McKnight, ’84 MS, Centreville, Va., recently published his fourth book, Hitting the Innovation Jackpot: Practical Essays on Innovation. Darren

Photography: Blue Sky Images and Maria Wolfe.

is technical director at Integrity Applications, Inc. (IAI). Many of the lessons he discusses in his book were learned while he was a student at UNM. Kathleen Van Osten, ’85 BUS, ’89 MD, Albuquerque, recently joined Geriatrics Associates, PC. She is board-certified in emergency medicine. Marietta Leis, ’85 MA, ’88 MFA, Albuquerque, had a multimedia exhibit, GREEN: a paradox of abundance & scarcity, at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center early this year. It is



1. A  luminaria was lit for each of the 227 names on the Chapel’s south wall.

5. M  ore than 80 couples renewed their wedding vows during the Sunday celebration.

2. M  aj. Scott McMahon escorts Shayla Estelle to the Chapel’s south wall for the unveiling of her father’s name, Maj. Raymond Estelle, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

6. David and Janet Schmidly also renewed their vows.

3. M  embers of the UNM ROTC Unit fold the American flag at the closing of the remembrance ceremony.

7. J ean Ann Swan ’91, Alumni Association President Duffy Swan ’68, Laura Lee Breuning ’54, and Rev. James Bruening ’55 loved the jokes the Hon. Frank Sedillo ’82, ’87 made during the mass vow renewal. Rev. Bruening, who dedicated the Chapel in 1962, offered an invocation at the Sunday celebration.

4. A  ttendees salute while David Vigil plays “Taps” on the bugle after the unveiling of Maj. Estelle’s name.

8. R  odney Bowe and Sweetlife livened up the reception at Hodgin Hall after the chapel celebration.

comprised of paintings, photos, poetry, videos, and scriptures celebrating the earth’s abundance while reflecting on the inequities of sharing that bounty. Two of her cyanotypes prints were included in Works on Paper, a group exhibit at the Abercromie Gallery, McNeese State University, Louisiana, this spring.

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Chapel champion Without the tireless efforts of Dr. William “Bill” Hall (1923-1991), ’44 BA, the Alumni Memorial Chapel may never have been built. Dr. Hall served as a special agent for the Counter Intelligence Corps in Europe during World War II, and he would not let memories of his fallen UNM comrades fade into obscurity.

journalism instructor. He was also a reporter at the Albuquerque Tribune from 1939 until his induction into the Army in 1943. He left UNM in 1954 to become the head of the journalism department and the director of public information at Texas Tech.

Bill spearheaded the campaign to raise funds to build the chapel. In a May 1952 Alumnus editorial, he exhorted each of the magazine’s readers to take immediate action: “This question we hear quite Photo by David Groth frequently these days: ‘Are you ever going to build that Chapel?’ We can answer it this way: If every one of you who reads this column would send in a $5 gift, we could complete plans for the ground-breaking next week.” In subsequent fundraising materials, Bill called attention to individual Bill Hall accepts a check for the Chapel Fund from donors, publishing not Lela Cook Glasscock, September 1949. only their names but also Dr. Hall’s commitment to UNM and its their gift amounts. His fund-raising slogan was “No Gift Too Large—No Gift community has allowed Lobos to honor the memories of those who died for our Too Small,” and he truly cherished each freedom through the UNM Alumni gift, whether $1 or $2,000. His tenacity and passion led him to serve Memorial Chapel. UNM in many capacities: Editor of The Alumnus, UNM’s first alumni relations director, first development director (under President Tom Popejoy), and



Information and archival photo provided by UNM Archives, Center for Southwest Research.

A place to reflect


During the chapel celebration, the Alumni Association unveiled plans for the Alumni Memorial Chapel Garden and Celebration Wall. The design for the Chapel Garden will extend the spiritual space within the chapel to the

Peter Vazquez, ’85 BBA, ’98 MBA, Phoenix,

The centerpiece of the garden will be the Celebration Wall. The three-foot-high wall will be adorned with 4-by-4-inch porcelain photographic tiles of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of UNM. The tiles, which are designed to resist fading and scratching, are available for purchase at $300 each. Proceeds from the sale of the tiles will go toward the Chapel Endowment. The Celebration Wall will reflect the university’s spirit and provide a historic record of the many occasions that take place in the chapel.

Both the Chapel Garden and the Celebration Wall will be completed by Homecoming weekend. There are giving and naming opportunities available for the Chapel Garden. To get involved and to purchase photo tiles, please call the Alumni Relations Sample photo tile Office at (505) 277-5808 or 800-258surrounding outside area. Plans include 6866. You may also visit unmalumni. provisions for a rose garden, gathering com/chapel-garden-ch.html. space, seating, shade, a fountain, and lighting.

Ariz., is now chief Financial Officer at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). He previously served as the fiscal services manager and accountant. He oversees the ACC accounting, budget, payroll, and purchasing activities. Sandra E. Rotruck, ’86 JD, Albuquerque, of Sutin, Thayer & Browne, has been named chair of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board for 2012. The Disciplinary Board

Sandra E. Rotruck

assists the Supreme Court with administering the attorney disciplinary system in New Mexico and is responsible for providing recommendations to the Supreme Court concerning proposed amendments to the Rules Governing Discipline. Ms. Rotruck is a certified family law specialist whose practice areas include collaborative practice, divorce, alimony, custody and timesharing, child support, guardianship-conservatorship, and domestic violence. She is also vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Resources Center and is on the Board of Directors for Opera Southwest. Eugene F. Sun, ’86 MD, Albuquerque, has been named chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. He will have responsibility for the development and clinical oversight of the company’s managed care programs. Dr. Sun is board-certified in internal medicine.

Landscape design by Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd.

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Photos by Chris Corrie



Everyday sacredness ALBUM Renowned Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso (‘80 BA, ‘83 MA) has returned to UNM as a professor of literature and creative writing. — By Carolyn Gonzales —

Lindsay Price Grubensky, ’87 BS, ’94 BSN, San Diego, Calif., now works at Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego as a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric emergency medicine. She is married to Mike Grubensky, ’96 PhD. Elaine Schultz Rivera, ’87 MBA, Albuquerque, has

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public accounting and business advisory

Todd Harker

advisory services with special expertise in small-business consulting. Seth L. Sparks, ’89 BA, ’94 JD, Albuquerque, has received the highest MartindaleHubbell peer rating from the Bar and the Judiciary. He

Seth L. Sparks

and specializes in the areas of trucking litigation, insurance bad faith, professional liability, and products and general liability.

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Selected Writings by Luci Tapahonso • A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories, 2008 • Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories, 1997 • Sáanii Dahataal, the Women Are Singing: Poems and Stories, 1993 • A Breeze Swept Through: Poems, 1987 • A Sense of Myself, 1983 • Seasonal Woman: Poems, 1983 • One More Shiprock Night: Poems, 1982 Children’s Books • Navajo ABC: Diné Alphabet Book, 1995 • Songs of Shiprock Fair, 1999

A Sampling of Recent Honors • Featured writer, Taos Writing Conference, 2011 • Featured writer, Tucson Festival of Books, 2009 • Arizona Book Award for Poetry, 2007 • Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers Circle of the Americas, 2006



“I like to go to the flea market and see the creativity—jewelry, weaving, clothes. I pay attention to the process. It shows that if you create something, you believe in the world and contribute to the beauty of it,” she said. Luci finds story and poetry in all she perceives. She writes of her uncle, her mother’s brother, whose name “in the white way is Tom Jim,” and creates poetry from his visit to share a cup of coffee—Hills Brothers being his brand of choice. Through poetry, Luci finds solace in sending her four-year-old daughter to school for the first time, and peace in sharing the pain of losing a brother. Her family, which often is the focus of her writing, includes her husband, Dr. Robert Martin, president of the Institute of American Indian Arts; and five grown children, Derek Martin, senior vicepresident, Credit Management at Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C.; Lori Tapahonso, professor of communication studies at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas; Jonathan Martin, vice-president of Business Screening Investigations at Bank of America; Misty Ortiz, an accountant in Contract and Grant Accounting at UNM; and Amber Melendez, a registered nurse at Carolinas Medical Care Mercy in Charlotte, N.C. “Our eight grandchildren range from a 6-month old to an upcoming senior at Kansas University,” she said proudly. Homecoming In the Navajo language, many words link

to the idea of the sacred. Luci pondered the connection between the word “diyin,” or sacred, and how the Navajo call themselves “Diné.” “The Diné word for earth is ‘na,’ and so many words have that root—including the word for corn, ‘nada.’ The words, their meanings, and the [corn] pollen connect us to the earth,” she said. And just as the language takes the Diné full circle, Luci has come back to UNM as a professor in the English Department instead of a student. “It’s nice to come back to the same space where I learned and blossomed into my life work,” she said. Coming back gives her a chance to reflect on her earlier time at UNM. “As a student, life is just taking shape,” she said. “I look back on what I was given that I didn’t comprehend at the time because of grades, kids, homework, and laundry.” Luci was fortunate to have exemplary early mentors. “I took creative writing with Leslie Silko. I didn’t realize the incredible talent of those who taught me: Louis Owen, Paula Gunn Allen, Scott Momaday, and Gerald Vizenor. It was an extraordinary experience,” she said. She has been teaching 27 years, including a stint as an assistant professor at UNM before moving on to teach at the University of Kansas, then the University of Arizona before coming back to her alma mater. At UNM, she teaches introductory American literature, creative writing, rhetoric and literature, and Native American literature.

ALBUM 1990s Joanne Bodin, ’90 MA, ’92 EDSPC, ’98 PhD, Albuquerque, has received numerous awards for her novel Walking Fish, including the International Book Awards, the USA Best Books Awards, and the New Mexico Book Awards. Her book of poetry, Piggybacked, includes some of her splash ink paintings. Some of her poems also appear in the La Llorona Anthology, Fixed and Free Anthology, and Desert Sun Runner. Joanne is working on a psychological thriller about the esoteric world of orchids. Janet Lynn Garrett,’90 MA, Albuquerque, was recently promoted by Bosque School to director of admission. Garrett had been the school’s interim director of admissions and has taught in the Albuquerque Public School system for years. Kevin D. Camp, ’91 BUS, Jackson, Miss., owns Camp Law Firm, a private law practice. He has also used his legal training to aid the U.S. military as a major in the National Guard, where he is currently the commander of the 972nd Trial Defense Team.

The joy of writing comes to Luci even at 2:16 on a July morning, as expressed in the poem “This Is Nice”: … this is nice to write so much that sleep is an imposition

to write on nights like this

the moon, the shadows, night sounds

low music, alive poems and

he loves me,

Her body of poetry and prose are distinctly Navajo, but speaks to everyone. She adeptly captures the essence of humanity. Her students, as their talents emerge, will be listing her name among those who influenced them most. Carolyn Gonzales is a senior communication representative at UNM, her alma mater. A longtime Mirage writer, she’s also been featured in the magazine for her immigration research with the Cross-Border Issues Group.

While serving in Iraq in 2003, he became the first National Guard Judge Advocate to be appointed to the Army Trial Defense Service. He has served as a public defender in several courts in Mississippi and as city attorney for the town of Wesson. Ken Felker, ’91 PhD, Edinboro, Pa., pubished the fifth edition of his book, Integrating Technology into Physical Education and Health. Ken has served as chair of the Health and Physical Education Department of Edinboro University for 15 years, and was recently honored with the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

just like this.

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Bringing Landscape


History To Light — By — Michelle G. McRuiz

Baker H. Morrow, ’68 BA, ’97 MA, loves a good streetscape and a certain intrepid Spanish explorer.

Photos by Chris Corrie



ALBUM Baker Morrow has covered a lot of ground—both literally and metaphorically—in his 39-year career. An adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, he has been on faculty since 1975. In 2009, he was the first person to be named a professor of practice at UNM, which he called “an incredible honor.” He is also president of the largest landscape architecture firm in the state and has written, edited, or translated nine books. A third-generation New Mexican, Baker loves the land and its history. Baker’s interest in landscape formed during his childhood, but many years passed before he turned it into a career. In junior high he was “thunderstruck” and inspired by a garden plan his father drew, collected elm seeds, dug a trench, and planted them. To his astonishment, they took root and grew into a hedge. As a senior Latin American studies major at UNM, he decided he would rather do something three-dimensional. At that point he remembered the hedge and considered landscape architecture. “It just took off from there,” he said. Urban Designs Landscape architecture, said Morrow, is the design and planning of outdoor spaces for human use and enjoyment. It is part of the design industry that includes architecture and engineering. Landscape architects draw design plans; contractors bid on the plan and install it. “It’s exactly like architecture,” he said.

In the late 60s, “I realized that New Mexico was wide open for landscape architecture because there were no [landscape] architects around,” Baker said. Beautiful parks, plazas, and open spaces were being designed and installed by architects, engineers, and contractors. Meanwhile, their clients were requesting more and more streetscapes and urban parks. The timing was perfect for Baker.

Hans Voss, ’91 ASPE,

After working for a landscape contractor for a few years, Baker opened his own landscape architecture firm in 1973. Thirty-nine years later, Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., Landscape Architects, is the largest such firm in New Mexico, with 10 licensed landscape architects, a staff of 16, and more than 4,000 completed projects, including such large-scale Albuquerque projects as “The Big I” (the I-40/I-25 interchange), Sandia Pueblo Casino, and the recent Lead/Coal streetscape, plus other projects in Santa Fe, Artesia, Farmington, and Roswell, N.M.

a statewide general civil practice representing

Safety and attractiveness are of paramount importance in any design project. For example, with streetscapes such as with the Lead/Coal project in Albuquerque, Baker’s firm placed the sidewalks a few feet behind the curbs, creating a landscaped area between the street and the sidewalk that simultaneously serves as a safety barrier for pedestrians. With the addition of park benches and lighting, the overall effect is a marriage of practicality, safety, and aesthetics.

’92 BA, ’94 MA, ’98 JD, Las Cruces, was recently sworn in as 2012 president of the New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners, the governing board of the State Board. As

Hans Voss

president of the Voss Law Firm, Hans maintains plaintiffs, businesses, and governmental entities in the areas of construction defects, real estate development, natural resources, contracts, civil rights, employment, and estate planning. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) National Conference of Bar Presidents, where he serves on the Plan and Sponsorship Committees. He is a member of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where he serves on the Plaintiffs’ Task Force. He is vice chair of the ABA TIPS Government Law Section and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In addition, Voss is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Executive Committee, the Policy and Bylaws Committee, and the Governmental Affairs Committee. Guy R. Riddle, Sr., ’92 BUS, Escondido, Calif., has been voted to the Board of Directors for Freedom Station USA. More information is available at Joseph Mills, ’92 MA, Winston Salem, N.C., has published his fourth volume of poetry, Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Winter’s Almanac” and former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry.” He holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Baker’s Books A Harvest of Reluctant Souls: Fray Alonso de Benavides’s History of New Mexico, 1630 (translator and editor), University of New Mexico Press, 2012 (reprint). Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: The South American Expeditions 1540-1545 (translator and editor), University of New Mexico Press, 2011. Canyon Gardens: The Ancient Pueblo Landscapes of the American Southwest, V.B. Price and Baker H. Morrow, editors, University of New Mexico Press, 2007, 2008. A Tropical Place Like That (stories), University of New Mexico Press, 2007. Horses Like the Wind (stories), University Press of Colorado, 2001. Anasazi Architecture and American Design, Baker H. Morrow and V.B. Price, editors, University of New Mexico Press, 1997. Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes, University of New Mexico Press, 1995. The City of the Saints by Sir Richard F. Burton (editor), University Press of Colorado, 1990 A Dictionary of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico Press, 1987.



“It seems to be working right away,” said Baker. “I go over there and see kids and moms and dads going up and down the street. Before there was nobody; the tree roots had broken up the sidewalks; there were big gaps in the sidewalks.” Pedestrian-Friendly Median and sidewalk landscaping is hugely popular with city governments— not just for looks, but for citizen health and safety. “We have this silly notion in the Western part of the United States that we have to park our cars in front of a store, go in and do one transaction, drive a block and a half away and park, and do another transaction in another store,” said Baker. “But what we’ve discovered is if you have a pleasant enough streetscape, people will drive, park, and then walk and meet their friends. We call that ‘sequential shopping.’ The idea is to make the outdoors so inviting that you entice people to move on foot.” This works, he said, on multiple levels. Pedestrian shoppers consume less gasoline, get more physical activity, and enjoy themselves more. Sequential shopping in turn helps the businesses, which are often locally owned and operated. The challenge, particularly in Albuquerque, is to lure people from other, relatively pedestrian-unfriendly, parts of town such as the Northeast Heights to areas like Nob Hill that are streetscape-rich. “You have to get them to drive to older parts of town,” said Baker. Successful streetscaping “comes from thinking how it can be safer, better for pedestrians, and fun.”

Macrochallenges Another challenge in Southwestern landscape architecture is working with the natural beauty that surrounds us. “If you’re going to design landscapes in New Mexico, you have to understand that New Mexico is loaded with natural landscapes in the middle and far distance that are just as beautiful as anything on the planet,” said Baker. “Why shouldn’t Santa Fe be just as beautiful as the Sangre de Cristos? People think of Santa Fe as this magical place. But it doesn’t become that unless you work hard. There are always huge developmental pressures that are brought to bear. Unless you’re careful, you can’t design a New Mexican city to be as beautiful as its surrounding landscape.” New Mexicans know that the state’s abundance of natural beauty is one of its top attractions. This presents another great challenge for landscape architects: Balancing the needs of growing populations with preserving natural resources such as water, sand, and gravel. The hills between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, said Baker, are being quarried into nonexistence. “In what way are the sand and gravel hills less worthwhile than landscapes such as mountains or rivers?” he asked. “And yet we think it’s perfectly all right to just quarry those hills away to build Albuquerque. We build the city at the expense of the countryside.” Retracing an Explorer’s Trail Landscape design clearly is one of Baker’s great passions. Another of his passions is no less expansive. A lover of history who holds degrees in Latin American studies

ALBUM and comparative literature, Baker has long been interested in the adventures of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his legendary explorations for the Spanish monarchy. Recently Baker immersed himself into the challenge of translating one of Cabeza de Vaca’s historical accounts, The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545. The work had never been fully translated into English. Baker remembered tales about Cabeza de Vaca from his father and grandfather, and they stirred the explorer’s spirit that lurks in the heart of every boy. But when he began the translation, what he found was possibly as daunting as the original expedition.

the new Spanish province contains 84 brief chapters. They have such lively titles as “The Explorers Starve, but Save Themselves with Worms, Which they Get from Some Canes” and “How They Put Everyone Not of Their Opinion on the Rack.” Baker, who describes Cabeza de Vaca’s voice as “poetic,” said the Spaniard let the Indians speak for themselves without censoring them.

As Spanish explorers went, he was a good guy, but he was made of Teflon. During his five years in South America, he was put in chains, jailed, and poisoned with arsenic—three times. And then there was his 1527 shipwreck in what is “The problem was the Spaniards had just now Florida. He traversed across North America with 600 men, slaughtering arrived in the Río de la Plata [a region that includes much of Argentina and parts and eating their horses and melting down all their metal along the way, ending of Brazil and Uruguay], and they weren’t up in Mexico. Only four men survived really sure what they were looking at. that expedition. They had no idea of longitude. There are dozens of tribes in the book, and Cabeza “Having worked with Cabeza de Vaca de Vaca had no idea exactly where he was and the products of his memory for when he met a particular tribe.” 20 years, I have a lot of admiration for Nor did the explorer know the tribes’ identities. Baker spent about three years poring over historical maps to learn the truth—or the closest approximation to it—of where the expedition camped and whom they met. UNM Press published his translation in 2011. The Spanish government’s Ministry of Culture was so pleased with Baker’s diligent work on the project that they presented him with an award for it in May. Iron Man Cabeza de Vaca’s detailed account to the King of Spain about his findings in

him,” said Baker. “He was one of the most indestructible explorers. Nothing stopped him. What other literary figure was an explorer, a literary author, and a government official? I don’t know of anyone who can top him.”

Baker found intriguing archival material on Cabeza de Vaca and may produce another book on him. “It’s been a great pleasure to work on this project,” he said. “I’m just the translator; it’s wonderful to be the vehicle to bring this to a larger audience. It’s just a good story.”

James W. Grice, ’93 MS, ’95 PhD, Stillwater, Okla., is the author of Observation Oriented Modeling: Analysis of Cause in the Behavioral Sciences (Elseier, 2011). He is a professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University. His work appears in such journals as Multivariate Behavioral Research, Psychological Methods, and the Journal of Personality. His computer program, Idiogrid, is in circulation in over 30 different countries worldwide. David Vernon Silva, ’93 BA, Los Angeles, Calif., has been elected co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) and has been selected as program co-chair for the National CNSW Executive Committee. Lisa M. Brady, ’93 BA, Boise, Idaho, is the author of War Upon The Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2012). Brady is an associate professor of history at Boise State University and the associate editor for the journal Environmental History. Robert Orlando Cortéz, ’93 AS, Albuquerque, has been appointed by the Chief U.S. Army Reserve to a second three-year term as Army Reserve Ambassador for New Mexico. Ambassadors provide continuity between Army Reserve commanders and local business leaders. Tim Bicknell, ’94 BAA, Minneapolis, Minn., has been named one of the 2011 Young Architects of the Year by the American Institute of Architects.

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Off the grid, on with nature Quiet Woods, Hard Numbers • Number of arrows broken or lost: 9. • Number of air mattresses with cat claw holes in them: 3.

Craig Leisher, ’89 BA, finds his season deep in the Maine woods not only bearable, but satisfying. By Melissa Fraterrigo

Craig Leisher starts his day by rekindling the fire in the stove. After lunch, he washes a load of dishes by hand, and then • Cords of wood burned: 7. loads more wood in the stove. Leisher and his wife and three boys, ages 8, 10, • Number of moose sightings: 3. and 12, moved from the New Jersey • Number of porcupines that woke us by suburbs to a cabin in the Maine woods chewing on the cabin: 1. to live off the grid for a year. They do • Distance to the nearest paved road: 2 miles. not have a TV, a microwave, a washing • Distance to the nearest full-time neighbor: machine, or a coffee maker. But Leisher and his family enjoy plenty. “On a hill 2 miles. 600 feet above the surrounding land, we • Distance to the nearest village: 6 miles. watch the lines of rain move across the • Chemical profile of our untreated water: landscape, the moon rise over the hills, Almost perfect. and the constellations creep across the night sky,” Craig wrote in one blog entry. • View from the front porch: Priceless. • Miles on the cross-country skis in a winter with little snow: 2.

A senior social science advisor for The Nature Conservancy, Craig Leisher has conducted fieldwork in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. His research examines how to empower people to manage their local natural resources and conserve resources for future generations. Self-Reliance After living and working abroad for many years, Leisher and his wife moved back to the States when she took at job in New York City. Five years later, they were both ready for a change. “I was ready for a new adventure after our too-normal life in the suburbs,” said Leisher. “We decided to take a ‘gap year’ and move somewhere Snow business: Craig Leisher hauls provisions to his cabin in the woods. stunningly beautiful.”



While it took about two years to plan, the experience has already made a huge impact on Leisher and his family. “The year has made us closer,” he said. “Our kids are more self-reliant and have confidence that they can solve problems and endure physical challenges.” But the experience has not been without incident. Leisher escaped a serious eye injury and his family evaded carbon monoxide poisoning—and a bat that flew into the family’s cabin. New (Old) Challenges Leisher and family will face the challenges of suburbia when they return home to New Jersey in July. Leisher said he looks forward to living in a house where the rooms have doors. But don’t expect this adventure-lover to become sedentary. He and his family are already discussing their next overseas move, which will happen before their boys begin high school. Of their time in the wilderness, Leisher said, “The kids know what I do professionally because they see it almost every day, and I know what they do in school because I hear it almost every day. I value what nature teaches children now more than I did.” Melissa Fraterrigo is a freelance writer and editor in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Good Green Reading: Read more about the Leisher family’s experience of living off the grid for a year in the Maine woods in Green: A Blog About Energy and the Environment in the New York Times:

ALBUM Ray M. Vargas, II, ’95 BA, ’98 JD, Albuquerque, has opened Vargas Law Firm, which is dedicated to vindicating the rights of injured New Mexicans. Ray is

Ray M. Vargas

president-elect of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers’ Association and is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and in the 2012 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers. He was also recently appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. Ray has been litigating complex personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, and commercial disputes for New Mexicans for 14 years and has loved every minute of it.

Craig Leisher in his pre-wilderness days.

Anne H. Weaver, ’95 MA, ’01 PhD, Santa Fe, is author of Children of Time: Evolution and the Human Story (UNM Press, 2012). Anne is a paleoanthropologist and science educator living

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FUTURE FOssils Lindsay Zanno, ’95 BS, takes science (and fossils) to the people. By David Menconi When it came time to decide where to go to college, Lindsay Zanno let her fingers do the walking. Eyes closed, she flipped open an atlas, put her finger on a page, and landed on New Mexico. That took Zanno from her native New York to UNM, where she studied human evolution until she got an internship working with a dinosaur paleontologist. In Mongolia, Dr. Zanno (center) examines the lower leg bone of a gigantic species of Therizinosauria, a group of herbivorous theropod dinosaurs bearing massive claws, pot-bellies, and keratinous beaks.

While micro-sorting fossils under a microscope, Zanno fell in love with dinosaur paleontology and chose that path. Eventually, that led her to the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in April 2012 with a dual mission of research and capturing the imagination. Building Public Trust Taking science to the people is a program Zanno whole-heartedly embraces. Even with a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil standing guard outside her office in the museum’s Paleontology and Geology Research Laboratory, she’s plenty approachable. “I’ve always been looking for a venue that would allow me to do a lot of public outreach and get creative about bringing the public into the research process,” she said. “At the Nature Research Center, we don’t just hand out the line, ‘This is what we know about the natural world.’ We try to make people understand the processes we use to find things out, and that we don’t know everything.



The public in general does not trust the scientific process, and as scientists we are responsible for that.” Zanno came to the Nature Research Center in the spring of 2012 after stints at the Field Museum in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (she also wrote a children’s book about the cycle of life, The Fall Ball, published in 2005). When she’s not in the lab, Zanno does much of her fieldwork at the Crystal Geyser Quarry in Utah unearthing fossils from a “mass death assemblage” of Falcarius utahensis, a Cretaceous-era plant-eating dinosaur. It’s grueling work in conditions that can reach 120 degrees with no shade, all to bring back research material from one of the largest singlespecies concentrations of dinosaur fossils ever found. Clues from the Dead “We still don’t know how they all died,” Zanno said of the dinosaurs. “It’s a great mystery because ‘why’ is hard to get at in paleontology. Nothing on the skeletons tells you how they died, so there are lots of ideas. Some have suggested that their water source was poisoned by dead animals or mudslides from changing topography. But it’s very rare to find this many individuals of a single species in one place.” Mostly, Zanno and her researchers are looking for clues into how Falcarius lived and died. Given the climate-change

ALBUM Kimberley A. Williams, ’99 AAGS, ’03 BUS, Los Angeles, Calif., has published a chapbook of powwow poems. UNM’s English professor emeritus E.A. “Tony” Mares wrote the foreword.

Kimberly A. Williams

Patrick C. Conlon, ’98 MSN, Downer’s Grove, Ill., has published a chapter in the recently released Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (California: Sage Publishers, pp. 652-657) entitled “Lifestyle Management of Type 2 Diabetes.” Kimberly C. Clay, ’98 BBA, Albuquerque, has joined Pulakos CPAs, a firm of certified public accountants and consultants, as an audit manager. In her new position, Clay is responsible for

Dr. Lindsay Zanno arranges the arm bones of Falcarius utahensis, a primitive theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Utah. scenarios happening then and now, it’s work that might have practical modernday applications—even if the tide of public opinion seems to have turned against global warming. “No matter what is causing it, we’re going through a period of rapid climate change,” Zanno said. “There have been other periods of rapid climate change in the earth’s history—each associated with a mass extinction event. Humans are adapted to a certain temperature range

and sea level, and the temperature is getting hotter while the seas are rising. We have to deal with it. Science is still the most appropriate community of members to figure out the real implications of these changes for society.” David Menconi is a writer who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His book Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown will be published in September by University of Texas Press.

Kimberly C. Clay

managing and reviewing the preparation of audits for the firm’s private sector and nonprofit clients with a focus on government and construction contractors; professional associations; and companies in the energy, financial services, technology, and health care sectors. Clay holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Denver. Vashti Aisha Lowe, ’99 BA, ’03 JD, Albuquerque, has joined the law firm of William F. Davis & Associates PC as a senior associate attorney. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and DWI defense.

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Point of no return Two young alumni launched a business that’s changing the way restaurants operate. By Michelle G. McRuiz

Travis Kellerman, Andy Lim, and Corey Fiala are bringing POSLavu to the global marketplace.

From need comes opportunity. Andy Lim (’04 BBA) and Corey Fiala saw a need, and their ingenious solution led to a tech start-up that now employs 22 people, is worth an estimated $25 million, and has clients in 26 countries. Their product, POSLavu™, is a point-of-sale software application for restaurants. It uses wireless technology, secure cloud data access, and the touchscreen interfaces of Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch products to place and track food and drink orders and track seating. After listening to a restaurant owner’s complaints about the high cost of traditional point-of-sale systems that don’t always work efficiently, Andy began working with Corey, who attended UNM between 2003 and 2006, to develop



software that would bypass that expensive equipment and offer more streamlined functionality. The name “Lavu” came unwittingly from Andy’s young son. Corey and Andy were brainstorming for a company name at Andy’s house when the boy toddled in and said repeatedly, “Lavu, Daddy, Lavu”—his way of saying “I love you.”

Before Apple released the iPad tablet computer, Andy and Corey were trying to make their application work on Windows. Then they tried using it with an iPhone. “We started with something for one restaurant,” said Corey, “and we knew there was potential to make a good product.” They made their product available, put up a website, and suddenly they were receiving hundreds of inquiries. “The product sells itself,” said Andy. “We haven’t done much marketing, but we grew from 50 to 60 customers [in early 2011] to 1,200 by the end of the year.” They’ve even made it to reality television. POSLavu was featured on three episodes of FOX Network’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, which gives struggling restaurants makeovers.

A Sleek Solution POSLavu works like this: A server uses an iPod or iPhone loaded with the software to collect customer orders at the table. The app also allows servers to customize orders—for example, make a hamburger well-done and with extra pickles—and show photos of the entrees to the customers. POSLavu then produces an electronic ticket that is transmitted wirelessly to the kitchen. When it’s time to pay, the server totals the order at an iPad, swipes the customer’s plastic on a card reader attached to the iPad, and emails or prints a receipt (but cash—just about the only form of paper used in this scenario— is still an option). On the back end, the application allows managers to keep track of open tickets and inventory and run reports. “We wanted to make a solution that was much less expensive [than traditional point-of-sale systems] and much sleeker,” said Travis Kellerman (’06 BA), senior vice president and operations manager. “We see owners who waste time using interfaces, trying to understand them and make them work together. And that’s the people who understand them! If we can make the POS cheaper and bring it to them, we’re giving that time back to them. You have to make technology simple so people will want to use it.” “We’ve built everything with those things in mind,” added Corey. With traditional POS systems and other online tools like

ALBUM reservation applications and coupon sites, “you have to Frankenstein them together” to make them work. This approach can be cost-prohibitive and full of glitches. One of the major advantages of POSLavu’s approach is that “it works off of equipment you can buy yourself at the store”—Apple’s sleek mobile devices and tablets. Lavu Loves Lobos! Andy and Corey met at UNM, and most of the company’s 22 employees are UNM alumni. “A lot of us have worked together for years” as student computer consultants, or SCONS, said Corey. “All of the connections that brought me forward came from UNM. I was going for a computer science degree, then got sucked into a full-time job, then started working for Andy.”

POSLavu has big plans for the future, plans that Andy calls “unrealistic” because in his view, being realistic is equal to being mediocre. They want to merge their POS app with e-commerce via another application called Lavu ToGo. When it launches, Lavu ToGo will allow diners to order food from a restaurant’s website, select a time to pick up the order or have it delivered, and make a secure payment.

At a National Restaurant Association trade show in May, the company was approached by Krispy Kreme, Sonic, and Melting Pot. While POSLavu values that kind of attention, they also don’t want to overlook the little guy—the coffee shop or small café. Their overarching goal is to create products that are simple to install and use and make sense to a business. “We can create a better dining and “Our team has been tremendous,” added ordering experience, and save people Andy. “They’re devoted, passionate, all from Albuquerque, don’t need to be micro- time,” said Travis. “Cheaper and more efficient; that’s our design.” managed, and they stand behind us.”

Jennifer Lee Riordan, ’99 BA, Albuquerque, has been appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism. She is a founder member of Jumpstart NM, a non-profit organization that provides autism spectrum disorder treatment services, evaluation and assessment, and educational consultation. She also serves on the board of Women in Philanthropy for United Way of Central New Mexico and is a mentor for ACCION New Mexico’s Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

2000s Angela Rapko, ’00 BA, ’02 MBA, Boston, Mass., has joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP law, a national labor, and employment law firm, as an associate. Her practice focuses on employment litigation

Angela Rapko

and wage and hour compliance. She also assists

The majority of POSLavu’s employees are UNM alums.

employers in developing policies and procedures, and she provides counseling and training on a range of workplace issues with a focus on developing practices to avoid employment-related claims. A graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Angela is co-author of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Manual Pregnancy Discrimination: A Defense Perspective. Karen Badonie Sopko, ’00 MD, Albuquerque, recently joined the New Mexico Heart Institute as a cardiologist. Prior to this position, Karen practiced with Albuquerque Health Partners.

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UNM Alumni Changing Worlds A Design for Success John, ’66 BAA, and Caroline Harvey’s pledge benefits School of Architecture’s Regional and Indigenous Design program. By Michelle G. McRuiz Being from a small town in New Mexico, John Harvey may have surprised a few

what he did because each student pushed the other student to maximum capacity,” said Don. “It was a very exciting period.” No less exciting is the current period, thanks in part to gifts from John and Caroline Harvey and others like them. The Harveys have made a generous pledge to the newly created Initiative for Regional and Indigenous Design and Planning. Aspirations of Youth John grew up in Carlsbad, N.M., where, he said, there weren’t many typical role models for an aspiring architect. “I was always reasonably artistic,” he said. “My grandfather was a carpenter and showed me how to make things; I always had a desire for and interest in that.”

As a UNM student in the 1960s, real estate developer John Harvey, left, relished the intellectual challenge of the UNM architecture program and the “tough guy” approach of his architecture professor, Don Schlegel, right.



people by becoming a big success, but not Don Schlegel, professor emeritus at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and senior architect at Rohde May Keller McNamara Architects in Albuquerque. Don, who is in his 80s, said that in the 1960s, the UNM architecture program was smaller, more personal, and more intense. “It doesn’t surprise me that Harvey accomplished

In 1960, as a SA+P freshman, John got his first impression of Professor Schlegel. “He came into a classroom exceeding 85 students. He said, ‘Look around you. Five of you will graduate.’ I turned to one of my best friends and said, ‘I’m going to be one of those,’ and he said, ‘So will I.’” As it turned out, they both were right. But the professor was right in a way: The program was rigorous, and the attrition rate was almost 50 percent per year. “In those days, there were a lot of students who didn’t know what else to do,” recalled John. “A lot of kids found out they didn’t

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ALBUM have the skills or the desire [to become an architect].” Having a professor like Schlegel, who was “a tough guy in a wonderful sort of way,” didn’t make things any easier. But John appreciated his professor’s style. “He had a wonderful ability and manner to encourage you, but certainly to admonish you when it was appropriate,” said John. “The design process is sometimes very difficult and frustrating, and Schlegel helped you work through your own solution. He also shared the students’ joy when they achieved something. When you felt like you achieved that goal, it was like a state of euphoria.”

Repeated Generosity John credits Don Schlegel for being a powerful influence not only on him during his student years, but also on the SA+P in general. In 2006, John and Caroline made a gift to UNM to fund the Don Schlegel Design Excellence in Architecture Endowed Scholarship, which began assisting graduate students in spring 2008. The Harveys were pleased then to be able to honor a great professor through a scholarship. Today they’re excited to support the study, promotion, and development of regional and Native American architecture through their pledge.

“John and Caroline Harvey immediately understood that the Regional and Architect Heaven Indigenous Design Initiative would After graduation John worked in San positively impact native and local Francisco, then New York. The Big Apple communities that had not had the benefit was supposed to be a temporary stop of working with designers before,” said on his journey as an architect before Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean of the SA+P. heading to London. But his employment “In addition, they were pleased that opportunity in London didn’t come to fruition, and he stayed in New York, where this initiative would attract more Native American students to design he felt like he’d “died and gone to heaven” and planning.” among all the architecture giants. He eventually founded an architectural firm, But most of all, the Harveys want to help then Cowperwood Company, a real estate change the world of architecture students development firm, in 1975. Today, his who, like John in the 1960s, have passion, firm designs, builds, owns, and manages skills, talent, and ambition. Through the office and associated-laboratory space for Harveys’ generosity, SA+P students can in the private sector and the government. turn change the world through their work, Cowperwood has development locations whether through indigenous, regional, or in nine states, including New Mexico. urban planning. “Now we hire other architecture firms,” “I love architecture,” John said. “It’s said John. “Design is just another a wonderful profession. It’s a tough parameter. It’s a great combination of profession. You spend a lot of years being able to do and understand getting qualified. The program at UNM is design work.” unparalleled, and I think about Don a lot.”

Darynda Jones, ’01 BS, Portales, is author of First Grave on the Right, which is a finalist in the Strong Romantic Elements category of the 2012 RITA awards, the highest award of distinction in the romance publishing industry. Todd O. Williams, ’01 MA, Whitehall, Pa., has published A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry: Individual Development, Psychology, and Social Reparation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Todd is assistant professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Andrea Sisneros-Wichman, ’02 BA, Albuquerque, was recently promoted to program coordinator for the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Workforce Training Center’s Solar Center for Excellence State Energy Sector Partnership grant. She has been with CNM since February 2011. Katherine A. Lynch (née Lockamy), ’03 BBA, Albuquerque, has become a shareholder in the firm of Moses, Dunn, Farmer & Tuthill, P.C. Katie earned her law degree from Valparaiso University

Katherine A. Lynch

School of Law in 2006 after graduating from UNM in 2003 with a BBA in finance management. Lynch practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate, contracts/ business law, banking/finance, and general civil litigation. She also donates time to New Mexico Christian Legal Aid. 

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shelf life Spies Among Us Henry A. Crumpton’s (’78 BA) first book reveals the modus operandi of a legendary spy. The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. The Penguin Press, 2012. Crumpton is the man whom George W. Bush approached in the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, put an arm on his shoulder, and said, “Go get ‘em.” The President was referring to al Qaeda. Crumpton replied, “Yes, sir.” And, much to the surprise of the enemy, he did. Crumpton, a former CIA operations officer, led the agency’s global covert operations against the Taliban regime, forming a secret alliance with Afgan tribal leaders and killing large numbers of al Qaeda. He accomplished this with fewer than 500 Americans on the ground in Afghanistan and in less than 90 days after September 11, 2001. The Art of Intelligence recounts key moments and missions in Crumpton’s 24-year career with the CIA—from his espionage beginnings in Africa to his FBI assignment to being the deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center to running all clandestine CIA operations in the United States. He has done it all with unwavering devotion to his country.



On May 24, Henry Crumpton visited the National Museum of Nuclear History and Science in Albuquerque for a book signing and discussion. He told the crowd gathered there about the paradox that was central to his career: How he values virtue above all other qualities while his job as a spy required him to, at times, lie, cheat, and kill. But despite the huge

Henry A. Crumpton discusses The Art of Intelligence at the National Museum of Nuclear History and Science.

challenges posed during his service, he said he has never regretted his decision to become a spy. Indeed, he has loved every minute of it. Crumpton is now chairman and CEO of Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic international advisory and business development firm.

ALBUM Santa Fe Indian Market: A History of Native Arts and the Marketplace Bruce Bernstein (’83 MA, ’93 PhD). Museum of New Mexico Press, 2012. The Indian Market in Santa Fe is the nation’s largest and most anticipated Native arts event. Bruce Bernstein relates the market’s history in his new book, beginning with Edgar L. Hewett and the founding of the Museum of New Mexico in 1909. He links these early developments to the Indian Market’s 90year relationship with Native arts, cultural movements, historical events, and the ever-evolving creativity of Native artists to share their market. About the author: Bruce Bernstein, PhD, is executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which sponsors Santa Fe Indian Market.   

Divinely Guided: The California Work of the Women’s National Indian Association Valerie Sherer Mathes (’63 BA, ’65 MA). Texas Tech University Press, 2012. The Women’s National Indian Association (WNIA) devoted 70 years to working among Native women. WNIA members built Indian homes, missionary cottages, schools, and chapels; supported government teachers and field matrons; and funded physicians—all with a strong dose of Christianity. Though their goals of forced assimilation were unsuccessful, but WNIA did make valuable contributions to the welfare of Native women, especially in California. About the author: Valerie Sherer Mathes teaches history at City College of San Francisco. She is also the author of Helen Hunt Jackson and Her Indian Reform Legacy.

The World Comes to Albuquerque: Celebrating 40 years of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Nathan B. Mensay, ’04 BSCE, Albuquerque, has

Kim Vesely, Dick Brown (’72 BSEE), Tom McConnell, and Paul Rhetts, editors. Rio Grande Books, 2011.

his Professional Engineer licensure in 2010. Last

This book, which was a finalist in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards, takes the reader on a journey from the first Balloon Fiesta—which consisted of 13 balloons taking off from Coronado Center—to the spectacular show it is today.

technical recognition in structural engineering.

About the editors: Kim Vesely is a balloonist and former TV news reporter and freelance writer who worked at UNM’s KNME station from 1983 to 1990. Dick Brown is a former balloonist and a retired engineer. Tom McConnell is a professor emeritus of the UNM School of Medicine. Paul Rhetts is a balloonist and book publisher who has served on the Maxwell Museum of Antropology board and the UNM Cancer Center board.

The New Politics of Protest: Indigenous Mobilization in Latin America’s Neoliberal Era Roberta Rice (’06 PhD). University of Arizona Press, 2012. Through original research and interviews, this book an analyzes when, where, and why indigenous protests against free-market reforms have occurred in Latin America. Comparing cases in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, the book details the emergence of indigenous movements under and against neoliberal governments. About the author: Roberta Rice is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Party Politics.

been named chief technical officer for the local engineering firm Chavez-Grieves. Nathan earned year, he passed the national examination for Structural Engineer licensure, the highest level of

Kristina E. Martinez, ’06 JD, Santa Fe, has joined the law firm of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP as an associate in the firm’s Santa Fe office. She practices in the area of civil litigation. Lisa Nance Anderson, ’07 BA, Albuquerque, has joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Albuquerque VA Medical Center as a social worker in outpatient mental health. She is married to Joel Anderson. Michael Milligan, ’07 MA, ’09 PhD, Geneva, Switzerland, works for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe headquarters in Geneva in the Housing and Land Management unit as an Economic Affairs Officer. Connie Trujillo, ’07 MSN, Las Vegas, N.M., who co-owns the independent nursing practice Alumbra Women’s Health and Maternity Care, LLC in Las Vegas, was recently named in New Mexico Business Weekly as one of the top 40 business people under 40. Jon N. Pellegrini, ’08 BBA, ’10 MBA, Albuquerque, has joined Office Alternatives as a business development specialist. Office Alternatives provides office space, conference and training facilities, telecommunications, and wi-fi to business clients. Ashley LaBree, ’08 BBA, ’11 BSN, Amanda Estes, ’11 BSN, and Cecilia Ojeda, ’11 BSN, Albuquerque, work at Right at Home’s Pathway to Nursing, where they care for seniors and disabled adults.

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Send us your book! If you are a published author, please send us an autographed copy of your book for our collection. (No theses, dissertations, or selfpublished works, please.) Send your book to: UNM Alumni Relations Office, Hodgin Hall, MSC 01-1160, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001. Please include your contact information.

Children of Time: Evolution and the Human Story Anne H. Weaver (’95 MA, ’01 PhD). UNM Press, 2012. This imaginative and carefully researched book follows the lives of our human ancestors through a world populated with creatures such as saber-toothed cats, giraffids, wild dogs, fearsome crocodiles, and wild horses. Each chapter’s story is based on an actual fossil of a child ranging from infancy through adolescence. About the author: Anne Weaver is a paleoanthropologist and science educator in Santa Fe. She is the author of The Voyage of the Beetle, which won the 2008 Zia Award and the New Mexico State Library 2008 Book of the Year.

Albuquerque Deco and Pueblo Paul R. Secord (’72 BA). Arcadia Publishing, 2012. The newest book in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series celebrates the mixing of various Native American, Hispanic, and 19th- and 20th-century Anglo American Quiet, please! Students in the early 1900s forms and motifs of architecture unique to Albuquerque during the first half of the study in the Hodgin Hall library (which was 20th century.

then called the Administration Building).



About the author: Paul Secord, originally from southern California, has degrees in anthropology and geology from UNM. Exploration and interpretation of the American Southwest is his occupation and avocation.

Don’t Shoot the Gentile James C. Work (’73 PhD). University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. When James Work accepted a teaching job at the College of Southern Utah in the mid-1960s, he didn’t know he was a “Gentile,” the term his Mormon neighbors and students used for anyone who was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Neither did he know much about Mormon customs or about teaching. In this memoir, Work pokes fun at his own naïveté during his years as a rookie teacher in a small college. About the author: James Work is author and editor of more than 12 books, including the anthology Prose and Poetry of the American West. He is professor emeritus of English at Colorado State University.

War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War Lisa M. Brady (’93 BA). University of Georgia Press, 2012. In this first book-length environmental history of the Civil War, Lisa Brady shows how the American perception of nature as something that must be conquered and subdued changed during the war, leading to a wider acceptance of wilderness. About the author: Lisa is associate professor of history at Boise State University. She is the associate editor for the journal Environmental History.

ALBUM God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Mirabai Starr (’83 BA, ’85 MA) Monkfish Book Publishing Company, 2012. In this book, Mirabai shares overviews of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and memories of her own spiritual journey. She guides readers to recognize the teachings and practices that unify rather than divide the three religions and sheds light on an inter-spiritual perspective. About the author: Mirabai has been an adjunct professor of philosophy and world religions at UNM-Taos since 1993. She is the editor of the Sounds True Saint Series: Devotions, Prayers, and Living Wisdom, and translator of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila.

Hitting the Innovation Jackpot: Practical Essays on Innovation Dr. Darren McKnight (’84 MS). iUniverse, 2011. Hitting the Innovation Jackpot takes the mystery and risk out of realizing true value from innovation initiatives that involve all strata of the enterprise: Individuals, teams, and the organization. This book demystifies the blur of innovation techniques and terminology that we are inundated with every day. About the author: Darren McKnight is the technical director for Integrity Applications and develops innovative solutions across many areas, including space policy, bioterrorism, renewable energy, the music industry, and predictive awareness in health care.

A Harvest of Reluctant Souls: Fay Alonso de Benavides’s History of New Mexico, 1630, Translated and Edited

Timothy J. Murphy, ’08 JD, Albuquerque, has

Baker H. Morrow (’68 BA, ’97 MA). University of New Mexico Press, 2012.

commercial litigation, land use and title, and

This account of life in New Spain, address to King Philip IV of Spain, was first published in Madrid in 1630. It is the most thorough account ever written of New Mexico’s early Spanish period, providing a portrait of the Pueblos, the Apaches, and the Navajos at a time of fundamental change.

courts. Prior to beginning his professional practice,

About the translator: Baker Morrow is a practicing landscape architect in Albuquerque and the founder and professor of practice in UNM’s Landscape Architecture program in the School of Architecture of Planning. He is also the translator of The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545 by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.

Editorial Board of the New Mexico Law Review,

Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before its Time Carlos E. Cortés (’65 MA, ’69 PhD). Heyday, 2012. In this memoir, Carlos chronicles his family’s tumultuous, decades-long spars over ethnicity, religion, class, and culture, from his early years to his parents’ separation, reconciliation, deaths, and burials at the Rose Hill Cemetery. About the author: Carlos Cortés is professor emeritus of history at the University of California-Riverside. He is creative and cultural advisor for Nickelodeon’s television series “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!”

joined the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne. He practices primarily in the areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy in New Mexico’s federal, state and tribal Tim worked in the UNM School of Law’s Business and Tax Law Clinic and completed an externship with the Court of Appeals in his native California. Charles B. Kraft, ’09 BA, Albuquerque, has been named professional articles editor of the 2012-13 a publication of the UNM School of Law. Jesika Ulibarri, ’09 BA, Albuquerque, has been named citation editor of the same publication. Christopher Ortiz y Pino, ’10 BFA, Albuquerque, has recently been accepted for Peace Corps service. He will train in Honduras as an agricultural extension agent. Nanda Ruiz, ’10 BA, ’10 BS, Albuquerque, has been accepted for Peace Corps service and will train in Peru as a community development volunteer. Melanie B. Stambaugh, ’10 JD, Albuquerque, has joined the law firm of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb PA as an associate practicing in the litigation department. Traci N. Olivas, ’11 JD, Albuquerque, has joined the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne. She practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, tort law, and creditors’ rights. Traci previously served as an extern with Judge William P. Johnson of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and was an active member of the Mexican American Law Students Association (MALSA) and Women’s Law Caucus at the UNM School of Law.

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Sending Christmas Cards to Huck & Hamlet: Poems Joseph Mills (’92 MA). Press 53, 2012. In this collection, Joseph Mills explores what it means to engage books so intensely that distinctions between people and characters blur. According to Mills, we live our lives on and in stories. From fairy tales to Shakespeare to Westerns, stories shape how we act, think, and see the world. This makes libraries dangerous places where you can

be irrevocably altered, and the workings of heaven itself may be affected by changes in publishing technology. About the author: Joseph Mills holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also is the poet-in-residence at Salem College. His other Press 53 poetry collections are Love and Other Collisions; Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers; and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle.

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Golden Grads program honors 50-year alums

Marriages Roxanne Liccione, ’82 BUS, ’87 JD, and Sean Stewart, ’95 BUS Raquel Rodrigues and Todd LeCesne, ’93 BA Angie Wilcox, ’03 BAED, and Nathan Barreras Marlena Leach, ’06 BSN, and Oscar Lopez Meghan Marrazzo, ’07 BS, and Drew George Carrie Young, ’07 BSED, and Michael Ortiz Mikaela Silva, ’09 BA, and Jon Porter Rebekah Gurule, ’10 BA, and Joseph Mendez

Back row, left to right: Richard Sanchez, Gary Pierson, Toby Michael, Dennis Francish, Richard Samantha Sonntag, ’11 BA, and Mastin, Lee Booth Sims, Eddie Acosta, John Meister, Richard Krause, Francis Coffee. Front Gonzalo Olivas, ’10 BS row, left to right: Harriet Marmon, Marcella Sandoval, Alice Robberson Steele, M. Louise Larissa Harwood, ’11 BBA, and Ben Hall Holmquist, Patricia Goldsworthy Felix, Martha Meister, Amelia Montoya Andrews.

Every spring at graduation, the Alumni Relations Office offers UNM graduates of 50 years ago another chance to don gowns, get nervous, check their hair after squeezing on a graduation cap, and feel once again what it’s like to be a college student about to enter the real world. On May 11, members of the Class of 1962 came to Hodgin Hall to have their photos taken in shining golden robes, receive gifts, be taken on a tour of the

Mary Ruddy helps Richard Ruddy get picture-perfect.

campus by the UNM Trailblazers, and attend a reception and dinner. Many of them also participated in their school, college, or department convocations and were honored at other graduation-related events on campus.

In Memoriam

The Golden Grads also became members of our Heritage Club, which honors alums who have graduated 50 or more years ago. Joining the celebration were UNM’s 2012 honorary degree recipients, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and Jack Campbell, PhD.

George A. Rutherford, Jr., ’36

Edla (Halama) Garling, ’45

Mary (Brown) Shepler, ’37

Clara (Sipes) Hudson, ’45

Martha Lane Brink, ‘38, ’53

Alice L. Holderby, ’46

Agnes M. Dill, ’39

Johnnie J. Marchant, ’46

Mattie (Chambers) Field, ’39

Troy E. Stone, ’46

Virginia Frances (Fagan)

Margaret Dilorenzo, ’47

Harry Lee Faber, ’47

The Golden Grads briefly stole the spotlight from the Class of 2012 on May 12 during the commencement ceremony, when they, in their golden robes, led the new graduates into The Pit. It’s always a touching moment when the 50-year alums are announced and the audience responds with the excitement and respect these Lobos deserve.

June (Stewart) Cooper, ’35

Timothy H. Smith, ’42

Doris Adele (Woodman)

Ralph W. Elsner, ’43

Lilley, ’35

T.J. Stapleton, ’43

Louise (Marr) Spohr, ’35

Leta (Cook) Atwood, ’44

Mary Jane (Behrman)

Mary (Pound) Goddard, ’44

Evelyn (Berkshire) Oberg, ’44

Stapleton, ’35

Moore, ’39

Dora (Garcia) Padilla, ’39

J. Placido Garcia, ’47

John F. Sheldon, ’39

Carolyn L. Glover, ’47

Roberta (Graham) Clarke, ’40

Thomas C. Milik, ’47

Edward Goats, ’40

John H. Baisley, ’48

Henry Anthony Kane, ’40

Hugh R. Geiger, ’48

William M. Seis, ’40

James C. McKee, ’48

Floyd F. Darrow, ’41

Marian (Young) Pierson, ’48

Cleto N. Duran, ’41

Evelyn (Brinton) Reed, ’48

Jose A. Flores, ’41

Murray D. Snyder, ’48

Mary Dunn Gustafson, ’41

Evelyne B. Woodford, ’48

Joan (Justice) Tedrowe, ’41

Fred A. Baca, ’49

Darrell L. Burchfield, Sr., ’42

John L. Gibbs, ’49

Warren M. Cox, ’42

Velma M. Kail, ’49

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Casa del rio

CASAS d e l R Í O — by —

Michelle G. McRuiz



ALBUM In Memoriam

Courtesy of Daniel Hulsbos Photography.

Casas del Río: UNM’s Newest Student Housing This fall, UNM opens the doors to new student dorms. Located close to Johnson Field and the Recreation Center, Casas del Río’s fully furnished apartments were snatched up quickly during the spring and summer. The units feature one and two-bedroom suite apartments, and all utilities are included in the rent. Amenities include a fitness center, computer center, recreation lounge, study rooms, and an academic center. For more information, visit

Vernon L. Merz, ’49

William F. Storey, ’51

Robert Riddell Ryan, ’49

John J. Tagliarino, ’51

Tom Sanchez, Jr., ’49

Norman D. Thomas, ’51, ’56

Walter F. Scott, ‘49, ’60

Jerry D. Wethington, ’51

William L. Wood, ’49

John E. Chausteur, ’52

Vaun B. Atkins, ’50

William Evanko, ’52

Carol Joan (Lee) Barnett, ’50

Nicholas J. Glanis, Jr., ’52

Molly Lou (Walters)

Leslie H. Minnear, ’52

Alexander C. Mottola, ’52

Burnham, ’50

Thomas H. Carson, Jr., ’50

Charles E. Osgood, Jr., ’52

Robert L. Deavenport, ’50

Bill R. Ryan, ’52

Frank J. Gabel, ’50

Patricia Louise (Jones)

Jack Hailer, ’50

Leroy E. Halsey, ’50

Don Carlos Branham, ’53

Seth Harold Hofheins, ’50

Wilma Tapp Draves, ’53

Stanley Jennings, ’50

Frieda (Flook) Goodner, ’53

Carl Raymond King, ’50

Loyce C. Gossage, ’53

Frances Edna (Fruehauf)

Wilfred H. Gulowsen, ’53

Jim F. Heath, ’53, ’55

Mara, ’50

Strahorn, ’52

William A. Marcum, ’50

Myron G. Ochshorn, ’53, ’63

Francis J. Monteverdi, ’50

Barbara Wood, ’53

Rose (Gandert)

Richard P. Carlisle, ’54

Tom H. Debooy, Jr., ’54

Ruebsamen, ’50

Elizabeth (Hines) Sharma, ’50

Greta (Goosman)

Edward W. Shepherd, ’50, ’53

Mary Alice (Elkin) Sitney, ’50

Wiley E. Peeples, ‘54

Gloria (Lowe) Speechly, ’50

Ernestine (Liermann)

Joe T. Spence, ’50

L. Rex Wagner, ’50

Stewart Rose, III, ’54, ’56

James L. Williams, ’50

Solomon S. Wugalter, ’54

Leslie A. Williams, ’50

Charles L. Amos, ’55

Ernest I. Carmichael, Jr., ’51

Mildred (Marshall)

Edward M. Fallen, ’51

Peter Gallagher, ’51

Jerry A. Detterick, ’55

Paul A. Gasparotti, ’51

Wilkie L. Miller, ’55

Don B. Gidden, ’51

Barbara (Cunningham)

Harold H. Hall, ’51

James J. Hanosh, ’51

Ray H. Rodey, Jr., ’55

Harold Kenneth

Justin Rael, ’55, ’60

Luther W. Rook, ’55, ’59, ’62

Hettinger, ’51

Gallagher, ’54

Prinkey, ’54, ’58

Barnhart, ’55, ’71

Norfleet, ’55

John F. Kemman, ’51

Bonnie (Barton)

Janet (McCanna) King, ’51

Armstrong, ’56

Robert D. Krause, ’51

Frances Louise (McCarthy)

Margaret (Brockman)

Lind, ’51

Dan D. Heath, ’56

Carol (McCown)

Frances M. Phillips, ’56

Philip F. Curtiss, ’57

McHenry, ’51

Gilmore, ’56

Maury N. Orrell, ’51

Leonard P. Dague, ’57

Elizabeth R. Rainey, ’51

Marian Grace (Poole)

William J. Smith, ’51

Henry, ’57

Fall 2012


Casas del Río’s furnished apartments are far above ordinary dorm rooms. Courtesy of Daniel Hulsbos Photography. Top and left: Architectural renderings show the landscaping plans for the finished dorms and the varied hues in stucco, which create a sense of harmony. Courtesy of Brent McPherson, Casas del Río. Right: Exterior of Casas del Rio dorms. Courtesy of Daniel Hulsbos Photography.



Honoring an Artful Life

ALBUM In Memoriam

Autumn Snowfall by Betty Sabo.

The Betty Sabo Endowment benefits UNM art students. Betty has devoted most of her artistic career to creating scenes in oils of New Mexico landscapes. Her sculptures are on display at numerous locations, including the Albuquerque Museum, the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe, UNM, and at the Sisters of St. Francis in Colorado Springs. Betty is a former member of the UNM Foundation Board of Directors and the UNM Alumni Association Board. She has been recognized by her alma mater with the Zimmerman Award in 1998 and the UNM Mortar Board Distinguished Woman Award in 1986. Recently, the

Alumni Association established the Betty Sabo Endowment to honor her legacy by benefiting UNM art students. The UNM Foundation is now accepting gifts to the endowment. Throughout her career and life, Betty has used her artistic endeavors to benefit the community, and has been recognized by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the City of Albuquerque, and Carrie Tingley Hospital, among others. She was a driving force behind guiding a collection of art from Albuquerque High School to the Albuquerque Museum. The collection includes priceless work by artists such as Oscar Berninghaus, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Phillips, and Carl Redin. Betty’s legacy will live through her art, through the lives of those she touched, and through the impact of this endowment. To learn more and to contribute to the Betty Sabo Endowment, visit

Richard C. Moodie, ’57

Odila Valdez, ’63

Thomas S. Nowers, ’57

James E. Arias, ’64

Thomas L. Andrews, Jr., ’58

Marvin Mansfield

John R. Clark, ’58

Lomax, ’64, ’71

William G. Harrison, ’58

William Mason Shimer, ’64

Robert L. O’Nan, ’58

Allen C. Dale, ’65

Leonard T. Weise, ’58

Edward G. Damon, ’65

Dwane W. Brewer, ’59

Helen (Davis) Dean, ’65

Medardo Esquivel, ’59

Herbert K. Donlan, ’65

Paul E. McClendon, ’59

Mack G. Henington, ’65, ’67

Thomas C. Roope, ’59

Carl H. Ivey, ’65

Robert H. Schnurr, ’59, ’68

John E. Merrell, ’65

Janice (Hopper) Wallace, ’59

Dennis J. Miller, ’65

Ruben T. Abeyta, ’60

Margaret (Bedford) Pepin, ’65

Francisco A. Apodaca, ’60

Milo J. Navratil, ’65, ’67

Kenneth Lee Benally, ’60

Richard Ruscetti, ’65

Jerry Paul Hethcoat, ’60

John J. Civerolo, ’66

Robert J. Majeski, ’60

Lee E. Erickson, ’66

Kay (Clauve) Miller, ’60, ’68

Kenneth M. Hill, ’66, ’68

Richard S. Morris, ’60

Merle L. Scott, ’66

David H. Neal, ’60, ’67

Mary (Mosely)

Virgil L. Poulter, ’60

Sumner F. Preston, ’60

Donald L. Watkins, ’66

Marvin J. Steputis, ’60

Tomas W. Harvey, ’67

Robert H. Strain, ’60, ’85

Janusz S. Kozikowski, ’67

Donald L. Thompson, ’60

Jean (Blickensderfer)

Joseph B. Thompson, ’60

Shirley (Mead) Troy, ’60

William M. Posen, ’67

Harold L. Cleff, Jr., ’61

Alice Purdes, ’67

Sanford S. Cooksey, ’61, ’69

Carolyn (Staveness)

Benjamin Gates Goodier, ’61

Jerry L. Gross, ’61

William W. Cross, ’68, ’80

Gladys Hershey, ’61

Fenwick H. Garvey, ’68

Phillip W. Heskett, ’61

Duford J. Henry, ’68

Carl F. Radwanski, ’61

Ruth (Hulse) James, ’68

Barbara Zeikus, ’61

David L. McArthur, II, ’68

Margaret (Gowdy) Faro, ’62

Margaret Angley

Roy G. Merryman, ’62

James C. Parrish, ’62

John C. Frymire, ’69

William D. Parsons, ’62

Sue Rena (Gleason)

Roddy Wendell Postelle, ’62

Walter D. Segrist, ’62

Marilyn M. Henrikson, ’69

Frances Veronica

Peter A. Norcross, ’69

Robert N. Schowers, ’69

Sheppard, ’62

Swearengen, ’66

Kyrlach, ’67

Topping, ’67

Blackmon, ’69

Henning, ’69, ’71

Ruth H. Thurlow, ’62, ’73

Donald E. Tucker, ’69

Eloy P. Campos, ’63

Jacqulyn R.

Ruth (Currie) Corey, ’63

Robert C. Dunlap, ’63

Orval D. Hughes, ’70

Douglas P. Johnson, ’63, ’71

Lynda (Moeller) Knoll, ’70

Budagher, ’70, ’76

Ulysses McElyea, Jr., ’63

Fall 2012


More than a game


For Jason Lenzmeier, ’06 BUS, it’s not enough for studentathletes to play well—what really counts is integrity. By Greg Archuleta ’90 BA and Albuquerque is the fact that his wife, Kelsey, is a UNM graduate (’08 BA). And on March 29, 2012, their first child, Brooks, was born here. The Lobos had just started spring practice, but Brooks waited until the team had an off-day. “It’s awesome for it to work out the way it did,” Lenzmeier said. “To get back here and have my son born in Albuquerque is special. He’s already got his Lobo gear.”

Jason Lenzmeier fine-tunes the Lobos during spring practice. You can take the man out of New Mexico, but every day it’s getting harder to take New Mexico out of the man.

first-year coach Bob Davie’s offer to direct the offensive line. It’s a job he held previously at UNM from 2007 to 2008 after serving as a graduate assistant from UNM assistant football coach Jason Lenzmeier is beginning his 13th year as a 2006. Lenzmeier was New Mexico State’s resident of the state. He first arrived in the offensive line coach from 2009 to 2011. summer of 1999—a 6-foot-5, 315-pound, “I enjoyed my time down in Las Cruces, 18-year-old man-child of a recruit out of and the people I worked for were good Frisco, Texas. people,” said Lenzmeier. “But this is my school. I played here.” Now 31—and down to a svelte 250 pounds—Lenzmeier is beginning his third stint with UNM, having accepted



Boomerang Lobo Adding to Lenzmeier’s affinity for UNM

Except for a year in which he pursued an NFL career with the San Diego Chargers in 2004, Lenzmeier has called New Mexico home since ’99. He originally came to play for then-Lobo coach Rocky Long and was a first-team All-Mountain West offensive tackle by his senior season in 2003. Lenzmeier returned to UNM in 2005 to finish his degree in University Studies and became a graduate assistant coach in 2006. Long promoted Lenzmeier to offensive line coach in 2007; at age 26 he had become the youngest full-time UNM assistant coach in 23 years. When Long resigned in 2008, Lenzmeier found himself looking for work. He didn’t have to look far, landing a job at New Mexico State. But when Davie came to UNM at the end of the 2011 season, the first assistant coach he interviewed was Lenzmeier. “Jason was so impressive when I first talked to him,” Davie recalled. “He was so passionate about Lobo football, but more than that, he really cared about the

“When you have a son, you look at it from the other end when you’re talking to players. You realize that is somebody’s son you’re dealing with.”

ALBUM development of the character of young men. I would’ve hired him anywhere I was coaching.” Life Coach That desire to develop student-athletes only has intensified now that Lenzmeier has become a father. “When you have a son, you look at it from the other end when you’re talking to players,” he said. “You realize that is somebody’s son that you’re dealing with. I think as I move on in my career, developing young men is huge. Developing football players is great, but developing young men and getting these guys to get their degrees and do something with their lives is what’s important.” Lenzmeier’s former life as a UNM student is invaluable in helping him direct his players with their academic lives. “I took a foreign language class in Mitchell Hall, just like these guys are doing,” Lenzmeier said. “I know Sociology 213 Deviant Behavior, which a lot of these guys are taking. I’m on the same page with these guys. I know where their dorms are. I know how long it takes to walk from the (Student Residence Center) to Sara Reynolds Hall, so they can’t mess with me. They probably don’t like it as

much as I do because it makes me hold them even more accountable.” A Simple Plan Holding his players accountable on the field, he said, will help the team as it tries to turn around its fortunes from three straight one-win seasons from 2009 to 2011. “The formula itself is easy, and Coach Davie has a plan,” Lenzmeier said. “Be demanding, recruit good kids, and don’t let them cut any corners. Play physical; play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. We’ve got a long way to go. Our guys will play hard. It won’t be perfect all the time, but we’ll strive for perfection and hopefully end up somewhere close to it.”

In Memoriam Christopher Edward

Kenneth Dean Stalter, ’76, ’82

Anderson, ’71

Raymond George Trace, ’76

Mimi C. Brannon, ’71

Edna (Portwood) Wood, ’76

Jess David Curb, ’71

Charles L. Wright, ’76

Bonnie Theresa Davis, ’71

Charles D.

Ronald Allen Flint, ’71

James Lee Forsythe, ’71

Vincent T. Hoffman, ’77

Carolina Gloria

Libby Jones Jacobus, ’77, ’79

Wilma C. Martinez, ’77

Gonzales, ’71, ’79

Domina, Jr., ’77, ’94

Raymond Ernest Hensley, ’71

Paula (Brown) Rasmussen, ’77

Dorothy P. Hughes, ’71

Robert J. Ullrich, ’77

David Oliver Neece, ’71

Michael Louis Wagner, ’77

Susan Elizabeth Post, ’71

Catharine (Gray) Broemel, ’78

Ann Joerns Reddy, ’71

Bertha J. Burck, ’78, ’82

Ellen Pierce Romero, ’71

Susan Edith

Patsy Hinds Ryan, ’71

Jnell Mitchell Schroeder, ’71

Jon Berkley Hobbs, ’78

Gary J. Stevens, ’71

Michael F. Holroyd, ’78

Clark, ’78, ’82, ’94

Raymond Allen Craig, ’72

Mary Beth

Cecilia V. Garcia, ’72, ’82

Richard A. Graf, ’72

Simeon Hyde, Jr., ’78

Thomas Doyle Leslie, ’72

Barbara J. Lambert, ’78

Despite all his time in New Mexico, Lenzmeier said he only “almost” considers himself a New Mexican because he knows the nomadic life of football assistant can lead him out of the state during any given year. Any decisions he makes about his future, Lenzmeier said, will be based on only one factor.

Ilona (Shaw) Ruth, ’72

Lalla M. Lepeschkin, ’78

Lila Boyden, ’73

Daniel C. Wiest, ’78

Robert G. Cardin, ’73

Mary Elizabeth Adams, ’79

Patricia Shea

Vivian Elaine Boyle, ’79

Betsy E. Goehring, ’79

“I’m going to go where it’s best for my family and best for us to have a good life,” he said, before he admitted a preference. “I’d stay at the University of New Mexico forever. Man, I love this school. It’s where I played, and I’ve coached here. I love the city and the people and I wouldn’t go anywhere.” Greg Archuleta is assistant communications director for Lobo Athletics and a former sports writer for Albuquerque Journal.

Fairchild, ’73, ’93

Honaker, ’78, ’84, ’89

Vitalia Mary Gomez, ’73

Beatrice F. Kuhn, ’79

Peter Hartley, ’73

Robert Edward Colby, ’80

David Noel Kohles, ’73

Marilyn L. Geller, ’80

Dennis Lynn Miller, ’73

Eugene James Dennison, ’81

Burton Arlo Wittrup, ’73

Rose (Mondragon) Lane, ’81

Gerard R. Brown, ’74

Brian Wade Oldervik, ’81, ’86

Paula L. Burns, ’74, ’96

Esperanza Oakes, ’82

Michael D. Caress, ’74

Thomas Angus Philpot, ’82

Randol Joe Davis, ’74

Kevin Charles Rogers, ’82

Richard H. Marmon, ’74

Julian W. Roybal, ’82

Johnny M. Thornton, ’74

Shirley A. Vietti, ’82

Joseph David R. Sena, ’74

John Roger Whitaker, ’82

James Lowell Bawcum, ’75

Philip Allen Zuercher, ’82

Sarah Gene Brown, ’75

Edward E. Acosta, ’83

Victoria (Fee) Gonzales, ’75

Albert Alfonso Besteiro, ’83

Lawrence David Hanna, ’75

Laureen Teresa Ferris, ’83

John B. Mondragon, ’75

Arlette (Crawford)

Jay Robert Schmitt, ’75, ’77

Austine Rae Miles Fink, ’76

Eileen Mckeon Mallon, ’83

Stephen Rhoton Gallea, ’76

Nancy C. Myszka, ’83

William Kellis Jones, ’76

Terence E. Purtell, ’83

John Martin

Cheryl Lyn Stallings, ’83

Susan Marie Davison, ’84

Pedersen, ’76, ’79

Hill, ’83, ’86

Fall 2012


Alumni OUTLOOK UNM Alumni Association 2013 Travel Program Asian Wonders

February 2-21, 2013 GoNext

Alumni College Abroad—Spain Barcelona and San Sebastian April 21-30 AHI

Civil War and Southern Culture Steamboating along the Mississippi May 17-26 GoNext

Alumni College Abroad—Ireland June 3-11 AHI

Northern Italy

Culture and Cuisine October 11-19 GoNext 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.

Chapter Master Calendar August August 11 Los Angeles Chapter Hollywood Bowl Potluck and Concert. Liza Minnelli will be the featured performer! August 23 Black Alumni Chapter/African American Student Services Welcome Back Barbecue for Students/Community August 25 Austin Chapter Annual Green Chile Roast and Picnic August 26 Los Angeles Chapter 20th Annual Green Chile Fest at Ventura

September September 1 Black Alumni Chapter/African American Student Services Fund-raiser/ Membership Drive in conjunction with the UNM vs. Southern football game September 2 Minneapolis Area Summer Picnic September 8 Lobo Football at UT Austin—Football Game and Social September 8 Atlanta Chapter Annual Chile Roast and Picnic September 8 Los Angeles Chapter—Recruiting Training Luncheon September 8 Las Vegas, Nev. Chapter Chile Roast and Picnic September 9 Washington, D.C. Green Chile Roast and Taco Picnic September 15 Austin Chapter Green Chile Roast and Picnic September 15 Chicago Chapter Annual Green Chile Fiesta September 15 Lobo Football at Texas Tech September 22 Lobo Football at NMSU September 29 Norcal Chapter Green Chile Roast and Picnic at Briones Park September 29 New York Area Chapter: Brooklyn Botanic Garcens Annual Chili Pepper Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens park grounds September College Fair Season: Volunteers needed from all chapters!


October 6 Sacramento Area Southwestern Potluck October 13 Lobo Football at Hawaii October 20 Lobo Football at Air Force October College Fair Season: Volunteers needed from all chapters!

November November 1 Dallas Area Alumni Reception Introducing UNM President Robert G. Frank and Mrs. Janet Frank November 3 UNM Lobo Football at Las Vegas. Vegas and Los Angeles alumni, mark your calendars! November 10 Austin Chapter Hill Country Wine-Tasting Tour November 24 Lobo Football at CSU

December December 8 Los Angeles Chapter Holiday Party December 15 New York Area Chapter Holiday Party December TBA Seattle Chapter Green Chile Howliday Party Events, dates, and times are subject to change. Please contact Charlene Chavez Tunney at the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or 800-258-6866 for additional information.



A Message from our alumni association president ALBUM Spirit, community, and engagement

In Memoriam

into our strategic plan. We’re especially I composed this while Waneta Tuttle was going to try to engage a much higher still president of our Alumni Association percentage of alumni with current and (for another month) and before our distinguished alum, Dr. Robert emerging opportunities at Frank, officially assumed UNM. We want alumni to be connected to students, faculty, his position as UNM’s 21st community leaders, and president on June 1. Somehow other alums in the process. that seems fitting for one of Our intent is to cultivate a our own in the 21st century. deeper and richer sense of These two leaders illustrate the community so that the value importance of transitions and of UNM and a degree from handoffs. UNM track athletes Duffy Swan UNM to its stakeholders who compete in relay events know well that transitions and handoffs grows in measured, beneficial ways. are key factors between winning first place I look back on the enlightened leadership and everything that comes after. Waneta brought to both UNM and our Alumni Association during her year as Under Waneta’s leadership and direction, president. She has passed the baton to a combination of Alumni Association me and to our executive committee and board members and other alumni have board members to continue what the been working for several months to strategic planning team has developed create an integrated strategy that builds since mid-2011. Equally, Dr. Frank brings on historical traditions while creating new traditions for our future. The core of with him his past experiences as a student here and returns now as the president. He this strategic framework centers on three primary themes, each of which drives one has taken the handoff from Dr. Schmidly and will be a critical part of our success as or more strategic initiatives—and builds on existing themes and initiatives from our plans unfold. We will do everything possible to help each of you, our UNM UNM’s distinguished past. These themes are spirit, community, and engagement. alumni, to engage more fully with this flagship university so that your own sense The Alumni Association has no small of community and spirit is heightened task: We must begin to create dynamic and continues to grow. You are the “U” in new ways for UNM and its schools, UNM—today and for every tomorrow. colleges, departments, faculty, staff, and Stay tuned … and come engage with us students to engage with one another, on this journey ahead. Thank “U”! our UNM alumni, and the communities we serve, among others. The Alumni Relations Office remains a vital part of these efforts to build on our historical successes and traditions and weave these

Duffy Swan ’68 UNM Alumni Association President

Mark D. Neufeld, ’84

Marie Therese Work, ’01

Mark Dodge Bronsveld, ’85

Amy Marie Reinert, ’02

Tom Mclemore Hicks, ’85

Shelley Kathleen Smith

Roger Eugene Salters, ’85

Diane Elizabeth (Paumen)

Michael J. Krueger, ’03

Eloisa Perea, ’04

Smail, ’85

Sheltren, ’02

David Earl Smith, ’85

Sharon Maureen

Dixie Carolyn Clark, ’86

Nancy Lee Golden, ’86

Robert O. Lamberti, ’05

Laurel Dee McGinty, ’86

Taylor Morrison

Nathaniel John

Patrick O. Mullen, ’05

Whorton, ’86, ’87

Hogland, ’05

Greenawalt, ’05

Cheryl Ann Bradley, ’87

Ernesto A. Caro, ’06

Bruce Walter Freyburger, ’87

Andrea M. Herrera, ’06

James Joseph Reese, ’87

Rosalinda Ann Logg, ’06

Patti Sheehy Stager, ’87

George P. Clements, ’07

Virginia A. Alexander, ’88

Robert Hohnke, ’07

Mohammad Ali Ataee, ’88

David M. Meilleur, ’07

Timothy Blair Straney, ’88

Mary V. Miller, ’07

Shirley Mae Cushing, ’89

Francis P. Montoya, ’07

Larry Harker, ’89

Regina D. Chavez, ’08

Mary H. Bartlett, ’90, ’96

David A. Reis, ’08

Joseph George Kesner, ’90

Jesse W. Schultz, ’08

Lisa Yolonda McKnight, ’90

Patrick J. Grange, ’11

Eulalia Aragon Armijo, ’91

Jake A. Valdez, III, ’11

Jean E. Dulaff, ’91

Boyd W. Bowden, II, former

Sandra R. Smith, ’91

Steven Christopher

Karl Koenig, former


Phelps, ’92

medical resident

Albert M. Bernal, ’93

Joe B. Linker, former

John David Boyd, ’93, ’95

Karen Dunn-Smith, ’93

Joel W. Lubin, former

Melanie D. Guillen, ’93

Jacqueline Marie

Corey A. Tancik, former

Rashleger, ’93

medical resident medical resident medical resident and

Karen M. Shuster, ’94


Julian Randall Varela, ’94

Frances Jarrell (Hurley)

Steven Gerald Fuentes, ’95


Janet Gay Tilbury, ’96

Manuel H. Gonzales

Lynn Shrader Long, ’97

Fay (Sherwood) Gregg

Deborah Anne (Miller)

Eugene F. Heckel

George W. Hilliard

Rivera, ’97

Kevin Jules Colvin, ’98

Peter J. Minoletti

Nathan Sheldon Lee, ’98

Elizabeth (Kissam) Minor

Susan Ruth Phelps, ’98

Margaret (Kirkpatrick) Sharp

James Carleton Harlin, ’99

Samuel F. Spohr

Jack Joseph Naillon, ’99

Howard V. Taylor

Ellen Angela Wagner, ’99

William B. Taylor

Keith Douglas

Kenneth N. Tinklepaugh

McClung, ’01, ’06

Fall 2012


Alumni Association Board has eight new members

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Marion Fleck ’38 BS, ’70 PhD Distinguished member Monica Armenta ’85 BA Karen Bayless ’75 BS Penny Beaumont ’63 BA Sandra Begay-Campbell, ’86 ASPE, ’87 BSCE New member Amy Boule ’84 MBA Steve Chreist ’67 BABA Brian Colón ’01 JD Henry Crumpton ’78 BA Tom Daulton ’77 BBA Wayne Davenport ’71 BBA Rich Diller ’75 BUS Bill Dolan ’68 BA, ’73 MPA New member Irvin Harrison ’01 BUS Nancy Herring ’79 MBA James Jimenez ’86 BA, ’01 MAPA Sarah Kotchian ’00 PhD Harold Lavender ’69 BA, ’75 JD Ryan Lindquist ’98 BS, ’01 MBA New member Matthew Martinez ’97 BA Dewayne Matthews ’74 BSED New member Danny Milo ’01 BBA, ’11 JD Ryan Montoya ’06 BBA New member Karen Moses ’77 BA New member Mary O’Hara ’89 BA V.B. Price ’62 BA Henry Rivera ’68 BA, ’73 JD New member Bob Rosebrough ’75 BA, ’78 JD New member Gail Rosenblum ’80 BA Randy Royster ’92 JD Brian Sanderoff ’77 BA Kathi Schroeder ’70 BA Jane Shuler Gray ’98 BSNU Donald “Duffy” Swan ’68 BA John Thorson ’70 BA Waneta Tuttle ’67 BS, ’70 MS, ’73 PhD, ’85 MBA Angie Wilcox ’03 BA Cody Willard ’96 BA Kathie Winograd ’07 EdD Cate Wisdom ’11 BS

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Ex-officio Karen Abraham ’67 BSED, ’68 MA, ’71 EdD Gary Gordon ’83 BBA, ’86 JD Caroline Muriada Student representative Jon Gayer



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The 2012 Alumni Association Homecoming poster features Sandia Sunset by Arturo Chávez. Born in Embudo, Arturo was raised amid the spectacular vistas of northern New Mexico and is dedicated to preserving the western landscape by painting it. He has received international recognition for his landscapes, including exhibitions in U.S. embassies in Moscow, Croatia, and Guyana. His works are in permanent collections at the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Art Museum, Bernalillo County Courthouse, Santa Fe Capitol Collection, Taos National Guard, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, and Phoenix Art Museum. His work is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe. Chávez was a featured artist in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, “Landscapes of Enchantment,” produced for New Mexico PBS.

Sandia Sunset by Arturo Chávez; original painting donated to the Alumni Association by Dr. Marilynne McKay, ’64, ’76; and Dr. Ronald S. Hosek. Signed limited edition: $50. Unsigned limited edition: $35. Order using the form in the enclosed homecoming schedule or at

Arturo studied classical concert guitar at UNM. He also served as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, which is the civilian branch of the U.S. Air Force, with special training in rugged mountain search and rescue. He lives in Santa Fe. For more information about Arturo Chávez’s work, visit




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UNM Homecoming 2012 October 1 - 7, 2012

Lobo Lucy & Louie

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No—It’s Super U! Grab your cape and take to the sky WHOOOSH! to join our super UNM alumni and fans! Super Lobos around the world are planning to gather in Lobo Metropolis (the UNM campuses, for those not endowed with superhuman powers) during the most super(b) of homecoming weeks, October 1-7, 2012. SHAZAM! Fantastic faculty and sterling students will be heralded for their feats of intellectual strength. Superior staff will festoon their command centers with decorations worthy of a superhero. Astounding student athletes will perform feats of strength on the fields and courts of Lobo Metropolis. But we need U, Super Lobos, to recover the Lobo Spirit and return it to Lobo Metropolis for homecoming! KA-POW!


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Check the schedule to find events that will get your Super Lobo powers humming and a Lobo howl starting in your throat AARROOOOO!—lectures, reunions, sporting events, recognitions, and more! BLAMM! ZAP! Note: This schedule was prepared for Mirage several months before homecoming. Please go to or call (505) 277-5808 or 800-258-6866 for updates.

Monday, October 1 Lobo Reading Experience: Join us in a common reading experience! For the 2012-2013 academic year, UNM has selected the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The Lobo Reading Experience gives all members of the UNM community an opportunity to read together and to engage in stimulating discussions. Details: Campus Departments Decorating Contest: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No—it’s Super U! We need to find our Lobo Spirit, and you can help! You can decorate a superhero shield for the contest, but don’t let this keep you from decorating your super department lobbies or doors too. Each department participating in the contest will receive a 2012 homecoming poster. Contact: Lisa Lindquist,, (505) 2777870, or Laura Montoya at, (505) 277-3733.

Tuesday, October 2 Community Service Project: The UNM Alumni and Campus Communities are collecting travel-sized toiletries for the APS Homeless Project and toilet paper rolls for the Ronald McDonald House throughout homecoming week. Be a superhero—deliver items to the Alumni Center in Hodgin Hall, or check our website for drop-off locations around campus.

Wednesday, October 3 11:30 a.m. UNM Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon: The UNM Alumni Association wants to show appreciation for our super full-time faculty and staff who are UNM alumni. These true superheroes are invited to an appreciation luncheon for their service to the university. Tickets will be available the week of September 24. Check your invitation for details. Bring your community service donations to the luncheon in exchange for a homecoming pin! 1:00 p.m. 80th Anniversary Homecoming Collections Tour at Maxwell Museum: Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Maxwell’s archaeological and ethnological collections. Curators David Phillips and Kathryn Klein will discuss acquisitions, special collections, and care. Collecting began in 1932 and has expanded to include objects from around the world; all are held in trust for the people of New Mexico. The tour is limited to 25 people. Before and after the tour, the Edaakies of Isleta

Pueblo will offer a bread-baking demonstration and will serve Indian tacos, posole, and more. Lunch is $5; reservations requested for large parties. Contact: or (505) 277-1400.

Thursday, October 4 10:00 a.m. Palabra sobre Palabra: Simposio/Homenaje a Ángel González, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Concurrent panels: Áspero Mundo, A Todo Amor. Ortega Hall, Room 335. Contact: Fabiola Parra,, (505) 277-7361. TBD Students carry on the annual tradition of the Cherry/ Silver Games to attain the coveted Cherry/Silver Cup. Watch them compete in numerous wacky and hilarious games including the Lobo Howl at the Duck Pond. Contact the Student Activities Office, (505) 277-4706. 12:30 p.m. The UNM Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, dedicated to increasing the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences and nursing, invites alumni to a lecture during homecoming week. Check website for updates at or contact Gina Urias-Sandoval at 2:00 p.m. Palabra sobre Palabra: Simposio/Homenaje a Ángel González, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Student poetry reading and criticism. Ortega Hall, Room 335. 5:00 p.m. Palabra sobre Palabra: Simposio/Homenaje a Ángel González, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Reception prior to documentary film screening: “Esta Es Mi Tierra” at 6 p.m. 5:30 p.m. The School of Public Administration presents the Arthur Blumenfeld Lecture Series: This series honors the life and work of the late Arthur Blumenfeld, former chief administrative officer for the City of Albuquerque. Speaker to be determined. SUB Ballroom C. Contact: Angela Kamman at, (505) 277-5873. 6:00 p.m. The Black Alumni Chapter will present its annual Trailblazer Awards as they recognize and honor James B. Lewis, New Mexico’s first black state treasurer, and Joe Powdrell,

longtime community activist and entrepreneur. Location: Alumni Center in Hodgin Hall. RSVP to Barbara Simmons, 7:00 p.m. UNM Volleyball vs. Boise State, Johnson Center. $5 for adults at the gate. TBD UNM Baseball Alumni Reunion. Contact: Madison Warren,, (505) 925-5905.

Friday, October 5 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Celebrate homecoming and get ready for the big game! Game Day Fridays at UNM Bookstores (Main and North Campus, Lobo Den Store at The Pit)—Save 25% on all regularly priced Lobowear and spirit items! Details: or

• Campus tours • CME program • Flying High BBQ: A fun-filled gathering with classmates, family, and friends. All Friday events held at Domenici Center West. • Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension • Backyard breakfast 4:00 p.m. Anderson Schools of Management: Anderson Alumni Speaker Series at Jackson Student Center. Details TBD. Details: Followed by Anderson Alumni Reception in the Hodgin Hall Alumni Center. 4:00 p.m. Palabra sobre Palabra: Simposio/Homenaje a Ángel González, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Translating Ángel González with Gary Brower and E.A. Tony Mares. Ortega Hall, Room 335.

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lobo Spirit Day: Wear your UNM cherry and silver on campus and show your Lobo pride! Join students for a pep rally at noon in the SUB atrium to send the Lobos on to victory.

5:00 p.m. University Honors Program: Honors alumni are invited to an open house and reception at the Dudley Wynn Honors Forum, lower level of the Student Health Center. Contact: Sophia Alvarez,, (505) 277-4211.

10:00 a.m. Palabra sobre Palabra: Simposio/Homenaje a Ángel González, hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Concurrent panels: Sin Esperanza, Con Convencimiento: Otoños y Otras Luces. Ortega Hall, Room 335.

5:00 p.m. Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Open House at the chapter house, 1801 Mesa Vista Rd. NE. Chapter property is alcohol-free. Contact: Patrick Brichta,, (505) 577-3638. Alumni dinner at 7:30 p.m., location TBD.

11:00 a.m. Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Innovation, Discovery, and Training Complex (IDTC) on the Health Sciences Center Campus. Formerly known as the Tri-Services Building, the newly remodeled complex will house the Emergency Medical Services Academy, Center for Disaster Medicine, Center for Molecular Discovery, and Center for Digestive Disease Research. Contact: Luke Frank, 1:30 p.m. Tamarind Institute will provide tours of its new facilities, 2500 Central Ave. SE. Please rsvp to Shelly Smith,, (505) 277-3792. TBD UNM School of Medicine Annual Reunion: Special recognition given to graduates of ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07, and ’12. Details: or contact Morris Albert,, (505) 272-3748. • Docs! Dogs! Drinks! Alumni lunch with current SOM students

6:00 p.m. Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Reception and community symposium to honor Ángel González, Spanish poet and former faculty member. Followed by a concert and poetry reading at 7:00. Alumni and friends are invited to the lecture. Ortega Hall, Room 335. RSVP to Fabiola Parra,, (505) 277-7361. 6:00 p.m. 70s Sigs, Sisters, and Friends! If you were a Beta Xi Sig of the 70s, a Little Sigma of the 70s, or married to/or a close friend of a Sig or Little Sister of the 70s—join us! Brothers and friends, contact Bill Bonney at Little Sisters and friends, contact Sandi Palmisano-Worsham at For updates, visit 6:00-8:00 p.m. Jumpin’ Jupiter! The Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall will once again host decade reunions! Visit and mingle with super-alumni from your decade. Music and refreshments provided. Reservations recommended; RSVP to (505) 277-5808. Details:

Artists and authors! Join us at the Alumni Center in Hodgin Hall to visit with selected homecoming poster artists and alumni authors. Purchase a past homecoming poster and get it signed on the spot by the artist, or visit with alumni authors who have participated in our Libros by Lobos program in the Alumni Center Library.  NM Young Alumni: If you have graduated within the last 15 U years, you’re invited to join this annual Young Alumni event at the Alumni Center in Hodgin Hall. Network with fellow grads and celebrate homecoming. RSVP to Class of ’62 Reception. Members of the Class of 1962 are invited back to campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Reservations requested; call Alumni Relations at (505) 277-5808 or 800-258-6866. TBD Sigma Chi Alumni Fraternity, Beta XI Chapter: Check your newsletters and email for more details. Contact: Paul Garson,

Saturday, October 6 7:00 a.m. UNM School of Medicine Annual Reunion: VIP Tent Mass Ascension, SOM. Experience the Balloon Fiesta up close and personal in our VIP tent. Light breakfast and hot drinks served. Details: hsc.unm. edu/som/development or contact Morris Albert, malbert@salud.unm. edu, (505) 272-3748. Courtesy of Don Chalmers Ford.



7:00 p.m. UNM Men’s Soccer vs. Air Force Academy, Friends of UNM Soccer/Track Complex. $5 for adults at the gate. 7:00 p.m. UNM Alumni Lettermen Annual Social and Meeting: Join fellow UNM Lettermen for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the annual meeting. We will announce the Honorary Letterman for 2012. All 50-year Lettermen graduates will be recognized. End Zone Club, Tow Diehm Athletic Facility, University Stadium. Reservations requested; contact Madison Warren,, (505) 925-5905. TBD UNM Football Team, ’97 WAC Champions 15-Year Reunion. Contact Madison Warren,, (505) 925-5905. 7:00 p.m. Friends of Dance: “A Family Affair” highlighting Broadway and Hollywood. Two performances (Friday and Saturday) at Carlisle Performance Space. The event is choreographed by UNM Alumni. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for students/children under 18; available at the ticket office. Contact: Kathleen Clawson,, (505) 266-0592.

9:00 a.m. The All-University Breakfast recognizes the accomplishments of New Mexico resident alumni through the presentation of the Zia and Mortar Board Lobo awards. The event will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd. SE. $20/person. Reservations required; RSVP at or call (505) 277-5808 (1-800-258-6866). 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Game Day Fridays at UNM Bookstore (Main Campus only): Celebrate homecoming and get ready for the big game! Save 25% on all regularly priced Lobowear and spirit items. Details: or 10:00 a.m. Campus Walking Tour: Has it been a while since you were on campus? Meet at the Alumni Clock by the UNM Duck Pond for a 45-minute walking tour and see what’s new.

1:00 p.m. UNM Volleyball vs. Air Force Academy, Johnson Center. $5 for adults at the gate. 12:00 p.m. Chi Omega Alumnae Green Chile Stew Open House: 1810 Mesa Vista Rd. NE. Please RSVP to Amy Nolker:, (505) 263-5951. 12:00 p.m. Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association Brunch: 1620 Mesa Vista Rd. NE. Please RSVP: 1:30 p.m. Tailgates at UNM Stadium/The Pit Phi Delta Theta Alumni: Contact Frank F. Barela at

Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter

Alpha Tau Omega

Engineering Alumni and the Cherry Smoker

UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Tailgate: For all UNM Alumni Lettermen; in the Lettermen’s Lounge at The Pit. Look for the “NM” Lettermen banners. Contact: Madison Warren,, (505) 925-5905. College of Pharmacy: Come for food and drinks on us, stay for a priceless evening with friends. For details and to RSVP, contact Kalen Olson,, (505) 272-0621. 1:30 p.m. UNM SOUTHWEST FIESTA TAILGATE: Join fellow alumni and Lobo fans for the biggest tailgate event at the Club Level in The Pit! Everyone is welcome! Live entertainment, special guests, and more. We’ll serve traditional Southwestern fare for only $15/adult, $5/children 12 and under. This is a great time to check out the Club Level at University Arena. Buy tickets at 1:30 p.m. 19th ANNUAL UNM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SILENT AUCTION: Bid on great auction packages at the Southwest Fiesta Tailgate in The Pit! All proceeds benefit the UNM Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and programs. To donate an auction item, call Maria Wolfe at the UNM Alumni Relations Office, (505) 277-5808.

Note: In the spring 2012 issue of Mirage, we inadvertently left out a few silent auction donors’ names. Thank you, AM/PM Salon, John Bonney, and Reid & Associates, for your generous silent auction items during homecoming 2011! 1:30 p.m. Howl Zone: Join Lobo fans prior to the game in the Stadium West parking lot. 4:00 p.m. UNM Lobos vs. Texas State: Wear your favorite super-red Lobo shirt to help Super-Lobo Louie and SuperLobo Lucy gather the LOBO SPIRIT and cheer on the Lobos at University Stadium as they take on the Bobcats in the homecoming football game. Half-time festivities include the coronation of the homecoming king and queen. Discount tickets are available for $10. Call the UNM Alumni Relations Office, (505) 277-5808 or 800-258-6866, or order at unmalumni. com/homecoming. 6:00 p.m. UNM School of Medicine Annual Reunion: Flying High Dinner and Dance. SOM Alumni are invited to join the fun celebrating five decades of educating medical professionals. Graduate-era clothing or dressy; festive attire encouraged. Details: or contact Morris Albert,, (505) 272-3748. 7:00 p.m. Friends of Dance: “A Family Affair” Highlighting Broadway and Hollywood. Two performances (Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m.) at Carlisle Performance Space. The event is choreographed by UNM Alumni. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for students/children under 18; available at the ticket office. Contact: Kathleen Clawson,, (505) 266-0592.

Sunday, October 7 7:00 a.m. UNM School of Medicine Annual Reunion: Balloon Backyard Breakfast at a SOM alum’s North Valley home. Enjoy breakfast in comfort and style as balloons soar overhead. Special PCC hosts Dr. Art Kaufman and Dr. Scott and Toots Obenshain. Details: or contact Morris Albert,, (505) 272-3748. 11:00 a.m. Men’s Soccer Pre-Game Tailgate! If you didn’t get enough tailgating on Saturday, join fans and alumni at the UNM Soccer/Track complex prior to the 1:00 Lobos vs. University of Denver soccer game. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Lodging The official hotels for homecoming 2012 are listed below. Because homecoming falls on a Balloon Fiesta weekend, reservations must be made by the deadlines established by each hotel. Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd. SE, will offer a discount rate of $89/night plus tax based on single/ double occupancy. Call (505) 843-7000 for reservations; refer to the group “UNM Homecoming.” Deadline for this rate is September 6, 2012. Visit for information about the hotel. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1901 University Blvd. NE, will offer a discount rate for UNM Alumni for $99/night plus tax based on single/double occupancy. Call (505) 884-2500 for reservations; refer to the group “UNM Homecoming.” Deadline for this rate is September 7, 2012. For information about this hotel, go to and search for the Albuquerque location. The Fairfield Inn, 1760 Menaul Blvd. NE, will offer a complimentary continental breakfast. Rooms are available at $109/night plus tax based on single/double occupancy. Call (505) 889-4000 for reservations; refer to the group name

“UNM Homecoming.” Deadline for this rate is September 7, 2012. For information about the hotel, go to and search for the Albuquerque location. The Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque Airport, 1920 Yale Blvd. SE, will offer a discount rate for UNM alumni for $139/ night plus tax based on single/double occupancy, and includes breakfast sandwich, juice, or coffee for two. Call 800-321-2211 for reservations; refer to the group “UNM Homecoming.” Deadline for this rate is September 14, 2012. For information about the hotel, go to abqca-courtyard-albuquerque-airport.

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Rail Travel Information Amtrak services: New Mexico Rail Runner:

UNM Homecoming 2012 Order Form Questions? Call 800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866) or (505) 277-5808. Online registration also available at Last Name


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Homecoming 100 Club*




All-University Breakfast**




Alumni Tailgate Buffet




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Football Game: UNM vs. TSU $10


IMPORTANT NOTICE: All ticket orders received by September 21 will be mailed to you. Those received after that date will be placed in WILL CALL status and may be picked up at the Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall on the main campus during Homecoming Week, October 1-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Southwest Fiesta Tailgate in the Club Level of The Pit, on Saturday, October 6.

(Homecoming Group Discount)

Homecoming Poster

Please indicate if you are with a reunion group

Sandia Sunset by Arturo Chávez

*With this selection, you have a choice of  1 unsigned poster or  2 football tickets; please indicate here. **Ticketless event; name tags will be available at the door. Homecoming Merchandise

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Homecoming Poster: “Sandia Sunset” by Arturo Chávez, 36” x 24” 2012 Signed Limited Edition $50 each



Unsigned Poster

$35 each



Shipping and Handling

$6 per poster



For more information about Homecoming posters from previous years, please call the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808.

Homecoming Pins Total Amount Due MasterCard

 Visa #

$5 each




$ Exp.

Signature You may also send a check or money order (payable to the UNM Alumni Association) with this form to: UNM Alumni Relations Office, 1 University of New Mexico, MSC01-1160, Albuquerque, NM, 87131-0016. Reservations will not be accepted without payment in full. You can make reservations over the phone with MasterCard or Visa or online:

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