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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
February 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 7

In Brief

Provost’s committee seeks nominations for staff award

The Provost’s Committee for Staff seeks nominations for the 16th Annual Outstanding Staff and Workgroup Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m.
Staff, faculty and students may nominate UNM staff who have provided extraordinary service to the provost’s units. A workgroup can be comprised of an office, department, division or section.

The awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 5. Provost and Exec. VP for Academic Affairs Brian Foster will present a plaque and monetary award to staff selected. Certificates will be presented to the workgroup.
Nomination forms must be submitted online at: www.unm.edu/~pcs. For more information contact Lourdes McKenna at 277- 3112, or by
e-mail, lourdes@cs.unm.edu.

NCAA certification process underway

President Louis Caldera has announced UNM’s year-long, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. Specific areas the study will cover include academic integrity, governance and commitment to rules compliance, to equity and to student-athlete welfare.

While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, this program focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. Following a pilot project, the Division I membership overwhelmingly supported the program and its standards at the 1993 NCAA Convention. UNM completed its first certification self-study in 1998.


‘Peace Fair’ celebrates program, community

The UNM Peace Studies program will host the city’s first Peace Fair, free and open to the public, Tuesday, March 1, from noon to 8 p.m. in the SUB ballroom.

Melinda Smith, a mediation expert involved in reconciliation work and founding executive director of the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, will give the keynote address, “Toward a Culture of Peace: Applications here and abroad,” at 5:30 p.m.

UNM’s School of Law, Students Organizing Action for Peace (SOAP), International Programs, Women’s Resource Center, sociology, College of Arts and Sciences and others are sponsors.

The fair will include panel presentations and displays devoted to peace as well as information about Peace Studies courses. For a full schedule of events, visit www.unm.edu/~peace.


Aboriginal actor to discuss work with Red Sky Theatre

Aboriginal Canadian actor, writer and artistic director Sandra Laronde will give a presentation about her work with Red Sky Theatre on Monday, Feb. 14, from 6 –7 p.m. in the UNM Center for the Arts, rm. 1111.

She will also guest direct/critique the latest play by Bruce King at Sol Arts, located at 630 Girard Blvd; from
3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The presentation is part of UNM’s Native American Studies Guest Artists series.


Loree to direct benefit performance at Kimo

In conjunction with the V-Day Worldwide campaign to end violence against women and children, adjunct professor of Theatre and Dance Kristen Loree will direct a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at the Kimo Theatre on Feb. 19.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.

In 2004, volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world presented more than 2,000 V-Day benefit events, educating millions.


El Centro calls for award scholarship nominations

El Centro de la Raza is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Student Award and the Ida Romero Memorial Scholarship. Nomination deadline for the student award is Friday, March 4; deadline for the scholarship is April 4.

Student award nominees must demonstrate a commitment to the Raza community on and off campus and perform well academically. Leadership positions, goals for and continued support of the Raza community are among criteria considered.

Eligible UNM students are those within one semester of graduation whether they are undergraduates, graduates or in a professional school.

The Ida Romero Scholarship, named for the former director of the UNM Student Financial Aid Office, is available to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Financial need is a consideration.

For information about the Outstanding Student Award or the Ida Romero Scholarship, contact Rosa Cervantes,


Attorney for accused terrorists to speak

“Tortured Reasoning: Has the United States Abandoned the Geneva Conventions After 9/11?” is the title of a free talk at the UNM School of Law, Thursday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the forum.

Joshua Dratel, defense counsel in several high profile U.S. terrorism prosecutions, is the guest speaker.

Dratel served as counsel for Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, acquitted in federal court in Idaho last spring. He is lead counsel for David Hicks, an Australian detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He has written and lectured on terrorism issues, the USA Patriot Act, the Classified Information Procedures Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The talk is presented by UNM School of Law faculty and co-sponsored by the law school’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.


Long family to fund preservation scholarships

James M. and Rebecca Long are funding scholarships for students in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning’s graduate certificate program in historic preservation and regionalism.

Long, founder of American Property and 1982 graduate of the UNM architecture program, is committing $10,000 per year for five years. The funds will be matched by UNM, said Chris Wilson, director of the certificate program and J.B. Jackson professor of cultural studies.
riority for the scholarships will be given to students pursuing a degree in addition to the certificate.
Deadline for the scholarship is Tuesday, March 1.

For information, call Candelaria Romero, 277-0071.