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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
September 20, 2004
Volume 40, Number 2

In Brief

Mountain West partnership promises more games

The Mountain West Conference, which includes UNM, recently announced a multi-media relationship with College Sports Television that will begin in fall 2006. The key promise of this new partnership is to deliver more games to more people in more homes across more sports than any other conference partnership.

UNM President Louis Caldera, a member of the MWC Board of Directors, said of the new partnership, “The increased exposure this partnership brings to the University of New Mexico will benefit the university in many ways, academically as well as athletically. We are very excited to be the first conference in the nation to move in this direction.”

The agreement will guarantee the MWC at least the same amount of national exposure that it receives under its current contract with ESPN.


Human Resources creates Work-Life Manager Award

The Department of Human Resources has created an award to honor managers/supervisors who further work-life balance among faculty, staff and student employees.

Fostering a supportive, family-friendly work environment; supporting flexible schedules; promoting opportunities for employees to participate in wellness and other health/family/school related activities, are among the criteria.
Nominations are due Friday, Oct. 8. The recipient will be honored with a plaque and monetary award Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building,

For a nomination form, call Helen Trujillo, 277-1780.


Cisneros to give ASM’s Blumenfeld lecture

The first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city, Henry Cisneros, will be the guest speaker for the third annual Arthur A. Blumenfeld Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be held Wed., Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Old Town Hotel. Tickets are available for $75. Call Lisa McHale, 277-0880.

The Arthur A. Blumenfeld Endowed Lecture Series honors the life and work of the late Arthur Blumenfeld, former national president of the Government Finance Officers Association and former chief administrative officer for the City of Albuquerque.
The main mission of the Blumenfeld Lecture Series is to facilitate excellence in public administration. Cisneros will also speak to invited students and faculty on Leadership and Diversity in Public Administration.

Cisneros served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 1993-1997.
Starting in 1981, Cisneros served four terms as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, where he was able to help revitalize the city’s economic base and create jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements, making the city one of the most progressive in the nation.


Conference honors feminist writer

A one-day UNM conference Friday, Oct. 8, will honor and serve as a memorial for Gloria Anzaldua, prominent feminist, theorist, Chicana lesbian activist and writer.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UNM SUB Fiesta Room.

The UNM Women Studies Program, Feminist Research Institute, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, English Department, the UNM Center for the Southwest and the Women’s Resource Center sponsor the event.

Individual papers, presentations, panels and performances, many by English Department faculty, will be presented.


School of Medicine women’s project honored

The Women’s Health Urogynecology Center, an interdisciplinary community outreach project in the UNM School of Medicine, recently received a national award for its unique efforts to help women across the state who suffer from incontinence. Rebecca Rogers, M.D., center director, and colleagues, received the Continence Care Champion Award, presented by the National Association for Continence (NAFC).

It is estimated that some 25 million adult Americans – including up to 42 percent of all menopausal women–suffer from some form of incontinence. Risk factors include a history of childbirth, age and diabetes.

The Women’s Health Center caters to a large rural population – 40 percent Hispanic and 10 percent Native American. Outreach includes Navajo interpreters for women who travel far distances seeking treatment.


University Counsel retires

University Counsel Nick Estes announced plans to retire from UNM in the Spring of 2005, in order to pursue personal interests including a master’s in political science.

In preparation for the transition, President Louis Caldera named Robert Bienstock acting university counsel, effective Sept. 15.
Bienstock has been a member of the University Counsel Office since 1988 and is currently deputy university counsel for Research and Intellectual Property Legal Services.

Estes, who has been university counsel since 1986, will serve as university counsel emeritus until his retirement.


UNM-HSC disaster team called to help in Florida

The Health Sciences Center-based New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) provided medical assistance in Florida to the victims of Hurricane Frances. The team operated in a field hospital on the grounds of the Martin County Memorial Regional Medical Center in Stuart, Fla., near where the eye of the hurricane came ashore.

The 33-person volunteer team is sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Department.

New Mexico DMAT has been one of the most active teams of its type since its creation and has been deployed to other hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, and also to ground zero in New York following the Sept. 11 attack.


Big Brothers, Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating its national 100-year anniversary. The Central New Mexico organization has been serving children in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas since 1969. 

Studies show that children matched with Big Brothers and Sisters are more likely to have high self-esteem, positive relationships with peers and families, and an elevated sense of hope for the future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently seeking individuals who are interested in volunteering for one hour each week to work with a child in a local school or community center.

“Volunteering for this program is a fun and rewarding experience for both the child and the mentor,” said Steve Carr, UNM Senior Public Affairs Representative.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Steve Carr at 277-1821 or scarr@unm.edu or Sabrina Turner Montez, Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based program manager at 837-9223, ext. 14.