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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
June 21, 2004
Volume 39, Number 16

In Brief

Alumni Association elects Travelstead president

TravelsteadColeman Travelstead is the new president of the UNM Alumni Association.

The association represents more than 120,000 graduates of the university. The president acts as an advisor to the Board of Regents and represents alumni at various campus functions.
Alumni Relations Director Karen Abraham says, “The president of the association represents the conscience of the university through the eyes of the alumni.”

Travelstead, son of former College of Education Dean Chester Travelstead, is publisher of “Techcomm, the National Journal of Technology Commercialization” at Technology Ventures Corporation.

He is president of the New Mexico Entrepreneurs Association.
The UNM Alumni Association has chapters throughout the country and is working to build constituency chapters organized around graduates with similar interests.

Volunteer insurance policy needs renewal July 1

The insurance policy that covers UNM department volunteers expires June 30.   The Department of Risk Management is gathering documentation to renew coverage for departments that want to participate.

Cost for the coverage July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005, is $3.75 per volunteer. Visit the website at http://risk.unm.edu/volunteer.php to fill out an electronic application form by June 25. During the year, if departments add additional volunteers, they should contact Risk Management.

For more information, call or email Mike Tuttle, 277-9790, mtuttle@unm.edu.

UNM joins LamdaRail, Inc.

The university has joined the National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies deploying a nationwide networking infrastructure to support research in science, engineering, health care and education, as well as the research and development of new Internet technologies, protocols, applications and services.

NLR is an $80 million to $100 million initiative with each member contributing at least $5 million over the next five years.

“LambdaRail’s potential impact on New Mexico is enormous,” stated UNM President Louis Caldera. “It will foster high performance computing and research in our colleges and universities and enable sophisticated health care imaging and diagnostic services in our communities. LambdaRail will dramatically enhance the state’s ability to grow and recruit technology-based companies, as well as position us to be the gateway to the rapidly developing information technology networks in Mexico, Central and Latin America.”

Multicultural engineering program seeks participants

The UNM School of Engineering is accepting applications for the Graduate Bridge Project, a multicultural engineering program offered July 6-23.

The goal is to provide experiences and information for students outside of UNM on the qualifications and expectations for entering graduate school in engineering.

A grant from the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities at Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation will help bring together fifteen minority students from vocational schools, community colleges and universities for the three-week program.

The Graduate Bridge Project is free to participants and provides a $250 in-state and $500 out-of-state travel stipend. Participants live in a dormitory and have meals served at the UNM cafeteria.

Completion of at least two years of undergraduate course work and membership in an underrepresented ethnic minority group is required.

A completed application must be received by 5 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2004.

A program description is available online at http://www.unm.edu/~mepgradb.

For more information call Pauline Hunt-Histia, 277-5062 or e-mail mepgradb@unm.edu.

Scholarship funds benefit non-traditional students

UNM was among five state institutions awarded scholarship funding from the 2004 Daniels Opportunity Awards, a $2.16 million partnership to get scholarship funding into the hands of non-traditional students at risk of being unable to afford a college education.

Other institutions receiving funding included: Clovis Community College, College of Santa Fe, College of the Southwest and New Mexico Junior College. The five schools will share $185,000 with UNM receiving $50,000.

Awards were distributed to the institutions and converted directly into scholarships to support non-traditional students — those pursuing education later in life, GED recipients, transfer students and those from foster care.

College of Education alumni, faculty honored

Seven distinguished alumni and faculty from the College of Education were honored recently during the college’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

The Chester C. Travelstead Endowed Faculty Fellowship Award was presented to Leroy I. Ortiz, UNM associate professor of language, literacy and sociocultural studies. Ortiz has written and directed many education grant awards totaling more than $9 million.

The Leadership in Education award was presented to Veronica Garcia, Ph.D., the state’s first secretary of education.
Alumna Louise Adelstone was honored for her contributions to school counseling. Alumnus Kevin Cronk was recognized for his work in Community Development.

The award for excellence in educational policy was presented to Rep. Gail Beam.

Alumna Catherine Cross Maple was honored for her contributions to educational administration and leadership and Celia “Jo” Thomason was honored posthumously for her work in international service.