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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 15, 2004
Volume 39, Number 13

In Brief

Employee pension fund focus of UNM Town Hall

The status of the UNM employee pension fund will be the focus of a UNM Town Hall Tuesday, March 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom.

Evalynne Hunemuller, deputy director of the New Mexico Educational Retirement System, will be the guest speaker. The UNM Staff Council Compensation Committee, UNM Retiree Association and UNM Human Resources are sponsors for the event, which will be broadcast via live telecast to branches.

For more information, call Karin Retskin, 277-1532.

United Way campaign breaks UNM record

UNM faculty and staff gave $222,000 to the United Way of Central New Mexico Campaign last year, a record for the school.

Campaign Chairman Howard Smith, Anderson Schools of Management dean, said, “Several things contributed to the success of this campaign. President Louis Caldera set an example with his significant donation and we were better at getting the campaign organized.”

But Smith is not satisfied. Nine percent of faculty and staff at UNM contributed to the campaign. He wants to see more participation next year.

Volunteers sought for ASUNM’s Spring Storm

ASUNM hopes to enlist more than 1,000 students, staff and faculty for this year’s Spring Storm on April 17, a day of community service partnering with 35 organizations around town.

Participants begin the day with a kickoff breakfast at University Stadium, then scatter to do specific projects such as paint at the Boys and Girls Clubs, or supervise children’s activities at the Whittier Center. They work throughout the day, regrouping at the stadium for entertainment and a barbeque. ASUMN encourages group and individual sign ups either online or in person at the student government office.

Call 277-5528.

UNM hosts Feria Educativa March 19-20

UNM hosts Feria Educativa, a two-day education fair for the Albuquerque community, on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 at UNM’s Johnson Center.

The goal of the event is to empower the Hispanic community with the educational tools and resources needed to become strong advocates for children’s education.

Among the scheduled events is “She Flies,” a theatrical production depicting a young woman’s struggle between her family’s wishes and her desire for a higher education. Other events include detailed information on what matters most on the pathway to college, and a professional development program for educators, including information about the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on Hispanic communities.

A college fair and computer giveaways are scheduled both days. Invited speakers include Governor Bill Richardson, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and U.S. Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Eugene Hickok.

For more information, call 505-746-6500.

Greek Week benefits local child care center

UNM fraternities and sororities recently put muscle and money into helping Cuidando los Niños, the organization they chose to sponsor during Greek Week.

”We accepted letters from different organizations and spoke with some of the groups and decided upon Cuidando los Niños because their needs paired up well with our goals,” said Emily Bryl, who with Joey Roeher, organized Greek Week activities. Both are La Cueva High School graduates; Bryl in 2001, Roeher in 2000.

The UNM Greeks raised $11,500 for Cuidando and also spruced up their center.

NSF awards $3 million to Stefanovic, Moore

Computer Science assistant professors Darko Stefanovic and Cris Moore received a $3 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Information Technology Research program. Their study of enzymatic networks based on deoxyribozyome logic gates is in collaboration with researchers at Columbia University and the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.

Participating in the project are Computer Science graduate students Ben Andrews, Aaron Clauset, Clint Morgan, Jenny Sanger and undergraduate students Lisa Glendennning and Marlow Weston-Lee. The UNM team will focus on modeling the kinetics of the chemical reactions of certain enzymes, and synthesizing models of catalytic logic gates that can one day work in living cells.