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THe GOOD LIFe NBA All-Star Danny Granger says being a good role model comes with the territory.

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the place to be Then, Hodgin Hall was the first place UNM built. Now, Hodgin Hall is the first place UNM alumni can call their own. In the first place, we need to renovate the building – basement, bathrooms, and the Bobo room – to serve alumni. While the work is taking place at Hodgin Hall, the UNM Alumni Relations Office is changing places, temporarily. Beginning in January, our new address will be: 1117 Stanford NE (in the former Court of Appeals offices on the north campus) Our other contact information will remain the same: 505-277-5808 | 800-258-6866 | | MSC 01-1160 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-0001






by Carolyn Gonzales The author kept a blog of a recent trip to Mexico with a group of UNM students studying Mexican migrants. She shares excerpts here.

GOODWILL GRANGER: On a goodwill trip to China, NBA All-Star and former Lobo Danny

The Border between Hope and Desperation


Hometown Pride by Michelle McRuiz Growing up together in Española, Renwyck Elder and William Thompson, Jr., formed a special and lasting bond.

Granger was a hit with the kids at his basketball clinic. Although they couldn’t understand each other’s words, Danny says basketball was


Influenza Influence by Stephen Sawicki Predicting and depicting the evolution of viruses, Derek Smith helps public health officials prepare for the flu.

their “common language.”


The Gift that Keeps on Giving edited by Mary Conrad The Regents’ Scholarship helps shape the lives of its recipients, both as students and as alumni.


Type A-Z


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edited by Mary Conrad Type has its own personality. Ilene Strizver knows all its quirks.


Winter 2010, Volume 29, Number 2, 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 to Mary Conrad: or Web address:

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Inspiring Students A note from UNM President David J. Schmidly.


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Life is Good

by Steve Carr Remembering his own childhood struggles, NBA All-Star and former Lobo Danny Granger feels a responsibility toward the kids who look up to him.

Mirage was the title of the University of New Mexico yearbook

36 D E V E L O P M E N T: until its last edition in 1978.

Music to Our Ears

Since that time, the title was

By Michelle G. McRuiz Diane and Jim Bonnell help make it possible for others to experience the allure and lessons of music and the arts.

adopted by the alumni magazine which continues to publish vignettes of UNM graduates.


Aumni Outlook


Noble Lobos Came Home, Feasted & Frolicked Homecoming 2009 participants got the royal treatment.



compiled by Margaret Weinrod.


You’ve heard me say time and again that nothing we do at UNM is more important than insuring the success of our students. More than a job, it is our responsibility to prepare our young men and women for their future—prepare them to treat the sick, to teach the children, to restore the environment, and to open the doors of new businesses that will create jobs for untold thousands of New Mexico families. As graduates of one of America’s most diverse centers of learning, they will show the rest

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Keep us posted! 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

of the nation and the world just how much we can accomplish when we all work together.

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In my inaugural speech, I quoted Michelangelo who said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” That is why we have worked so hard to recruit and retain top caliber students from

New Mexico and other states. These students inspire us all to aim ever higher in our teaching and scholarship, and in our research and service. Our efforts are paying off in the numbers of national scholars coming to the university – from 14 in 2007 to 73 in 2009. In its October 13, 2009 editorial, the Albuquerque Journal recognized our efforts in attracting top scholars: “Keeping the brightest of the bright here at home and increasing the university’s overall brain trust is exactly what the state’s flagship university should be doing to increase its national academic standing.” So I am delighted that this issue of Mirage shares with you the stories of several of our top alumni scholars. They have inspired us to aim high and their work here has enriched us all. INSPIRED BY ALUMNI: UNM President David J. Schmidly appreciates the story of a Zia Award recipient at the Alumni Association’s All University Breakfast on Homecoming morning.

Bodie C. Pryor, ’36 BSCHE, Port Arthur, Texas, at age 96, still has an insatiable curiosity to learn new things. Just before the attack at Pearl Harbor, Bodie was among the group that enabled the first commercial production of synthetic rubber, revolutionizing the industry and eliminating dependence on imported rubber. For a full profile, go to Barbara Bailey Herberholz, ’48 BAFA, ’53 MA, Gold River, California, was appointed to the editorial advisory board of Arts & Activities, the art education magazine. Her column, “Art Works,” appears monthly. Her recent series of articles, “Walking through History,” describes the homes and studios of artists, such as Alan Houser, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Peter Hurd. Jim Matthews, ’50 BS, Albuquerque, recently retired from his dental practice. He now works part-time as a clinical instructor at UNM’s School of Dental Hygiene. Robert Langford, ’51 BA, Dallas, experienced 20 years ago what a “magic box,” a computer with a voice, could mean for the blind. Five years later, as president and CEO of the Texas Center for the Physically Impaired, he began a program to refurbish donated older, Windows-based Pentium computers, installing voice software screen-readers and synthesizers. The center has provided more than 3,000 computers to blind people all over the world. Daniel Sosa Jr., ’51 LLB, Santa Fe, received the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. He is a founding member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. w i n t e r

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Anthropologist’s Dilemma: An

anthropology student at UNM-Gallup, Daniel Pedro knew that as a Zuni, he would not be able to touch human remains – a common task for physical anthropologists. While in high school, Pedro had begun experimenting with a solution using a computer program to compare the faces of living Pueblo people with repatriated skeletal remains. cgi-bin/archives/004194.html#more Design Award: UNM landscape architecture students Katya Yushmanova, Kristina Guist, Anthony Fettes, and Elaine Stevens, as well as fine arts student Felicie Regnier won first place in the international Wayne Grace Memorial Design Competition, featuring projects that affect the natural and built environment. The students

submitted plans for a new storm-water surge pond that the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority is developing on the city’s west side.

to irrigate Albuquerque’s South Valley. cgi-bin/archives/004172.html#more

Marketing the FBI: UNM is one

Teaching Ambassador: College

of Education graduate student Elaine Romero is one of 13 teachers selected as a 2009-2010 Teaching Ambassador Fellow by the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. cgi-bin/archives/004248.html#more Remapping Acequias: UNM students

dug ditches over the summer as part of an Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium program to remap and reestablish the old acequia system that Spanish and Tlaxcalteca settlers once used cgi-bin/archives/004221.html#more

of only six universities throughout the country selected to participate in the FBI Collegiate Marketing Program. Students in the advertising campaigns course at the Anderson School of Management have formed an in-class marketing agency, Nvent Marketing Partnership, responsible for researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating an integrated marketing campaign for the bureau. cgi-bin/archives/004334.html#more

HONORS National Mentor Award: The White

House and President Barack Obama have named biology professor Mary Anne Nelson one of 22 individuals

Ring in the new! Trade in the old! how off the Lobo, Hodgin Hall, the Sandias, and UNM with every handshake. The official UNM ring – designed by students and alumni – is now available. Trade in your old UNM ring for a discount on the new style. In a variety of sizes, styles, and prices. You’ll find the perfect fit at

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and/or organizations to receive the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. cgi-bin/archives/004110.html#more Distinguished Professor: Arthur


vice president of community health at the UNM Health Sciences Center, was recently named a Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the university bestows on a faculty member. cgi-bin/archives/004335.html#more Asturias Endowed Chair: Fernando Pérez-González, of the Universidad de Vigo, Spain, has been named to the Prince of Asturias Endowed Chair in Information Science and Related Technologies. The Endowed Chair promotes collaboration between Spanish and US scholars. Their royal highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, visited the UNM campus in October. cgi-bin/archives/004339.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004338.html#more

aLBUm Psychiatrists” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. cgi-bin/archives/004021.html#more Australian Fellow: Biology professor

was recently named a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Miller was nominated for his expertise on the immune systems of marsupials. Rob Miller cgi-bin/archives/004072.html#more Critical Appointment: Barry Gaines,

professor of English, has been elected to the executive committee of the American Theater Critics Association. Gaines is the theater critic for the Albuquerque Journal. Innovative Response: Sanjeev Arora, professor of internal medicine and director of UNM Project ECHO, has been named an Ashoka Fellow for his development of an innovative tele-health model that helps rural residents receive specialized treatment for chronic diseases without traveling hundreds of miles. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release& EntryID=7932

Leader in Law: Law professor Laura E. Gomez recently became president of the global Law and Society Association. Gomez is the first minority scholar and one of the youngest ever elected to head this international association. cgi-bin/archives/004013.html#more Exemplary Psychiatrist: Steven Adelsheim,

professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, is one of 41 doctors nationwide recently honored as “Exemplary

PUBLISHING Outstanding Sociology Study:

Sociology professor and director of religious studies Sharon Nepstad published Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement with Cambridge University Press in 2008. The book recently won the Outstanding Book Award for the American Sociological Association section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict. cgi-bin/archives/004063.html#more

Suzanne Rucker Tate, ’52 BA, Nags Head, North Carolina, was named an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International because of her 37 children’s books. The society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Joyce Elaine Bush Kalmar, ’55 BA, ’65 MA, ’71 PhD, Cedar Falls, Iowa, was an English instructor at the University of South Alabama from 1968 to 1971, moved to the University of Northern Iowa, and retired there as professor of English in 1999. Marc Prelo, ’56 BABA, ’66 JD, former Ruidoso village attorney, was appointed to the New Mexico Gaming Control Board by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Robert F. Brodsky, ’57 MS, Redondo Beach, California, has a new book of stories, rants, letters, and essays, A Pilgrim Muddles Through. Bob is also the author of On the Cutting Edge. Before retirement, he worked at TRW Space and Technology and as professor of astronautics and space technology at USC. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America, in the world, in science and engineering, and in American education. Hildreth Barker, ’58 BSAE, owned his Albuquerque architecture and planning practice for 44 years, then retired and joined AmeriCorp as a Vista Volunteer in Gulfport, Mississippi where he works for the Katrina Relief Response. Isabel Bearman Bucher, ’60 BS, ’68 MA, Albuquerque, published Nonno’s Monkey, An Italian American Memoir about self-publishing and family roots. Go to Arturo Madrid, ’60 BA, received the 2009 Dr. John Hope Franklin Award, given by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine in recognition of his “intellectual excellence and integrity in research and scholarship.” Arturo is the Norine and Frank T. Murchison Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio. Karen Quelle McKinnon, ’60 BA, ’77 MA, Sandia Park, New Mexico, published Set in Motion, a memoir in journal entries, letters, and poems (Wildflower Press, Albuquerque). It is the story of a friendship that began with a chance encounter on a train in Scotland in 1961 with Pastor Ian MacKenzie, who asked, “What is writing for?” HL “Buster” Quist, ’60 BA, Phoenix, published How to Profit from the Coming Inflationary Boom and Avoid the Next Crash. It follows The Aftermath of Greed: Get Ready for the Coming Inflationary Boom, a history of boom and bust cycles and the shortcomings of the power-brokers. w i n t e r

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+MORe UNMLINKS New, New Mexico History: Telling New Mexico – A New History is a chorus of voices, edited by UNM Regents Professor of Anthropology Marta Weigle, with New Mexico History Museum director Frances Levine and senior curator Louise Stiver, ’78 BA, ’91 MA. The book is a general history of the state, prepared in anticipation of the state’s 2012 centennial. cgi-bin/archives/004113.html#more

RESEARCH Research High: The HSC Office of Research amassed more than $137.5 million in federal research grants in FY 09, its highest research grant funding year ever, despite the overall decrease in federal research dollars since 2006. The total represents a 15 percent increase over 2005 and a nearly six-fold jump from 1995. cgi-bin/archives/004141.html#more

between Woodward Hall and the Humanities building to find this juxtaposition of stucco and sky.

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UNM’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions have been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study mechanisms of behavior change in addiction treatment using a state-of-the-art neuro-imaging technique known as magnetoencephalography.

Major Cancer Center Grant: The

the Bear and the Water of Life: La Acequia de Juan del Oso, by UNM Spanish and Portuguese professor Enrique Lamadrid and Juan Estevan Arellano, with illustrations by Amy Córdova, was selected by the New Mexico State Library to represent the state at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The University of New Mexico Press published the book.

National Institutes of Health has selected a research team at the UNM Cancer Center to lead the tenth National Center for Systems Biology in the US, with a five-year, $14.5 million grant. cgi-bin/archives/004302.html#more 8


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Long Term Ecological Research Network Office, based in UNM’s biology department, has been awarded $15.6 million by the

National Science Foundation has awarded the Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations and Applications Center a $474,000 grant for the Research for Engineering Undergraduates program. The Center is part of the UNM electrical and computer engineering department.

Addiction Studies: Researchers at

Libro Represents New Mexico: Juan

Long Term Becomes Longer! The

NSF Backs Configurable Space: The cgi-bin/archives/004235.html#more

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National Science Foundation to support its scientific research activities for the next six years. cgi-bin/archives/004070.html#more Uplifting Results: It’s been the

subject of a long-standing debate but researchers, including UNM’s Mousumi Roy, earth and planetary sciences, and others at the University of Southern California and Utah State University, feel they identified the forces responsible for the uplift of the Colorado Plateau. Their work appears in a summer issue of Nature magazine. cgi-bin/archives/004053.html#more Fulbright in India: Mechanical

engineering professor Ron Lumia’s quest for a new micro-gripper packaging technique using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems led him to become a Fulbright

aLBUm Scholar at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India.

of the brain influences a recovering addict’s tendency to relapse. cgi-bin/archives/004064.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004096.html#more

Childhood Obesity: Across the


country, kids are getting heavier. This problem is especially prevalent in New Mexico. Envision New Mexico, a program at the UNM Health Sciences Center pediatrics department, has found success in addressing this serious health issue. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release& EntryID=7831 Long Life for Asphalt: In New Mexico,

asphalt pavement is subjected to tremendous changes in temperature, sometimes as much as 40 degrees over a 24-hour cycle, making it very hard on materials. UNM professor of civil engineering Rafiqul Tarefder has a contract with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to find the best option for prolonging the life of pavement. cgi-bin/archives/004148.html#more Tetris Helps Researchers:

Researchers at the Mind Research Network used brain imaging and Tetris to investigate whether practice makes the brain efficient by increasing gray matter. cgi-bin/archives/004223.html#more Why the Relapse? Studies at the Mind Research Network could soon help clinicians predict and discover ways to prevent relapse in individuals combating substance abuse. Brain imaging and psychiatric evaluation show that the makeup

Nasario Garcia, ’62 BA, ’63 MA, Santa Fe, is the author of Rattling Chains and Other Stories for Children/Ruido de cadenas y otros cuentos para niños (Arte Público Press, University of Houston), a collection of bilingual tales dealing with the magical and supernatural folklore of northern New Mexico.

Sensational Cancer Center: The

new state-of-the-art, $90 million University of New Mexico Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility opened its doors to patients in August. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for summer of 2010. The Albuquerque Journal called the new building “breathtaking in its design and sweeping in its planning for patient comfort and care in one inclusive facility.” editorials/30221344opinion08-30-09.htm 29233553metro08-29-09.htm section=patients&id=38712 Science & Math Classrooms: Ground has been broken for the new Science and Mathematics Learning Center south of Bandelier Hall. The $23 million building will contain individual study areas, a meeting lobby, classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The chemistry, mathematics, biology, and earth and planetary sciences departments will share the building. cgi-bin/archives/004024.html Parking Plans: The New Mexico Board of Finance has approved construction of a new 850-space parking structure to be located on the southeast corner of Lomas and Yale Boulevards. Construction will begin on the BBER location soon. cgi-bin/archives/004067.html#more

JOHN P. SALAZAR John P. Salazar, ’65 BA, Los Ranchos, New Mexico, received the State Bar of New Mexico’s highest honor, the Justice Pamela B. Minzner Professionalism Award. John is with the Rodey Law Firm in Albuquerque. James A. Branch Jr., ’66 BA, ’71 JD, Albuquerque, was selected for the 2009 edition of Arizona/New Mexico Super Lawyers, was invited to join the “American Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” and received the Martindale Hubbell’s Rating of AV Preeminent Attorney. Bipin Vora, ’66 BSCH, Naperville, Illinois, received the 2009 Fuels and Petrochemicals Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Bipin is a retired UOP Fellow and director of Olefins & Detergents Technology Center. Louise H. Ivers, ’67 MA, ’75 PhD, had her book, Long Beach: A History Through Its Architecture, published by the Historical Society of Long Beach. Louise retired as professor emerita of art from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2008. Jeannie Mann Weiner, ’67 BSED, West Bloomfield, Michigan, published her first novel, Santa Fe Sister, a study of adolescence in women, about Santa Fe and UNM in the 1960s. Jeffrey N. Wilkes, ’67 BSEE, Erie, Colorado, retired from Lockheed Martin, closing a 10-year, second career developing and deploying the next generation early warning satellite system. His first career (32 years) was with the federal government as a senior executive (10 years with NASA’s LBJ Space Center and 22 years with the CIA). w i n t e r

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+MORe UNMLINKS Harwood Expansion: The Harwood

Museum of Art broke ground for a 10,000 sq. ft. expansion expected to increase community and student resources and improve art preservation. cgi-bin/archives/004082.html#more The Perovich Center: The UNM

Board of Regents has named the UNM Business Center at the corner of Lomas and University for UNM’s 12th president, John Perovich and his wife, June Perovich. Over a 40-year period, Perovich served as UNM’s purchasing agent, comptroller, vice president for business and finance, and president. cgi-bin/archives/004169.html#more Student Housing Fix-up: Residence

Life and Student Housing plans to spend $4.8 million this year to expand the quality and visual appeal of various residence hall facilities for students living on main and south campus. cgi-bin/archives/004320.html#more

CAMPUS NEWS A Different Ranking: Forbes’ second

annual America’s Best Colleges ranks the University of New Mexico at 239 among the nation’s top 600 colleges. Among public colleges, UNM is ranked No. 38. The Forbes ranking boasts an unusual approach to scoring colleges, based less on reputation and more on meeting students’ needs. cgi-bin/archives/004166.html#more Top 10 Ranking: Hispanic Business Magazine placed UNM among the top 10 schools for Hispanics in engineering, business, law, and medicine in 2009. For the third consecutive year, the UNM School of Law ranks No. 1. cgi-bin/archives/004236.html#more Gallup Degrees: UNM-Gallup

awarded more associate degrees to American Indian students than any other college in New Mexico during the 2007-2008 college year, placing it third nationally, according to the June 15, 2009

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issue of the US Department of Education’s Community College Week. cgi-bin/archives/004066.html#more Native Americans in Med School:

Twice as many Native Americans were accepted into UNM’s School of Medicine in 2009 than in any previous class. Most of the nine are from the Southwest, including the Navajo Nation and Santa Domingo Pueblo, but there also are Lakota Sioux and Choctaw students. cgi-bin/archives/004134.html#more Tobacco-Free Campus: On August 1,

2009, UNM became a tobacco-free campus. The new policy includes not only cigarettes, but smokeless tobacco. The reason is simple: providing a healthy environment for employees to work and students to learn. cgi-bin/archives/004144.html#more Green Progress: The UNM parking and transportation services department and the City of Albuquerque transportation department have made it possible for UNM students, staff and faculty to ride city buses for free again this year. In addition, the UNM department has provided 10 Lobo Bikes to departments around campus as part of an annual bike share progam to encourage use of more sustainable transportation. The department has also debuted the university’s first waste-vegetable oil (WVO) powered vehicle, the “Veggie Bus.” cgi-bin/archives/004151.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004270.html#more cgi-bin/archives/004184.html#more

aLBUm MORE NEWS Giving Record: The University of New Mexico Foundation set a new total-giving record in fiscal year 2008-09, bringing in $90,045,942. The foundation expects to pay out to UNM approximately $15.2 million from the endowment benefiting the University. Producing Diagnostic Tools: The

UNM Cancer Center and global technology leader Siemens Medical Solutions USA have signed a 15-year agreement to provide New Mexicans with the most cutting-edge cancer diagnostic tools available. A new radioisotope production center will allow Siemens and the UNM Cancer Center to produce medically useful isotopes, critical components of cancer diagnosis and treatment. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release& EntryID=8053 Teaching about Microsystems: The

National Science Foundation has awarded UNM a $2.4 million, three-year grant to partner with Central New Mexico Community College and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute advanced technology programs to continue the work of the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education. cgi-bin/archives/004249.html#more Helping Nanoscience Education: US

Senator Jeff Bingaman announced recently that the UNM nanoscience and microsystems graduate program has been awarded a highly competitive grant to

provide fellowships for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need. The US Department of Education fellowships provide stipends of up to $30,000 per year for up to six UNM doctoral students. cgi-bin/archives/004114.html#more Schiff Collection: The papers of former US Congressman, district attorney, and US Air Force Reserve Colonel Steve Schiff, who died in 1998, are now available for researchers at the Center for Southwest Research at UNM. cgi-bin/archives/004060.html#more Latin America in a Data Base:

Established at UNM as a unit of the Latin American and Iberian Institute in 1986, the Latin America Data Base is the longest running, exclusively on-line English language analytical news digest about Latin America. It includes three weekly electronic publications, a searchable on-line data base, and over 24,000 articles as well as Latin American journals. cgi-bin/archives/004140.html#more Rare Surgical Procedure: Surgeons at the UNM School of Medicine department of surgery recently performed a new procedure called a Single Incision Laparoscopic kidney removal through an incision less than two inches long. This is the first such procedure in New Mexico and one of just a handful nationally. index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release& EntryID=7828

Tom Minton, ’68 BSME, retired from Shell Oil Company in 2003 and moved to Santa Fe where he is an EMT and member of the Santa Fe Ski Patrol. He is an active construction volunteer with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, helping build five to six houses a year. He also plays tennis and travels. Joe F. Colvin, ’69 BSEE, Santa Fe, is renovating the historic Carlos Vierra Compound there. He is the distinguished president emeritus of the Nuclear Energy Institute and was elected vice president/ president-elect of the American Nuclear Society. Loren Kuehne, ’69 BABA, a banker turned full-time philanthropist, is the executive director of Rotary District 5520 and part owner of three home-based businesses in Las Cruces: CenterLine Services, a land surveying company;, a multi-application home-to-business delivery service; and The Office Alternative, a bookkeeping and financial management company. Amado M. Padilla, ’69 PhD, received the Advising Award for the Academic Year 2008-09 for outstanding service as an advisor to graduate students in the School of Education at Stanford University. Richard F. Fleck, ’70 PhD, with Luke Laeser, ’01 BAFA, editor, published his poetry collection, Mountains on My Mind, online with Climbing Magazine and Mountain Gazette. Richard lives in Denver, and Luke in Carbondale, Colorado. Enrique Lamadrid, ’70 BA, is co-author with Juan Estevan Arellano of Juan the Bear and the Water of Life: La Acequia de Juan del Oso. The book was selected by the New Mexico State Library to represent New Mexico at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Enrique is chair of the UNM Spanish and Portuguese department and director of Chicano, Hispano and Mexicano studies. Paul Murray, ’70 BFA, La Cienega, New Mexico, will be the Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 2010 where he will paint and photograph the Canyon. He won the 2009 “People’s Choice” award at the annual MasterWorks Exhibit in Albuquerque for his acrylic painting, “Pino Trail.” David Stuart, ’70 MA, ’72 PhD, Albuquerque, is the author of two new books. The Morganza, 1967: Life in a Legendary Reform School (UNM Press 2009) recounts the brutal life in a reform school. The Ancient Southwest: Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde is a revised and updated collection of articles and essays on prehistoric life in the Southwest.

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Former University of New Mexico basketball player

Danny Granger likes doing things the right way. From his

commitment to basketball, which has rewarded him beyond his wildest dreams, to giving it his all in everything he attempts, the 26-year-old genuinely cares about his impact – both on and off the court. “If I’m going to do something then I’m going to put everything I have into it,” Danny says, with conviction. “I think I’d be shortchanging myself if I didn’t give it my all.” “With basketball,” he says, “I know I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to play and to be a role model. I don’t want to squander it.” The 6-foot, 8-inch, 228-pound guard/forward for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers is making the most of the gift he was given. “I really want our team to make the playoffs,” Granger says. “I really want to win an NBA Championship whether that’s this year, next year, or five years from now. That’s my ultimate goal.

“As far as the community, I want to live my life the right way and try to give back as much as I can. I also want to start a family soon, take care of my kids, and just be a good citizen.” That’s an ambition parents like to see in a professional athlete—someone their kids look up to and idolize. It’s not always easy, but Granger is more than willing to be that role model and to provide kids with the encouragement they need. He understands it comes with the territory. “Whether I want to be [a role model] or not,” Granger says, “I am one. I always have to remember that and watch what I do, what I say, and how I carry myself. I think it’s just part of the job of being a professional athlete.”

B I G L E A G U E B A S K E T B A L L : NBA All-Star and former Lobo Danny Granger viewed basketball as a means to get to college. He wasn’t so sure he’d make it into the pros … until the Pacers chose him in the first round of the NBA draft.

aLBUm Virginia R. Dugan, ’71 MA, ’75 EDSPC, Albuquerque, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. She specializes in alimony, marital and pre-marital agreements, and child support at Atkinson and Kelsey. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, ’71 PhD, Silver City, New Mexico, was appointed chair of the department of Chicana/Chicano and hemispheric studies at Western New Mexico University where he is Scholar in Residence. He is co-chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the New Mexico Library Association, and editor of Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Issues Today. Travis Price III, ’72 BUS, ’75 MARCH, Washington, DC, was selected as 2009 UNM School of Architecture & Planning Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Jon Kailey, ’73 BABA, Toledo, Ohio, after a long career with Owens Corning, is now director of international market development at BM. “Chile and the Patagonia will have to wait!” Jon writes. Dennis Liberty, ’73 BUS, Albuquerque, created a flag for display at the Laerken Gallery/Museum in Denmark. Dennis’ painting, “101 Views of the Sandias #18: Shear,” won best in show and first place at the New Mexico State Fair fine arts exhibit this year. Marc Nigliazzo, ’73 PhD, assumed the presidency of Arizona Western College in Yuma. Larry W. Greenly, ’74 MRC, ’78 MSCE, won first prize in the state division of the 2009 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest and second prize in the national division for his literary page in albuquerqueARTS. Sara Mount Malone, ’74 BSHE, ’93 MBA, Carrboro, North Carolina, earned honors in a graduate seminar on Latin paleography at UNC Chapel Hill, is continuing her Latin studies in the classics department, is researching an early 16th century manuscript in the Wilson Library Rare Book Collection, and is working full time as a staff member of the department of medicine. Clifton Snider, ’74 PhD, retired from teaching in the English department at California State University, Long Beach. His ninth collection of poems, Aspens in the Wind, was published by Chiron Review Press in 2009. Frances Bassett, ’75 BA, ’80 JD, Albuquerque, has joined the law firm of Fredericks Peebles & Morgan as a partner. She specializes in natural resources, water and environmental law, civil litigation, and appellate advocacy. w i n t e r

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whose lives he touches in Indiana, as well as in New Mexico where he conducts basketball camps, and even abroad. The Pacers recently made a goodwill trip to China, hosting NBA Cares events and running a clinic for kids. “It was a lot of fun interacting with the kids, Granger says. “Honestly, I don’t think [we] really understood each other that well,” he says, laughing. “I couldn’t understand what they were saying and they probably couldn’t understand what I was saying, but I think basketball was a common language between us. ... There are a lot of NBA fans in China.”

On the Court While life off the court has been good to Danny, it’s also been very, very good to him on the court. Last season, he was named to the NBA All-Star team by the league’s coaches and was

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Danny had his own struggles to deal with growing up. His parents divorced when he was 13 and he spent his childhood in inner city New Orleans. Life was tough, but his family was always close and his father was always there for him and his siblings, Scotty and Jamie. “My father has been a really big influence,” says Granger. “When times were really hard, he made it happen for us and pulled us through. He’s always been there for me basketball-wise, coaching me and helping me out to the best of his ability. He’s been there from day one—literally.” “A lot of my friends in the neighborhood I grew up in really didn’t have a fighting chance to make it,” he says. With that in mind, Danny became involved with a group of children

from Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. “I go visit the kids at the community center and play games with them. The area where I grew up in was very, very similar to the neighborhoods these kids come from.” “It makes me feel good, especially when you’re helping out kids who really don’t have much,” he adds. “A lot of these kids are being raised by their grandparents and they don’t know their fathers or their mothers because they didn’t want to raise them or don’t have the ability to raise them. That’s a hard life. “When you have a community center like Shepherd where the kids can come and have access to programs and people who will mentor them, I think it just gives them a bit of an edge.” Danny is undoubtedly leaving a lasting mark on all those children

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also named the NBA’s Most Improved Player after averaging 25.9 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, and 1.5 blocks per game. But it wasn’t always that way, Danny recalls. He was 5 when he started putting the orange through a hoop. “I was “okay – not great – but I loved playing,” he says, mildly. He also enjoyed watching Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and those guys from the great Bulls teams. “I did dream of playing in the NBA as I started getting older, but I was one of those kids who was kind of a realist and I knew, as far as statistics go, I probably didn’t have a good chance of going,” he says. In high school, the statistics began to speak volumes and Granger started making a name for himself. He was selected as an honorable mention McDonald’s All-American so there was some talent there, but where it would take him was still very much an uncertainty. However, he knew he had the ability to go to college and get a scholarship with the talent he had. “I was viewing basketball as a way to get my education and get a good job,” Granger says. “When I got my scholarship and got to college I realized maybe I could play pro ball.” He was a sophomore in college at Bradley University when he started getting really good. “That’s when I started making a lot of noise,” as Danny puts it. Granger played for the Bradley Braves for two seasons before transferring to UNM where he followed former Braves’ assistant coach Duane Broussard, who remains a good friend. Former Lobo head coach Ritchie McKay was an assistant coach at Bradley during Broussard’s last two seasons as a player. It was Broussard’s relationship with McKay that helped

convince Danny to go west to study civil engineering and play basketball at UNM. At New Mexico, Danny led the Mountain West Conference in scoring (19.5 ppg) and ranked fifth in rebounding (9.0 rpg) during his junior season as a Lobo. During his senior season the stats were equally impressive. He was second in scoring (18.8 ppg), steals (2.1 spg), and blocks (2.0 bpg), and third in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and three-point field goal percentage (.433). Those stats enabled Danny, a virtual unknown, to become an NBA Lottery pick, drafted in the first round, the 17th player overall to be taken.

The Land of Enchantment “They were some of the best years of my life, honestly,” Danny says of his time in the Duke City. “I met my lifelong friends there. I met my wife in Albuquerque. I’m still very good friends with all the coaches that were there.” “I am grateful for a lot of things that I was able to achieve while I was there and I feel like I had to try and find a way to give back,” he says. Danny has given back generously, with a $500,000 gift over five years toward renovation of The Pit. Granger enjoyed his time in New Mexico so much that he plans to retire here with his wife when his playing days are over. He’s even building a house, a “Batcave” of sorts, actually, worthy of a Superhero, which, to many people, Granger is. “Albuquerque’s a great place. It’s really quiet. The scenery is great and I have a lot of friends there who I’m really close with, not to mention my wife’s family. So I think that’d be the perfect place to be. I appreciate all the support of New Mexico and I look forward to coming back next summer.”

aLBUm Pete Campos, ’75 BA, ’03 DED, is president of Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Daniel J. O’Brien, ’75 BA, ’80 MBA, ’83 JD, served as president of the 2009 Western States Bar Conference in Oahu. He is with the O’Brien & Ulibarri law firm in Albuquerque. [We erroneously published this information under 1956 BSME, for which we extend our apologies.] Robert Manzanares, ’76 BS, is presidentelect of the New Mexico Dental Association. His dental practice is in Española. Ed Briggs, ’77 MA, Albuquerque, retired after 13 years as Grant Middle School principal and 33 years with Albuquerque Public Schools. Timothy Hampton, ’77 BUS, is professor of French and holds the Bernie H. Williams Chair of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature and Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Reinventing Renaissance France. Dorothy S. “Jo” Moore, ’77 BA, Torreon, New Mexico, published two novels this year, Adobe Dreams and The Anglo, and two short-story collections, Turquoise and Obsidian and Other Obsessions (Obsidian Press). The books are set in New Mexico and excerpts can be found at Marijo Rymer, ’78 BA, Denver, is executive director of The Arc of Colorado which advocates for persons with developmental disabilities.

TOM BROWNING Tom Browning, ’79 BA, Cincinnati, is director of sales and marketing at RS Hanline in its retail products division. William F. Lang, ’79 BA, ’82 JD, retired as Chief Judge on the Second Judicial District Court. He will do mediation and projects from his Albuquerque office.

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aLBUm Richard Melzer, ’79 PhD, received a Star Award from the City of Belen for his community service. His latest book is Buried Treasures: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History. He is professor of history at UNM-Valencia and past-president of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Nancy Theriot, ’80 MA, ’84 PhD, is professor and chair of women and gender studies at the University of Louisville (Kentucky).

Most of us know what’s happening in our neighbors’ backyards – but we may not know what’s happening with our neighbors across our southern border. That’s why a trio of journalists and educators

from UNM and the Universidad Fray Luca Paccioli in Cuernavaca,

Mexico, formed the Cross-Border Issues Group (CBIG): to investigate

Armondo DeCarlo, ’81 BSME, transferred within the Department of Defense from Virginia to Utah where he joined the Defense Contract Management Agency, Space and Missile Division, as an aerospace engineer at the ATK Thiokol Brigham City facility. Selby Lucero, ’81 BAA, is the Rio Rancho Public School District’s new maintenance manager. He is responsible for the supervision of maintenance staff and projects in all of Rio Rancho’s 19 schools.

and share information about issues relevant to audiences on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

The three—Richard Schaefer, associate professor of communication and journalism at UNM; Arturo López Durán, Richard’s counterpart in Cuernavaca; and I, Carolyn Gonzales, a senior writer in the UNM communication and marketing office—began a series of sojourns across the border with journalism students, beginning in 2007. The trips are meant to give students a “backpack journalism experience”— teaching the future journalists to find a story, gather information in a non-English-speaking region, and produce and submit a report single-handedly. But the trips teach more than journalistic skills. During this summer’s field experience in Oaxaca, we focused on the issue of migration to the US from the perspective of Mexican

migrants. We learned that audiences on both sides of the border need to know that most migrants want what all of us want – an opportunity to support our families, lead peaceful lives, and a chance to pursue our hopes and dreams.

Blog 1: Oaxaca City, Oaxaca The Cross-Border Issues Group had an early breakfast, loaded our arms with video equipment and set out across the centro of Oaxaca City to Casa del Buen Samaritano, the safe house for the Centro de Orientación del Migrante de Oaxaca (Oaxacan Migrant Orientation Center). COMI’s objective is to support migrants who leave home in search of a better future. They treat migrants with compassion and respect, explaining to them the risks, consequences, rights, and obligations

W O R R I E D PA R E N T S : Carolyn Gonzales thanks Pantaleón Hernandez Ignacio and Victoriana Aguilar Cuevas, of the Oaxacan village of Magdalena Teitepac, for sharing the story of their son Roberto Hernández Cuevas with the Cross-Border Issues Group. Roberto was last seen in the Sonora Desert in May, attempting to migrate to the US.

KEVIN FITZWATER Kevin Fitzwater, ’82 BA, ’92 JD, was recognized by the National Alliance for Mental Illness for his community contributions in the field. He is founder and current presiding judge of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Court Mental Health Court. John R. Shelton, ’82 BA, Albuquerque, is treasurer of the board of the UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation and principal of MarketSpace Financial. Sayuri Nixon, ’82 BS, ’98 BAFA, a self-proclaimed “science geek who works in the department of neurosciences, had a sculpture, “3SQUARES = 9,” in the UNM Staff as Artists Show this summer. Rita M. Padilla-Gutierrez, ’82 MA, Jarales, New Mexico, serves as Secretary of the Town of Tome Land Grant and is a member of the New Mexico Land Grant Consejo.

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be paid much. They will be marginalized and discriminated against. Many migrants are young and are used as mules for drug traffickers. Returning, of their own will or not, they have a different mentality. They have a hard time fitting in again at home. “People know they left to improve their lot, but they return different, without the same sense of culture, family, and community. Faith, which is strong in Oaxaca and Central America, Carolyn Gonzales

associated with emigration from Central America, Mexico, and Oaxaca. They provide three days and nights of lodging and meals in a safe, comfortable environment. Through an agreement with a local clinic, they also provide medical attention to those in need. Padre Fernando Cruz Montes minced no words when he spoke of migration as an unintended consequence of globalization. The idea behind it might have been to export

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free trade across the world, but the effect has been, he said, that the rich are richer and the poor, poorer. Migration moves poor people off the land and to large cities and motivates them north to the United States. What happens to the pueblos from which the migrants leave? Both community and the family break down. Agricultural communities are abandoned to become ghost towns inhabited only by old people, he said. The stories of those who leave to take the perilous journey to a new life are fraught with exploitation. “Migrants suffer in transit. They die on the trains, in the rivers and roads. They die in the desert. And their dreams die with them,” Padre Fernando said. They arrive in a country with unfamiliar laws. Getting caught puts them at a risk greater than paying a fine. They will get a job, but they won’t 18


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is thrown back at their communities when they come back,” he said. “El migrante es nuestro hermano o Diós no es nuestro Padre,” he said. “The migrant is our brother or God is not our Father.”

Blog 2: Magdalena Teitipac, Oaxaca Roberto’s Family The morning’s interviews were going to be tough. We were going to meet with a family whose son, Roberto, has been missing since mid-May. He left to migrate to the United States, and was last seen in the Sonora Desert. His family is understandably distraught. Roberto, 23, is the youngest of four children. He lived in Los Angeles since 2003, having followed his brother Rolando to the US. He worked as a cook’s helper in a restaurant there. He came back to visit his family in Oaxaca in late 2008 and started to talk about

leaving again when coyotes put the call out that they were organizing a group to go north. He left on April 27 and was last heard from on May 8. What set the alarms off with his family was that those with whom he’d left came back, but not with Roberto. Rolando said the coyotes told them the trip wasn’t particularly arduous, requiring a two-night walk across the desert, which was why Roberto chose to go with him. His friend Abel was also making the journey. It turned into a 2 day, 2 night walk that commenced at 1 p.m. Roberto, his family learned, became sick – likely dehydration and hunger, since they’d neither eaten nor had clean water. Border Patrol agents were scanning the area around Ajo, so the two coyotes decided to split the group to give them a better chance of avoiding capture and improving the chance that at least one group would get through. Roberto, who’d been struggling, fell, and encouraged Abel to go on. Roberto’s mother, father, and brother wear their grief in their eyes. They pray for him several times daily and want to know if Roberto is in God’s watchful eye on earth or in heaven. ...

Blog 3: Oaxaca City, Oaxaca CBIG heard from Wendy Vogt, a Fulbright Scholar working on her anthropology dissertation at the University of Arizona. She started interviewing Central American migrants in 2005. She described Mexico as a cemetery without crosses for the migrants who died in the country making their way north. … She described migrants as a lucrative source of income in Mexico. People sell things to them along the way – bread, gloves, jackets – and the police and others shake them down … That presence is one reason migrants opt to avoid the regular roads. They take the train, La Bestia, The Beast,

as it is called by the migrants because it is so dangerous. Many a migrant has lost a limb or life trying to hop aboard a moving train. Train conductors often work in concert with robbers. They stop the trains and allow the robbers to board and fleece the migrants. Vogt talked about a couple who worked as polleros – smugglers of migrants. “The woman brought her 8-day-old baby along when moving people. The child is now 3 and growing up on the migrant trail,” she said, adding that the family traveled as such to deflect attention. …

Blog 4: Ixtepec, Oaxaca Padre Alejandro Solalinde We headed to the Albergue of Padre Alejandro Solalinde, a mission that aids migrants on the trail north… It was mostly young boys from Honduras and El Salvador. Richard emailed his family: “Those young boys know so little about life in the United States, and marveled at our iPods and digital cameras. They knew absolutely nothing about crossing a desert in summertime—something that all of them hope to do in the next week or two, mostly southwest of Tucson.” Richard gave a lesson in finding water in the desert and donated iodine pills that were in his first aid kit – telling [the boys] how to use them and to avoid drinking water that did not support plant life because it would be laced with arsenic and that the pills are only effective at killing bacteria. An item we wished we’d had to give was old sneakers. The heat along the trail, and the hard rains are deadly on shoes. The desert is the most dangerous crossing, with about two migrants dying each week along the 100 miles of border that begins south of Tucson and runs west toward Mexicali. Paola (Universidad Fray Luca Paccioli student) asked if I wanted to go to the tracks with a couple of the

students and several migrants to see where they climb and get off the trains. We climbed up a rocky expanse below the tracks and noticed the area littered with clothing, empty water bottles and discarded, worn out shoes. We walked along the tracks talking to the migrants about their experiences of running along the train to grab a rail, get a hand hold, and scale the train. They either climb on top and tether themselves or stand on platforms between the train cars, sometimes for as long as five hours. As exhaustion kicks in, they told us, sometimes migrants lose their grip, fall, and are killed or maimed by the train. We shot about six hours of interviews in the afternoon. Between heat and tension, we were all exhausted when Padre Alejandro returned to talk with us. He was gracious and turned our weariness into a compliment, saying he knew we were hot and exhausted, and unaccustomed to the elements. He noted the reality of that as a constant for the migrants…. The weary group then said our goodbyes to Padre Alejandro and the migrants and headed back to our hotel. Our ears would be listening for the sounds of the trains.

Retrospective: Important to my experience this year was my reaction when I came home. We saw horrific scenes and heard of others. After conducting the interviews, listening to them, transcribing, and translating them, I had a profound sense of responsibility to the people who had generously shared their stories with me. How can I get the message out? How can I make a difference? I still carry many of the migrants’ stories with me wherever I go. I’m glad to have them with me. I share their stories and wonder if they arrived here safely. I hope they achieve their Sueño Americano.

aLBUm Thomas L. Brown II, ’83 BSCH, was nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral, and will be assigned as deputy commander, Special Operations Command Euorpe, Vaihingen, Germany. He currently serves as commanding officer, Naval Special Warfare Group One, San Diego. Steven L. Parrish, ’83 BA, Longwood, Florida, passed the Project Management Professional Certification through the Program Management Institute. He is a project manager for training devices, simulations, and systems at SAIC. Judith Neese Woods, ’83 MA, Albuquerque, published her newest novel, Sicilian Enigma. She refers us to John B. Arden, ’84 PhD, Sebastopol, California, is co-author with Lloyd Linford of Brain-Based Therapy for Children and Adolescents, for mental health professionals. John is the director of training for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers for the Northern California Region. Diane M. Menapace, ’84 BSHE, ’86 MAPA, Albuquerque, retired this summer from the US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration after 38 years of federal service. Eric Paul Shaffer, ’84 MA, published his first novel, Burn & Learn, or Memoirs of the Cenozoic Era (Leaping Dog Press, 2009), set in Albuquerque, often at the Frontier Restaurant. His fifth book of poetry, Lahaina Noon, received an Award of Excellence in the Ka Palapala Po’okela Book Awards (Hawai’i Book Publishers Association). He teaches literature and composition at Honolulu Community College. Edward Argueta, ’85 BSCE, Colorado Springs, was with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan earlier this year working on roads in support of our troops and the government of Afghanistan. He now works at Peterson Air Force Base, where NORTHCOM is located. Richard J. Berry, ’85 BBA, is the new mayor of Albuquerque and the first Republican mayor in 25 years. Melody Groves, ’85 MA, Albuquerque, is the author of Border Ambush (La Frontera/ UNM Press, 2009), a novel about life on the Southwest frontier in the 1860s. Marietta Patricia Leis, ’85 MA, ’88 MFA, Albuquerque, exhibited her artwork at the Grants Pass Museum of Art, Oregon, and the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook this summer and fall.

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Nose around in the life story of almost any person who has achieved professional and personal success and you will find the same hallmarks:

a strong value system, a positive attitude, perseverance, and gratitude,

to name a few. That’s definitely the case with Renwyck (Ren) Elder, ’81 BS, and William R. Thompson, Jr., ’77 BA, ’81 MD. But their stories have a twist: they are both African-American and hail from Española,

New Mexico. During the era in which they grew up, Española boasted a grand total of three black families. Ren, who now lives in Texas, is a senior vice president at WellPoint, Inc., the largest health benefits plan in the US, and president of WellPoint NextRx, WellPoint’s pharmacy benefit manager. William is a radiation oncologist at Radiation Oncology Associates in Albuquerque and an associate professor of medicine at UNM Health Sciences Center. Ren and William—whom Ren respectfully refers to as “Dr. Thompson”—formed a deep bond in Española. It’s a friendship that has endured for some 40 years.

Fundamentals of success Ren’s family moved around the Southwest frequently. They came to Española in 1966, left, and resettled

there in 1968. Ren’s father was a hard-working man, but tended to get fed up with his employment. “He’d come home and say, ’We’re moving,’ pack up the station wagon, and move us,” Ren recalls. “I like to focus on the benefits of whatever environment I’m in, rather than the negative aspects. [Moving around a lot] helped make me more flexible, adaptable, and able to deal with people from all walks of life. It was quite beneficial.” Ren’s parents took to Española, however, and Mr. Elder decided to quit his sawmill work—the wood-dust aggravated his asthma—and buy the Fairview Exxon station. It was a wise career move. “Española was the low-rider capital, and that was good

aLBUm Steve McKee, ’85 BBA, Albuquerque, is author of When Growth Stalls: How It Happens, Why You’re Stuck, and What to Do About It. Reuben Murray, ’85 BAFA, Albuquerque, joined the Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital as controller. Bruce D. Padilla, ’85 BBA, Houston, is regional manager, West Coast, for Baccarat North America, the French crystal company. John Tuttle, ’85 MA, ’89 PhD, Florence, North Carolina, is author of The Trustus Plays (The Hammerstone, Drift, and Holy Ghost) and Two South Carolina Plays (including Holy Ghost and The White Problem). He is professor of English at Francis Marion University and playwright-in-residence at Trustus Theatre. Eileen Higgins, ’87 BSME, moved from Miami to Washington, DC, for six months of training with the State Department, and then to Mexico City where she now works for the US Embassy. Carmella Padilla, ’87 BA, authored El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Living History in New Mexico’s La Ciénega Valley (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009). The historic Spanish Colonial-era ranch just south of Santa Fe is the site of New Mexico’s only living history museum. Rich Calabro, ’88 MS, Albuquerque, has been promoted to dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering at Central New Mexico Community College. Renee M. Gilmore, ’88 BUS, Plymouth, Minnesota, is web content manager at Prescription Solutions, a UnitedHealth Group Company, in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Shannon K. Hale, ’88 BAFA, Santa Fe, is represented by Grimshaw Fine Arts in Taos. Her paintings are color-saturated landscapes inspired by the Southwest. Richard Charles “Reese” Jackson, ’88 BSCPE, Bosque Farms, New Mexico, retired from Shell Oil, after 21 years as instrument and control systems engineer and senior automation consultant. Will Jordan, ’88 PhD, Wakefield, Rhode Island, welcomes his inaugural novel, The Incarnation of Catman Billy (The Press of Light), described as part animal story and part allegory for our time. Vincent Payne, ’88 BAA, ’96 MARCH, was promoted to associate at SMPC Architects in Albuquerque.

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arts school in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and his mother was a housewife. The family headed west seeking a drier, more temperate climate for William, who, like Mr. Elder, suffered from asthma. After a couple of years in Albuquerque, William’s father earned a master’s degree in education from UNM. The only member of his immediate family to receive a university degree, Mr. Thompson was passionate about education. His master’s degree garnered him job offers throughout New Mexico, but he fell in love with Española and its apple orchards.

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for my father,” says Ren. “The only entertainment was cruising.” In those days, gas station attendants (remember them?) pumped gas, cleaned windshields, checked oil and tire pressure, and did repairs. The work agreed with Ren’s father. He loved to work; the station closed at midnight, and he often worked 15 hours a day, seven days a week. His personality contributed much to his success. “He had great interpersonal skills, and used them to build his business,” Ren recalls. “He instilled in me a lot of the people skills I have.”

H E A LT H Y S U C C E S S : William R. Thompson, Jr., left, is a practicing physician with Radiation Oncology Associates in New Mexico as well as associate professor at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. Pharmacist Ren Elder is a top executive with WellPoint, living in Texas. The two friends from Española attribute much of their success to each other.

Although Ren worked there throughout high school, it didn’t always feel like work. “I spent time there with my brother and Dr. Thompson,” he says. “I was very much into cars and built my own hot rod. I was driving at age 13 and got my license at age 15. As soon as I got my license I bought a car.”

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“On the very first day of school, I got the lecture [from my father] about staying out of trouble, but what did I do? I got into a fight,” William recalls. “It was embarrassing to be called into the principal’s office and asked, ‘Isn’t your father a teacher here?’” Both boys’ fathers had high expectations for their sons. William felt more pressure to succeed academically because of his dad’s position; Ren’s dad counted on his son to give customers the great service his gas station was known for.

“I worked at the gas station during my last year of high school and during all my college breaks,” recalls William. “We worked really hard. If there was nothing to do, [Ren and I] would sit together and talk. Ren’s younger brother worked there too. We called him ’Grandpa’ because whenever a car came in, he was the last person to get there.”

Influence and motivation Both boys chose majors in health-related fields at UNM, which reinforced their friendship. Ren first became interested in pharmacy through another great “people person” in Española. Melecio Fresquez, owner of Pueblo Drugs, asked Ren if he’d be interested in becoming a pharmacy intern. Ren, who by that time already had an interest in health care, agreed. “I realized that going into pharmacy would allow me to satisfy my health care interests and my retail interests,” he says. William became interested in medicine by finding himself at the receiving end of it far too often. His severe asthma attacks put him in the hospital several times, and instead of being repelled by hospitals, he became intrigued by them. “Our family physician, Dr. Mel Yordy, spent a significant amount of time with me,” he says, “and that stoked my interest in medicine.” He volunteered in Española Valley Hospital’s radiology department and studied chemistry at UNM. (He was accepted into Harvard, but couldn’t afford to attend.) By the time he graduated with his BA, he had decided on a career in medicine. William and Ren (whose brother and two sisters also attended UNM) became roommates at UNM and developed a plan to ensure that their student lives stayed in balance. “I love that we used to study together as

undergraduates,” says William. “We liked to party together too, so we’d say, ’We’ll party on this night, but we’ll make up for it by doing extra work on this particular day.’ And we needed that motivation. I was so thankful to have him during that time.” William graduated from UNM medical school in 1981. (His mother earned her GED that same year.) As an intern, his first patient was a cancer patient at the VA hospital. His specialty-defining “aha!” moment came when he rode with that patient in an ambulance to UNM Hospital. He was “blown away” by the math calculations inherent to oncology. Realizing that radiation oncology was the perfect blend of medicine, math, and patient care, William decided to specialize in that field.

In the life-saving business Ren worked as a pharmacist at Lovelace Health Plan. He became director of pharmacy at Lovelace, earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1997, and held several senior management positions in pharmacy network strategy for major corporations. In 2005, he joined WellPoint. As one of WellPoint’s top executives, he is “in the life-saving business, and we strive to make people’s lives more healthy and productive.” “As a pharmacy benefit manager, you’re supporting prescription benefits for millions of lives,” he continues. “We’re making sure people get the drugs they need for their medical conditions. I’m extremely proud of that.” Apart from his career, Ren takes great pleasure in his marriage of more than 30 years to Tonita, who also grew up in northern New Mexico. He’s proud of their two sons, 26 and 35, and caves in to the emotional demands of the family Chihuahua, Booboo.

After medical school and internship, William was on the cusp of going to San Francisco for his residency, but his wife, Sonya, wouldn’t have been able to join him. She was also expecting their first child. Serendipity intervened: UNM Cancer Center offered him a residency. He has been with Radiation Oncology Associates since 1988, but has also served as medical director of Memorial Ikard Cancer Treatment Center in Las Cruces, Cancer Institute of New Mexico in Santa Fe, UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, and The Cancer Center at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital. In addition to being a practicing physician, William is associate professor at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. He and Sonya, a 1980 graduate of the School of Nursing, have two children: the elder graduated from University of Denver College of Law and the younger attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

They came from Española Both Ren and William regret that they don’t have much time or opportunity to get together, with extremely busy lives and living in different states. But when they look back on four decades of friendship, education, and extraordinary success, the simple things are what comprise their fondest memories. “Ren has been a true friend through thick and thin, through good times and bad times,” William says. And Ren has always appreciated that William “has a lot of integrity, high morals, and is very bright but down-to-earth.” Both men admit that as UNM students, they endured some teasing because they were from Española, but it didn’t faze them. “We’re proud of where we’re from, and we let the results speak for themselves,” says Ren.

aLBUm Randall D. Roybal, ’88 BA, Placitas, New Mexico, was appointed executive director of the New Mexico Judicial Standard Commission where he has worked since 1998. Scott E. Turner, ’88 BA, ’92 JD, Albuquerque, is a New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law. Michael L. Garnes, ’88 MS, St. Augustine, Florida, was elected global board vice-chair for the National Association of Executive Recruiters. Michael is president of Next Level Executive Search. Cynthia Dobson McBride, ’89 BAEN, is serving as lead pastor of First Christian Church in Casper, Wyoming, following 10 years on the pastoral staff of First Christian in Bloomington, Illinois. Jorge Burbano, ’90 MARC, was promoted to senior associate at the Ratcliff Architectural Firm in Emeryville, California. He received the American Institute of Architects’ Alpha Rho Chi Medal. Noreen Duffy Copeland, ’90 MA, ’03 PhD, is principal of Holy Ghost Catholic School in Albuquerque. The school received the Blue Ribbon Certificate of Excellence in Education from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Marcus Garcia, ’90 BA, had his Law Office in Albuquerque accepted for listing in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Sarah L. Coca, ’91 BA, is founder of The Letters Home Project, based in Albuquerque, which provides writing materials to the troops so they can write home. You can reach her at Lori Ostlund, ’91 MA, San Francisco, received a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Lori’s first collection of short stories, The Bigness of the World (University of Georgia Press, 2009), won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Lori teaches at The Art Institute of California. Melissa Gallegos Ybarra, ’91 BSNU, ’96 AALA, joined Nurse Advice New Mexico in Albuquerque. Jon Hunner, ’92 MA, ’96 PhD, is the author of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Cold War, and the Atomic West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009). Jon is professor of history and directs the public history program at NMSU. He is also author of Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community. w i n t e r

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Eight or nine years ago, when Derek J. Smith, ’94 MS, ’97 PhD,

introduced his groundbreaking research of the influenza virus to the scientific community, he was met with skepticism by certain experts.

At his first conference, Derek recalls, one member of the World Health Organization (WHO) would retire with him and one of his collaborators to the bar and try to lay waste to their computer-generated findings, poking and probing for flaws. For four straight nights – and at a subsequent meeting – it continued. From every angle, he pounded at their work. No sooner than the researchers countered one of the man’s sallies, he launched another, then another. One might think that Derek would harbor some resentment toward his antagonist. Yet when he speaks of those encounters, he expresses only gratitude. “How fabulous is that?” says Derek, who studied computer science at UNM. “Some scientists challenge you in a nasty way. But most do it in a great way. And it is a generous thing to do, to really beat up on somebody.” For the British-born Smith, however, charity begins at home. Using computer analysis of data that spanned 35 years, Derek and his fellow researchers set

out to track the evolutionary changes in the notorious Hong Kong flu, and map telltale differences between strains, which had never been done. Such work could lead to better vaccines and other advances. And though the team had good results in just six months, five years would pass – an eternity in academia – before they published their findings. So much time was spent crash-testing the work, in fact, that Derek’s professional future hung in the balance.

Virus in Flux Derek, 50, is now a professor in the zoology department at the University of Cambridge in England and holds a seat on the WHO’s strain-selection committee, helping to determine what vaccine 300 million people around the world receive each year to stay safe from the flu. Four years ago, he received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award of $2.5 million. His color-coded antigenic maps, meanwhile, have given scientists

VIGILANT ABOUT VIRUSES: A don at Cambridge University, Derek Smith maps changes to the influenza virus, resulting in more effective vaccines.

aLBUm Robert D. Campbell, ’93 BA, accepted a new assignment with HSC, North America as vice president, performance and reward global functions. He and his wife, Tracie Campbell, ’92 BA, live in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Jerinda Schell, ’93 BS, practices family medicine at the Juan Tabo Healthcare Center of ABQ Health Partners. Jennifer Kemp, ’95 BA, joined the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality as a communications specialist. Sharon Garnand, ’95 BSPH, ’00 MD, Albuquerque, joined the Edgewood Pediatric Clinic. She is a board certified pediatrician. Richard Engstrom, ’95 MBA, joined Sagebrush Technology in Albuquerque as president and CEO. He has 30 years experience in management, and previously founded POD. Dante DiGregorio, ’96 MA, ’96 MBA, the Albert & Mary Jane Black Professor of Economic Development, was promoted to associate professor at UNM Anderson School of Management. Carolyn Gonzales, ’96 BA, senior communications specialist at UNM Communication and Marketing, received the fall 2009 Academic Scholarship from the Provost’s Committee for Staff. Janet Chapman, ’96 MA, Tijeras, New Mexico, is co-author (with Karen Barrie) of Kenneth Milton Chapman: A Life Dedicated to Indian Arts and Artists (UNM Press, 2009). The book received the Evans Biography Award from Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. Both authors are members of the extended Chapman family. Roann Sexson, ’96 BSN, was promoted by ABQ Health Partners to senior vice president of operations. Caroline Vital, ’96 BSED, ’09 MA, teaches fifth grade in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Dean N. Lavallee, ’97 BS, was in private practice as a veterinarian in New Mexico and Oregon. Last year, he was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army and stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, treating military working dogs, running the base veterinary clinic, and overseeing food safety on the base. His wife, Rebecca Merrill Lavallee, ’00 BSND, and three sons accompanied him. Shea McCandless, ’97 BA, published his first novel, Path of the Rose, the first in a series called Golden Dawn. Shea lives in Brazil on a small organic farm. David Leroy Lucero, ’98 MA, Chamisal, New Mexico, retired in 2008 after serving as principal at Dixon and Mountain View Elementary. w i n t e r

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and others a new way to visualize and think about the flu. “The unofficial cartographer of the influenza world” is what a writer for Science magazine dubbed him. “Derek walks his own path, and it’s wonderful that his own path is now one that the rest of the world views as so successful and that he’s able to have so much influence and do so much good,” says Stephanie Forrest, chairman of UNM’s computer science department. “But he would be walking the same path even if he didn’t have a job and no one was interested in what he was working on.” Though computers are critical to his efforts, Derek’s research is steeped in biology. His ultimate mission is to predict how pathogens, particularly influenza, will evolve. “The combination of basic science and public-health impact is what really interests me,” Derek says. Influenza, as the swine flu pandemic shows, poses a big challenge for scientists, mainly because it is constantly in flux. In short, the virus carries a certain disease-making protein, or antigen, that the immune system combats with antibodies. Vaccination or infection by the virus triggers that response. But when the protein mutates, those old antibodies might be ill-equipped to

help. Thus, the annual ritual of flu shots with updated strains of the virus. Derek’s study that withstood such a pummeling was published in 2004. That work, conducted with Alan Lapedes, from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Ron Fouchier, of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, involved 273 strains. Among other things, the researchers discovered that the virus tends to change just slightly for a few years then suddenly undergo a bigger, more threatening alteration. The computerized “maps” that Derek produced were not geographic maps, of course, but maps that showed “immunological distances” between the viruses, or how similar they were in regard to the immune system. As the antigens change, they appear on the maps as a descending series of colorful clusters that has been likened to an archipelago. All this, Derek says, opens the door for finding connections between the antigenic changes and genetic changes in the virus. That could translate into faster and better ways of monitoring the flu. A deeper understanding of the virus’s underlying mechanisms, meanwhile, points to better predictions about how it will change and to more effective vaccines.

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Find Something You Love By all accounts, Derek James Smith hardly fits the image of the stereotypical Cambridge don. Although he was interviewed by telephone for this article, friends confirm that he lacks the bushy-browed gravitas one might expect. Six-foot tall, he remains trim despite an oftentimes punishing schedule. “He’s a pretty adventurous guy,” says Terry Jones, ’95 PhD, a Barcelona-based computer scientist who collaborated with his old UNM friend on one major flu project. “He’s done all sorts of things, and I don’t know how many of them he wants revealed. He’s very much not your run-of-the-mill academic.” Derek has an idealistic bent and little fear of physical or professional risk. These days, he restricts his chances for bodily harm to the squash court. But he used to race cars in his spare time, competing in amateur and low-level professional events until it finally became too costly. An only child, Derek was raised in a single-parent home by his mother, Dorothy, an office manager, not far from Liverpool. “My mom always said to me, ’We spend a lot of our lives working, Derek, so the trick is to find something you really love, find something fun,’” he says. Derek would heed that advice through his undergraduate days at the University of Bradford in England, where he studied computer science, then for ten years as a research scientist for Texas Instruments, in London and Dallas, Texas. Drawn to public health, he came to UNM in 1992 to study under Forrest, who was using computers to model the immune system. Dividing his time between Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Institute research center, Derek wrote his dissertation on the immune system’s response to evolving strains of influenza, unwittingly laying the groundwork for future pursuits.

Along the way, Derek also took classes in flamenco dancing and photography. He, Terry Jones, and their friend Ron Hightower, ’96 PhD, were often spied around campus inline skating, riding unicycles, and juggling.

Proved Right In 1999, not long after completing a UNM postdoctoral fellowship, Derek was visiting the Erasmus Medical Center when he happened to meet virologist Ron Fouchier. The pair hit it off and decided to try working together. “It was this really great synergy between a theoretician and experimentalist,” says Derek. “That started a collaboration and great friendship that’s been going on for the last 10 years.” He worked in Rotterdam for a while. But as the antigenic project grew, Derek required a bigger research team. So it was that he landed at the University of Cambridge, which brought him aboard in 2003. (Four years later, he was named a full professor.) On the heels of the 2004 study, Derek was invited to attend WHO’s subsequent vaccine meeting. The price of admission, however, was that he process a virtual boatload of the most current flu data from all over the world. Overnight, his lab would go from analyzing 273 strains to close to 5,000, for a meeting just six weeks away. Terry Jones, hacker par excellence, signed on to do the heavy lifting, soldiering through weeks of 15-hour days. Finally, one day at close to four o’clock in the morning, the researchers were ready to compare the newly created maps with the previous ones. If they matched, it would be the best confirmation yet that the cartography method was a success, that it worked not only on a small scale but globally. If they failed to match, Derek would have an unenviable call to make to the folks at WHO. “We ran the optimization, and we looked at the maps, and it came out perfectly,” says Terry. “It was one of those moments when you look at each

other across the room and it’s like, ’We did it, it’s right, it’s working.’” Ever since, Derek has been a mainstay at WHO’s biannual vaccine-selection gatherings. While the organization’s experts are already well acquainted with the complicated antigenic data, Derek’s maps offer a quicker way to grasp what the virus is doing. “By having the computational aspect as part of the process, we’re both able to present our data with greater confidence and display the data in such a way that people can understand it more clearly,” says Nancy Cox, influenza chief for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a key player in WHO’s vaccine-selection process.

Another Way to Go Derek and company have enjoyed continued success. Their 2008 study, led by researcher Colin A. Russell, revealed the global migratory path of Influenza A, the most virulent type of flu. Working with the CDC, Derek’s lab has also been integrally involved in the surveillance of swine flu, describing its virological characteristics in a recent report and trying to predict what course the virus will take. And though Derek probably could have made a profit from his antigenic map-making software, he instead offered it free to anyone who wanted it. His lab has been contacted by numerous researchers looking to conduct studies of everything from HIV to foot-and-mouth disease. “We try to support that without getting too distracted ourselves,” he says. That’s not to say distractions are out altogether. Last year, when Fouchier won a major award, he and Derek celebrated by taking in a Tom Waits concert in Edinburgh, Scotland. Asked what he likes about the gravelly-voiced singer, Derek says that he is taken by Waits’ independent spirit and professional risk-taking, traits that the scientist himself knows a thing or two about.

aLBUm Ryan Stark, ’98 BA, is the public relations manager for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. He came to the museum after five years with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Mary Alice Jamison-Garcia, ’98 BA, Albuquerque, was promoted to director of compliance at Molina Healthcare of New Mexico where she worked for nine years. Laurie Mellas, ’99 BUS, senior program manager of UNM Parent Relations, received the 2009 Jim Davis Outstanding Councilor Award from the UNM Staff Council for her commitment to improving the work-life balance for university staff. Kevin Banks, ’00 BSCE, works as an associate engineer at Larkin Group NM in Albuquerque. Adam J. Battaglia, ’00 BBA, graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, and is a general dentist in Arnold, Missouri. Marti Morales, ’00 BS, is an assistant professor of biology at Adrian (Michigan) College. Gabi Rojas, ’00 BA, ’08 BA, is in Denver dancing for the Cleo Parker Robinson Company. Gabi was on the cover of the fall 2009 Mirage. Christopher Smith-Lopez, ’00 BAFA, showed his work in the UNM Staff as Artists Art Show this summer. He is a program specialist at El Centro de la Raza. Melissa Valles, ’00 BABA, ’08 MBA, is assistant vice president/advertising and promotions manager at First Community Bank in Albuquerque. Jennifer A. Facio, ’01 BAA, ’06 MARCH, is an associate with SMPC Architects in Albuquerque. Marcus J. Rael Jr., ’01 JD, Albuquerque, was appointed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to serve on the New Mexico Lottery Authority. Marcus is the managing partner of the Robles, Rael & Anaya law firm. Ryley Webb-Hendry, ’01 BABA, ’03 MS, is chief operating officer at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Davis Begay, ’02 BUS, Denver, was appointed Honorary Consul General of Japan by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Barbara Witemeyer, ’02 BA, received the Governor’s Volunteer Award and the Henrietta J. Smith Retired & Senior Volunteer Program’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a docent and educational and program chair for the Friends of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. w i n t e r

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Regents’ Scholars alumni say the benefits of their scholarship live on

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Tiffany Lin (above), ’08 PharmD, lives in Albuquerque where she is a pharmacist at the University of New Mexico Hospital. She completed a general practice pharmacy residency this year. At UNM: Tiffany was introduced to her mentor, pharmacy professor William Troutman • by not having to work, she had the “peace of mind” to perform well academically, become involved as a tutor at Jefferson Middle School, and continue teaching children’s classes and learning martial arts from her dad at the Chinese Culture Center • became involved in the honors program, which she says helped her become more well-rounded, expand her academic horizons, and meet some of her closest friends. After UNM: Tiffany was admitted into pharmacy school where she became involved in leadership opportunities key to her career today • had “greater confidence to want even more to exceed expectations not just academically but in life in general” • graduated from school debt-free, without financial worry, allowing her to complete her residency. More importantly, Tiffany says, “I was able to focus and spend more time with my family and friends.” 28


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Orlando T. Garcia, ’03 BSCP, ’08 MS, Redondo Beach, California, was promoted to Captain in the US Air Force.

In the two decades since the UNM Board of Regents created a scholarship program celebrating “achievement, scholarship, and promise,” for highly motivated and accomplished students, more than 200 young people have benefited from the Regents’ largesse, and graduated. Sixty-six more are enrolled today. They receive UNM tuition and fees, room and board, and books for four years. They are assigned outstanding faculty mentors. And, they participate in the University Honors Program, while receiving specialized advisement and registration privileges. They bring with them “energy, a love of learning, and a dedication to success” that is “nothing short of inspirational,” says UNM President David J. Schmidly. “Ours is a better campus and better community because of them,” he adds. “They bring a wealth of different experiences to UNM,” says Diane Rawls, ’71 BA, ’83 PhD, who oversees the program in University Honors. “We hope, of course, that they’ll end up staying in New Mexico, which many of them do – that strengthens our state via their abilities and contributions. Almost all of them continue their educations with professional school or graduate school, which reflects well on the preparation and education they got while undergraduates at UNM.” Mirage contacted a handful of graduates spanning the years. We asked them how the Regents’ scholarship benefited their lives as students at UNM and afterwards. Their answers included the gifts of friendship, confidence, a broad view of the world, balance, and the financial freedom to pursue their dreams.

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Scott Darnell, ’07 BA (political science), lives near Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is in his second year of graduate School at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A Public Service Fellow, he expects to receive a master’s degree in public policy in June, 2010. At UNM: Scott met and later married “the love of [his] life” • was elected State Chairman of the New Mexico College Republicans • co-taught an Honors seminar, “Memories of the Holocaust” • was encouraged by the Regents’ Scholar program to take a leave of absence in 2004 to serve as central New Mexico field director for the Bush presidential campaign. After UNM: Scott says because of his term as field director, he had “tremendous employment opportunities in the New Mexico political system” – communications director and executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico, statewide campaign manager, and political commentator on KNME-TV’s “New Mexico In Focus” • was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.

Bruno Quirici, ’03 BSCE, has been employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers since 2003. He is deployed until December 2009 in the Afghanistan Engineer District, improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and our soldiers. Cecilia Travick-Jackson, ’03 PhD, Camarillo, California, is associate professor at California Lutheran University. Robert Metoyer, ’04 BARC, joined CTA Architects Engineers in Billings, Montana, as an architect-in-training, and is now a LEED Accredited Professional. Valoree J. Newton, ’04 BSDH, Farmington, New Mexico, works full-time at Presbyterian Medical Services and Piñon Hills Dental. Lindsey Blessing, ’05 BS, graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas and joined her mentor at Life Source Chiropractic in Albuquerque. Renée Diamond, ’05 JD, is a shareholder at Martinez, Hart &Thompson in Albuquerque. Alaina Goff, ’05 MS, a UNM graduate student in anthropology, spent the past year working on a Smithsonian Institution research project identifying the remains of unknown Civil War soldiers buried at Fort Craig cemetery in New Mexico. Her research was featured in the Washington Post. Hayden Gaston, ’06 BABA, joined the accounting and auditing department of Burt & Company CPAs in Albuquerque. David K. Steele, ’06 BSEE, after receiving a master’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in digital signal processing at Georgia Tech, returned to Albuquerque where he is on the technical staff at Sandia Labs. Coast Guard Seaman Erik J. Coleman, ’07 BA, graduated from the US Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey. Ricardo N. Cordova, ’07 BA, Clive, Iowa, is note editor for the Drake Law Review 2009-2010 at Drake University where he has completed his second year of law studies. Ping Jin, ’07 BSNU, received a Nightingale Scholarship from the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and the Nightingale Scholarship Committee. She is working toward a master’s degree in nurse midwifery at UNM. Crystal L. Kasuse, ’07 BUS, ’08 AA, Sanders, Arizona, currently works in Apache County as an adult probation officer in a small community near the Navajo Reservation. She specializes in pre-sentence report interviewing and writing. w i n t e r

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Fred Melendres, ’99 BA (economics), lives in San Diego and is a corporate healthcare

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attorney at the law firm of Latham & Watkins. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2002.

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At UNM: Fred played Division I soccer and competed in Germany • was ASUNM President and student representative to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education • won the Truman Scholarship. After UNM: Fred attended Yale Law School • joined the international law firm of Latham & Watkins • led a balanced life. “One of my favorite things about the Regents’ Scholar program was the emphasis on being a well-rounded student and person,” he says. Fred writes lyrics, has co-formed a company that sells t-shirts with hand-drawn designs, plays recreational soccer, gives back through pro-bono and community activities, and, most enjoyably, spends time with his niece and nephews.

only group of three siblings each of whom was a Regents’ Scholar. “You need look no further than our parents for the answer to how this came to pass,” says Fred. “Our

succeed but also a belief that

Lana Melendres-Groves, ’00 BS, ’04 MD, did her residency at UNMH in internal medicine. Now a board certified internist, she is specializing in pulmonary critical care and will finish in December 2010. Lana lives in Albuquerque with her husband, Joshua Groves, and their two sons, Charlie Arthur, 2, and Oliver Richard, 5 months.

we could do whatever we

At UNM: Lana became an academic all-American while playing for the UNM women’s soccer team •

wanted if we were willing

coached a girls’ youth soccer team • made some of her best friends (one a fellow Regents’ Scholar) “who continue to be a huge part of my life and my sanity,” she says.

parents worked tirelessly so that we would have (not only) every opportunity to

to work hard to attain it. It is their loyalty to UNM, something we sensed from a very young age, which drew us there as well. In

Paul Melendres, ’96 BA (biology), has made his home in Albuquerque where he is an attorney and founding partner of Melendres, Melendres & Harrigan. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law in 1999.

the Melendres family, we

At UNM: Paul was ASUNM vice-president, and worked on changing the New Mexico Constitution so

believe that everyone

that a student regent could be appointed to the Board of Regents • obtained dual degrees in economics and science, which has helped him address the complex nature of many legal cases • was a national finalist for the Rhodes’ Scholarships. “It was an honor to represent UNM at the national level,” he says. After UNM: Paul attended New York University School of Law • worked on Wall Street with the international law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan • moved back to Albuquerque with his wife, Paige, and their son and daughter, and opened Melendres & Melendres. This year the firm brought on a new partner and opened an office in San Diego.

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aLBUm Amanda Beth Kraft, ’07 BA, is an English instructor for Chinese and Mongolian university students in Inner Mongolia University in the rural city of Tongliao, China. She also travels, studies Mandarin, volunteers at an orphanage, and advocates for feminism.

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Rachel Martin, ’07 BA, Albuquerque, is administrative coordinator at ITT Technical Institute’s associate degree program in nursing.

Anna Nogar, ’00 BS (biochemistry and Spanish), lives in Albuquerque. She is an assistant professor at UNM, in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. She received her PhD in Hispanic literature and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has returned to New Mexico none too soon, having closed her e-mail to Mirage with “Hook ‘em!” in place of “Go Lobos!”

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At UNM: Between the Regents’ Scholars and the University Honors programs, Anna found “a supportive, fun, challenging community, excellent mentoring, and a sense of place on an often-overwhelming campus • met wonderful professors and friends with whom she continues to share great relationships • traveled to Spain and Cuba with the UHP Conexiones program and Spanish department. After UNM: Anna has visited her UNM friends as they move from country to country and around the world. “Almost everywhere I’ve lived or visited, there’s been a friendly Regents’ Scholar face somewhere to meet up with for coffee or to offer a place to stay!”

Kurt Sorenson, ’07 BSME, and his Albuquerque band, Asper Kourt, won a national battle of the bands competition sponsored by Song Joust Records over the summer, for which the band was awarded a recording contract. In December, readers will find out if Asper Kourt was named “Best Local Band Headed for Stardom” by ABQ the Magazine.

KATHRYN BACH Kathryn Bach, ’08 BABA, Albuquerque, has joined Pulakos & Alongi as an audit staff accountant.

David Luna, ’96 BS (biochemistry), lives in Los Angeles. He is medical director of St. Anthony Medical Centers, a non-profit community health center targeting medically underserved populations. David received his MD from the University of San Francisco in 2001. Last year he was featured in a Los Angeles Times article as a member of the community who has achieved success and still gives back. At UNM: David was featured in a TV commercial for the Regents’

Scholars Program (making his family very proud) • traveled to Peru to conduct medical research for patients with HIV/AIDS through a National Institutes of Health grant • broadened his education with courses outside the sciences in the Honors program. “I am so proud that I was able to read classics and many different authors that I never would have” otherwise, he says. After UNM: David was inspired to work toward his medical degree and give back to the underserved community, “as many scholars do” • “learned to have an open mind to new experiences, to be open to world travel and other cultures, and to embrace differences” • took to heart his Hispanic heritage.

NICHOLE GERARDO Nicole Gerardo, ’08 BA, is the marketing coordinator for Edit House Productions in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, responsible for media and advertising coordination and graphic design. Josephine Mendoza, ’08 BBA, Los Lunas, New Mexico, graduated from AmeriCorps (NCCC Pacific Region), wrapping up 10 months of community service nationwide. w i n t e r

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Adriana Rowe Roze, ’96 BAFA, lives in Los Feliz, a neighborhood just east of Hollywood, California. After graduating from UNM, she left to pursue an acting career in New York City. Her band, The Endless, has just released its fourth album. She is starring in a web series, Space Hospital, a retro-futuristic comedy. At UNM: Adriana met and worked with “some of the most excellent and inspiring artists I have ever known and forged some of the most cherished friendships of my life” • acted in several productions that made her “work harder, think smarter, and go deeper” as an actor and gave her “a sense of discipline and respect for the craft” • because of the financial freedom the scholarship provided, did summer stock in theatres back East. After UNM: Adriana has had the confidence to pursue a career in the arts • by saving money in college, was able to move to New York and act professionally in theatres throughout the country • became a writer, poet, and lyricist. 32


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Manny Montoya, ’99 BA (economics), lives in Atlanta where he is in his final year of doctoral studies in foreign relations and comparative literature at Emory University.

Domonick Sanchez, ’08 BA, graduated from the US Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

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whom he has maintained a strong and lasting relationship • had “the rare opportunity to utilize UNM’s resources without feeling encumbered by financial concerns” • engaged in professional development that extended well beyond the classroom, e.g. public service activities and workshops directed to furthering the scholars’ education. After UNM: Manny has maintained a close relationship with UNM and the community it serves • his friendships—many from the Regents’ community—have been the backbone of a good and productive way of living • had the confidence to apply for other fellowships, which have given him access to graduate school.

Matthew Mazzei, ’09 MAACT, joined REDW The Rogoff Firm in Albuquerque as an accountant in the audit and consulting department. Amanda R. Valerio, ’09 BA, continues her studies in the master’s program in health care management at UNM and works in the College of Nursing’s accounting office. Retraction: In the fall 2008 Mirage, we noted that Kristin Martinez had joined New Mexico Community Capital ( as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We have been informed since then that we attributed this information to an alum named Kristin Martinez, and that the Kristin Martinez of NMCCAP is not a UNM alum. We apologize for the error.

MaR R IaGeS Andrea Roth, ’95 BA (math and political science), received her JD from Yale Law School in 1998. After nine years of practice at the Washington, DC Public Defender Service, she has just moved to San Francisco. She is now a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. At UNM: Andrea was on the debate team and traveled all over the US and to Australia for the world debate tournament • went to Granada, Spain for a summer with Professor Fred Harris to take a class on Mexican political history • was a teaching assistant to Professor Frank Kelly in a general honors seminar, “Non-European Mathematics.” After UNM: Andrea ran two marathons! • got married (five months ago, at age 35) • won a jury trial.

All the Regents’ Scholar alumni expressed their gratitude to UNM and the Regents. “As I get older,” Adriana Roze writes, “I realize even more what an incredible gift the Regents’ Scholarship was. I am so grateful that the Regents saw that the arts are just as important to support as other academic disciplines, and I hope that I can continue to make them proud by pursuing this dream my whole life.

Tyler Young, ’94 BABA, and Leyla Sacco, ’97 BSED Jason Zmuda, ’97 BSEE, and Allison Mays Melani Buchanan, ’98 SED, ’99 MA, and Reed Page Dorothea Flynn, ’07 BSED, and Samuel Anaya Eric Nagel, ’00 BABA, and Courtney Choate, ’02 BBA Amanda R. Carrillo, ’02 BABA, ’03 MBA, and Allan W. Armenta, ’04 BAFA, ’06 MBA Camoleat Jennifer Marney, ’03 BABA, ’04 MBA, and Nathaniel Meisner Tanya Montoya, ’03 AABA, ’05 BBA, and Hector Mezquida Jennifer Stobie, ’05 BA, and Jordan Herrington, ’04 BBA Megan Hollowell, ’06 BS, and Peter Jarasovich, ’06 BS Erin Schultz, ’07 BA, and Luis E. Rivera, ’07 BA Amber Bird, ’08 BSED, and Nathan Kahle Jodi Melin, ’08 BA, and Conrad Maestas Jennifer Wren, ’08 BS, ’09 MS, and Matthew Beck, ’08 BA Lisa Remington, ’09 BAED, and Kenneth Salazar, ’09 BSED

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What sort of impact does the choice of type have on the message you’re trying to convey?

Ilene Strizver understands the personality of type. courtesy Ilene Strizver


We see type everywhere—in print, on the web, on packaging and signs. It affects our understanding of the words and how we react

Type is often invisible to you but it affects your decisions every day. Whether you’re shopping for detergents or candy, the type on the package catches your attention. One style makes the product look like it does a better job of cleaning while another draws a child’s eye. If you go into a bookstore and, without reading any title, turn every book upside down, you can tell romance from adventure from technical. The same is true with magazines and advertising. A good ad catches your attention and you have a sense of what it’s about instantly, largely based on the typography. What has been the impact of computers upon type?

Because graphic designers are now their own typesetters, better skills and understanding of type aesthetics and use are critical. The conventions of type are not the same as they were with typewriters. Briefly talk about designing a typeface.

The process has changed. When I started, no one worked on a computer. Most type designers were self-taught, and they had to be really, really good. It took six to nine months to design a typeface, all by hand. You couldn’t visualize words or copy until the

to them.

Ilene Strizver, ’75 BAFA, has made a career of type—its design,

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J U S T Y O U R T Y P E : Over the course of 30 years, typographer Ilene Strizver has seen type design and use change from a labor of love by a few to a hobby among the many.

ROFILe product was delivered to a company to be put out to film. It was a true labor of love. With computers, the process has become democratized. The software is available and affordable for anyone to design a typeface—which doesn’t mean it will be a good typeface! There are scores of “type hobbyists.” How did you begin to devote so much energy to type? How did your interest in type develop?

I graduated from UNM with a degree in painting. I didn’t know anything about typography or graphic design, nor what to do for a living. I’d met my future husband at UNM, and we moved back east to be near family. I began taking classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Being a detail-oriented, methodical person, graphic design appealed to me. I had a lettering class with Ed Benguiat, one of the best known typeface designers in the world, who was working with International Typeface Corporation. I did well. When ITC had a job opening, he hired me. For two years, I worked at his elbow. He became my mentor and my introduction to an exciting world. Tell me about your job with ITC.

There was a very different type industry then. Type was farmed out to companies and specialists. People didn’t set their own type on computers. I helped put together type specimen books. The owner of the company was Aaron Burns. Herb Lubalin was another partner. Along with Benguiat, they were the most knowledgeable people in the business.

Then I began doing production on Upper & Lower Case, a journal edited and designed by Lubalin. Designers waited with baited breath for its publication. All the typography had to be absolutely perfect, to a standard no one else had the time, money, or inclination to seek. Herb passed away, and eventually I became creative director and production manager. Eventually I moved into typeface development, where I was director of typeface development for nine years. ITC was bought, and closed its New York office. Little by little I started writing, and was asked by a publisher to write a book on typography, which would become the first edition of Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography. (I am currently working on the 3rd edition.) My experience was unique because I’m a typography specialist first, but also a designer—not a designer who likes type. And now?

I opened The Type Studio ( in 2001. I give Gourmet Typography workshops for designers, both in-house and offsite sponsored by design organizations. I now teach at School of Visual Arts in NYC, speak at conferences, consult, and still do some type-oriented design. I also write two columns on type. Can you read anything anymore without judging its typography?

(Laughing) Never! My goal is to make you be a miserable dinner companion when you go out to eat and look at the menu.

aLBUm I N Me M O R I aM Gilbert Ripley Griswold, ’32 William J. Leverett Jr., ’35 Mary V. Williams, ’35 Coy Stallings Ham, ’36 Carolyn M. Osborne, ’38, ’41 William R. Federici, ’39 Louise Herbolsheimer, ’39 Earl E. Hartley, ’40 Frank X. Jones, ’40 Margery Norton Oneal, ’40 Marvin Roberts, ’40 George Charles Skandale, ’40 Clara Lou Morton Nanninga, ’41 Armand G. Winfield, ’41 Robert Ray Middlesworth, ’42 Ruth C. Malvestuto, ’43 Robert R. Schneider, ’44 Mark S. Robertson, ’45 Leo Katz, ’46 LaVerne Wiggins, ’46 Leroy English, ’47 Lafayette W. Newhouse, ’47 Marvin E. Heseman, ’48 Glenn W. Mayer, ’48 Joseph O. Baylen, ’49 William L. Columbus Jr., 49 Bernard A. Latham, ’49 John S. Maltrotti, ’49 James B. Noland, ’49 Frank W. Roberts, ’49 Richard K. Granath, ’50 Virginia Mayo, ’50 Keen A. Raffety Jr., ’50 Carolyn Seedorff, ’50 Jeane Ann Thornburg, ’50 Joseph Phil Click, ’51 Alvin Gerald Hagen, ’51 Miriam Redlo, ’51 John J. Reid, ’51 Richard W. Robertson, ’51 Wallace Sellers, ’51 Shirley August Van Haren, ’51 Francis C. Burton, ’52 Thomas Clifford Gallagher, ’52 James Garner Rodgers, ’52, ’59 Suzanna Coleman Thompson, ’52 Ralph J. Rainey Jr., ’53 Marguerite M. Smerechniak, ’53 Joseph Himes, ’54 Rupert Tafoya, ’54 Paul L. Butt, ’55 Burton P. Noble, ’55 Joe V. Quintana, ’56 Pearl Easter Thompson, ’56 Robert C. Kelly, ’57 Alan W. Peterson, ’57 Arleigh E. “Chuck” Machemehl, ’58, ’64 Morris Conrad Rippel, ’58

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OUR Jim and Diane Bonnell stand in

the foyer at Popejoy Hall, the center of many of their music

James and Diane Bonnell’s charitable remainder unitrust will back their belief in the value of arts education.

always been music. Music brought them together and has given

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For Diane, ’84 MA, and Jim Bonnell, ’61 BFA, ’70 MME, it has

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their lives passionate purpose. Teaching music, Diane admits, has almost consumed her life, but she’s fine with that. The Bonnells have brought music into young people’s lives since the 1960s, and now they are embodying the UNM spirit by making a legacy gift to benefit programs in the College of Fine Arts.

Keeping the Arts Center Stage With their charitable remainder unitrust, the Bonnells will help perpetuate the work that they and others have done to keep arts integral to education, rather than on its fringes. They established the trust through the Albuquerque Community Foundation because “we feel the community is so important in arts education,” Diane says. “The community makes education happen.” “The preservation of opportunities or change brought about by arts and education will not happen by legislation,” Jim adds. “Change has to come from



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individuals. Our gifts will perpetually enable several programs in our community about which we feel strongly.”

Inspiration in a Small Town Both Jim and Diane were destined for music careers. Jim, a native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, had health problems as a child that prevented him from following his family into farming/ ranching or business. Outstanding music teachers and mentors “rescued” him, and he went on to study music at UNM with legendary professors Kurt Frederick and Jack Stephenson, who met Jim when he was a middle-school student, and recognized his potential.

Diane received inspiration from her high school choral instructor in Trumann, Arkansas. After earning a degree in music education from Arkansas State University, Diane, intrigued by the Southwest, moved to Artesia, New Mexico – of all places – in 1963, where she met Jim. Artesia’s school system was “a wonderful place to start out,” says Jim, who had been teaching there for two years before Diane arrived. After they married and taught both in Artesia and Las Cruces, the Bonnells eventually settled in Albuquerque in 1968. Diane taught music and choral classes at Polk Middle School, but her love was elementary school music. “I became an advocate for elementary school music being put into public schools,” she says. Over the next 26 years, she worked for Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) as an elementary and district music coordinator, elementary music teacher, and district coordinator for community programs. She also served a brief stint as a music specialist for the state’s Department of Education. In 1993, she joined UNM in multiple roles: director of the newly formed Music Prep School,



eaRS summer school music professor, and music education specialist, as well as operations manager for the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque.

Motivation through Music The UNM Music Prep School provides music education to community children at a very low cost and gives music education majors teaching experience. After 16 years as director, Diane never gets burned out, “just reignited. This program is so refreshing,” she says. “We work with children from birth through eighth grade. People seem to see a real need for this program, and I think they like to see their kids get motivated in a university setting.” Jim also spent a long career with APS in both pedagogical and administrative roles. He conducted various youth orchestras in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, helped initiate the Valley Junior Orchestra, and developed a fine arts/humanities curriculum at Manzano High School. As an administrator, he was a district music specialist, district music coordinator, and acting district director of music education. In 1989, he began a new career with the Boy Scouts of America, where he directed the “Learning for Life” program for the organization’s Great Southwest Council.

Jim joined Jan Hosea & Associates as a consultant in 2001. JHA helps small nonprofits succeed through staff and volunteer training and coaching, board development, and implementing sound fundraising techniques. He is now president of JHA as well as the current chair of the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust. Robb was dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1942 to 1957. The Robb Trust was established “to support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education, and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest,” as well as to preserve the legacy of his compositions, coordinate performances of Robb’s and other composers’ works, support the UNM John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, and encourage new compositions through a biennial composers’ competition with international judges and a generous cash prize. Jim has enjoyed his multiple careers and intends – with Diane – to continue fostering change in young people’s lives. “I feel strongly that the future depends upon educating and instilling values in young people,” Jim says. “Organizations that help do that will always be of interest to Diane and me.”

For more information on how you can set up a charitable remainder trust or other types of planned gifts, please contact Bart Evans, UNM Foundation director of planned giving, at 505-277-9604 or The UNM Foundation, Inc. promotes excellence at the University of New Mexico by raising, investing, and managing private gifts through the cultivation of long-term partnerships with donors and matching their interests to the University’s priorities.

aLBUm I N Me M O R I aM Joseph R. Sanchez, ’58 Irving D. Townsend, ’58 Donovan J. White, ’58 Jean A. Barreras, ’59, ’64 John Teel, ’59 Albert S. Anderson, ’60 Elmer L. “Jack” Kaemper Jr., ’60 Floyd B. Williams Jr., ’60 John Royster Edwards, ’61 LaRue Richey Parramore, ’61 Andrew Richard Segura, ’61 Roger William Tallon, ’61 Rosalia Myers Feinstein, ’62, ’68 Waits L. May, ’62 Fern Dale Stout, ’62 Jerome G. Trujillo, ’62 George M. Barclay, ’63 Charles W. Burdick, ’63 Betty C. Luper, ’63 Connie Morgan, ’63 Lloyd B. Pieper, ’63 Carter Rila, ’63 Joye L. Shaski, ’63 John Vincent Burwinkle Jr., ’65 William E. Clarke, ’65 Carroll C. Curb, ’65 Ardon McFatridge, ’65 Robert Joseph Isidoro, ’65 Caryl M. Reiff, ’65, ’68 June K. Stansbery, ’65 Rose Alden, ’66, ’70 Ruth Henning Clark, ’66 Eric T. Fox, ’66 Adelia Emi Griffith, ’66 Herbert P. Kraus, ’66 Charlotte Lewis Piper, ’66 Peter I. Benni, ’67 Betty M. Callaway, ’67 Nancy C. Cotton, ’67, ’71 Betty Jenings Lindberg, ’56 Marian Jo Davis, ’68 Tom Marek, ’68 Sandra Joanne Barnes, ’69 Patricia Ann Wikel McCormack, ’69 Sharon W. Middleton, ’69 Edgar M. Thomason, ’69 James Baron McCollum, ’70 Ed Schaier, ’70 Annabelle Petty Bergquist, ’71 Joe Raymond Bustos, ’71 Jesus S. Castro, ’71 Corinne A. Hathaway, ’71 David Kwok-Wai Ning, ’71 O.D. Maes, ’71 Mary Hardwick Dohrman, ’72 Robert E. Duke, ’72 Larry Duncan Miller, ’72, ’95

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obo Knights” set the tone for a medieval Homecoming Week as the Alumni Association welcomed returning alumni along with

parents and siblings celebrating Family Weekend. The Homecoming Committee planned and organized reunions, receptions, auctions, and more. This year, the Alumni Association partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico on north campus for a variety of civic engagement projects. Kicking off Homecoming Week, the Homecoming Committee acted as guest chefs at the Ronald McDonald House, preparing a New Mexican meal for over 70 residents. The UNM community acted as “Casserole Angels,” providing casseroles for families heading home from the Ronald McDonald House.



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On Tuesday of Homecoming Week,

and demonstrations during Homecoming

the Alumni Association sponsored the

Week; Maxwell Museum conducted tours

8th Annual Campus Decorating Contest.

and the Medieval Studies Student

With the medieval theme in mind,

Association hosted a movie, discussion,

departments could choose to decorate

and reception.

their doors and lobbies or a coat of arms

The All University Breakfast honored

best depicting their college/department.

its Zia Award winners with presentations

The winners were announced at the

by Alumni Association president Ruth

Alumni Faculty and Staff Appreciation

Schifani and UNM President David J.

Luncheon held in the SUB Ballroom. The

Schmidly. The recipients were Herman

honors went to the Office of the President.

Agoyo I, Gene Baca, Gary King, Carolyn

In exchange for a 2009 Homecoming

Ramos, Brian Sanderoff, and Kathie

pin, alumni faculty and staff brought a

Winograd. Debbie Morris received

package of toilet paper, aka “Roll for the

the Lobo Award.

Cause,” for the Ronald McDonald House.

The annual Southwest Fiesta Tailgate

The induction of the 50th anniversary

and Silent Auction preceded the football

class of 1959 highlighted Thursday’s Heritage

battle. Lobo fans were treated to traditional

Club Dinner at Four Hills Country Club.

Southwest cuisine and to entertainment

The class met for brunch the following

by medieval warriors and musicians and

day at Hodgin Hall. A myriad of reunions

the alumni band. The silent auction

took place throughout Friday, including

featured NFL game day packages, artwork,

Young Alumni and alumni of University

hotels and spa treatments, ski packages,

Honors, Jewish Foundation, Lettermen,

UNM sports gear, and more to benefit

SAE and ATO fraternities, Spirit and

alumni scholarships and programming.

Marching Band, Anderson School of Management, College of Education, and others. The College Enrichment Program

Despite the results, our mighty Lobos took to the battlefield with determination and drive. The halftime coronation of Homecoming King Joshua Weber and Homecoming Queen Michelle Baumann

celebrated its 40th

was celebrated in style with the UNM

anniversary with

Alumni Band and Marching Band playing

a reception and

a tribute to Michael Jackson.

lunch. Several departments hosted educational seminars

Barbara Elaine Murphy, ’72 Toni J. Nieto, ’72, ’74 Frank B. Feather, ’73 Russell D. McCullough, ’73 Owen Melvin Russell, ’73 Victoria A. Santana, ’73 Patrick W. Brosnan, ’74 Richard Wayne Frush, ’74 Sam Jones, ’74 Evelyn May Scott Nohm, ’74 Paul Edward Coggins, ’75 Joan Marie Robinson, ’75 Joan Ruth Bryant, ’76 John W. Byrd, ’78 C. Susan Rainwater Wesley, ’76, ’78 William C. Schroeder, ’77 Andrew J. Aragon, ’78, ’91 Rudolfo Lajan Baca, ’78 Edwyrde Harloughe Flejtuchovich, ’78 Frances W. Fleming, ’78 Steven Joseph Neal, ’78 Mary Lorraine Kangus DeLapp, ’79 Christopher Alan Foster, ’79 Ellen Roth, ’79 Stephen F. Grover, ’80 Rose Mary Neff, ’80 Nancy Theriot, ’80, ’84 Donald Lee Wright, ’80 Patricia M. Newell, ’81 Barbara Mckinney Purcell, ’81 Felton M. Humphreys, ’81 Kati Arganbright, ’82 Elizabeth Fish Best, ’84 Gerald William Bollig, ’84 Ada R. Conant, ’84, ’85 Judith Lynn De Mark, ’84 Nina Galen, ’84 Arthur Milton Burkhart, Jr., ’85 Mary Ellen Duran, ’85 Janet Montoya Schoeppner, ’84, ’87 Gilbert Martinez, ’86, ’87 Donna Gayle Farnell Lyerly Bianchetti, ’88 Richard Sainz, ’88 Lucille L. Grossman, ’90 Claude Guran, ’90 Lucille Marie Borges Louton, ’90 Tony John Beugelsdijk, ’92 Mark Scott Davis, ’92 David Lloyd Eley, ’92, ’95 Hans Josef Huber, ’92 Eleanor Jane Swift, ’92 Amy Nixon, ’94 Edward C. Seagle, ’94 Diane Moody Tonigan, ’94 Jimmy P. Carrillo ’96, ’00 Virginia Vandora Kerekes, ’96 Sacha Rosemarie Blair, ’97

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Homecoming 2009 Thank You’s and Acknowledgements Cash Sponsors UNM Division of Student Affairs Liberty Mutual RMCI, Inc.

Gift in Kind Albuquerque City Transit/Lamar Bright Ideas Citadel Southwest Radio Garcia’s Tents Lithexcel 770 KKOBAM 93.3 KKOBFM 103.3 ED-FM 106.1 – The Sports Animal

Homecoming Committee

Laurie Mellas – Family Weekend Christie Ross – College of Education Jackie Shane – Foundation for Jewish Life on Campus Misty Salaz/Patricia Dominguez – Young Alumni Bill Uher – College of Arts and Sciences

Reunion Coordinators

Homecoming 100 Club

Donna Balduini – Class of ’59 Susan Brake – Marching Band Alumni Harriet Bull – College of Pharmacy Donald Douglas – SAE Reunion Kim Feldman – UNM Alumni Lettermen Andrew Gonzalez – College Enrichment Program Rosemary Gregory – College of Nursing Makita Hill – School of Architecture and Planning Laura Kelley – Anderson School of Management Jennifer Mason – University Honors

Larry and Beverly Abraham All Sports Trophies, Inc. Chief Justice Joseph F. Baca & Dorothy Lee Baca Karen & Tucker Bayless Jim & Yvonne Beckley Amy S. Boule Steve Ciepiela Brian S. Colón Bill & Kathy Gordon David N. Hernandez Nancy Herring & Matthew Segura Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Lalicker Bill & Susan Littlefield Los Angeles Alumni Chapter Now We’re Cooking Bob & Betsy Murphy

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Steve Archibeque Steve Carr Lucia Cook Lisa Delgado Patricia Dominguez Jennifer Gomez-Chavez Josh Gallegos Nancy Herring Brad Hutchins Ryan Lindquist Matt Maez Laurie Mellas

Mike Matthews Laura Montoya Debbie Morris Misty Salaz Frieda Archuleta Stewart Leslie Venzuela Danny Vigil Ricci Warmkessel Susan Wilson

R O N A L D M C D O N A L D PA L S : The Padilla family of Milan, New Mexico were the guests of the Alumni Association at Southwest Fiesta and the homecoming football game. The family had stayed 82 days at the Ronald McDonald House while their youngest daughter was hospitalized. The Association partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico throughout homecoming week. 40


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The UNM Alumni Association would like to thank and acknowledge the following individuals and sponsors for making this year’s homecoming a huge success.

Carlos & Lillian Rael & Family Dorothy & Larry Rainosek Ruth Schifani Mary Herring & Bob Stamm Duffy & Jean Ann Swan David & Waneta Tuttle Bob & Liz Wertheim

Other Acknowledgements Courtyard Albuquerque Alliance Audio Visual Echo Creative, Kelly Ketner Enterprise Rent-a-car Fairfield Inn Graphic Connection Homewood Suites Uptown Lobo Louie Lobo Lucy Angus MacPherson, Poster artist The March Company Donese Mayfield Karl Richardson Ruth Schifani, President Alumni Association UNM Athletics UNM Bookstore UNM Center for the Arts Ovation Series UNM Daily Lobo UNM Dean of Students Office UNM Foundation UNM Graduate Students String Quartet UNM Jazz Choir UNM Lobo Club UNM Marching Band UNM Parent Relations Office UNM Parking and Transportation UNM Physical Plant UNM President’s Office UNM Public Affairs/ Campus News UNM Student Activities UNM Student Homecoming Committee UNM Student Union Catering UNM Ticket Office UNM Trailblazers UNM Spirit Group Zia Graphics Industries

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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S T O A L L : Outstanding alumni living in New Mexico took center-stage at the All University Breakfast. Debbie Morris, fourth from left, received the Lobo Award. Left to right, recipients of the Zia Award were Gene Baca, Gary King, Kathie Winograd, Carolyn Ramos, Herman Agoyo I, and Brian Sanderoff. UNM President David J. Schmidly, right, congratulated the recipients. For more information about the award-winners, go to

Volunteers Wayne Chew College Enrichment and Outreach Programs Lucia Cook Larry Crockett William Crockett Hiram Crook Tara Edwards Jamel Ellison Tonya Ellison Alexis Kerschner Tessa Krause Mark Maes Sophie Martin Antoinette Pacheco and Sons Marcus Packer Matthew Packer Paris Packer

Rick Packer Robin Packer Elena Ricci Keith Ricci Chris Schuler Matthew Segura Erik Sevigny Frieda Archuleta Stewart Patrick Stewart Student Volunteers Bill Wallace

Alumni Relations Staff Karen Abraham Donna Balduini Elaine Chew Mary Conrad Kara Evans Kim Feldman Gabe Gabaldon

Michael Green Christian Horstmann Sue MacEachen Gina Maes Florencio Olguin Roberta Ricci Charlene Chavez Tunney Cole Vertikoff Maria Wolfe

Margaret Diane Keller, ’98, ’03 Paul Richard Klarer, ’99 Steven D. Rider, ’99 Eileen Mary Fridline, ’00 William Craig Noonan, ’00 Eric Bernart, ’02 Leanne R. Esquivel, ’02 Deborah K. LaPointe, ’03 Gene Rhys Rhodes, ’03 Patricia Marie Jacquez, ’06 Rene D. Mathes, ’06 Elisha R. Chavez, ’07 David Joshua Strickman, ’08

Patricia Ann Burris-Woodall, staff Pearl Diehm, friend Patricia C. Elliott, emeritus faculty Frederick Hammersley, former faculty Roy Matthew Kropinak, former medical resident Beverly J. Moreno, emeritus faculty Lloyd W. Pierce, staff Robert E. Anderson, former medical resident David H. Law, former medical resident

Auction Donors A Taste of Italy Restaurant Karen Abraham Ace in the Hole Pest Control Airborne Heat Ballooning Albuquerque Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel Albuquerque Thunderbirds

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NEW MEXICO, NEW MEXICO/WE SING TO HONOR THEE: The audience rises as the University of New Mexico Jazz Choir sings the university alma mater at the All University Breakfast.

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Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen Carefree (Billiards & Spas) Cervantes Food Products Charlie’s Front Door George Chew Chez D’Or Clampitt Paper Cliff’s Amusement Park Comfort Foods/Desert Gardens Cookies by Design Country Clutter Creamland Dairies William Crockett Daniel L. DeFazio, DDS, PC Debbie-John Inc. Dee’s Cheesecake Factory Defined Fitness Design Atelier – Janis LaFountain Dion’s Pizza Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque Fairfield Inn/Albuquerque Hilton Frank Frost Photography Frieda Stewart Gardenswartz Team Sales Gold Street Café Graphic Connection Great Outdoors Nursery Hall & Associates, LLC Healthy Families Consulting Heritage Hotels & Resorts High Finance Restaurant – Top of the Tram Hinkle Family Fun Center Hispaniae Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hyatt Tamaya Hotel

W O R T H Y H O N O R E E : Former Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Governor Herman Agoyo I, right, receives the Alumni Assocation Zia Award for dedication to the Pueblo people and commitment to sharing his culture with others. UNM President David J. Schmidly and Alumni Association president Ruth Schifani share in the presentation of the award.

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Betty’s Bath and Day Spa Bhava Yoga Studio Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa Blue Sky Images Bow Wow Blues Buca di Beppo Bueno Brand Food Products Canine Country Club & Feline Inn

Kara Evans

All Sports Trophies, Inc. Amor Ceremonies & Ricci Photography Avila Retail Baking Girl – Elena Ricci Barbara Ortega Barbara’s Therapeutic Touch Best Western Inn & Suites

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S O U T H W E S T F O O D , F U N , F I E S TA : Laura Montoya, her son Marcel Montoya, and Danny Trujillo enjoy the Lobo spirit at Southwest Fiesta.

Hall of Honor

L O B O C O U R T: Half-time at the Homecoming game saw Joshua Weber and Michelle Baumann, center, crowned 2009 King and Queen, with runners-up, left to right, Joseph Colbert, Jill Knies, Jose Villar, and Adrianna Romero.

Mercedes Benz, Porsche & Audi of Albuquerque Mirai Express Nantucket Shoals Seafood Market National Institute of Flamenco Arts National Museum of Nuclear Science & History National Restaurant Supply New Mexico Bio Park Society New Mexico Kennels New Mexico Look New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Now We’re Cooking Optometry Office of Contact Lens Associates Organizing for Everyday Organizit, Inc. Paako Ridge Golf Club Patrician Design Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Rainbow Ryders, Inc. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas Rio Rancho Cleaning, LLC June Romero Route 66 Dry Cleaners Sadie’s Sagebrush Inn & Conference Center Sandia BMW Sandia Golf Club Sandia Peak Ski Area/ Sandia Peak Tramway/ Santa Fe Ski Area

Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tram Santa Fe Opera Sante Fe Southern Railway Savory Fare Savoy Sign & Image Factory, LLC Sonrisa Blooms Sport Systems Stone Age Climbing Gym Tamarind Institute Taos Ski Valley, Inc, Ten Thousand Waves The Cleanery Tomato Café Charlene Chavez Tunney UNM Alumni Lettermen Association UNM Baseball UNM Bookstore UNM Center for the Arts/ Popejoy Hall UNM Championship Golf Course UNM Foundation UNM Lobo Athletics UNM Men’s Basketball UNM Men’s Golf UNM Men’s Tennis UNM President’s Office UNM Press UNM Recreational Services UNM Ski Team UNM Theatre & Dance UNM Women’s Basketball UNM Women’s Golf UNM Women’s Tennis Weems Galleries Zia Graphics Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro

Photos of the banquet are at

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Il Vicino Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino & Resort Isleta Eagle Golf Course Isotopes Baseball Club Jennifer James 101 Jewish Community Center – JCC Jiffy Lube JND Avon Kelly’s Brew Pub Kim Jew Photography Studio KNME- TV 5 La Esquina Lesa Newberry Salon Liberty Gym Inc Longterm Care Resources Lynn Garlick Retablos Marc’s Guitar Center Melba Floral Studio


n September, the UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association honored an outstanding group of athletes at its annual Hall of Honor dinner. Inducted into the Hall of Honor were Roger Cox (football and track), Rene Matison (track and football), Marion “Dutch” Niemants (football and track), Chuck Roberts (football), Kristina Strandberg (skiing), and Mannie Foster, posthumous (football). Joe Franklin was named Coach of the Year. Jeanne Fairchild (volleyball) and Lee Emanuel (track and field) were named student athletes of the year. Greg Remington, UNM Media Relations, was given the Distinguished Service Award.

3 CHEERS! Coach of the Year Joe Franklin, center, receives his award from UNM Alumni Association president Jason Bousliman, left, and Hall of Honor chair Jim Hulsman.

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aLUMNI OU Changes on the Forefront Ruth Schifani, ’70 BA, ’76 JD | President, UNM Alumni Association


he New Year holds quite a few changes for the University and the Alumni Association – some challenging, some exciting. Like other universities across the country, UNM is struggling with reduced funding, particularly from the state. The New Mexico legislature recently held a special session, and it appears university funding will decrease approximately 4 percent, with special project funds decreasing 6.5 percent. In many respects, the university is better off than others

because state funds make up only 17 percent of our budget. Budget woes or no, the University is always working to help New Mexico students succeed. Right now, the administration is considering a change to UNM admission requirements. The proposal puts more emphasis on high school preparation (curriculum and grades) than upon test scores. Beginning freshmen from New Mexico would be accepted to UNM but those without sufficient preparation would begin their studies at CNM or another state-accredited community college. I think it’s a win-win proposal for everyone… including alumni. Tougher admission standards will increase the value of our degrees in the community’s eyes. Your UNM degree will continue to work for you as you look for work within New Mexico. The Alumni Association has partnered with to “connect top businesses with top talent.” New Mexico employers will

post jobs on this new database system; initially, only CNM and UNM alumni will have access to the job postings. It’s an attempt on the part of New Mexico development forces to keep our talent in-state and to bring talented alumni back to the state. We still don't have the exact date, but sometime in early January, the Alumni Relations Office will be moving out of Hodgin Hall so we can renovate it. The staff’s contact information will remain the same – check out the inside front cover of this magazine. The Association’s website,, has been updated and fortified to help all of us stay informed not just about the progress on Hodgin Hall, but about all of the Association's activities. Howl back to us on our new blog so we can find out about you as well! I wish all of you a wonderful New Year. May the changes in your lives be exciting ones!


What’s Next? The UNM Alumni Association welcomes the winter 2009 grads to its midst! We look forward Together we studied, played, grew…and howled. Together we smile, applaud, thrive…and howl. 44


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who?what? when?where? travel plans


December 4 Salt Lake City Chapter: 1st Friday Networking Event @ Tacos Daniel 5 Austin Chapter: “Food, Friends, Frolic” Annual NM Potluck Gathering & Gifting 6 San Diego Chapter: Holiday Dinner & Social 9 San Diego and Los Angeles Chapters: Pre-Game & Lobo Men’s Basketball vs. University of San Diego 11 Houston: Alumni Reception featuring President Schmidly & Coach Alford 12 Lobo Men’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M in Houston January 5 Lobo Men’s Basketball @ SDSU, Pre-game at McGregor’s 23 Salt Lake City Chapter: Skiing & Snowboarding Adventure February 5 Salt Lake City Chapter: 1st Friday Networking Event @ Mi Ranchito 6 Lobo Women’s Basketball @ SDSU, Pre-game @ McGregor’s 20 Los Angeles Chapter: Lobo Day Celebration 27 Norcal Chapter: Lobo Day Event 27 Austin Chapter: Lobo Day Gathering March TBD Washington, DC Legislative Reception 1-31 Spring College Fair Season 5 Salt Lake City Chapter: 1st Friday Networking Event @ Z’Tejas 5-7 Los Angeles Chapter: Lobo Baseball @ USC 10-13 Mountain West Basketball Championships in Las Vegas 21 Washington, DC Chapter: Lobo Day Event 27 Chicago Chapter: Lobo Day Celebration April 1-30 Spring College Fair Season 2 Salt Lake City Chapter: 1st Friday Networking Event 17 Norcal Chapter Area College Fair Participation 20 San Diego Chapter College Fair Participation 22-29 Los Angeles Area Chapter College Fair Participation May 1-31 Spring College Fair Season 1-8 Norcal Chapter Area College Fair Participation 7 Salt Lake City Chapter: 1st Friday Networking Event



December 17 5:30 p.m. Welcome New Grads Wine and Cheese Reception TBD KNME Phone Campaign January 14 Home-buying Workshop February 8 Career Week Preparation 11 UNM Career Expo 27 Art of Making Beer, Kelly’s Brewery March 13 Daffodil Days 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.

April 10-18 Tulip Time in Holland & Belgium Avalon Waterways

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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DUCK! DUCK! LOBO! The duck pond, west of Zimmerman Library, has been a landmark on the UNM campus since it was first filled with water in 1976. Students meet there. Families picnic there. Couples marry there. And, of course,

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ducks live, swim, and cavort there.

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