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

In Brief

Fall activities designed to recruit college student

Higher education institutions are collaborating with the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and GEAR UP for Pathways to College and Careers Day, Friday, Sept. 10 at the New Mexico State Fair. UNM departments will showcase programs along Governor’s Avenue, formerly Main Street, from
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Celebra La Ciencia,” a family-friendly, interactive science event, returns to the fair Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along Governor’s Avenue. After five successful events, the Albuquerque coalition is considered a model program nationally. For more information, visit www.celebralaciencia.org. The site features links to games, activities and homework help.

Library reopens Aug. 20

The west wing of Zimmerman library, closed for an asbestos abatement project, will reopen on Aug. 20. The closure was a precaution for library users. The abatement involves pipes in the service tunnels beneath the building. Lower Level 1 of Zimmerman will also be closed for the next few weeks as shelves are moved for new carpet installation. Use the Reference Desk to ask librarians to retrieve materials.

UNM selected for 'Mind in the Making' training

The UNM Family Development Program, in the College of Education, is partnering with prominent early childhood researchers to test new teaching methods. New Mexico is one of three pilot sites to participate in comprehensive training called Mind in the Making. UNM was selected partially on the basis of its extensive statewide family outreach program.

New research on learning comes out of the Families and Work Institute, New York City. Researchers believe social, emotional and intellectual learning cannot be separated.

Mind in the Making faculty have been “training the trainers” at UNM. Ten UNM staff will then teach more than 100 child care workers at Laguna Pueblo, UNM’s Child Care Center and 17 city-run day care centers. As a complement to the modules, a thirteen part television series, “Mind in the Making: the Science of Early Learning” is scheduled for public television.

Online searches easier at University Libraries

University Libraries moved to a new text finder for on-line searches expected to make it easier to find information and articles.

Gold Rush software has full text electronic access to thousands of journals available through UNM libraries.

The Article Finder feature allows users to put the information from a citation into the system and get a link directly to the article. This feature will improve as more content providers embrace OpenURL linking technology.

Other Gold Rush options provide entry to the growing number of open-access electronic resources. Questions or comments about the changes? Contact University Libraries at ejournal@unm.edu.

NSF grant promotes HSC biomedical research

The Health Sciences Center will receive in excess of $450,000 a year as a participant in the New Mexico Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence project through a $3.3 million National Science Foundation grant secured by U.S. Senator Pete Domenici.

The purpose is to strengthen opportunities for biomedical research in New Mexico’s educational institutions. 

De Colores celebrates Hispanic heritage

De Colores, Inc., Hispanic Culture Festival is celebrated in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The 2004 festival features an art exhibit, leadership awards banquet, film festival, art demonstrations, folkloric dance, Latino music and more.

“The festival is designed to showcase and celebrate Hispanic culture,” said Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, board president, De Colores, Inc., and program coordinator for UNM’s College Enrichment Program. “We like to incorporate students, our future leaders, into all the events,” Gomez-Chavez said.

A kick-off event, hosted by El Centro de la Raza, is scheduled for Sept. 16, the day Mexico celebrates the beginning of its 11-year war for independence against France, which started in 1810.

Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, UNM vice president for student affairs, provided De Colores, Inc., with a permanent home at UNM last year.
Nominations are being sought for student leadership awards. Contact Rosa Cervantes at El Centro, 277-5020. De Colores is accepting entries for Hispanic leadership nominations, call 872-1290. Nominations for both are due Friday, Sept. 3.

Web page features news, comprehensive calendar

“UNM Today,” a sleek on-line news vehicle, is designed to be a one-stop shop for campus information. Go to the UNM home page and click the “UNM Today” link. The page showcases activities of faculty, staff and students and shares details on new administrative initiatives.

“UNM Today” will have the scoop on homecoming events, special concerts or exhibits on campus. It features stories on projects and programs, faculty, staff, students and community.
Suggestions for stories or site improvements can be sent to paffairs@unm.edu.

Visit the Web page to see a new, interactive calendar listing public events. To list an event, email calendar@unm.edu.

Architecture endowed chair established

Roger Schluntz, School of Architecture and Planning dean, announced establishment of the J.B. Jackson Chair in Cultural Landscape Studies, made possible with funds from Jackson’s estate and $500,000 from Senate Bill 14.

The permanently endowed chair will augment programs already established in the school. “By permanently endowing the position we can provide travel, administrative, program and graduate assistant support to the program,” Schluntz said.