Nearly five hours of public meeting, and still four sports were cut from the University of New Mexico Athletics Department Friday.

The decision at the special Boards of Regents meeting was in many ways similar to the contentious July 19 meeting, eliminating men and womens skiing, beach volleyball and men’s soccer, but kept diving.

The meeting was called after the Office of the Attorney General (NMAG) said the meeting in July “violated” the state’s Open Meetings Act according to a letter sent to the University last week by the NMAG threatening legal action if another meeting was not held.

The University responded earlier this week, stating it did not violate OMA, but would hold another meeting.

The Board of Regents will convene to have a meeting regarding cuts to four sports from the University of New Mexico’s athletics program tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Sound familiar? That’s because it’s a re-do. The meeting held on July 19 “violated” the state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) according to a letter sent to the University last week by the Office of the Attorney General (NMAG) threatening legal action if another meeting was not held.

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents met on Tuesday morning to discuss veterans programs, global and national security degrees, medicare and more.

President Garnett Stokes spoke about her statewide “listening and learning tour,” which wraps up this week. She said she has traveled over 4,287 miles and met over 1,100 people across the state of New Mexico. Stokes is now working to create initiatives based on the information gathered and issues discovered on her tour.

Some of these initiatives include growing the teaching and healthcare workforces, coordinating with businesses to create more internship opportunities for students, and increasing alumni engagement and community outreach.

A list of Distinguished Professors on the Provost’s website shows that since the 2004-2005 academic year, the University of New Mexico has promoted 92 professors to this rank. Out of those 92, 16 of them are women.

Dr. Alex Lubin said the Office of the Provost is fully aware of this disparity and its employees are working to remedy it.

Lubin is the associate provost for faculty development. He has been with UNM since 2002, when he was an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies. One of his responsibilities includes managing the Distinguished Professor process.

Camera, Culture and Coyoacán

My study abroad program lasted about two weeks and took place in Mexico City.

The program — called Camera, Culture and Coyoacán: Framing the Urban Landscape in Mexico City and La Luna, La Virgen y La Frida — was led by University of New Mexico Staff Jaelyn DeMaria and Roberto Rosales with members from Instituto Legal.

From the beginning of the program I learned about some of the deep, coexisting histories and cultures imbedded with the land. I learned about how, for thousands of years, the maguey agave plant — a native species to Mexico — has been used for sewing, medicine and making beverages.

Stephen Hull named new director of UNM Press

The new director of the University of New Mexico Press will be Stephen Hull, who starts on September 17.

Richard Schuetz is currently the interim director of UNM Press and has been for about a year. When Hull takes over, Schuetz will transition to the position of associate director of business affairs.

Schuetz is from Waco, Texas, where he earned his B.A. in business from Baylor University. He received his MBA from the University of Central Florida and has been with UNM Press since 2002.

UNM scientists study 4.6 billion year old meteorite

Researchers at the University of New Mexico, NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Arizona State University recently had their research titled Silica-rich volcanism in the Early Solar System Dated at 4.565 Ga published in Nature Communications after uncovering the oldest igneous meteorite on record.

The meteorite, known as Northwest Africa (NWA) 11119, is 4.6 billion years old, making it 65 million years older than Earth and 2 million years younger than the earliest fragments of the solar system, according to UNM professor and Director of the Institute of Meteoritics Carl Agee.

SCCORE program aims to increase minority participation in STEM

The University of New Mexico hosted its fifth annual Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE) this summer.

According to the SCCORE website, the program is part of the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), which aims to increase the success of minority students pursuing STEM degrees.

The program works by allowing students who are currently attending community colleges across the state to participate in a four-week long summer research project at the university they intend to transfer to.

In addition to participating in research, the program allows the students to attend orientation sessions that help them get to know the campus, as well as professional development workshops. This summer, five students had the opportunity to participate in the SCCORE program at UNM.

UPDATE: Attorney General says Regents violated Open Meetings Act, UNM denies wrongdoing

The New Mexico Attorney General’s office sent a letter to the University of New Mexico stating last month’s Board of Regents meeting to cut sports “violated” the state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA).

In response, the University said it did nothing wrong.

“Although this issue is moot in light of the upcoming meeting and agenda, the University would nevertheless like to address the alleged non-compliance because (1) it was never the University's intent to be vague or overly broad in the agenda item and (2) the University believes that the agenda item complied with the guidance provided by the AG Compliance Guide,” Associate University Counsel Patrick Hart wrote in a letter.

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