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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
February 16, 2004
Volume 39, Number 12


Library honors media arts professor

UNM Press designers earn Bookbuilders award
A team of UNM Press designers received awards at the 33rd Annual Bookbuilders West Book Show, held recently in Oakland, Calif. UNM Press’s big winner “The Algarrobos Quartet: Four Novellas,” by Mario Goloboff and translated by Stephen Sadow, part of the press’s Jewish Latin America Series, garnered awards for designers Robyn Mundy and Melissa Tandysh. They were awarded, respectively, for exterior and interior designs, winning best all-around design for a trade, text-driven book.

“The restrained and uncluttered interior is eminently readable. The jacket suggests something foreign and mysterious, yet familiar and friendly. This design very successfully suggests the puzzles and multiple meanings that are the heart of these enigmatic novellas,” noted Bookbuilders West in the show catalog.

Mundy was also received a Bookbuilders Award in the trade, image-driven category for “Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains,” with photographs by Steve Fitch, who has an exhibit of the same name at the University Art Museum.

UNM Press designer Mina Yamashita won a Bookbuilders Award for her work on “The Desert Reader: A Literary Companion,” edited by Gregory McNamee, a winner in the trade, text-driven category. Bookbuilders West is a nonprofit organization founded in San Francisco in 1969 to promote and support book publishing in 13 western states.


Poli Sci earns SW prize

John Sugg, working under the direction of Associate Professor of Political Science Lonna Atkeson in the Political Science Department’s junior honors seminar, has been awarded the Best Undergraduate Paper prize from the Southwest Political Science Association for his paper “The Effectiveness of Gun Control Legislation:  A Cross-Sectional Analysis of State Homicide Rates.” 

Sugg will be recognized at the next meeting of the SW Political Science Association.


Martinez honored for service to Hispanic group

Raquel “Raqui” Martinez, director of Faculty Services in the Provost’s Office, was recently presented with the Hispanic Women’s Council Estrella Brillante Award, established to honor a woman who gives extraordinary service to the council and demonstrates excellence, integrity and professionalism.

Martinez has been a member of HWC since 1989 and was president in 2001. “The council relies heavily on the volunteer participation of its members to keep the organization vibrant and active. Raqui is a shining example of commitment and loyalty to a volunteer organization,” HWC President Edna Lopez said.
The award was presented at the council’s annual membership meeting in January. Martinez is the second recipient of the award. The Hispanic Women’s Council is a non-profit organization established to promote, support and create opportunities for Hispanics.


B.U.S. staffer accepted to Harvard summer institute

Tracy Skipp, director of Academic Programs for University Studies, a degree program of University College at the University of New Mexico, has been accepted to the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program for summer 2004. The institute serves high potential deans and directors in the early part of their careers.

Skipp earned his bachelor of university studies (B.U.S.) from University College in 1995. Since then, as the program’s advisor, he has been building and modifying the B.U.S. degree from a general studies or degree completion program to an individualized, interdisciplinary model. He was named director of Academic Programs in December.

Skipp has advised thousands of UNM students. He frequently makes national presentations on student success and is at work on a book about success skills needed for college and how to market oneself after earning a degree. The book will be the subject of a University Honors course in the 2004-05
academic year.

Skipp earned his master’s in education foundations from UNM in 2001. He will begin doctoral work following his studies at the Harvard institute.