Every year UNM's Africana Studies Program celebrates the start of Black History Month with a brunch and speaker.

This year, the program welcomed University of Maryland President Freeman Hrabowski, according to a UNM release. 

Action towards progress was the unofficial theme of New Mexico’s 2016 Anti-Racism Day, held in the Capitol’s Rotunda, on Wednesday. The celebration was proclaimed by Gov. Susanna Martinez earlier this year, and it was organized by the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group (NMHEWG), Senator Linda Lopez and Representative Javier Martinez.

The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence are currently accepting nominations for outstanding educators at UNM, According to a UNM press release.

“Nominations are now being accepted. Instructors, students and staff are eligible to nominate faculty for award recognition,” according to the press release. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday.

The Center for Teaching Excellence serves as a general resource center for all UNM instructors including tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, adjunct faculty, faculty on branch campuses, teaching assistants, clinician educators and all others who have an instructional role in the classroom.

According to a UNM Newsroom article, The House Appropriations and Finance Committee approved a committee substitute for HB 2, or the general appropriations act, on a 12 – 5 vote.

UNM BeKind begins 15th year

By Denicia Aragon

UNM's BeKind Committee is collaborating with UNM Student affairs to bring National Random Acts of Kindness Day to UNM, but not just for one day, the celebration will continue for two weeks from February 3rd to the 13th, including both new and returning traditions.

"[UNM BeKind] started this about 15 years ago, and its really just to promote kindness, being courteous, safety and even gratitude.  For people to be reminded that each and every day is a good day to help someone or make them feel better if they are having a bad day." Dr. Kim Kloeppel, chief operations officer for Student Affairs and chair of UNM BeKind.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission to begin housing project for homeless

It’s no secret that homelessness has been a growing issue in Albuquerque, with 1,639 homeless individuals identified in the city in 2011 alone, according to cabq.gov.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission hopes to assist this population by creating 132 housing units for men and women in its "life transformation programs," Albuquerque Rescue Mission's Communications Coordinator Steve Ulibarri said.

He said the final product will be dorm-style units with common dining areas and described the project as having two phases.

UNM student organizations working to make student voices heard

UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association President Texanna Martin said GPSA will work with students this semester to ensure their voices continue to be heard on fee changes, including proposed mandatory online fees and differentials for the School of Engineering, as well as any other issues that may arise.

GPSA will also be participating in UNM budget discussions and will continue to voice the students’ sentiments about the mandatory fees, she said.

“We will continue to serve students as their advocates, so please remember we are your elected representatives, and are here to serve you,” Martin said.

Open house for prospective business and accounting graduate students

An open house will be held tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Student Center (west of the Anderson School of Management on the UNM Campus) for those who are pursuing or are interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting or Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance degree.

Anderson School of Management Student Recruitment Specialist Lisa Beauchene coordinated the open house and described it as a business casual networking event.

Beauchene said that, during the event, guests will hear “elevator pitches” about the Anderson School of Management’s various departments. During that time, 13 professors from each of the degrees and concentrations in the MBA will answer students’ questions and promote their programs.

Battle of I-25 Blood Drive is a different kind of rivalry for UNM, NMSU

The Battle of I-25 between UNM and the New Mexico State Aggies offers the Land of Enchantment a rivalry whose sporting events are often filled with blood, sweat and tears. But throughout the first week of February, Lobos and Aggies alike will shed blood in a different type of rivalry, away from any sports venue.

This week ASUNM Community Experience is hosting the annual Battle of I-25 Blood Drive in a competition with NMSU over which school can collect the most units of donated blood. UNM has partnered with United Blood Services, which will be setting up multiple locations around campus for students to donate, including the SUB and multiple “Bloodmobiles”.

According to ASUNM Community Experience, members of the UNM community donated 357 units of blood during last year’s blood drive, defeating NMSU who donated 230 units.

SFRB recommends department budget reduction,no student fees increase

The Student Fee Review Board has made its final recommendations for the use of student fees for the fiscal year 2016-17.

The SFRB gave thumbs down to increasing student fees, which means applicants got cuts in their budgets.

“This year was really hard for the board. We were faced with about a half-million dollar deficit that we had to overcome before we looked at any of the department's budgets, and then we had to face declining enrollment,” SFRB Chair and GPSA President Texanna Martin and SFRB Vice-Chair and ASUNM President Jenna Hagengruber said in a joint statement.

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