Former President and CEO of Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex Romero has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill the open seat on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. For nearly 50 years Romero has gained experience in New Mexico’s business community. He is a retired bank executive who spent 35 years in the banking industry in the Albuquerque area. Romero is also the former Executive Vice President of Bank of America’s New Mexico Consumer Market Division, making him responsible for the bank’s marketing outreach and its New Mexico Banking Centers.
The Daily Lobo has compiled a list of the top five resources for LGBTQ students and community members: Common Bond For over 20 years, this support group has brought together LGBTQ youth under age 21 to talk about issues and join in activities in a judgment-free environment. Common Bond creates a safe environment every Friday night for those in the Albuquerque LGBTQ community to express themselves and learn while having fun.
From a new living space to different instructors to interacting with peers, adapting to your first year of college can be difficult, but here are a few tips on how to academically succeed, take care of yourself and make some great memories along the way. 1.
Having attempted to take his own life three times, Nicholas J. Aurelio Tollardo almost didn’t make it to the end of his college career, but each time, he picked himself up and pushed forward to make it to his graduation day. He was diagnosed with depression when he attempted to commit suicide for the first time at age 16, he said. He made two attempts: one at age 19, the other at age 21. Enrolled at UNM since the fall semester of 2010, he said his first couple of years at the University were tough. He felt like he could not handle the work and failed a couple of courses. “High grades and success have always been a priority of mine, and it comes from my mother who pushed me hard to succeed and do the best I could,” Tollardo said “I felt like I let myself down, but primarily I felt like I let my mother down.”
With 35 candidates running, the undergraduate student body elected 10 new senators to serve a full term on the Associated Students of New Mexico Senate, and one to serve a half-term. All three slates — Unity, Clear and InvolveU — were represented among the victors. Five came from Unity, four from Clear and One from InvolveU. The candidate with the most votes in the election was Emilynn Wilks from the Unity slate with 472 votes. The only returning senator will be Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig, also from Unity.
Justin Cooper’s passion for student government was sparked when he ran for and was voted student body president for Eldorado High School. His motivation for becoming a student leader? He wanted to break out of his shell by getting involved and making school “more than just going to class.” Born and raised in Albuquerque Cooper jumped right back into student government as soon as he began attending UNM. He started out by serving as legislative coordinator for ASUNM. His freshman year, he was elected to become a senator, and would go on to serve as vice chair and chair of the Finance Committee.
After three years of being involved in the Associated Students of the UNM and interning for the U.S. Senate and Department of State, Gabe Gallegos is now running to be ASUNM president for the 2017-18 academic year. Originally from Las Cruces, Gallegos decided to become a Lobo and major in both political science and strategic communications. His experience with ASUNM began as a freshman, when he took part in the Emerging Lobo Leaders program — which grooms students for potential future involvement in the undergratuate student governing body. That spring he was elected to his first term in Senate, went on to chair the Outreach and Appointments Committee and this year serves as the the ASUNM director of communications.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, sophomore business major Elena Garcia has always felt comfortable in New Mexico. But it wasn’t until she began serving on ASUNM Senate last fall that she found a home at UNM. Garcia said she initially didn’t feel like there was much of a community on campus, but she found it through trying to make a difference for UNM’s undergraduate student population. Now she wants to take on an even bigger role to help those students. “Senate drove me to running for president. I see a lot of potential in ASUNM and I see a lot of potential in the agencies,” Garcia said.
The UNM College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom will be receiving funding from the Associated Students of UNM through appropriations to host two guest speakers, Christina Hoff Sommers and Ben Shapiro, at the University. UNM College Republicans requested funding for Sommers, and YAF requested funding for Shapiro. Both groups received $5,000, funding 50 percent of the speaker fees for each.
At UNM, there is a communication time delay regarding safety advisories between the University and the campus community. The delay — the amount of time from when an incident occurs until a LoboAlert is distributed — exposes potential dangers on or around campus that are cause for concern for some in the campus community LoboAlerts is the means of communication that lets the campus community know, via text message and email, when there is a safety issue on campus, typically related to a reported criminal act.