The Lottery Scholarship mandate is up for debate in the Roundhouse — again. 

New Mexico Senate Bill 283 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, encountering only a single dissenting vote, and now heads to the Senate floor. 

This bill is sponsored by Democratic State Senators Jacob Candelaria and John Arthur Smith, who also serves as Senate Finance Committee Chairman.

Over 1,600 faculty members at the University of New Mexico’s five campuses declared their desire to start a union for full-time and part-time faculty members. 

The collective bargaining unit will go under the name of United Academics of the University of New Mexico (UA-UNM). The 1,600 faculty members are comprised of more than one half of all faculty at UNM. The union must prove that 30 percent of employees want a union in order to organize. 

According to the UA-UNM website, members will be required to pay dues, which will average around one to two percent of an employee’s base salary. The union is also working in conjunction with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). 

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents, in what will likely be the final meeting for five of the members following nominations from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, approved over $45 million in capital outlay funds requested by the Health Sciences Center Committee for a variety of projects. 

The majority of that money, over $40 million of it, will go towards funding for program management and architects/designers for a new “Modern Medical Facility.” 

The new facility, which has been discussed for nearly ten years, would expand the bed capacity of UNM Hospital by up to 96 beds. The project will cost between $400 and $470 million depending on the number of beds that end up in the facility. Broaddus & Associates, based in Austin, Texas, was awarded a $6.8 million contract to handle management of the product, while a joint bid between HDR Architects and local firm FBT Architects won the right to design the facility.  

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents’ primary responsibility is making critical decisions for the University that affect it financially, and greatly impact its management and goals. While six of the seven regents are established members of the community, one of them brings a unique perspective to the table — the student regent.

Melissa Henry, a Ph.D. candidate at UNM working on her doctorate in counselor education and supervision, was appointed on Feb. 9 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as the student regent for a two-year term. Henry said she did not originally expect to be appointed to the position.

Five unusual student jobs you can find at UNM

Working on campus doesn’t always mean sitting behind a desk or patroling the halls as a Residential Advisor. If you’re looking for a way to get some hands-on experience in your field, or just some cash on the side, you might want to check out these jobs offered at the University of New Mexico.  

Career Expo gives students taste of job market

The University of New Mexico’s annual Career Expo will be held in the Student Union Building ballrooms on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, hosted by UNM’s Office of Career Services, will be free to all jobseekers: students, alumni and community members alike. Billed as an “all majors” internship and job fair, recruiters from over 100 local, national and international organizations in various industries will be on hand to sell prospective applicants on the merits of their employers.

The secrets to perfecting your job interview

 Applying for jobs is a time investment, but sometimes the return can yield a chance to get your foot in the door. The interview can be one of the most loathsome parts of the process — you have to dress up and speak without stumbling over your words. 

It’s a little known fact that every semester the University of New Mexico has classes to teach students how to do their best during an interview, Communication and Journalism 344.

Evan Ashworth, is part of the term teaching faculty in the C&J Department — he also taught the interviewing class. 

Governor Lujan Grisham appoints five new UNM regents


Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her appointment of five new members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents on Saturday, according to a press release from her administration.  

Those nominees will now be sent to the senate for a confirmation vote at the New Mexico State Legislature. 

Lujan Grisham nominated three women and two men: Sandra K. Begay, nominated for a four-year term; Kimberly Sanchez Rael, nominated for a six-year term; Douglas M. Brown, nominated for a four-year term; Robert Schwartz, nominated for a six-year term; and Melissa Henry, a UNM student nominated for a two-year Student Regent position.

ASUNM budget dwindles in latest meeting

Four weeks into the spring semester, over $25,000 was appropriated to 11 student organizations at Wednesday's Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Full Senate meeting. 

With about $40,000 spent this semester, there is just under $64,000 left in the ASUNM budget for fiscal year 2018. According to ASUNM budget documents, Senators appropriated over $68,000 in the fall semester.

Finance Chair Holly Gallegos said she was concerned that funding could run out before the semester ends. She added that most of the big appropriation requests had already gone through, however.  

Krebs charged by New Mexico Attorney General on five counts

 The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has formally charged former Athletic Director for the University of New Mexico, Paul Krebs, with five criminal complaints. The complaints listed include money laundering, tampering with evidence and fraud amounting to a total of $20,000. 

“We are focused on the misuse of public tax dollars that should go to higher education opportunities for our students,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas in a written statement. “We are prepared to present this important case at trial.”

In an interview with the Daily Lobo, Attorney General spokesperson David Carl said Krebs would not be placed under arrest at this time, adding that any future decision relating to the matter would be decided upon by the courts. 

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