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WELCOME TO THE U N M A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N No dues! No fees! The UNM Young Alumni Association would like to welcome you at a

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ON THE COVER: In the spirit of independent Western women, Shana Gibson, ’01 BBA,

The Modern Cowgirl by Rachel Miller Shana Gibson’s clothing and jewelry business empowers Western women to express their independent spirit.


It Takes a Community... to Educate a Child by Michelle G. McRuiz Kara Bobroff launched the Native American Community Academy to give at-risk kids a college prep advantage.

designs clothes and jewelry for her online shop, Modern Cowgirl.


The Play Goes On! by Janice Myers Alumni playwrights see their plays come alive on stage.


A Brewing Business

X-tremely Good Care by Carolyn Gonzales X Game athletes are in the competent hands of Susan McGowen and her athletic-trainer students.

David Benyak, UNM Athletics Photo Services


Christian Horstmann



Spring 2010, Volume 29, Number 3, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO: David J. Schmidly, President; Karen A. Abraham, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations; Mary Conrad, Editor; Kelly Ketner, Echo Creative, Art Director. UNM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Ruth M. Schifani, President, Albuquerque; Steve Chreist, President Elect, Albuquerque; Gene Baca, Treasurer, Corrales; Judy Zanotti, Past President, Albuquerque; Monica Armenta, Albuquerque; Randy Royster, Albuquerque; Waneta Tuttle, Albuquerque; Kathie Winograd, Albuquerque. MIRAGE is published three times a year, in April, August, and December, 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, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001. Send all Album information to the attention of Margaret Weinrod. Send all changes of address to the attention of Records. Send all other correspondence to the attention of Mary Conrad. To comply with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, UNM provides this publication in alternative formats. If you have special needs and require an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Mary Conrad. Phone: 800-258-6866 (800-ALUM-UNM) or 505-277-5808. E-mail: Mary Conrad: or Web address:

Elizabeth Baker

by Steve Carr A bit of brew-ha-ha from the first (and now former) Chief Beer Officer, Scott Kerkmans.


aLBUm compiled by Margaret Weinrod.

Look for a friend on every page! Keep us posted!


ALBUM See what your friends are up to!


Strength from Differences A note from UNM President David J. Schmidly


UNM Links Happenings around campus.


12 D E V E L O P M E N T:

Imagination, Writ Large by Michelle G. McRuiz It’s hard to imagine a more fitting job for Toby Pugh than that of architect at Disney Imagineering!

Mirage was the title of the University of


The Right Stuff by Carolyn Gonzales Give Coach Jeff Nichols and Lobo fans credit for a huge spike in Lobo volleyball success.

New Mexico yearbook until its last edition in 1978. Since that time, the title was adopted by the alumni


magazine which continues to publish vignettes of UNM graduates.


Send your news to Margaret Weinrod, The University of New Mexico Alumni Association, MSC 01-1160, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131-0001 Better yet, email your news to Please include your middle name or initial! Fall (August) deadline: May 1 Winter (December) deadline: September 1 Spring (April) deadline: January 1

Congratulations to our brand new alumni!

Starr Jenkins, ’48 BA, ’73 PhD,, has published an adventure-memoir, More Than My Share (Merritt Starr Books). Starr is professor emeritus at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. Dale “Tuffy” Cooper, ’50 BS, and Norman McNew, ’51 BBA, were members of the UNM rodeo team that competed in the 1949 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. That year, Norman placed second in bareback bronc riding. He farmed in Bosque Farms, and later became real-estate administrator for Bernalillo County before retiring in Albuquerque. In 1950, Tuffy was the NIRA calf-roping champion. He now lives in Monument, New Mexico. Another member of the team was Jack Cargill, ’51 BBA, of Roswell, who won a fifth place ribbon in roping in the NIRA in 1951. Robert M. Ellis, ’50 BA, Albuquerque, a former UNM art professor, had a retrospective of his work at the Harwood Museum in Taos last fall. James R. Matthews, ’50 BS, Albuquerque, recently retired from his children’s dental practice. He now works part time as a clinical instructor at UNM’s School of Dental Hygiene. He is an avid reader and loves travel, anything to do with planes, kites, trains, autos, and his family. Herb H. Brunell Jr., ’55 BSEE,, started his photography studio in 1978 in Ruidoso where he does everything from personal to commercial photography. He has been involved in the Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts, the Ruidoso Arts Commission, the Photographic Society of Lincoln County, and the New Mexico Professional Photographer Association. He collects historic photographs of Lincoln County. Ken Hansen, ’55 BS, Greenwood Village, Colorado, has been selected as one of the 60 most influential people who have helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams

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It is my pleasure to welcome the new graduates of the University of New Mexico and to greet again our many thousands of alumni from every walk of life and every reach of the world. You’ll find in these pages that we are an eclectic bunch and therein lies our strength.



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WORKING TOGETHER: UNM President David Schmidly and and Staff Council president Elisha Allen, ‘97 BA, joined forces on behalf of the university at the Alumni Association reception for state legislators in Santa Fe earlier this year.

Over the past year, there has been much passionate discussion on campus about the meaning of shared governance, the wisest use of our resources, and the most appropriate ways to discharge our mission. The process exemplifies two of UNM’s core values in action –

everyone is able and welcome to exercise her or his freedom of speech as well as the diversity of opinion that is absolutely essential to a strong society, both on campus and in the larger community. We are moving forward, finding new ways to understand our differences and invite all of our talents to the table. We understand that we must engage in new conversations, entered into with respect and in the spirit of building unity. I ask our esteemed alumni to join the campus community and me in a renewed commitment to focusing on our mission and to nurturing authentic and collegial relationships with each other. This will be essential if we are to navigate effectively the challenges that still lie ahead. It will be an exciting journey as we investigate new ways to support a culture in which open and constructive sharing of aspirations and ideas becomes the norm.

UNMLINKS HONORS Presidential Honoree: Biology

professor Mary Anne Nelson was one of 22 individuals and organizations to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. President Barack Obama honored the recipients in a ceremony at the White House. cgi-bin/archives/004110.html#more American Studies Award: American

studies professor Vera Norwood received the American Studies Association Mary C. Turpie Award, given to a member of the profession who has demonstrated outstanding abilities and achievement in American Studies teaching, advising, and program development. Norwood chaired the UNM program from 1993-1999. cgi-bin/archives/004584.html#more Regents Professors: Several

UNM colleges have recently been appointed Regents Professors, in recognition of their accomplishments as teachers, scholars, and leaders in university affairs and in their scholarly communities. The College of Arts & Sciences appointed Linda Hall, history; Zachary Sharp, earth & planetary sciences; and Margaret Werner-Washburne, biology. The School of Engineering named Abhaya Datye, chemical & nuclear engineering. In addition, Christopher Mead, architecture and art history, was named Regents Professor. cgi-bin/archives/004008.html cgi-bin/archives/004577.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004402.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004532.html#more

Artist in Residence: Communication

and journalism professor Miguel Gandert, ’77 BUS, ’83 MA, has received the Artist-in-Residence Award from the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. He taught a seminar and presented a public lecture entitled “Dancing on Hard Ground: Reading History and Intercultural Relationships in the Rituals of New Mexico, Mexico, and Bolivia.”

aLBUm business over the past 60 years by International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine. Before establishing his private practice as an engineering consultant, he worked as a consultant for Schnabel Engineering and the Portland Cement Association. cgi-bin/archives/004364.html#more

GRANTS Stimulating Research: More than

$21 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants have been awarded to the UNM Health Sciences Center, including $19 million to the School of Medicine and the balance to the Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing. These stimulus funds add to the HSC’s record-breaking $137.5 million in research awards for fiscal year 2009. These recent NIH awards will enable HSC investigators to study new stroke and West Nile Virus therapies, new chemotherapy drugs, vaccines for bacterial infections, high blood pressure mechanisms, and more. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release &EntryID=8243 e-Science: The DataONE OFFICE, based within both the areas of the Vice President of Research and University Libraries, has been awarded $20 million by the National Science Foundation to support its scientific research activities for the next five years. cgi-bin/archives/004536.html#more

HERBERT SHILLINGBURG Herbert T. Shillingburg, ’59 BA, Edmond, Oklahoma, has asked the University of Oklahoma to rename the H.T. Shillingburg, DDS, Professorship in Fixed Prosthodontics, established in 2002. It will now be the Connie and Herbert Shillingburg, DDS, Chair in Fixed Prosthodontics, in loving memory of his wife, Connie, who died in June 2008. John Cordova, ’61 BS, is president of the Dennis Chavez Foundation, which recently contributed $100,000 to the UNM School of Law in order to establish the U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez Endowed Lectureship/Symposium on Law and Civil Rights. John owns Cordova Public Relations in Albuquerque. Richard Waggoner, ’62 BA, Roswell, New Mexico, has been inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame. An NMMI high school alumnus, Dick has been a principal in his own architectural firm for over 41 years, during which time he was responsible for more than 400 projects throughout the Southwest, including 40 for NMMI. Dick serves on the NMMI Foundation board of trustees. Charles Atkinson, ’63 BM, has been named Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Music at the Ohio State University in Columbus. In November, he concluded his term as the 36th President of the American Musicological Society. William T. MacPherson, ’63 BA, ’66 JD, Albuquerque, is a recipient of the UNM Law School’s Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring members of the New Mexico legal community for contributions to the state and the legal profession. He retired in 2002 after 32 years on the Law School faculty where he established the clinical law program and helped set up the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute. Dorothy Amsden, ’64 BA, Los Alamos, received the Dr. Allan and Leona Hurst Award of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. Her passion and expertise is Jewish genealogy.

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+MORe UNMLINKS NIH Grant: The biology department’s

Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology was recently awarded a five-year, $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources Centers for its Biomedical Research Excellence program. cgi-bin/archives/004355.html#more Business Ethics: The Anderson School of Management has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Daniels Fund to help further instill a high standard of ethics in students attending the school. cgi-bin/archives/004694.html#more

awarded more than $1.1 million in federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to establish a National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Center of Excellence. cgi-bin/archives/004606.html#more Women In Science: UNM was

recently awarded one of 14 grants to investigate the culture change needed to improve recruitment and retention of women in science. Funded by a $1 million grant by the National Institutes of Health, the study will be conducted over four years. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release &EntryID=8249

Minority Health Center: The Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM was

Outreach for Fresh Food: The Health

Sciences Center Office of the

Vice President for Community Health recently received a two-year, $400,000 grant from Kellogg Community Voices to develop a new outreach initiative to areas of New Mexico remote from food stores and sources of fresh fruits and vegetables. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release &EntryID=8301 Healthy Community: The UNM

Prevention Research Center has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children and families in Cuba, New Mexico. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release &EntryID=8373

R E F L E C T I O N : A fountain reflects the new UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center building, designed by Rohde

Christian Horstmann

May Keller McNamara (all UNM alumni) Architecture.



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aLBUm Latin American Energy Policy: Susan Tiano,

director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and Johann van Reenen, associate dean of research, science, and international initiatives for University Libraries, are the co-principal investigators on a four-year, $187,000 grant from the US Department of Education to collect and disseminate information about Latin American energy policy and related dialogue. cgi-bin/archives/004387.html#more

RESEARCH Drought Predictions: If records regarding periods of warming and cooling climate in the past are an accurate indication of weather patterns, then the southwestern United States is likely headed into a period of severe long-term drought. So say UNM researchers Yemane Asmerom and Victor Polyak, earth and planetary sciences, in the February issue of Nature Geoscience. cgi-bin/archives/004713.html#more Virtually Super: A collaboration among researchers at UNM, Northwestern University, and Sandia National Labs has resulted in the largest scale study ever done on an important part of the future of computing – the virtualization of parallel supercomputing systems. cgi-bin/archives/004706.html#more Alaskan Exposure: Anthropology

professor James Dixon has spent the last six years searching for evidence of early man among the retreating glaciers of Alaska. He says this research has only been possible because climate change is causing

ice that was frozen thousands of years ago to melt. Some of Dixon’s research was filmed last summer for a segment of National Geographic Television’s Naked Science, “Surviving Ancient Alaska.” cgi-bin/archives/004479.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004719.html#more Pertaining to Pertussis: Using

mathematical models, researchers at UNM and the University of Michigan have revealed that whooping cough (pertussis) immunity can last at least 30 years and perhaps as long as 70 years after natural infection. Once thought to be under control, whooping cough has been on the rise since the 1980s in the US and several other countries with high rates of routine pediatric immunization. cgi-bin/archives/004470.html#more Manipulating Bacteria: A single

bacterium can act alone, performing the same kinds of actions that a group normally does. The behavior of that bacterium can be manipulated at the cellular level. That’s the intriguing finding by a group of researchers from UNM, the Dartmouth Medical School, the New Mexico Veterans Health Care System, and Sandia National Laboratories. cgi-bin/archives/004604.html#more That’s Cool! Researchers at UNM have established a new low in temperature cooling through laser cooling of solids to cryogenic temperatures. A team led by physics and astronomy professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae created the first-ever all-solid-state cryocooler

Phillip E. Jordan, ’64 BA, Dallas, after 30 years of service with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is owner/manager of The Phil Jordan Group. He consults in international and domestic security issues and specializes in expert witness testimony on law enforcement issues. Neddy Vigil, ’65 BAED, is co-author of The Spanish Language of New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Vigil is a research professor of Spanish & Portuguese at UNM. Jay Higgins, ’66 BS, ’68 MS, Dallas, has been inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He has been the baseball coach at Lake Highlands since 1967. He played Lobo baseball and basketball 1961-65. Jay’s wife, Julie Dove Higgins, ’63 BA, was a UNM cheerleader for three years. Jeannie Mann Weiner, ’67 BSED, Bloomfield, Michigan, has published her debut novel, Santa Fe Sister, a study of adolescence in women. Henry M. Rivera, ’68 BA, ’73 JD, has been honored by the Federal Communications Bar Association for his contributions to the communications bar. He is a former FCC commissioner and past-president of the FCBA. His Washington, DC, practice focuses on counseling clients on FCC rules and counseling international clients on regulatory and political issues. John Bannerman, ’69 BA, ’72 JD and David Johnson, ’94 JD, have reorganized the Albuquerque law firm in which they have practiced as Bannerman & Johnson. Both have been selected to appear in the 2010 Southwest Super Lawyers and have been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. The firm represents a wide variety of clients in the health care industry. Lynn Barker, ’69 BA, North Hollywood, California, still writes for TV and film, and works with,, and Lynn is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West. Ron Curry, ’70 BA, is Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department. A longtime licensed private and commercial balloon pilot, Ron was recognized last fall for 30 years of service as the official pilot of Albuquerque’s KKOB-AM balloon. Julia Kay Gonzales Gabaldon, ’70 BA, ’77 MA, Albuquerque, is the founding CEO of New Mexico’s Quality Initiative, based on the Baldrige National Quality Program. Its purpose is to enhance New Mexico’s competitiveness. She describes the program as a template to lead and manage a high performing company or organization. Enrique Lamadrid, ’70 BA, and Rosalie Otero, ’77 MA, ’84 PhD, and Gabriel Meléndez, ’76 BA, ’79 MA, and ’84 PhD, are editors of Santa Fe Nativa: A Collection of Nuevomexicano Writing. All are UNM faculty: Enrique is chair of Spanish and Portuguese and director of Chicano/Hispano/Mexicano Studies.

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+MORe UNMLINKS (with temperatures that can only be obtained by liquefying gases and mechanical refrigerators) that can be used for applications ranging from cooling infrared sensors to superconducting electronics. cgi-bin/archives/004432.html#more

double national growth in online enrollment, recently reported at 17 percent. cgi-bin/archives/004726.html#more

research assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s neurosurgery department, studies the neuroscience of creativity. He notes that structural changes that occur in the aging brain may reveal insights into creativity as people get older.

60 for Law: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first graduating class at the UNM School of Law. To commemorate this anniversary, the school has announced the 60 for 60 project. A 60 for 60 book will bring attention to the role the school has played in New Mexico and nationally by honoring the 60 most influential people, changes, events, legislative breakthroughs, and accomplishments that have had an impact upon or originated at the School of Law. Nominate a Lobo law grad at:

of a 44 percent graduation rate after six years of classes at UNM, the university is enlisting parents to help students succeed. In addition to enrollment preparation, including parent orientation and freshman convocation, the university’s parent programming includes a Parent Relations Office with a parent liaison and the Parent Association. cgi-bin/archives/004636.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004693.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004441.html#more

Top 10: Look at the top 10 stories

60 for C & J: The communication

Rhodes Finalists: UNM students

in research at UNM from 2009.

and journalism department is 60 years old! During the week of April 9-17, a celebration featuring a speech tournament, career fair, and guest speakers will take place. There will be tours of the new building and a celebration dinner on April 17 at the SUB.

and Christopher Wright were selected as finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, among the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships. Feroze is an economics and biology major; Wright is a Portuguese and biology major. / 60th_anniversary.html cgi-bin/archives/004548.html cgi-bin/archives/004691.html#more Old and Creative Brains: Rex Jung,

CAMPUS NEWS Confirmed Regents: The New

Mexico Senate has confirmed the appointment of three UNM Regents. Gene Gallegos, Jamie Koch, and student-regent Emily “Cate” Wisdom were confirmed after lengthy hearings by the Senate Rules Committee. Business School Ranking: The

Anderson School of Management has shown significant leadership in integrating social, environmental, and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2009-10 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools. The Anderson School ranked 19th on the list of the Top 100 business schools. 10


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STUDENTS More and More Students: The 2010

spring semester saw 25,971 students enroll at the Albuquerque campus, a 7.42 percent increase over the same period last year. cgi-bin/archives/004712.html#more

Support for Parent Support: Because

Abdullah Feroze

U News: U NEWS is the first entirely student produced TV news show at UNM. The show covers issues students are talking about all over campus. p__NIRnLEsw


Cyber Students: UNM is experiencing

New Student Housing: The Board

unprecedented growth in online enrollment through Extended University. Student enrollment in online courses shot up 47 percent, from 1,492 in spring 2009 to 2,199 in spring 2010. That’s more than

of Regents unanimously approved the concept forwarded by American Campus Communities for development of an 864-bed student housing community on UNM’s south campus. The new

aLBUm student housing community will be located in the area south of Avenida Cesar Chavez, west of “The Pit,” and east of Interstate 25. Construction is expected to start late in the spring of 2010, and the community to be housing students starting in fall 2011.

Books of the Year. The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories: El arco iris desnudo y Otros Cuentos, a collection of bilingual folktales by Nasario García, ’62 BA, ’63 MA, and A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works by Leo Romero, ’94 BAA, ’00 MAA, made the list.

Named for Napolitano: The Board of Regents has unanimously named Phase II of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education the Leonard W. Napolitano PhD Anatomical Education Center. Napolitano was a founding faculty member of the School of Medicine, who served as dean from 1972 to 1993. cgi-bin/archives/004670.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004678.html#more Energy Star: The US Environmental Protection Agency has named UNM Hospital a winner of a prestigious ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR is the mark of superior energy performance and identifies UNMH as one of the most efficient buildings in the nation, preventing the release of greenhouse gases and protecting the environment. Climate Neutrality: The UNM

Carbon Neutral Task Force has plans to move the university towards climate neutrality by 2050, using more renewable energy sources, coupled with a commitment to increased sustainable building and occupancy practices. cgi-bin/archives/004686.html#more

MORE NEWS Must Reads: UNM Press has two titles among this year’s must-reads, as chosen by the Tucson-Pima County Public Library’s Southwest

TV Experience: Distinguished

Professor of History Paul Hutton appeared on the PBS program American Experience. The “Wyatt Earp” episode featured interviews with Hutton and other biographers and historians of the American West. cgi-bin/archives/004705.html#more Game-makers: Julie Sykes, assistant

professor of Spanish, and Chris Holden, ’00 BS, mathematician and assistant professor in University Honors, teamed up to create Mentira, a mobile game for iPhone and iPod Touch that takes language-learning out of the classroom and into the streets. Played entirely in Spanish, students solve a fictional mystery based on a real place – Los Griegos in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Visit UNM: The 2010 version of

the UNM Visitor’s Guide, designed and published by University Communication and Marketing, is now available. This free guide contains a compilation of information about UNM in one convenient booklet. cgi-bin/archives/004695.html#more

Rosalie is associate professor and director of University Honors. Gabriel is professor of American Studies. Alex Schauss, ’70 BA, ’73 MA, Tacoma, Washington, has received the Linus Pauling Lecture Award from the American College of the Advancement of Medicine for “contributions in the medical sciences.” He published his 21st book in 2008, Acai: An Extraordinary Antioxidant-rich Palm Fruit from the Amazon, and his 20th in 2006, Why Are Men Getting Pregnant? Ronald L. Stewart, ’70 PhD, has published two family history books pertaining to Stewart ancestry: John Stewart of Blandford, Massachusetts and his Descendants and Noble, Royal and Imperial Ancestry of David Stewart of Inverness, Scotland, and the First Stewart King of Scots - Robert II. David E. Stuart, ’70 MA, ’72 PhD, Albuquerque, "un-retired" and is working at the Pueblo of Sandia as its realty officer. Gordon Bronitsky, ’71 BA, Albuquerque, is working on a U.S. tour by Magne Ove Versi, a Sami rights pioneer and founder/director of the Galdu Resource Center for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Kautokeino, Norway ( Patrick Conroy, ’71 MATSP, Arcadia, California, president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the UNM Alumni Association, has established an ROTC scholarship at the UNM Foundation in memory of his cousin, Pvt. James W. Whalen, who died in World War II. E. Arnold Padilla, ’71 BUS, Albuquerque, has been promoted to vice president of business development by Heads Up Landscape Contractors. Myrna Valdez, ’71 BA, has joined Gannett Fleming as director of national transit planning and is based in Los Angeles. James W. Rogers Jr., ’72 BUS, Santa Fe, has been elected to the Anderson School of Management board of directors. Paula Tackett, ’72 BA, ’77 JD, Santa Fe, is a recipient of the 2009 UNM School of Law Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the state and the legal profession. Paula has been director of the Legislative Council Service for 21 years. Justin MacDevitt, ’73 BUS, Denver, is finishing up 30 years at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, where he worked as a switchboard operator. Joseph J. Lusczek Jr., ’74 MPA, Clayton, Ohio, has received the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aircraft Design Award in recognition of his four decades of outstanding contributions and leadership in design, analysis, and development of Air Force aircraft. Ricardo Maestas, ’74 BA, ’77 MA, has been named president of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He had been vice president at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

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If you’ve visited a Walt Disney resort recently, you probably didn’t notice the stamp of Toby’s work. But that’s exactly the point.


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Architect Toby Pugh loves the challenge of combining the technical with the fantastical at Disney Imagineering.


For Toby Pugh, ’80 MA, turning fantasy into reality for family entertainment is all in a day’s work. Toby is director of facilities standards and specifications at Walt Disney Imagineering, the arm of the Walt Disney Company responsible for master planning, creative development, design, engineering, and production. Walt Disney Imagineering has created Walt Disney theme parks and resorts in the United States, Europe, and Asia.



When Walt Disney Imagineering builds a new theme park or ride, Toby works with the design and construction teams to ensure that the structures meet the local government’s fire and building departments’ stringent safety standards. This is a challenging responsibility in any case, but particularly at Disney, where the concept of other-worldliness is famously pervasive and seamless. “We have these brilliant, creative minds coming up with ideas,” says Toby, who began working at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1996. “Part of my job is to say, ‘Great idea; let’s figure out how we’re going to do that.’” “The ride buildings get to be quite extraordinary,” he continues. “We’re taking people out of the world of today and into another place and time.” In fact, Toby opines that architecture is essentially about storytelling, regardless of the application. It is the very intricate process of creating a stage upon which a story will be told. JUST IMAGINEER! Toby Pugh, ‘80 March, figures out how to turn Disney ideas into reality.

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LaRge Whether designing a fantastic castle or an office building, Toby says architecture is “a massive problem in communication between a client with specific needs and time and budget constraints, and the construction team who has to get it all built and operating. … The architect is in the middle of this maelstrom, which is what makes the work of architecture so very exciting and compelling.”

The New Mexico Connection After graduating from Hobart College in upstate New York, where he grew up, Toby went into the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. During a leave, Toby visited his aunt in Taos; after his service in 1973 he returned to New Mexico to study architecture at UNM. He was intrigued by the then-unheard-of concept of sustainable design—a concept he saw illustrated in some Taos adobe houses. Toby received his master’s degree from the UNM School of Architecture and Planning in 1980. He has been

an annual donor to UNM since 2002, a testament to the “really valuable experience” he had as a graduate student.

Authenticity While the corporate culture of Disney supports extraordinary creativity, it also takes great pains to ensure its products and experiences are authentic. “Disney understands that its primary function is excellence in storytelling,” Toby says. “We work to make sure the storyline is accurate, consistent, and clearly stated. We make trips to the places being represented, if they exist, or create histories and vignettes of those places if they are imaginary. We keep testing the possible results against the background of the story being told to make sure the final product will communicate that story well – all the time paying close attention to safety and accessibility requirements.” Toby is currently working on an addition to a theme park in Anaheim. Building codes have changed since the Anaheim park was built in 1955. So this, like every project, involves building a new set of contract documents from the ground up while remaining faithful to the original concept and to the story line. “I love my job,” says Toby, who is married to Elizabeth Baker, a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “I’m having the time of my life.”

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aLBUm E. Dennis Martinez, ’74 BBA, has retired from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, as deputy director at NNSA Service Center, Albuquerque, after 32 years of service. He plans to continue to practice as a CPA in the Santa Fe area. Randy Jack Knudson, ’75 BA, ’80 JD, received the 2009 Distinguished Bar Service Award-Lawyer from the New Mexico State Bar. He practices in Portales, New Mexico. Prakash N. Chandras, ’76 MBA, San Francisco, is a practicing artist as well as a part time art instructor at community colleges in the area. His paintings in the style he calls “linearism” can be viewed at

VANESSA JONES-ERVIN Vanessa Jones-Ervin, ’77 BAED, is the newly appointed chair of Onslow Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She is a director of Coastal Bank and Trust and president/CEO of Carobell Health. Sammy Pacheco, ’77 JD, is retiring as Taos County Manager but plans to continue working, perhaps re-entering private practice. U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ’77 JD, Santa Fe/ Washington, DC, is recipient of the 2009 UNM School of Law Distinguished Achievement Award. Charlie Carrillo, ’78 BA, ’84 MA, ’96 PhD, has illustrated Shoes for the Santo Niño de Atocha (Rio Grande Books), a bilingual children’s book written by Peggy Pond Church in the 1930s but lost for almost 70 years. Louise Stiver, ’78 BA, ’91 MA, has received the New Mexico Association of Museum’s Hewitt Award. Louise is a retired senior curator of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Judith A. Wagner, ’78 BS, Albuquerque, received a 2010 New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards from the Samaritan Counseling Center, which provides professional psychological counseling and education in central New Mexico. Marvin L. Welborn, ’78 BA, after 27 years at the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Communication in Virginia, has retired to Charlottesville to pursue new endeavors. William F. Lang, ’79 BA, ’82 JD, has joined Eaton Law Office in Albuquerque as Of Counsel.

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Shana Gibson's fashion-design business targets the Western


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woman with an attitude.

Here is the secret of success in business: work hard,

embrace new ideas and new technologies, and never forget

who you are.

Shana Gibson, ’01 BBA, is living that out through Modern

Cowgirl, a clothing and jewelry business that empowers

Western women to express their adventurous, independent

spirit with high-fashion t-shirts and funky-chunky beaded necklaces and bracelets. She markets to 350 boutiques nationwide and directly to customers through her website,



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It’s About Attitude For most women, especially young women, clothing is not just a cover up; it is a statement of who they are and what they value. Shana’s most popular shirt design is printed with the manifesto: “I Ride My Own White Horse.” Modern Cowgirl is not about t-shirts; it’s about attitude. One customer wrote, “I do not feel the need to wait for my prince

C O W G I R L C R E AT I O N S : Shana Gibson, a former Miss Rodeo New Mexico, designs clothes and jewelry for independent Western women.



charming to ride up on his white horse; I do not need a hero to slay my dragons. I am my own hero, my own motivation, and my own reward.”

Reared on Rodeo The business is a mirror of Shana’s personality and interests. She grew up in the open spaces of Albuquerque’s North Valley, where she learned to ride horses at an early age. In 1998 she was named Miss Rodeo New Mexico, and spent a year promoting the sport of rodeo at events throughout the state. She also represented New Mexico in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, a multi-day competition of riding and public speaking. Miss Rodeo New Mexico spends the year of her reign as the state’s official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. As she traveled to rodeo events, Shana was intrigued by the attached trade shows, where local artists sold jewelry, t-shirts, and other western-themed merchandise. She thought these small businesspeople and artists deserved a larger audience.

Online Boutique Shana outlined her idea for an online portal for Western clothing and jewelry in a feasibility study she created for one of her classes in the UNM Anderson School of Management’s Entrepreneurial Studies program. Her professor encouraged her to enter the study in a national competition sponsored by the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Association. Her study took the award for Best Business Plan, and Modern Cowgirl was born in 1999. As the business evolved, she began

exclusively selling her own unique designs to fashion boutiques around the country. In the latest evolution of Modern Cowgirl, Shana has returned to her Internet roots. While fashion industry trade shows are still an important way to reach boutique owners, the economy has prevented many owners from traveling to them. Shana uses as a way to introduce boutique owners to her latest lines, and finds it is actually a better way to reach those decision-makers. “It’s hard at a trade show to explain the entire company and our philosophy to a new customer in a two-minute presentation,” she says. Through she can introduce her company history, philosophy, and product line. Customers can peruse the site at their leisure and get as much or as little information as they want to make their purchasing decisions. Boutique owners also use the website for wholesale ordering. Shana maintains a blog connected to called “The White Horse Project,” inspired by her popular t-shirt design. “As a wholesaler, we never get to talk to the end customer,” Shana says. “It’s a whole new avenue for community.” The feedback is very helpful for her, as well as for the boutique owners. Shana uses customer comments to make decisions about the product line and inspire new designs. Stacy Sacco, an adjunct professor at the UNM Anderson School of Management, says Shana has become a master at using technology to bring marketing to a new level. “I tell my students we need to put the ‘custom’ back in ‘customer,’” Sacco says. “That’s what Shana has done. She is very good at figuring out who her market is and how to connect with them.”

aLBUm Richard Melzer, ’79 PhD, Belen, New Mexico, received several New Mexico Book Awards for his Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest and his and Martha Melzer’s The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies in World War II. The latter also won the Caliente Award from Reading New Mexico and was a finalist in the National Best Book Awards. Richard is professor of history at UNM-Valencia and past-president of the New Mexico Historical Society. Rhys H. Williams, ’79 BA, is now professor and chair of the sociology department at Loyola University (Chicago ) where his wife, Kelly Moore, is an associate professor. He is also director of the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion. Cynthia D. Borrego, ’80 BSED, ’83 MPA, is serving as interim president of the local alumni chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in an effort to re-establish the chapter. She is also chair of the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association. She works for the City of Albuquerque as the redevelopment manager. Ben Allan Longwill, ’80 JD, has received the 2009 Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award for exemplary contributions providing legal assistance to people who cannot afford an attorney from the New Mexico State Bar. Ben practices in Las Cruces. Cindy E. McGill, ’80 BBA, Albuquerque, has been senior vice president of human resources at Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2008. Duane Scholer, ’80 BBA, Duane.Scholer@, is president of the Hualapai Mountain Medical Center in Kingman, Arizona. Patricia Bradley, ’81 JD, has joined the law office of George Giddens in Albuquerque. She has extensive experience in bankruptcy law. Selby Lucero, ’81 BAA, is the Rio Rancho Public School District’s new maintenance manager, responsible for the supervision of maintenance staff and projects of its 19 schools. D. Brett Newberry, ’81 BBA, Gallup, received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards banquet in December. Marilyn Carpenter, ’81 BAR, was named the New Mexico Elementary School PE Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Marilyn teaches at Los Ranchos Elementary. John O. Baxter, ’82 MA, ’94 PhD, Santa Fe, is author of Cowboy Park, Steer-Roping Contests on the Border. The Texas Tech Press publication is the story of rodeo’s Mexican proving ground and the legendary ropers who competed there. Patricia Bradley, ’81 JD, has joined the law office of George Giddens in Albuquerque. Dan Noyes, ’81 BAFA, had a solo show of prints at New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque last year. He designed a banner for Urban Forest Albuquerque, a public art program. He also enjoys being an Art in the Schools volunteer for APS.

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Kara Bobroff unites students, teachers, and elders in an innovative charter school


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but particularly for students who tend to fall through the cracks. By founding Native American Community Academy (NACA), Kara—who is also the school’s principal—has helped create a school

that epitomizes her educational vision and strategies, and is filling

a real community need for a curriculum that respects the culture,

language, and traditions of Native American kids.

Kara heard the first stirrings of NACA about ten years ago as a group of people began developing the idea of a charter school that would focus on Native Americans. Some of the murmurs came from educators in the community; others came from parents and members of the APS Council on Equity. Each group had different facets of the program it wanted to see emphasized. “A unique aspect of NACA is that it involves more than one perspective—it involves an entire community,” says Kara.

Rita M. Padilla-Gutierrez, ’82 MA, has been appointed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Land Grant Council, the first of its kind addressing the importance of land grants in New Mexico. Margaret Greenberg, ’83 MSN, ’97 PhD, Corrales, was honored as a Legend of Nursing at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards presented by UNM Hospitals in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession and her outstanding patient care and education. Since retiring, she has volunteered time and expertise to advance the status of nurses internationally.

Kara Bobroff is passionate about quality public education for all,

From the Beginning


NACA opened in 2006 with 100 students, adjacent to Wilson Middle School in Albuquerque’s southeast heights. The APS charter school review team recognized the school as an A+ charter, meeting or exceeding the state education standards while adhering to its distinctive focus. Kara worked hard to plug NACA throughout the community, and soon attracted many parents who were interested in sending their children there. She touted the top three advantages of the NACA curriculum: A college-prep focus,

P R I N C I P L E D P R I N C I P A L : Kara Bobroff leads by example at Albuquerque’s Native American Community Academy. She shares her beliefs in service, family, community, and a well-balanced life with her students.

David W. Dallas, ’84 BAED, was recently honored as Master Teacher-Elementary Subject Matter Outstanding Graduate Student by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence and the Teachers College at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Also, Dave’s research into elementary science instruction in New Mexico received the Graduate Student Research Award. He teaches at Oñate Elementary School in Albuquerque. Steven O. Gasser, ’84 BA, has joined Hanson Bridgett. He splits his time between the law firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Jim Lachner, ’84 BA, Lake Bluff, Ilinois, is a vice president and senior client partner at United Healthcare Group in Minneapolis. His 2010 work is aimed at helping physicians and hospitals implement an electronic medical records system. He recently received the Computer Sciences Corporation 2009 Healthcare Information Systems Technology Award for Physician Clinical Transformation. Marietta Leis, ’85 MA, ’88 MFA, Albuquerque, has had her work exhibited at in the “Women in Art” show curated by Carol Brode, director of the Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greenburg, Pennsylvania. Irma De La O Martinez, ’84 BBA, has been promoted by First Community Bank to senior vice president/mortgage manager in Albuquerque. Stephen Edward Parker, ’84 MA, Placitas, New Mexico, has joined Albuquerque’s Cross of Hope Lutheran Elementary School as principal. Richard J. Berry, ’85 BBA, was elected Mayor of Albuquerque last fall. Anna Voltura, ’85 BS, ’91 MD, has joined Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe as a specialist in oncological breast surgery and basic breast reconstruction. Sandra Begay-Campbell, ’86 ASPE, ’87 BSCE, has received the Ely S. Parker Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Sandra, who works at Sandia National Laboratories, has long been a role model for future generations of women and American Indians interested in science, math, engineering, and technology.

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respect for Native American culture and language, and generous individual attention both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, as a charter school within the APS system, NACA is tuition-free. Today, NACA has 270 students from sixth through tenth grade. The school will expand through 12th grade as the older students advance. (Because it is rapidly outgrowing its campus, a new building is being designed for a location near Avenida Cesar Chávez and University Boulevard.) The ratio of NACA students to teachers ranges from 22:1 to 10:1. NACA has 23 full-time teachers as well as a few part-time teachers and adjunct educators from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Students take all the typical courses: math, science, language arts, social studies, and physical education. They also tend a community garden, perform mandatory community service, and have the opportunity to learn Tewa, Navajo, and Lakota languages, as well as Spanish. NACA students benefit from an enthusiastic pool of volunteers who tutor after school, give guest lectures on everything from fine art to documentary-making, coach athletic teams, and more. NACA students recently participated in an exchange with a Jewish community school in Los Angeles. The UNM soccer team hosted a soccer clinic and gave NACA students a tour of the athletic facilities. Ten students from UNM’s Native American studies department work on a nutrition program for NACA students. Another group helps NACA organize its national powwow, which happens at the end of the year. 18


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In addition, NACA partners with UNM Tribal Service Corps and First Nations Community Healthsource to provide students with positive role models and experiences. NACA’s governing council, comprised of business, education, and health care leaders in Albuquerque, helps Kara guide the school.

Educational Destiny Kara herself began learning Navajo and Lakota while in college. She continues to learn at NACA. Her mother, who was from Rainah, west of Grants, was Navajo; her Lakota father hailed from South Dakota. But Kara “grew up New Mexican” with her adoptive parents in Albuquerque and attended APS. She says she knew since she was 19 that she would pursue professional education. “After the first week of my first job [working with troubled youths in a residential treatment center], I knew that was what I wanted to do,” she says. Kara earned a bachelor’s in education from UNM in 1992, a master’s in special education in 1995, and an education specialist degree in educational administration in 1996. She did her student teaching with “emotionally and behaviorally disturbed” kids at Washington Middle School. Her first post-graduate teaching job was at Jefferson Middle School, then Taft Middle School. Afterward, she taught for four years in Marin County, California, which she admits was “totally different” from APS. In 2005, Kara received a fellowship from Echoing Green for her leadership with NACA. Echoing Green is a nonprofit organization that provides seed funding and support to individuals

and organizations around the world for creating innovative social programs. Her recognition from Echoing Green in turn attracted the attention of the Obama administration. When President Obama opened the Office of Social Innovation in June 2009, Kara was one of 100 guests invited to attend a celebratory dinner at the White House. “It was an honor to be a part of all these organizations and visions that will influence others in the community,” Kara says. Despite the steady success Kara has achieved with NACA, she remains humble, grounded, and focused. Her biggest challenge has been learning how to work with the infrastructure of the school system to see an idea blossom into reality. “Sometimes there are things you think will be done in a week and they take two months,” she says. In Kara’s view, quality education hinges upon teachers who have strong relationships with their students and who possess creativity, intelligence, responsibility, experience, and an understanding of the students’ development. A teacher also needs a strong sense of self, both from her worldly experience and from her value system. Kara herself fits this description. She doesn’t harbor grand personal dreams, preferring to keep things simple. She believes in “being of service to others; having strong connection to friends and family; being a happy and healthy person; and having a sense of balance.” The school she founded and the students who attend it exemplify the same values.

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aLBUm Cliff Gravel, ’86 BSED, recently wrapped

speaking performances in the feature movies On the Border and The Incredible Voyage of Captain Hook, along with the webisode Waiting Room-Romance. All three were shot in New Mexico. Cliff works as a "standardized patient" for the UNM Medical School. Loretta Cordova de Ortega, ’87 MD, has been honored with the Healthcare Leadership Award by the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association. Loretta is chair of the UNM Hospital department of pediatrics. Leah Neel Jewell, ’87 BA, Ridgewood, New Jersey, has been appointed president of the health science and careers division of Pearson’s Professional and Career business. She and her debate partner, Houston attorney Michael John Stanley, ’87 BA, took second in the nation at the National Tournament of the Cross-Examination Debate Association in 2009. Stephen W. McKernan, ’87 MA, has received the Friend of Nursing Award at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards. Steve is CEO of the University of New Mexico Hospitals. Carmella Padilla, ’87 BA, was among eight New Mexico artists and arts supporters to receive a 2009 Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of their work. She is an award- winning author and editor who has written extensively about the Hispano art, culture, and history of New Mexico. Scott E. Turner, ’88 BA, ’92 JD, of Albuquerque, is now certified as a specialist in real estate law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization. Mark S. “Butch” Gelband, ’89 BBA, Franklin, Tennessee, was recently promoted to director of planning at Nashville International Airport. He is responsible for aircraft noise abatement, facility planning, the integrity of airport airspace and approaches, federal and state funding, and environmental compliance. Michael Gallegos, ’90 BUS, La Jolla, California, has been elected to the board of directors of the Hispanic Hotel Owners Association. Michael is president and CEO of American Property Management. Gayle Williams, ’90 MA, recently accepted a position at Florida International University in Miami as Latin American and Caribbean studies librarian. She is also directing a grant to build a digital library of Caribbean materials. Patricia Boyle, ’91 MS, has received the UNM College of Nursing 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Belen resident is executive director of the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, a non-profit organization dedicated to nursing education and practice, and to maintaining a strong nursing workforce in New Mexico.

David Dericotte, ’92 BSCHE, ’97 MS, ’08 MBA, Albuquerque, has been hired by Mechtronic Solutions as director of business development.

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Graduates of the UNM drama-writing program see their work go from


When faced with an insurmountable problem, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney would “turn that frown upside down” and exclaim, “Let’s put on a show!” The plucky youngsters then conjured up


C H A R A C T E R : A bridge sets the scene and plays a pivotal role in Kamarie

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a venue, a script, sets, costumes, and music, and the resulting production handily raised the money/inspired the locals/saved the town/insert insurmountable problem here. If only real life were like the movies.

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paper to stage.

ROFILe ON Actually, in some respects, UNM’s department of theatre and dance is. Undergrads lucky enough to be accepted into the department enjoy an extraordinarily cohesive learning experience. Theater design students coordinate lighting and design sets. Would-be wardrobe masters coax old costumes into whatever attire is currently required. Property-mistress wannabes scour second-hand shops for props not already on hand. Aspiring actors acquire a taste for applause while breathing life into words on a page. And all this happens on a shoestring budget.

Behind the Scenes None of the above would be possible, of course, without the efforts of the Prime Mover—the student playwright. According to Elaine Avila, the associate professor of theater who heads UNM’s dramatic writing program, “It’s the playwright’s job to inspire a whole group of people, to create a blueprint for an entire world.” MFA candidates in dramatic writing get lots of personal attention, considering that the program accepts only three students each year. Avila, who also holds the Robert Hartung Endowed Chair, and Jim Linnell, dean of Fine Arts, ensure that the program is chock-full of rich experiences, personal contact with professionals, opportunities to submit their work for national awards, and exposure to a variety of theatrical outlets.

“And,” says Kamarie Chapman, ’09 MFA, “UNM guarantees that your play will be produced.” She’s referring to the annual Words Afire Festival.

Backdrop Avila, who has been at UNM for about two-and-a-half years, was a shot in the arm for a program that was already highly regarded among those in the know. A playwright, director, and actor herself, she went from graduate work at California Institute for the Arts to acting, producing, and running theater companies in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Soon after her arrival, Avila and Linnell began to raise funds for established directors to come to UNM and direct students’ plays. “It takes some of the anxiety out of making the leap from school to the professional world,” says Avila. “The students realize that they are not meeting legends, but real people.” Avila knows what she is talking about: because of connections she made in graduate school, her own award-winning plays have recently premiered in London and New York. Avila’s work bringing in professional directors for the MFA playwrights (and all other UNM students who work on the festival) is intended to help the playwrights launch their careers. And it is having amazing results. UNM writers are now getting produced all over the United States.

aLBUm Jon Hunner, ’92 MA, ’96 PhD, received a New Mexico Book award in the anthology category for Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy. Jon is professor of history and directs the public history program at NMSU. Lisa Stewart, ’92 BA, ’96 MA, was recently honored by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning for her expert leadership and direction as the ten-year administrator of the school. John Trujillo, ’92 BA, has accepted a position at the University of Houston Conrad Hilton College where he is responsible for implementing a leadership development program giving students the opportunity to obtain quality work experience at the on-campus Hilton Hotel. Hans Voss, ’92 BA, ’94 MA, ’98 JD, is 2010 vice president of the New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners, the governing board of the State Bar. Voss practices law in Las Cruces. Lawrence Keith Bandoni, ’93 BBA, CCIM, Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate, has been elected to the Anderson School of Management foundation board of directors. Gayle Diné Chacon, ’93 MD, Corrales, is director of the Center for Native American Health at UNM. Robert H. Davidson, ’93 BA, owns the advertising design firm Davidson & Belluso in Phoenix, which recently received five certificates of excellence from the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards. Julia T. Abeyta, ’93 MA, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Julia is director of American Indian Affairs at Northern New Mexico College in Española, where she is involved in student recruitment and assists Native American students in the transition from high school to college. Tyla Fernandez-Armstrong, ’94 BAED, was featured in the Printing Impressions article “20 Rising Stars Under 40.” Tyla is vice president of administration and finance at Albuquerque Printing Company. Sally L. Harris, ’94 MD, has opened Sandia Neurology in Albuquerque where she offers general neurology consultation, diagnosis, treatment, and continued management. David Johnson, ’94 JD, and John Bannerman, ’69 BA, ’72 JD, have reorganized the law firm in which they have practiced and renamed it Bannerman & Johnson. See John’s entry above. Bernadette M. Castillo, ’95 BA, ’97 MA, of McAllen, Texas, is the director of secondary programs for IDEA Public Schools, a group of top-performing charter schools in the Rio Grande Valley. Nicolasa Chavez, ’95 BA, ’01, just published a Century of Masters to coincide with the exhibit of the same name at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The publication recognizes the National Endowment for the Arts awardees from New Mexico,

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C O M E D I C A C T I O N : The sisters of Mu Nu Delta are desperate to win the year’s Greek Sing with their original dance routine in Greek Row Tragedy, by Casey Mraz.

S A D S O U L S : The ghostly Moon Sisters serve as a Greek chorus in Kamarie Chapman’s Deception Pass.

Greek Row Tragedy

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Deception Pass

P L A Y W R I G H T :

Terry Gomez

Terry Gomez, ’08 MFA, wrote Carbon Black, which was produced at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles last November. The production was part of the museum’s Native Voices series, dedicated to “the development and production of new works for the stage by Native American and First Nations playwrights.” Carbon Black is a psychological drama. Carbon “Inky” Black is the precocious son of an agoraphobic mother, and their relationship forms the nexus of the play. When Inky claims to have witnessed a murder, his mother refuses to believe him. The play explores fear, the bloated and misleading media coverage of crime, and the emotional ramifications of that sensationalism on the Blacks and, by extension, society. Terry’s script also addresses the ineffectiveness of some well-meaning attempts to intervene and the struggles of Inky’s young Native guidance counselor with the cold and uncaring principal. 22


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“Many of the issues I address are universal issues, but as a Native I address them in different ways than the general public,” Terry says. “I feel that it is a common misconception of us: because we are the ’other’ we are not quite the same as every other man/woman. In some ways we are similar to every other citizen, but we are indigenous people. We are the descendants of the survivors of the Native American holocaust in this country, and that defines a large part of who we are.” Terry feels she has a responsibility to represent her culture. “I don’t claim to speak for any other Native than myself. Like any other artist, I have my own vision. But I think I bring to the table issues that are important to us.”

P L A Y W R I G H T :

Kamarie Chapman

The fact that many of her classmates were exploring cultural and ethnic issues at first left Kamarie Chapman, ’09 MFA, who describes herself as “about as white bread as you can get,” struggling to find her voice. Ultimately,

however, she realized that her hometown—Bellingham, Washington— has its own unique sort of culture. “Most of Bellingham is a naval base,” she says. “I was born there because both of my grandfathers were in the Navy.” Bellingham is the last major U.S. city before the Canadian border, about 90 miles north of Seattle. Kamarie’s play, Deception Pass, unfolds before the cantilever truss Deception Pass Bridge, which links three neighboring islands near Bellingham. It spans the turbulent waterway known as Deception Pass. “I hate to go over that bridge,” says Kamarie. “It’s only two lanes and I’ve actually seen children get killed in traffic there.” Deception Pass itself has a checkered history. In the mid-19th century, Chinese immigrants were ferried across the treacherous currents to be sold into slavery. To represent those poor souls, Kamarie created the Moon sisters, a pair of ghosts who serve as a Greek chorus. “The setting for the play is the bridge, which becomes almost a character itself.

D R E A M - S E E K E R : Casey Mraz’s Rosario and the Bull is an adaptation of a New Mexico based story written by his dad.

aLBUm including Charlie Carrillo, ’78 BA, ’84 MA, ’96 PhD, and Irvin Trujillo, ’79 BSCE. The book was a winner in its category at the recent New Mexico Book Awards. Jill Guthmiller, ’95 BA, Albuquerque, has been promoted by Bank of West to vice president of business development. She has 20 years’ experience in health plan operations. Brett M. Wendt, ’95 BA, has joined Lindquist & Vennum’s Denver office as a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation group.

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Casey Mraz

Christopher M. Pacheco, ’96 JD, a shareholder with the law firm of Lastrapes, Spangler & Pacheco in Rio Rancho has been recognized in the 2010 Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of real estate Law.

And the unchanging background makes it possible for the action of skip around in time, so it’s okay for it to be 1955,” she says. Kamarie scored big at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. At the 2008 Festival, she won two awards for Deception Pass.

P L A Y W R I G H T :

Casey Mraz

Casey Mraz, ’05 BUS, ’09 MFA, is a Native New Mexican from a creative— and obviously fun—family. “In middle school and high school I would write, direct, and film movies with my father, sister, and cousins,” he says. “So when I got to UNM, I started taking classes in the media arts and theatre arts departments in hopes of making films or writing plays.” Many of Casey’s works are comedies, such as Greek Row Tragedy, an adaptation of Euripides’s play The Bacchae. Casey’s version takes place during Greek Week at the University, where the sisters of the Mu Nu Delta Sorority House are running out of time to create a dance routine for the Greek Sing Showcase (spoiler alert: there is

Rosario and the Bull

Lee Michael Paul, ’96 BS, ’09 BSN, Albuquerque, received the Outstanding Nursing Student award from the UNM College of Nursing last fall. Roann G. Sexson, ’96 BS, senior vice president of operations at ABQ Health Partners, has been promoted to team member.

much arguing about the appropriate use of “jazz hands”). Desperate to win this year’s Greek Sing, the protagonist, Amanda, decides to seek a legendary god-like dance instructor, Dean Isos (Dionysos), whom she once studied under as a young girl. The action unfolds in typical tragic Greek fashion, with plenty of revenge, violence, and sly gibes at the superficial world of some sororities and fraternities. Casey’s comedic play Rosario and the Bull is adapted from a New Mexico-based story written by his father, David Mraz. When the play was produced, they took the show on the road, touring it among 12 different APS schools. “It was an extraordinary experience to bring the show to these kids [most of whom had never witnessed a live performance before],” says Casey. “They loved it! After the show they wanted to know about everything— the actors, costumes, masks, sets, props, etc. I thought to myself, ‘This is what it’s all about.’”

Holly Shumas, ’96 BA,, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. Her second novel, Love and Other Natural Disasters, was published last year and was recommended by Working Mother and Parenting magazines. Charlie Zdravesky, ’96 BUS, retired from KUNM-FM last summer after 31 years hosting the Saturday night “Hot Lix” program. Lorelei MacKinnon, ’97 BAFA, ’06 MBA, is now a marketing specialist in the sales and communications division at Daniel B. Stephens & Associates in Albuquerque. Treveston Elliott, ’98 BAA, ’03 MARCH, has gone public with Treveston Elliott Architect. He is architect of record for the Elements Townhomes in Albuquerque. Kimberlee Manning-Maestas, ’98 BSN, ’04 MSN, received a 2009 Nursing Excellence Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice. She is a vascular surgery mid-level provider at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, Albuquerque. Sean White, ’98 BSCE, has joined Kiewit New Mexico in Albuquerque as business development manager. Sandra Duran Wilson, ’98 BA, Santa Fe, is co-author with Darlene Olivia McElroy of Image Transfer Workshop, now in its 2nd printing. Her paintings, mostly small work, are available from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops at Tamara Dunham, ’99 BSED, ’05 MA, has won the Milken Family Foundation Award – “the Oscar of teaching” – of $25,000. Tamara has taught at Van Buren Middle School in Albuquerque for ten years. William G. Gilchrist, ’99 BA, and Bryan Davis, ’98 BA, ’02 JD, have started the law firm of Davis & Gilchrist. His practice focuses on civil litigation.

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R E A L I T Y C H E C K : Perla de Luna, by Leonard Madrid, explores the power of the unconscious to solve inner conflicts.

P L A Y W R I G H T :

Patricia Crespin

Last year, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, based in Santa Ana, California, produced The Medea Complex, a play written by Patricia Crespin, ’09 MFA. The play ran from last October 30 through November 21, in honor of the Day of the Dead. The Media Complex is a loose adaptation of Euripides’s Medea. While many playwrights have used the story of Medea as a launching point for their own interpretations, Patricia’s has a Latina twist.

Luke Olson

Perla de Luna

Transformation Rosario and the Bull was recently published by Heuer Publishing. “I’ve enjoyed such success with the production and publication of Rosario and the Bull that I’m adapting another one of my dad’s stories for the stage,” Casey says. He is also currently writing his first young adult novel.

Anyone with a soul will tell you that going to a play is magic. It’s stepping through time and space, a three-dimensional foray into the imaginings of playwright, producer, actors, and designers. And while the stage, by its very nature, has a limited audience, the nimble playwright can turn her or his opus into a screenplay (small screen or big) that really reaches the masses. And that provides a whole lot of upturned thumbs.

the Latino Playwriting Award at the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, will be the final production in Teatro Visión’s current season. Teatro Visión is a Chicano theater in San Francisco’s Bay area, the mission of which is to “celebrate culture, nurture community and inspire vision,” thereby inspiring people to “feel, think, and act to create a better world.”

P L A Y W R I G H T :

Leonard Madrid

Perla de Luna by Leonard Madrid, ’08 MFA, a three-time winner of














Words Afire Festival of New Plays runs April 23 through May 2. For further information, please see Tickets are available at UNM Ticket Offices. Call 505-925-5858, or online at Reception Honoring Digby Wolfe, a former holder of the Robert Hartung Chair in Dramatic Writing Friday, April 30 | 6 p.m. | Experimental Theatre Free to all. Digby Wolfe’s former students are especially encouraged to come back.



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Looking for some

understanding ?

At UNM Alumni chapters, you’ll find others who know • what red or green? means

• that mud walls can be beautiful • just how turquoise a sky can be

• that a hole in the ground can be a basketball arena

• that mountains really do turn pink • what a Lobo is!

Our 15 regional chapters provide opportunities for alumni to stay connected with UNM, meet and get together with other alumni living in their geographic areas, and give back to the university and to their communities.

aLBUm Kristle Kugler, ’99 BA, teaches a Zumba class at CSP Dance Studios in Albuquerque. Julie Lucero, ’99 BS, ’03 MPH, has been selected a 2009-2010 Graduate Fellow by the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM. Dalinda L. Martinez, ’99 BA, ’02 MA, Harlingen, Texas, is the regional director of admissions for the University of Texas at Austin. She is responsible for recruitment in the Rio Grande Valley. Cynthia Louise Caton Smith, ’99 MA, has taught elementary education in Brooksville, Florida for ten years. Last year she received the Superintendent’s and Hernando County School Board’s Excellence Award. Jacob Caldwell, ’00 JD, has accepted a position as assistant county attorney in Taos. He was with the Natelson law firm more than nine years. Shawn Flanigan, ’00 BA, ’02 MPA, is author of For the Love of God: NGOs and Religious Identity in a Violent World (Kumarian Press, 2009). Shawn teaches public affairs at San Diego State University. Sarah Atlee, ’01 BAFA, Norman, Oklahoma, has been chosen an Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellow. Violeta Bolaños, ’01 BS, ’04 MS, is now the quality and performance improvement project manager at the New Mexico Medical Review Association in Albuquerque. Jennifer Antoiniette Facio, ’01 BAA, ’06 MARCH, has been promoted from architectural intern to associate at SMPC Architects in Albuquerque. Mona Abousleman, ’02 MD, has joined Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe as a family practice physician. Jaime Barnes, ’02 MS, ’06 PhD, has been recognized by the Geological Society of America, which presented her with the 2009 Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award. The award recognizes a woman whose PhD research has had a major impact on the geosciences. Kip Toddington Fletcher, ’02 BFA, Oregon City, Oregon, is creative design director for the Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Galleries. He won the Benny Award for graphic design from Premier Print Awards, the printing industry’s oldest and largest worldwide graphic arts competition. Alisa Paviakovich Giron, ’02 BAA, ’04 MARCH, has been hired by The Hartman + Majewski Design Group in Albuquerque as an architectural intern. She will work on projects for the New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Mexico General Services Administration.

Andrés Calderón, ’03 MBA, Dallas, collaborated on the recently released tenth audit report at the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General, where he is a program analyst. The report found that the EPA did not properly monitor costs paid for equipment during its responses to Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

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Former Chief Beer Officer (CBO) and current craft consultant,

courtesy Scott Kerkmans

Scott Kerkmans knows beer.


Where there were once eight breweries, there are now more than 1,500 in an industry that has seen phenomenal growth over the past 30 years. The beer brewing revolution began in the 1980s when brewers began emerging with a passion and vision – to serve their communities a taste of full flavored beer and old World traditions.

O N A S S I G N M E N T:

Today, they are called Craft Brewers and they account for an

Scott Kerkmans puts the


Brooklyn Brewery’s product

industry-wide annual volume of nearly $6.3 billion, according

to the test.

to the Brewers Association.


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Chief Brewing Officer Enter Scott Kerkmans, a 2003 Anderson School of Management graduate. Scott currently operates his own craft-brewing consulting business, Nazdar, and writes for numerous publications including Wine Enthusiast, Taps, and several others.

Interestingly, Nazdar is a word borrowed from the Czech Republic and is similar in meaning to “cheers” in the U.S. Before beginning his consulting business, Scott was the chief beer officer (CBO) – maybe the first person ever with that title – for the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel brand. Sure, you’ve heard of chief executive officers and chier financial officers – but a chief beer officer? Some 7,800 people applied for the position! As CBO, Scott made sure Sheraton Hotels – nearly 140 around the globe – had a wide range of beer, from drafts to bottled brands, craft, and import, for guests to choose from. The three-month long position turned out to be such a success that it wound up lasting three years, ending in December 2009. “I would travel all over the world for Four Points to find the best beers for the hotel as part of its Best Brews program,” says Scott. “I traveled to Puerto Rico, Oktoberfest (Germany), China, Australia, Canada, and all over the U.S., hosting beer dinners for guests.”

CBO Ingredients Scott got his start at Kelly’s Brew Pub in Albuquerque, where his brother was a bartender. “I was still a student

aLBUm Cynthia J. Martinez, ’03 BSN, received an excellence in Nurse Management/Emerging Leadership award at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards presented by Presbyterian Heathcare Services in Albuquerque. Ursulita Trujillo, ’03 AABA, ’05 BUS, is now a records specialist in the New Mexico State University Carlsbad business office. David Lynn Trumpower, ’03 PhD, Silver Springs, Maryland, of ARGUS Investment Realty, has been elected to the Anderson School of Management board of directors. He lives in Silver Springs, Maryland. Valoree J. Newton, ’04 BS, Farmington, New Mexico, is working full time at both Presbyterian Medical Services and Pinon Hills Dental. She is president of her local (Tres Rios) professional group and a member of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Assocation board of trustees. She has also been a delegate to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. This year she lobbied on Capitol Hill to “Put Teeth in Healthcare Reform.” Jeremy Douglas Nelson, ’04 BUS, sells commercial real estate at Grubb & Ellis in Albuquerque where he was Rookie of the Year. Carol E. Briney, ’05 BAFA, is executive director of Reentry Bridge Network, a partner of Goodwill Community Campus, which has opened the RBM art gallery, performing arts, and community outreach center in Canton, Ohio. RBN works to create smooth transitions for prisoners and ex-prisoners into the community in order to reduce recidivism. Joe Crelier, ’05 BUS, Albuquerque, is participating in an Ironman triathlon in June to raise money for the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation ( John Foster, ’05 MBA, has opened a Farm Bureau Financial Services agency in Albuquerque where he specializes in personal automobile and home insurance, as well as commercial insurance. John N. Varoz, ’05 BBA, is now a wholesale account executive at Charter Mortgage in Albuquerque. Daniel Alsup, ’06 BA, ’09 JD, is a new associate at the Modrall Sperling law firm in Albuquerque, in the litigation and transactions departments. Zachary Cormier, ’06 BBA, has joined the Modrall Sperling law firm in Albuquerque as an associate in the litigation department. Jennifer Landau, ’06 JD, ’06 MA, is a staff attorney at Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services in Albuquerque. She is adjunct faculty at UNM School of Law, providing clinical training to rookie attorneys interested in understanding and practicing immigration law. Justin J. Solimon, ’06 JD, has joined the law firm of Wiggins, Williams & Wiggins in Albuquerque. Amara Bustos Aaron, ’07 JD, and Scott Aaron, ’07 JD, have opened their law firm, Aaron & Aaron, in Albuquerque with an

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Beer Basics Scott says it’s easy to start breaking down beer by components, including aroma and how your mouth feels after drinking it, but there’s really one main element to a good beer – if it makes you want to open up another. As with wine, there are certain occasions where you’d want to have a certain type of beer. “The most important thing you want to consider is the intensity,” Scott explains, “of the beer and the food. You don’t want one to overpower the other.” Scott recommends lighter brews for seafood and something a bit more flavorful for heartier dishes. “A Belgian white beer for most lighter seafood is good. For darker meats such as wild



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at UNM when I got an interview as a brewer,” recalls Scott, whose brother bought him his first home brewing kit. “I became a home brewer for a couple of months and I worked my way up to head brewer for three years. Somewhere therein I realized this was the career path I wanted to pursue.” Scott has seen the industry both as a brewer and as a distributor. He spent some time working for the Alaskan Brewing Company, and also for Crescent Crown, a distributor in Phoenix, before taking the CBO position for Sheraton. Surprisingly, Scott doesn’t drink a lot of beer. “I have lots of samples,” he says, “but I rarely finish a whole beer. Samples are enough to determine if beer is good in the first place. Unlike sampling wine, you have to drink beer. You can’t spit it out. There’s a lot of hop flavor so you really need to swallow it to get the full flavor of a beer.”

J U S T E N J O Y I T ! Sometimes a beer is just a beer. Scott Kerkmans downs a cold brew.

game, roasts, and dishes of that nature, you’re going to want something with a lot of flavor, maybe a smoked beer or hearty brown ale. “Every beer goes with a different situation. If I’m having a hearty meal in winter I’m going to want something heavier. If I’m at a baseball game, I want something a little lighter. I don’t have any set preferences. I’ll drink just about any beer. I think all beer has its place. I’m not stuck up in my tastes.”

Beer Tales Still, Scott has had bad beer on occasion. “It happens,” he says, adding that bad beer has to have something technically wrong with it – it has a bacteria infection, it isn’t carbonated, or it is served in a green or clear bottle. “I don’t like the flavor when a beer gets lightstruck in a green or clear bottle,” Scott says. “You get skunky beer when a certain wavelength of light hits the beer. It chemically changes some of the components to the compound 3-Methyl-2-Butene-1-Thiol. That’s actually the same compound that skunks use when they spray for protection.”

One of his more memorable brews comes from the days when he first started home brewing. “My first home brew… was good enough to encourage me to continue brewing,” he says. “My friend and I called it ‘Isis,’ for the Egyptian goddess for alcohol and fertility.”

The Local Brew Scott, who currently lives in Denver because it’s a hotspot for craft brewers and a great place for his business, still finds time to brew his own beer. “It’s quite easy to get into home brewing,” he says. “It can get very technical or can be quite simple. The best thing to do is to find a home brew spot and tell them what kind you want to make and they’ll set you up. Follow the recipe though. That’s probably my advice for the first-time home-brewers. Eventually, the great thing about beer is that you can always add another ingredient and make it different – from coffee to chocolate to fresh blueberries.” One area of specialty in Scott’s consulting business is recipe formulation. “Nazdar comes in and we help brewers define their recipes and set them apart from their competition,” says Scott. That helps more craft brewers stay in the business of brewing beer. And for beer drinkers, that’s good news. “The most important thing I like to tell people is to support your local brewer,” Scott says. “The more we support these brewers, the more (good) beer is available to all of us.”

Are you

involved ?

At the UNM Young Alumni Association, you can be.

aLBUm emphasis on criminal, immigration, and probate law. Katherine Chase, ’07 BAA, ’09 MACCT, is now a staff accountant in the assurance department at Meyners & Company in Albuquerque. Andrew A. Sloan, ’07 BBA, Rio Rancho, has joined Anakam as a senior consultant where he will draw upon his years of federal and state public service to provide government clients with secure information-sharing solutions. Ryan Thorpe, ’07 BBA, has been promoted to audit senior at Pulakos CPAs in Albuquerque where he is now responsible for planning and performing audits, reviews, and compilations for private-sector and non-profit clients.

• professional development • social activities • community service • networking opportunities

For Lobos who graduated within the past 10 years.

AMANDA DAVIS Amanda Davis, ’08 BA, is now a staff accountant with Pulakos CPAs in Albuquerque where she is responsible for preparing individual and corporate tax returns. Nichole Gerardo, ’08 BA, has been promoted to marketing coordinator for Edi House Productions in Rio Rancho. Paul L. Hooper, ’08 MS, is among the authors of a paper published in the journal Science, “Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and the Dynamics of Inequality in Small Scale Societies,” based on research with UNM anthropology professor Hilliard Kaplan. Christopher Parchert, ’08 BSEE, has received a prestigious teaching fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, a national advocate for improving the quality of science and mathematics education. The $150,000 five-year fellowship provides early career teachers with financial and professional development support. Marshall Ray, ’08 JD, has joined the Albuquerque office of Lewis and Roca as an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group.

Gabi Rojas, ’08 BA, a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, is on the covers of Arthritis Today Magazine and Dance Magazine. She recently appeared on the cover of Mirage as well. Francisco Romero, ’08 BBA, has joined Burt & Co. CPAs in Albuquerque as a staff accountant.

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The director of sports medicine for ESPN's X Games, Susan McGowen, also heads the athletic training education program at UNM.

Susan McGowen, ’02 PhD-sports administration, is a time-release capsule: deceivingly small, but packed with energy ready to emerge at a moment’s notice. Even her hair doesn’t relax – standing like a sentry in the guard tower.

an injury at the Winter X Games.

She needs all that energy. Susan heads up UNM’s athletic training education program within the College of Education’s department of health, education, and sport sciences, while serving as director of sports medicine for ESPN’s X Games. Susan has more letters following her name than Dear Abby has in her mailbox. PhD – we covered that. EMT – okay, we know that from watching “ER.” ATC stands for athletic training certified, and LAT is licensed athletic trainer.

X-actly What Happens Susan recently returned from ten days at the Winter X Games in 30

I N S A F E H A N D S : Susan McGowen, left, directs her emergency


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Aspen, Colorado, where she and her 30-member medical team provided care for the 300+ athletes competing in skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and even events for adaptive athletes – those with permanent physical disabilities. They also looked out for the 35,500 spectators, the 2,500 production people, and the 1,500 credentialed family and friends. Susan does most of her work before Aspen becomes ESPN, before snowboarders don beanies, and before the whine of snowmobiles fills the air. “My action is pre-event. The medicine is the easy part,” she says. She contacts local emergency medical services, ski patrol, and local hospitals to let them

know when they’re coming and what they’ll be doing. She creates an emergency response plan, organizes her team, including travel and housing. “We use hotel rooms as athletic training facilities. I set up emergency action plans, and practice and modify them.” “Athletic training focuses on optimal health care for the athletes. We look to prevent injuries by assessing sites for potential safety risks. We look at where we should place crash pads – and then possibly move them when the competitors are skiers instead of snowboarders,” she says. She and her team also assess where to place emergency responders. The trainers



are also fully capable of emergency response and handling the injuries. “A good day is when we’re not busy,” she says. Susan pulls together her own medical team. Of the 30 medical staff, 14 are UNM affiliated. Eight are alums and five are current students – undergrads and graduates. “It’s a unique opportunity for those affiliated with UNM,” she says proudly. The X Games are by invitation only, she says. “These athletes are the best of the best. Sixty-five of these athletes are going to the Olympics,” she says. ESPN has been a springboard for non-traditional sports gaining status as Olympic sports. “X Game Exposure to events like ski cross, snowboarding, and half pipe [skateboarding] led to their acceptance in the Olympics,” Susan says. The games have doubled in size since they began. The Summer X, or Extreme Games, began in 1995; Winter X Games in 1997. The winter games have been held in Aspen since 2002 and will stay there through 2012. Los Angeles locked down the summer games in 2005 and will host through 2012. Susan’s X Game distance isn’t clocked for speed, but it does rack up some frequent flyer miles. X Games Europe will be held in Tignes, France, in March, she says, adding that she has worked the games in Dubai, Thailand, and Barcelona.

aLBUm Matthew N. Straughn, ’08 BS, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. Kealy Williams, ’08 BA, has been promoted to production coordinator for RioVision Community Access TV in Rio Rancho.

Teaching Trainers Susan’s passion is teaching. That same drive to continuously assess and improve athletic training in the field exists for Susan as an educator. She wants to build the athletic training program “from 25 to 35 or 40 students without losing the personal touch.” She adds the X Games possibility is a good recruitment tool. Sophomore Shane Fitzpatrick and graduate student Maureen Healy are two students who accompanied Susan to Aspen. Careful not to divulge too much information about a particular athlete and injury, Shane says that he treated an athlete who went over the handlebars while competing in snow cross. “I was with him at the track. I was in on the evaluation of his contused rib and thigh. I got to go to his trailer after the race and talk to the ski patrol, the certified trainer, and his parents. I took his blood pressure and saw the interaction between the physician, the athlete, and his parents,” he says. “What I like is that it’s never stagnant,” Maureen says. This was her fourth X Games – two summer, two winter. “We’re always reassessing, making changes to improve,” she says. The X Games feature 30 of the best athletic trainers in the country. “Susan leads leaders in that environment,” Maureen says.

Shona Zimmerman Burnett, ’09 JD, has joined the Miller Stratvert Law Office in Albuquerque as an associate practicing in the area of civil litigation. Tony Dandridge, ’09 BUS, and Chad Toppert, ’09 BBA, have signed contracts with the NBA Development League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Dahlia Dorman, ’09 JD, practices in the employment law group of the litigation department of Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque. Chris M. Gatton, ’09 JD, Rio Rancho, works for George Gibbins, practicing in the area of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, bank collections, foreclosure, and real estate. Kelly Isaacson, ’09 MS, has joined Daniel B. Stephens & Associates as a member of the environmental services division in the Albuquerque office. Jim R. Marentes, ’09 BBA, is now a staff accountant in the business and tax department of Meyners + Company in Albuquerque. Christina Sheehan, ’09 JD, has joined the Modrall Sperling law firm in Albuquerque where she will practice in the class action/ mass tort group of the litigation department.

MaR R IaGeS Anne Simpson, ’93 MD, and Brian Jennings Melissa Borrego, ’94 BA, and Chris Chaffin, ’93 BA Rosanne Cooper, ’02 BBA, and Ron Givens Kristin R. Powell, ’03 BS, ’07 MS, and Justin A. Crosby, ’05 BA, ’07 MBA Valoree J. Newton, ’04 BSDH, and Andy Althoff Monica Salas, ’04 BSED, and Danual Trujillo Christa Marney, ’05 BBA, and Aaron Hamburger, ’04 MBA

I N Me M O R I aM William R. Federici, ’39 George Devendorf, ’40 Louise S. Stapleton, ’41 Arlene M. Leyare, ’42 Katherine A. Maloney, ’42 Roberta L. Bush, ’43 Frances Maude Karins, ’43 Robert James Tatge, ’43 Jack W. Brockhouse, ’44 Barbara Ruth Proctor, ’44 Irene Bentley Luther, ’46 William McConnell, ’47 Elizabeth Colbert, ’48

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Coach Jeff Nelson rallies Lobo volleyball.



Lobo volleyball is the last UNM sport to be played in storied

Johnson Center. Coach Jeff Nelson is proud of that. “We are on main campus and part of the campus community,” he says. His court of spikers and killers do the cherry and silver proud. Nelson, finishing his third year as head coach of the UNM volleyball team, takes a moment to enjoy the successes of the season, finishing 20-10, with an NCAA bid, but he doesn’t revel in it too much. He and the team are forward thinkers.

Ready Position UNM wasn’t always riding the waves of glory. Before Nelson came they were caught in the undertow. “The team had a 10-20 record, but the kids had worked hard,” he says. The team hadn’t had a winning season since 1996 and Nelson was the third coach to set them up. “The program had been great once and we needed to be that way again,” Nelson says. “We have the jerseys of our All Americans in the locker room. We’re proud of our history and we want recruits to see it.” Jeanne Fairchild was the Lobos’ first Academic All American in 15 years, Nelson says, adding that last year and this, UNM had three All Conference players. It would be easy to take credit for the program’s successes, but Nelson

puts it back on his student-athletes. While coaching, attendance, and marketing have spread the word of the team’s successes, “the kids have brought the tradition and pride back to the program,” earning national Academic All-American awards in two of the last three years. Nelson works with all his athletes to “create positive energy in the community.” His athletes volunteer as coaches for youth volleyball, read at schools, collect for Toys for Tots and host their own event, Grass Bash, to benefit the Children’s Hospital. “We have at least 3,000 loyal fans who show up to support us. The athletes give back,” he says.

Coach in the Making Playing on the diamond appealed to Nelson’s parents, but Nelson found his court sport as a child. He first picked up a volleyball at the YMCA in Minnesota and once under it, never let it drop. He was playing in men’s leagues by the time he was in seventh grade and soon moved on to travel with club teams. He played at Ball State, going to the NCAA Final Four in 1985.

C O U R T I N G S U C C E S S : Coach Jeff Nelson credits his student-athletes for bringing “tradition and pride” back to the Lobo volleyball program.

aLBUm I N Me M O R I aM J. Lavon McDonald, ’48, ’52 Anne Johnson Scepansky, ’48 Clifford W. Whitney, ’48 Maria C. Kelley, ’49 Elmer T. Lewis, ’49 Alan M. Lindell, ’49 Boyd N. Wettlaufer, ’49 Salomon Abeyta, ’50, ’67 Paul M. Elizondo, ’50 William A. Harwood, ’50 Barbara Talbot, ’50 Carl D. White Jr, ’50, ’52 Francis L. Bentzen, ’51, ’54 George A. Graham Jr., ’51 Ralph A. Luebben, ’51 Grant E. Montgomery, ’51 Marvel Leo Moon, ’51 Edwin Nagel, ’52 Herbert H. Renwick, ’53 Melba L. Simpson, ’53 Jack L. Whenry, ’53 Marjorie F. McMinn, ’54 Robert P. Wadlington, ’54 Cyril M. Misenko, ’55 Suzanne H. Stapp, ’55, former medical resident Sherman Fred Williams, ’55 Byron Caton, ’56, ’62 Mary Winifred Cockfield, ’56 James Nechero Jr., ’56 Joe V. Quintana, ’56 George P. Sandoval, ’56 Maralyn S. Budke, ’57, ’61 Gene E. Franchini, ’57 Alphonse R. Iacoletti, ’57 John B. Shepherd, ’57 Lora Belle Cole, ’58 Thomas L. Huff, ’58 Patricia A. Anaya, ’59, ’73 Mary A. Kinsey, ’59 Helen Todd, ’59 Jack S. Kibbe, ’60 Jay V. Percival, ’60 Paul L. Bloom, ’61, ’65 Harry “Dickie” Larsen, ’61 Stephen Allen Moore, ’61 James D. Torres, ’61 Robert L. Viers, ’61 Charles D. Wise, ’61 Waits L. May, ’62 John W. Bennett, ’63 Lee M. Bossart, ’63 Allyn R. Franklin, ’63 Edward P. Tagman Jr., ’63 Kenneth George Brown, ’64, ’68 Melba L. Gibbons, ’64 Vernon W. Norman, ’64, ’68 Emma L. C. Combs, ’65 William E. Sailer, ’65 Henry K. Matthews, ’66 Sharon A. Watkins, ’66, ’73 Wilma Sue White, ’66 Terence M. Allen, ’67, ’71 John Charles Cook, ’67 Michael M. Henry, ’67, ’70 Frederick Arnold Leckman, ’67 Louis B. Montenegro, ’67 Anne C. Flores, ’68 George J. Hlousek, ’68 Larry E. Hymes, ’68 William Cone Lucas, ’68

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“Seeing kids’ faces light up with the new-found confidence that comes with success and meeting a major goal is priceless. It’s transformational. It makes them stronger and helps them see that it is possible to do something that people think they can’t,” Nelson says.

Elements of Success Having successful student-athletes hinges on recruiting. “I look at physical attributes – height, quickness, quick feet. We can resolve issues of reaction in the arms if we see fast feet and good jumping,” Nelson says. Nelson also wants athletes who are quick between the ears. Academics are as important to him as they are to Athletic Director Paul Krebs. “The quality of the athletic program is evaluated by the quality of its graduates,” says Krebs, who is pleased to see the successes of a number of the coaches he hired three years ago, Nelson included. “Wonderful things are happening as a result of some leadership changes,” he says. He notes that programmatic changes with Nelson, Steve Alford, and Joe Franklin give Lobo Nation something to howl about.

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He worked as the assistant coach at the University of Nebraska while earning a master’s degree, then coached a women’s professional league team for two years before it folded. From there, it was Arizona State where he stayed five and one-half years alongside head coach Patty Schneider, winding up with a team that was second in the PAC and ranked in the top 10 nationally. During the next eight years in his first head-coaching job at Texas Tech, Nelson adopted two children. “Lubbock, Texas, will always be a special place for me,” he says. It took a couple years to find the balance between head coaching and family life. “I had a great support system and a great friend who helped me when I traveled,” he says. Nelson moved his family from Lubbock to the University of San Francisco, where he got his first shot as a head coach in a west coast conference. At the time, the USF program had had only two winning seasons in 27 or 28 years. “We went to the NCAA tournament the first year,” Nelson says.

Krebs extended Nelson’s contract by five years. “The success he’s had with the program, strong recruiting, community involvement, and the success his students have had on court and in the classroom warrant a commitment for the continuity of the program,” he says. Nelson has recruited girls from far corners of the globe, including Kelly Williamson, a 4.0 student from Argentina who played on a junior national team when Nelson caught a glimpse of her. But he’s also seen stars outside his own front door. Next fall the squad will include a player from Pojoaque and another from Roswell, Nelson says. He’s also recruited a setter from San Diego and a middle hitter from Portland, Oregon. With 1,000 fans showing up for every match, the Lobo volleyball team is ranked 24th nationally in attendance. “The attendance was averaging around 400 when I first came,” Nelson recalls, “and it keeps climbing.” A game against BYU attracted 3,000 of the Lobo faithful. With five seniors returning next year—several who have played since their freshman year and a good recruiting class—Nelson is optimistic about the future.

Z A G S V. T R O J A N S : Former Lobo hoops players Kelly Graves, ’88 BA, left, and Michael Cooper, ’78, met on the court – but this time they weren’t playing, and they weren’t at The Pit! Instead, Kelly is coaching the Gonzaga women as they compete against Coach Cooper’s USC women’s basketball team. (Gonzaga won, 70-58.)



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SPORTS ROUNDUP Good Cheer! Our production lead-time for Mirage precludes up-to-the-minute (or -day or -week) news. But here’s the latest as we go to press: M E N ’ S B A S K E T B A L L Mountain West Conference champions, the Lobos came to the end of a tremendous season with a tough loss to the Washington Huskies, 82-64, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lobo junior Darington Hobson was named to’s All-American Second Team and is Third Team All-American for Sporting News. He also received the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year award. Senior Roman Martinez was named an Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine. A co-captain and the only senior, Martinez carries a 3.48 GPA in business administration and will graduate this May. Lobo coach Steve Alford was named MWC Coach of The Year for the second straight year. W O M E N ’ S B A S K E T B A L L Lobo senior Amy Beggin was named to the All-MWC First Team and the All-MWC Defensive Team. The Lady Lobos will travel to Eugene to battle the Oregon Ducks in the second round of the WNIT. S K I I N G The Lobo ski team took third in the NCAA skiing championships. Senior Malin Hemmingsson won the slalom – again. She’s just the second woman to win three NCAA slalom titles. The Lobos got three All-America performances from Hemmingson, junior Thomas Schwab, and freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto. T R A C K & F I E L D Lobo miler Lee Emanuel (senior) successfully defended his NCAA crown at the NCAA track and field championships. All four of our NCAA qualifiers – Emanuel, Sandy Fortner, Rory Fraser, and Chris Barnicle – earned All-American honors. W O M E N ’ S S W I M M I N G & D I V I N G Sophomore Aubrey Bush became the swimming & diving team’s first MWC champion in five years, an amazing feat for a diver who has been competing fewer than three seasons. It’s more amazing when you consider that Bush’s MWC title came on the platform and the UNM pool has no platform on which Bush can practice. I N T H E C L A S S R O O M The combined GPA of the Lobos’ 21 athletics programs for the 2009 fall semester was 3.12, according to the UNM registrar’s office. The Lobos have now reached a GPA of 3.00 or better for 14 of the last 15 semesters.

aLBUm I N Me M O R I aM June N. Weaver, ’68 Linnette Williams, ’68 Katherine S. Bemis, ’69 Richard E. Hurlock, ’69 Fannie Lee Pittard, ’69 Richard Glenn Dvorak, ’70 R. Wayne Reynolds, ’70, ’71 E. Jean Tant, ’70 Gary A. Jacobs, ’71 Arthur Kimmell, ’71 Karen Mary Konrath, ’71 Anthony Ray Martinez, ’71, ’75 Janice Delmastro, ’72 Shirlene Ann Elliott, ’72, ’78 Geoffrey Davies Farr, ’72 Richard Alan Freedman, ’72 Katharine Raver, ’72, ’90 Teri Shelby Brown, ’74, ’82 Robert David Castille, ’74, ’83 Edmund P. Duvall, ’74, ’78 Robert J. Goldsworthy, ’74 Frank Arnold Matthews, ’74 William J. McCormick, ’74 Kim Howard Purdue, ’74, ’85 Iris Jeanette Wilsey, ’74 Jeanetta L. Braziel, ’75, ’83, ’90 James Travis Curry, ’75 Barbara R. Murray, ’75 Ignacio Resendez, ’75 Thomas S. Scanlon, ’75 Michael A. Orfitelli, ’77 Rudolfo Mario Baca, ’78 George J. Biggs, ’79 LaVera C. Ortiz, ’79 Steve Marcial Ortiz, ’79, ’91 John Keith Prentice, ’79, 92 Eldon Maurice McCabe, ’80 Louis F. Troendle, ’80 Eric Julius Benjamin, ’81 Doug Scott Gard, ’81 Raymond H. Willbergh Jr., ’81 Kevin Gordon Lamude, ’82, ’83 Lee Churgin, ’83 Donald C. Clifford, ’83 Sister Ann Reimund, ’83 Lillian Elizabeth K. Stull, ’83 Barbara Aileen Hutton, ’86 Christine Margit Newsom, ’86 Edwin Darol Tucker, ’86 Mark Anthony Baca, ’89 Paul Anthony Cattaneo, ’90 Timothy John De Young, ’90 Anthony Matthew Lander, ’90 Joyce Elaine Marinich, ’91 Heather Marie Kellogg, ’93 Cheryll Lea Georgett Lopez, ’93 Neil Philip Decker, ’95, ’97 Marie Elaine Lucero, ’00 Julie Elizabeth Meadows, ’01 Eli L. Senna, ’01 Leanne R. Esquivel, ’02 G. Thomas Phillips, ’05 Mark Francis Boyle, ’06 Benjamin J. Ashwill, ’07 Barry Diskant, former medical resident Adriann Van Derhor, former medical resident Lisa Ellen Woody, former medical resident Alonzo C. Atencio, professor emeritus Lewellyn T. Boatwright Jr., professor emeritus E.A. “Swede” Scholer, professor emeritus

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aLUMNI OU Commencement: New Opportunities Ruth Schifani, ’70 BA, ’76 JD | President, UNM Alumni Association


ongratulations to all our new graduates! Welcome to the UNM Alumni Association. If you’re looking for a job, the Alumni Association may be able to help you. Recently, we made an agreement with that will give

you access to job postings from hundreds of New Mexico businesses. It’s a powerful resource designed to retain talented people in New Mexico and it’s available to all UNM graduates, new and not so new. If you’re moving out of New Mexico, we have 15 chapters across the country that would be happy to welcome you. They offer the company of other Lobos and the chance to volunteer for UNM at College Fairs. Best of all, they provide green chile at their annual chile roasts. For alumni age 50 and above, we’ve just begun partnering with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Osher offers an array of stimulating courses that will keep you interested and on your toes—without homework or tests.

In addition, we have inaugurated a new online-mentoring program. We need mentors from every career field to communicate online with students about their professional experiences. Please sign up at Our Hodgin Hall renovations are underway. It was a yeoman’s task to empty the building of its treasures – both objects and people! The staff have settled into temporary quarters near the Law School. It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since my term as president began. It’s been enjoyable to work with our board, volunteers, and staff. Thanks to you all.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico We are glad to announce that the UNM Alumni Association has become a partner of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. All alumni will receive a 10% discount for all Osher courses. Thousands of alumni in the Osher age group of 50+ live in the Albuquerque metropolitan area and we invite them to become Osher members. The membership fee is only $20 annually. Joining allows you to register for all the Osher courses in 2010. For information, contact Maralie BeLonge at 505-277-6179 or Art | Culture | Current Events | Health | History | Literature & Writing | Music & Theatre | Psychology/Science | Spirituality | Travel

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C H A P T E R S April 2 Salt Lake City Chapter 1st Friday Networking Event @ Iggy’s Downtown 10 Austin Chapter Wildflower & Wine Tour 10 Atlanta Chapter Lobo Day 10-11 Houston Chapter College Fair 13 Austin Chapter College Fair 17 San Francisco Chapter College Fair 20 San Diego Chapter College Fair 22 San Bernadino College Fair 24 Los Angeles Chapter Lobo Day 25 New York Area Chapter College Fair 25 Anaheim College Fair 27-28 Los Angeles Chapter College Fair 29 Ventura College Fair May 1-8 Bay Area College Fair 7 Salt Lake City Chapter 1st Friday Networking Event @ Iggy’s Downtown 14 College of Engineering Golden Graduate Luncheon June 4 Salt Lake City Chapter 1st Friday Networking Event @ Iggy’s Downtown July 2 Salt Lake City Chapter 1st Friday Networking Event @ Iggy’s Downtown 10 Los Angeles Chapter Hollywood Bowl: Celebrate the History of the Beatles TBA Chicago Chapter Millennium Park Concert/Art Institute Tour August 1 Austin Chapter Beat the Texas Heat Ice Cream Social 6 Salt Lake City Chapter 1st Friday Networking Event @ Iggy’s Downtown 29 Los Angeles Chapter 19th Annual Green Chile Roast & Scholarship Fundraiser September 12 Washington, DC Taco Picnic & Green Chile Roast tba Norcal Chapter Green Chile Roast & Picnic

Y O U N G April 21 24 May 13 TBD June 12 17 July 16


Educators Job Fair UNM Spring Storm Welcome New Grads! Wine & Cheese Social Whitewater Adventure

TravelPlans June 29-July 12 Vikings, Kings & Castles Ocean Cruise GoNext Travel

September 4-15 Flavors of Burgundy & Provence Avalon Waterways

November 2-13 Mediterranean Treasures Ocean Cruise GoNext Travel 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 or go to

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Class of 1960


ifty years ago this spring you graduated from UNM, making you this year’s Golden Grads! Join your classmates on commencement weekend, May 14 and 15. On Friday, you can tour campus, enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and have dinner with President Schmidly. Saturday morning, don golden robes and march alongside the new grads in commencement. Go to or call 505-277-5808 for more information.

Carrie Tingley Hospital MUDD Volleyball Tournament Golf Clinic Isotopes Game & Beer Tasting

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

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