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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
January 18, 2005
Volume 40, Number 6


Archuleta, Dever honored at research symposium

ArchuletaAssistant professor of English Elizabeth Archuleta is the winner of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award and a $1,000 prize from the UNM Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium. She worked with seven students who presented projects.

DeverAssociate Professor of Media Arts Susan Dever won the Tempur-Pedic ‘You’ve Earned a Nap’ Faculty Award. Her prize was a mattress from the Tempur-Pedic company, a founding sponsor of the symposium. Dever also mentored seven students.

University College Dean Peter White said both professors are outstanding. More than 450 undergraduates presented projects during the fall symposium. White says he hopes to expand the event to include more faculty mentors and students in the fall.


Bergman recognized for assisting former convicts

BergmanSchool of Law Professor Barbara Bergman has been awarded the Father Charlie Driscoll Award from Dismas House, which recently held an event in Albuquerque to celebrate 10 years of assisting former convicts and parolees while they integrate into society.

The award is given to someone in the legal community who shows a commitment to Dismas House as well as advocacy, compassion and faith in action. Attending the ceremony were state representatives Teresa Zanetti and Gail Beam and award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.

Bergman teaches criminal law. She is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Hurd-Knief assumes top job for fundraising group

Pam Hurd-KniefPam Hurd-Knief, chief development officer for the School of Architecture and Planning since 1999, recently assumed presidency of the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A member of the state’s largest and most active fundraising group for 11 years, Hurd-Knief has served as hospitality chair, newsletter chair, secretary, vice president for programs and as president elect.

She is one of 13 of the state’s AFP members to hold the CFRE certified fund raising executive certification and is in the process of completing the approval process for advanced certification.


Ortiz elected chair-elect of state bar paralegal division

Bonita Ortiz, certified paralegal specialist in the University Counsel Office, has been elected 2005 chair-elect of the paralegal division of the New Mexico State Bar.

Robert E. Bienstock, interim university counsel, said, “This is a significant honor, reflecting recognition by her colleagues of her leadership, technical skills and contributions to the division for a number of years. It also reflects Bonita’s willingness to undertake serious volunteer responsibilities for the next few years and to make a major contribution to the state legal community. She will serve as a wonderful goodwill ambassador to the community on behalf of UNM.”


HSC nationally recognized with continence award

The urogynecology/pelvic support division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Health Sciences Center has been nationally recognized with the 2004 National Continence Care Champion Award.

National Association for Continence Executive Director Nancy Muller presented the award to Becky Rogers, M.D, director of the UNM HSC Women’s Health Urogynecology Center during the joint scientific meeting of The American Urogynecologic Society and The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.

The national recognition, under the sponsorship of Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is accompanied by an unrestricted $1,500 educational grant.

“This facility takes limited resources – like the famous biblical story of fishes and loaves – and feeds the thousands,” Muller said. “It is in a poor state whose citizens face overwhelming health care access issues, yet it pushes the envelope, plotting new strategies for outreach and community education.”


Library honors engineer

RussellUniversity Libraries presents a Faculty Acknowledgement Award to John Russell, professor, School of Engineering, Friday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Willard Reading Room of Zimmerman Library.

Russell will present a talk on “The Formula for Success: Unique Course Teaches Automotive Engineering and Life Skills.”

Russell’s varied background includes a 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force as lead engineer on the development of the AC-130 gunship where he flew more than 50 combat missions in Southeast Asia.

He has spent time as an associate professor in the engineering department of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and was a team leader responsible for the beam control system of the Airborne Laser Laboratory – the first aircraft to successfully shoot down an incoming air-to-air missile using a high-energy laser.
Russell was director of the Air Force High Energy Laser and Space Technology Directorates at the Air Force Research Laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base.

Russell came to UNM in 1993. He currently teaches vibrations, controls and the Formula SAW racecar design courses at UNM.

Russell will display the car built by engineering students before and after the event.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the award ceremony.