UNM President Bill Gordon pledged his commitment to supporting graduate and professional students during a GPSA open house Thursday. Gordon and about 125 other administrators, faculty, staff and students gathered for the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s reception in its new offices at the lower level of the former bookstore southeast of Woodward Hall. “When I first became a graduate student a couple of years ago, I learned two things right away — that graduate students are taken for granted for all the work they do and are the most important part of the campus,” Gordon said.
A grant awarded to UNM will help both established and aspiring teachers better serve disabled students in classrooms throughout New Mexico. The $65,000 grant, provided by the New Mexico Department of Education, is aimed at helping teachers and schools provide better assistance to disabled students.
An ASUNM Senate committee discussed Monday whether to write a bill that would change the attorney general's power to interpret student government law. The attorney general can interpret and enforce Associated Students of UNM law any way he or she wants.
Archaeological artifacts that could help reveal information about trade networks between the Southwestern United States and Mexico are now on display at the Governor's Gallery in Santa Fe.
While UNM does not have enough parking on the main campus to accommodate commuter students, a national parking-consulting firm recommended that the University maintain its emphasis on park-and-ride accommodations. Campus Parking Management Associates presented a 10-year parking plan to the Board of Regents Finance and Facilities Committee Monday. The survey and an analysis performed during the past two years cost between $20,000-$25,000 and were commissioned by Julie Weaks, the UNM interim vice president of business and finance.
Students, staff and faculty who hunt for spaces in the B-permit parking lot have often found themselves short of parking spaces since the start of the semester. UNM student Andrea Simpson said she could only find one parking space in the B-lot during the last three weeks, forcing her to seek parking elsewhere, such as the pay lots on Yale Boulevard.
For Scott Carreathers, the flag-raising ceremony outside of Scholes Hall Thursday that marked the beginning of Black History Month symbolizes the meaning of the February celebration. “Knowing what the colors on the flag mean — red for the blood of our ancestors, black for black people and green for the land and hope — it really encompasses the meaning of this special month,” said Carreathers, UNM director of African American Student Services. Everett Wheeler-Bell, president of the Black Student Union, said the purpose of the ceremony is to recognize black achievements and contributions.
Yolanda Acosta-Villegas fulfilled her dream of honoring her husband’s life by refurbishing the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit waiting room. Acosta-Villegas spent the last year and $10,000 redecorating the waiting room and dedicated her work to her late husband Wednesday morning. Her husband, Ralph, was brought to the hospital after an accident in 1998 and died while being treated at the trauma center. Her experience in the intensive care waiting room and memories of her husband prompted her to take action.
UNM freshman football player Deario Richardson was arrested Wednesday night on charges related to an alleged domestic dispute. Richardson was taken into custody by Albuquerque police at his southeast Albuquerque home after he allegedly assaulted his female roommate.