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

President's Update

Statewide visits strengthen main, branch connections


By Louis Caldera

CalderaMeeting with transfer students at UNM and visiting the communities and campuses of UNM’s branch campus system are early highlights of my fall 2004 semester. On day-long trips to Valencia County and Taos, I was able to spend time with UNM faculty and staff, visit area high schools and speak to community leaders. A similar trip to Los Alamos is planned at the end of this month. I was also fortunate to be a part of UNM-Gallup’s 35th anniversary celebration.

At each stop, people have communicated their excitement about the positive impact UNM is making on their community. Lives are being changed and futures brightened through programs like concurrent enrollment, adult basic education, small business development and, of course, the core academic curricula of the university.

Students have shared the benefits and advantages of a branch campus education and how it has helped them overcome the challenges they face; many are thinking about transfer and degree completion opportunities. Our branch staff and faculty are clearly devoted to their communities and their students’ success. Business and civic leaders are eager to support expanded opportunities in their communities and high school students and teachers are eager to hear about all that UNM has to offer.

Through these trips, we are making a concerted effort to strengthen the connections between all parts of UNM. The UNM Board of Regents will be hosting branch campus directors and advisory boards this fall; branch campus students will be invited to UNM’s homecoming festivities and football game on Oct. 23. The goal, in each case, is to find ways to serve students better, to increase transfer enrollment, and to help extend the reach and the impact of UNM throughout the state.

I urge all faculty and staff members, wherever you work, to get to know your UNM colleagues around the state. By building on the knowledge and expertise each of us has to contribute, we can accomplish remarkable things. Let’s take advantage of being members of one, great, UNM team. Go Lobos!