- Year In Review
Alpha Video’s Digital Display Group has won a prestigious 2008 DIGI Award for the state-of-the art video wall and conference system located in the Anderson School of Management’s Financial Center. The DIGI Awards recognize the most successful and innovative digital signage deployments that have taken place within the past year. The video wall gives a trading floor look and displays real-time stock pricing information for various stocks monitored by Anderson students. The wall carries various satellite business news feeds and information that relates to Anderson.
Scott Lovald won first place in the graduate student category of the American Society for Engineering Education 2008 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference for a paper titled “Investigating the Role of Fluid Dynamics and Wall Mechanics in Atherosclerosis, Plaque Rupture and Plaque Excavation in the Human Carotid Bifurcation.” He coauthored the paper with Tariq Khraishi, Juan Heinrich, Howard Yonas and Christopher Taylor.
Two UNM-Gallup students have been nominated to the All USA Academic Team for community colleges. They are Darryl Day Chief, a sophomore studying information technology, and Brittany Showalter, in the Bachelor of University Studies program.
Day Chief, who has been on the dean’s list for the past three semesters, studies at home while caring for his daughter while his wife works. In addition to IT classes, he has studied business management. After he receives his associate’s degree in IT, he plans to pursue a bachelor of business administration degree at UNM.
Brittany Erin Showalter, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., is Navajo and her clans are Tó’aheedliinii, Tséníjíkiní, Tódík’ózhí, and Táchii’nii. A 2004 graduate of Window Rock High School, she received her associate of arts and sciences degree in general studies with honors from UNM-Gallup in spring of 2007. She is focusing on health education, psychology and Native American Studies as she pursues her BUS degree from bachelor and graduate programs at UNM-Gallup.
Among those who graduated from UNM’s Army ROTC program is Cadet Luis Sanchez, who, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. He graduated with a degree in Criminology earning a 4.0 GPA. He finished 15th in the nation on the Army ROTC national order of merit.
Tavish Brown grew up in Naschitti, N.M., located between Gallup and Shiprock on the Navajo reservation. While still a student at Newcomb High School, where he graduated in 2005, Brown knew what he wanted to do: study the Navajo language. Brown is the UNM undergraduate recipient of the 2007 Robert W. Young Scholarship, which supports students studying Native American linguistics.
College of Education doctoral student Marlene Ballejos was one of five students from the U.S. and Canada selected recently to participate in the 2008 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Graduate Student Research Program, a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The highly selective program is open to just a few students each year in the field of educational measurement, psychometrics or a related field such as industrial/organizational psychology. Ballejos is pursuing her doctorate in educational psychology under the guidance of mentor and Associate Professor Jay Parkes, College of Education.
UNM student Julio Romero received an international award for his efforts as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader at the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS). The Award for Outstanding Supplemental Instruction leader is given annually to at least one student out of hundreds of nominees.
A senior majoring in history, Romero has been employed with CAPS for three semesters where he has worked both as a tutor and supplemental instruction leader.
Peter Meyer always knew he wanted to work on big issues - to work in public service and be involved in the policy making process. He’s about to do exactly that. Meyer graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies, and next fall he will walk into the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service to work as an analyst in Latin American Affairs.
Meyer survived a competitive process that allowed him to become a Presidential Management Fellow. This program annually selects approximately 400 students completing graduate and professional degrees for a wide variety of positions within the federal government in Washington D.C. and around the country.
Antonio Vigil, a master of architecture student, designed an Albuquerque-area recycling center within a local market as part of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Portland Cement Association’s third annual sustainable concrete student design competition. Vigil’s first place award-winning design was selected from entries from more than 800 students from 33 architecture schools around the world.
In his design, Vigil noted that Albuquerque’s current recycling center is on the West side, pushed out of the city and not visible to residents. He wanted to draw people into the recycling center to be aware of how much people waste.
He designed the recycling center in an area that features both industrial and retail space, at I-25 and Montano, where Beach Waterpark used to be. Included in his design is a “mercado,” or market where people can sell – effectively “recycling” used goods.
Angela Chavez, a 1999 graduate of Socorro High School and UNM School of Law class 2010, became the president of the Region XV Hispanic National Bar Association’s law student division. In that capacity, she will work to increase the number of Latino/a law students involved with the Hispanic National Bar Association, encourage Latino student participation in being responsive to the social, political and academic promotion of the Latino/a community and encourage and promote recruitment, academic achievement and retention of Latino/a law students.