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Current Issue:  April 8, 2002
Volume 37, Number 18


Ted A. Garcia, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of public television station KNME-TV, Channel 5 (PBS), is one of only six business and media executives from across the nation named to a newly-created team of 19 advisors - the 2020 Vision Committee of the Southern Illinois University (SIU). The committee will help upgrade education and improve the images of the two main campuses of SIU - Edwardsville and Carbondale. Garcia is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Technological and distance learning advances, which come about as a result of this committee, will be shared with the University of New Mexico (UNM).

"The expertise these individuals will bring to the table will be invaluable in developing a set of recommendations that will keep SIU at the forefront of changing educational policies and enable us to meet the needs of those we serve," Walker said.

"It is an honor to be asked to serve on the 2020 Vision Committee," said Ted A. Garcia. "My inclusion within this committee, made up of individuals from across the nation, underscores the increasingly important partnership between education and public television, especially in light of advances in digital technology. We will be looking into not only upgrading education at SIU in the near future, but also looking ahead as to how the basic delivery of an education may
be evolving. We will have the opportunity of exploring many new technological avenues of distance learning, and anticipating and meeting the needs of tomorrow's students. I intend that my association with this committee, and the knowledge gained there, will benefit not only SIU, but also the University of New Mexico and the students and citizens of this state."

Naming these committee members, after a nationwide search, is the first step in a plan outlined by SIU President James Walker in September. The committee members, also include former Illinois Sen. Paul Simon as Chairman, three other politicians, and nine educators, including: Constantine "Deno" Curris, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, J.W. "Jack" Peltason, former President of the University of California system, James A. Rosser, President of the California State University - Los Angeles, Kenneth A. Shaw, President and Chancellor of Syracuse University, and Molly Corbett Broad, President of the University of North Carolina.

Walker will introduce the committee to the SIU board of trustees at it monthly meeting on April 9 in Edwardsville. He and the chancellors of the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses will be ex-officio members of the advisory committee.

In addition to being the General Manager and CEO of KNME-TV, Garcia also sits on the Technology and Distribution Committee for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Alexandria, VA. Prior to coming to KNME-TV in 2001, Garcia was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KETC / Channel 9 (PBS) in St. Louis, Missouri. He initially came to KETC in 1981 as the Director of Operations. In 1992 he was promoted to Senior Vice President. Prior to working within the non-commercial, PBS arena, Garcia held numerous creative and management positions with the Television Stations Division of CBS at KMOX-TV in St. Louis. Garcia's career in broadcasting includes positions as a contract sports producer director for Raycom Sports, consultant in video field production for the U.S. Dept. of Defense and manager of audience promotion for KMOX-TV.

Recently, Garcia acted as a consultant for Ana. G. Mendez University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, assisting that institution in strategic planning of the implementation of digital broadcasting, distance learning, and potential commercial applications for their two public television channels and ITFS network.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Garcia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Mass Communications. Garcia has served as the Vice-Chairman of the National Meeting of the American Red Cross in 2001. He presently serves on the Board of the Mid Rio Grande chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the Resolutions Committee of the National 2002 annual meeting of the American Red Cross. Garcia has been married for 11 years. His wife Kathy is Sales Manger for Kelly Services for Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

A multi-award winning station, KNME-TV is a joint-licensee of the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and serves northern and central New Mexico, eastern Arizona and the Navajo Nation. Nationwide, KNME-TV is one of 360+ independent television stations, operating with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).


Alex Gonzalez, UNM Scholarship Office supervisor, was recently appointed as the New Mexico coordinator for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and member of the NASPA IV-West Advisory Board.  He will hold these positions for the next three years.


Director of Student Financial Aid Ron S. Martinez is author of the article “What Does College Cost and Where Can I Find Financial Aid?” appearing in The Latino Student’s Guide to College Success, recently published by Greenwood Press, Westport CT. The book provides advice to Latinos who are contemplating, preparing for, or already in a college setting.


Dr. Ken Miller, professor and associate dean at the UNM College of Nursing was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

Miller was also recently selected one of 60 candidates nationwide to participate in Leadership for Academic Nursing. The year-long fellowship program, which is supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust, is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.


The Notre Dame Hispanic Law Students Association honored UNM Professor of Law Margaret Montoya with the 2002 Graciela Olivarez Award.

Each year, the association honors an outstanding Latino lawyer or judge who has made a significant contribution to the legal community.

Montoya was the first Latina accepted to Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on race, ethnicity, gender, language and cross-cultural discourse. Active in the community, she recently introduced a new class at UNM "Lawyering for Social Change."


UNM Halliburton Professor of Mechanical Engineering Arsalan Razani has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) International, a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000.

Only two percent of ASME members are elected fellows.

Razani’s academic career spans 33 years. He has published two books and 100 referred articles in the areas of thermal science and engineering, radiation transport, and energy conversion and utilization. Razani has twice been awarded the School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.


UNM Assistant Professor of History Jay Rubenstein has received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)-Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for $30,000 to begin research on a new project, titled, “The First Crusade in Medieval Memory.”

Rubenstein will conduct research at the Bibliothèque Nationale and other research institutes in Paris from July 2002 through August 2003. His work will focus on original manuscript copies of 12th century historical chronicles, sermon manuals and theological texts.

Rubenstein expects to be able to demonstrate the profound effects which the First Crusade, 1095-1099, had on European culture — artistic, military, religious and literary. “The First Crusade is comparable only to World War I, in terms of the way it forced Europeans to reevaluate themselves and their world,” Rubenstein said. “The topic is especially timely in light of current world politics.”
Rubenstein, also UNM Institute for Medieval Studies faculty, has been at UNM since 1999.

He recently completed a biography of the French monk, historian and theologian Guibert of Nogent (c. 1060 - 1125), “Guibert of Nogent: Portrait of an Medevial Mind,” to be published by Routledge this fall.


P.J. Woods, chief nursing officer for UNM Hospitals, was recently appointed to the President’s National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.