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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
October 18, 2004
Volume 40, Number 2


Events planner achieves professional distinction

Victoria Garcia, events planner, Institute for Public Law, has passed the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam. She is one of only a handful of people in New Mexico to have achieved this professional distinction from the national Convention Industry Council (CIC). The CMP exam tests meeting management knowledge and is the highest credential offered in the industry. Victoria is a meeting planner in the Institute’s Judicial Education Center and has been employed with the IPL for 13 years.


Human Resources Dept. honored for disability work

UNM’s Human Resources Department received the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s 2004 Employer Recognition Award recently.

DVR, a division of the State of New Mexico Public Education Department, helps people with disabilities obtain suitable employment.
Human Resources made giant strides last year toward the same goal, including:

  • Creating a Disability Advisory Group with members from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adelante Development, Inc., Goodwill Industries, the Business Leadership Network, Albuquerque Public Schools, and others.
  • Providing resume and interviewing skills for disabled applicants
  • Participating in a job shadowing day on Oct. 20 in conjunction with Disability Awareness Month
  • Hiring 30 people with disabilities and establishing an award to honor managers
  • Joining the Business Leaders Network Board of Directors

“I am proud to accept the award on behalf of UNM. This recognition is the result of a team effort, starting with the many talented disabled applicants, their dedicated community advocates, HR Staff and university managers and hiring officials. This is a win/win for all of us,” said UNM Associate Vice President Susan Carkeek, director of Human Resources.


Noted planner makes plans to retire after 36 yers

UNM’s first campus planner, Joe McKinney, has made plans to retire after a 36-year career at the university. Before McKinney came to UNM in 1969, all planning was outsourced to consultants or done on a project-by-project basis by architecture faculty.

“My initial instruction from Sherman Smith, Senior Vice President, was to plan and create the most pleasant learning and working environment possible,” McKinney said. “It has been a most interesting challenge.”

McKinney worked with 10 presidents, administering the master plan, including the branches in Gallup, Los Alamos and Valencia. He is a long time advocate for retaining the university’s Spanish Pueblo Revival style architecture.
McKinney earned many honors, including the Gerald May Staff Recognition Award, and 2002 State Heritage Preservation Award for lifetime achievements as a professional and volunteer.
Say “farewell” and “thank you” on Friday, Oct. 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Bobo Room, Hodgin Hall.


Sierra elected secretary of political science association

Christine Sierra, associate professor of Political Science, has been elected secretary of the American Political Science Association.

APSA, founded in 1903, is the top professional organization for the study of political science serving more than 15,000 members in 80 countries.

John Garcia of the University of Arizona was named 2nd vice president, thus marking the first time two Hispanics were elected during a term. “I believe I am the first Hispanic woman to be an officer,” Sierra added.

Sierra is at the forefront in the study of Latina women in the United States. She is currently directing a major study on elected officials, with a focus on women of color.


Suina receives College of Education leadership award

Joseph H. Suina is the 2004 recipient of the Dr. Jo Ann Krueger Award for Exemplary Educational Leadership at UNM.
Suina is an associate professor at the College of Education and is first director of the Institute for American Indian Education.


Mexican Consulate gives recognition to Torres

The Mexican Consulate Office recently gave UNM Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo “Cheo” Torres special recognition.

The award recognizes Torres’ contributions to promoting Mexican culture and his efforts to build better understanding and relations between the U.S. and Mexico.