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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
August 16, 2004
Volume 40, Number 1


Alire elected president of national research libraries

Camila A. Alire, Library Services dean, has been elected vice president/president elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She assumes the vice presidency in June and becomes president of the division in 2005.

The ACRL, representing 12,000 librarians and those interested in library science, is the largest division of the American Library Association. As the first Hispanic president of the organization she will focus on leadership development and advocate for better ways to develop a diverse academic library workforce.

“It’s important to UNM that our peers see this university as a strong, vital contributor to national academic organizations,” Alire said. “If I can increase our visibility in the world of academic and research libraries, the university will benefit in the long run.”

Law professor one of 25 teachers invited to seminar

UNM Assistant Professor of Law Norman Bay is one of 25 educators from around the world invited to participate in a seminar on international humanitarian law in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept.13-18, sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Designed especially for university professors who teach in the field of international law, the seminar will provide training on international rules that apply in situations of armed conflict. Topics include law applicable in international and internal armed conflicts, including historical development, types of conflicts, the law of Geneva, and also the law of the Hague, prisoners of war, occupation, humanitarian assistance, customary law, war crimes and responsibility.

“Given the troubled times in which we live, international humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, has become more important and relevant than ever,” Bay said.

NAS faculty awarded Fulbright to Germany

John D. Gates, acting associate director and visiting lecturer in the UNM Native American Studies Department, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to lecture and research at the University of Bonn, North American Studies Program, Bonn, Germany during the 2004-2005 academic year.

The United States Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced the award.

Gates will teach two classes during the fall and spring terms, lecturing in federal Indian law, Native American studies and international indigenous human rights. In the spring, he teaches an online course “Native Americans and Germans: the Politics of Nationalism and Identity.”

His research will focus on Native Americans’ and Germans’ varied conceptions of nationalism, identity and self-determination leading into the 21st century.

KUNM team honored for salsa programming

KUNM’s Friday night Afro-Carribean music program “Salsa Sabrosa” received the Bonito y Sabroso Award in appreciation of on-air talent and broadcast media support of Latin music and dance in New Mexico.

The recent awards ceremony was part of the local El Dique Latin Music and Dance Festival Aug. 13-14.

Volunteers Henry Gonzales, Louis Head, Cecilia Portal, Wellington Guzman, Carlota Domandi, along with program staff Matthew Finch and Marcos Martinez were honored.

The awards committee noted the abilities of the individual broadcasters as well as the strength and energy of the group as a team in support of Nuestra Musica Latina.

St. George appointed to technologies committee

Art St. George, manager of Advanced Communication Technologies at UNM’s Computer and Information Resources and Technology, has been appointed for a three-year term to the EDUCAUSE Committee on Evolving Technologies.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association designed to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

The committee plays an important role in identifying leading edge and experimental technologies expected to make a real difference in higher education. Members are generally responsible for technology development and implementation on campuses.