For Elizabeth Sanchez, the decision to become the editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo goes hand-in-hand with her love for writing and pursuit of journalism. “Journalism is important. It’s all about advocating for people who don’t have a voice all the time,” she said. “Being in that position, I hope to continue to fulfil that role.” As editor-in-chief, Sanchez said she will add to the Daily Lobo’s online diversity, in the form of podcasts, documentary videos and building a stronger social media presence. Sanchez also wants to bring outside expertise into the workplace, implementing workshops to help new reporters and photographers hone their skills, she said.
It started with a text message at 8 a.m. and, by 2 in the afternoon, the program he had been a part of for over 30 years was no more. That was the reality for head ski coach Fredrik Landstedt on Thursday, when UNM athletics announced their decision to dismantle the UNM ski program altogether, a situation that Landstedt describes as “extremely poorly handled.” Athletics Director Paul Krebs informed the coaches in a meeting at 1 p.m. before informing the team’s student athletes at a second meeting 15 minutes later.
Light blues seeped into the desert sky as we trudged up the steep side of Tomé Hill. The trail was still isolated, save for a few people. As we rushed to the top, anxious to see the sunrise, I noticed a woman stepping very slowly. Once I was closer I noticed that her feet were bare upon the jagged rocks. She carried her shoes as tears streamed down her face. That was when it sunk in; the full magnitude of what this pilgrimage means to so many. Once at the top, we found ourselves among a group of about 20 people, surrounded by three huge crosses permanently fixed into the hill.
According to a UNM press release, the University has been awarded $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a program that provides educational services to industry trainers and educators in the expanding field of microsystems. The grant runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021 and will fund the creation and maintenance of a large variety of microsystems educational materials used nationwide by colleges, educators and industry members, according to the release. This grant is a continuation of previous grants toward the initiative, called the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education.
The Global Education Office is sponsoring the 2017 International Festival, set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cornell Mall. According to a University release, there will be around 40 booths with food, crafts and information. The event is free and open to the public. "The Global Education Office’s annual International Festival is a special opportunity for everyone in the UNM and Albuquerque community to come together to experience a taste of the world in one place on one day,” Pablo Torres, director of International Recruitment and Admissions, is quoted as saying in the release.
According to a UNM press release, ROTC Senior Student Success Specialist Brian Vineyard was recognized by the Air Force ROTC Southwest Region, receiving University Civilian of the Quarter for the Southwest Region award. The Southwest Region contains 10 states from California to Tennessee and covers over 30 units, according to the release. The award is handed out by the Headquarters Air Force ROTC to university civilians working in Air Force ROTC detachments. According to the release, recipients must not only meet excellent job criteria requirements, but are also judged on the contributions they make to the Air Force ROTC and local community.
ASUNM failed a bill last week that would have removed annual funding for three UNM student publications — the Daily Lobo, Conceptions Southwest and Best Student Essays — and forced them to apply for funding through annual budget hearings. Senators Theo Pirone-Aufrichtig and Hannah Williams co-sponsored Bill 13S, which sought to remove the 8.5 percent of student fees annually allocated to Student Publications, in an effort to install oversight at a time when less and less funds are available for student groups. If passed, the bill would have gone before the Senate and, if passed, would have been placed on the ballot for student vote in fall.
According to a UNM press release, the University’s Global and National Security Policy Institute and National Security Studies Program will host the 8th annual Spring Symposium on April 4-5, in the SUB Ballroom A. The symposium, titled “Global and National Security Challenges and Opportunities Facing the New Administration," will focus on challenges faced by the new U.S. administration which includes a myriad of regional, country-specific and thematic issues over the next four years, according to the release.
According to a UNM press release, the Spring 2017 Shared Knowledge Conference will provide students an opportunity to learn about the depth of research work being done at UNM. The conference, organized by Graduate Studies, will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in SUB Ballroom C, according to the release, providing the campus community with a look into the diversity of programs while recognizing research excellence.
According to a UNM Newsroom release, with the Smith Plaza/Union Square Renovation project underway, the next step in the process involves a series of community workshop sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Three events are planned as part of the sessions. A preview of the renovation designs will be held Wednesday in Smith Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a lecture and discussion hosted by Surfacedesign, Inc. will be on Wednesday in George Pearl Hall at 5:30 p.m.; and a roundtable discussion on the renovation plans is scheduled for Thursday in SUB Acoma A/B from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.