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Current Issue: August 25, 2003
Volume 39, Number 3

Caldera to address freshman class

One of UNM President Louis Caldera’s first wishes was to address the 2003 fall freshman class—a wish that will be fulfilled at UNM’s 2003 fall Freshman Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 3, beginning at noon, in the Student Union Building ballroom.

President Caldera recently told the Board of Regents that UNM is expecting a record number of freshmen—about 3,200 of them—on its campus this fall. He said he wants to talk to UNM’s incoming freshman class about “why they’re here and what they ought to be trying to get out of this education.”

Freshmen students, their parents and faculty are being invited to the convocation, said Dr. Peter White, dean of University College, whose office helped organize the event. “The UNM Strategic Plan has, as one of its objectives, that we would have a freshman convocation. President Caldera’s wish to have it this year fits in nicely with that objective,” he said.

White said President Caldera’s address will be the “focal point” of the convocation. Although the program is still being finalized, others expected to attend are UNM Student Regent Andrea Cook, Associated Students of UNM President Jennifer Onuska and Faculty Senate President Beverly Burris.

The convocation, White said, “will help set the right environment for welcoming freshmen to this academic institution,” adding that it will also serve to “strengthen the undergraduate mission of the University. It provides another opportunity for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to collaborate in setting the proper tone for intellectual and social engagement on campus.”