Local representatives of the National Union of Hospitals and Health Care Employees walked out of negotiations with UNM Hospitals last Friday.

A little after 2 p.m., UNM police distributed a LoboAlert warning of a situation involving the Sheriff's Department and a SWAT team near the University Stadium area.

UNM athletics may use the fields during the summer, but it is not yet clear whether there were University athletes or personnel in the area at the time.

A four-week project on Redondo Loop to make the road more suitable for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists is well under way this summer.

With temperatures at a high of 97 degrees on Thursday, construction workers took to repaving the road east of Johnson Field. The project, which involves patching of existing asphalt, concrete collar installation around utility valves, fresh pavement marking and sign enhancement is likely to be finished by the middle of July.

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is implementing new techniques and processes to speed up sexual assault and discrimination claims, as well as departmental investigations on UNM campus.

Francie Cordova, director of OEO, said the previous method is not being abandoned, but rather modified to fit the needs of those experiencing injustice at the University.

Student dreams of colonizing Mars

From Mars to the moon and back, UNM student Zachary Gallegos has dreams of taking off.

Gallegos is one of 100 candidates for Mars One, a nonprofit foundation that intends to establish a human colony on Mars by 2026.

Gallegos said he has always dreamed of space exploration. He became a geologist because he figured there are different ways someone can become an astronaut.

Course takes positive approach to psychology

When Dr. Bruce Smith began teaching his Positive Psychology course in 2005 on a bi-annual basis, only about 30 people were enrolled. It wasn’t until 2011 that he began teaching the course every semester, and class sizes quickly grew closer to 200 students.

The class was a hit, Smith said, and the numbers showed it.

“People who had the class wanted to have another class,” he said, the high demand from students eventually resulting in the development of a Positive Psychology-themed lab and the installation of a curriculum.

UNM engineering students take 4th in solar boat race championships

UNM engineering students made waves last week in Solar Splash championships, an international solar competition which took place in Dayton, Ohio.

UNM's team, comprised of seven senior mechanical engineering students and one electrical engineering master student, and guided by mechanical engineering professor Peter Vorobieff, was founded this year and took fourth place overall in the competition over Father’s Day weekend. 

ART aims to make travel easier for students as well as other citizens

The University of New Mexico’s Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) is working with Albuquerque to make transportation for students on and around campus easier and safer, as the city looks to break ground on its new Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) system in a few months.

ART spokeswoman Joanie Griffin said the project will improve the bus system on Central Avenue.

“With buses that come every seven minutes making it much more user friendly for the students at UNM,” Griffin said.

Program integrates business and academia

The Small Business Institute (SBI) at the Anderson School of Management gives students a hands-on experience in meticulously preparing strategic plans, financial analyses and conducting marketing research studies for local small businesses and non-profit organizations.

An inaugural study of SBI was conducted by the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) between 2014 and 2015. 

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