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Current Issue: November 17, 2003
Volume 39, Number 9


Dr. Karen Carlson, professor and executive associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing, has been elected to the Sigma Theta Tau International (SSTI) Honor Society of Nursing board of directors.

She was elected at the international meeting held in Toronto earlier this month and will serve for a four-year term.

Dr. Carlson is one of those directors newly elected to the six-member board at the meeting. She has been a leader in SSTI both in local and international business.

Sigma Theta Tau International has 115,000 members from 87 different countries, and 433 chapters in 10 different countries and on five different continents.


The National Academic Advisement Association (NACADA) recently recognized UNM’s Engineering Student Programs Office (ESPO) in the School of Engineering (SOE) as one of the nation’s outstanding institutional advising programs.

ESPO’s certificate of merit was awarded at NACADA’s national conference in Dallas, Texas. ESPO Director Elaine Borrelli accepted the award on behalf of UNM, the School of Engineering and the Engineering Student Programs Office.

ESPO was recognized for instituting “a variety of events and techniques to increase student retention and success in progress toward Engineering and Computer Science degree programs,” said Charles B. Fleddermann, SOE associate dean, who nominated ESPO for the award. He cited data that demonstrates ESPO students have “a 15 percent higher retention rate than that of
the overall university student body.”


The UNM Foundation/Development Office is ranked at No. 350 in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking, “The Philanthropy 400.”

“We jumped in the national rankings [from No. 379 to 350], so I think this is an indicator of a long-term emphasis of reaching out to the community and connecting it to the great things the University of New Mexico is doing,” said Leslie Elgood, Development director and president of the UNM Foundation, Inc.

The Philanthropy 400 ranks the nation’s largest nonprofit groups by how much money they raise from private sources.


UNM Professor of Law Suedeen Kelly has been confirmed a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the entity responsible for transmission of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce, wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas and licensing of hydroelectric facilities.

“I am honored that the U.S. Senate has confirmed me to this position, and I am looking forward to working with the other four commissioners on the many energy issues pending at the commission that are of concern to New Mexico and the country,” she said.

Kelly, an Albuquerque resident, replaces an outgoing commissioner and will serve the remainder of a five-year term, expiring June 2004. She will move to Washington and hopes to be appointed to another term.

On leave from UNM until fall 2005, Kelly teaches energy law, public utility regulation, legislative process and administrative law and practice.


A member of the UNM staff and two students received “Rising Star” awards from the National Association of Student, Personnel, Administration (NASPA).

Ryan Lindquist, Student Activities staff, Mariah Heredia, a graduate student working with El Centro de la Raza, and Chrisele Heredia, an undergraduate student also working with El Centro, received recognition for making contributions to the well-being of students on the UNM campus.

The regional conference, held in Santa Fe recently, attracted participants from 11 western states.


UNM Professor of Law Margaret Montoya was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference held at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The first such award presented by the newly formed National Latina/o Law Student Association, it credits Montoya for “passionate support, dedication and contributions to Latino law students.”

On faculty with the School of Law since 1992, Montoya examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender and language, along with cross-cultural discourse.

Montoya is currently interim director of the UNM Southwest Hispanic Research Institute.


Robert E. Sapien, M.D., FAAP, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

U.S. Secretary of Heath, Tommy Thompson, appointed Sapien to the HRSA committee for a two-year term. Sapien will advise Thompson on programs that are directed to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of pregnant women and infants.

Sapien has been with UNM since 1991. He serves as an associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics.

He is also the state medical director for emergency medical services for children, and serves on several local, state and national committees.


The Tribal Virtual Network (TVN), a UNM developed consortium of Native American museums and centers that uses technology to overcome the “digital divide,” was among a handful of special technology projects featured at Supercomputing Global (SC2003), an international conference highlighting developments in high-performance computing and networking.

Created by researchers at the Arts of the Americas Institute (AAI) in the College of Fine Arts, TVN connects members using a low-bandwidth connection over an inSORS Access Grid allowing two-way, real time communication via the Internet.

Consortium members include High Performance Computing @ UNM.