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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 8

In Brief

Stanford entrance to close for building construction

Construction of a new five-story School of Architecture and Planning building in the late fall will close the university entrance at Stanford and Central and replace a visitor’s parking lot east of the UNM Bookstore.

Groundbreaking is tentatively set for March 31. Antoine Predock, executive architect, and Jon Anderson, project architect, will deliver plans and specifications for the project by mid-March.

A contractor is yet to be selected.

During the 16-month construction, Stanford Drive will be closed between Central and Redondo, with the exception of construction traffic. A committee is studying ways to facilitate entrance and egress to the university during the construction period.

Stanford Drive is scheduled to reopen when the project concludes.

For a draft map of areas affected or closed, visit UNM’s Way to Go Web site at http://www.unm.edu/waytogo/architecture.html.

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Popular UNM Fact Book available online, in print

The 2004-2005 edition of the UNM Fact Book is available in both HTML and PDF format at http://www.unm.edu/~oir/factbook/webpage.htm.

Print copies can be ordered for office and departmental use for under $6 at Kinko’s Copy Center, 2706 Central Av. SE.
When ordering, specify that the fact book is listed under the name UNM—Institutional Research.

For more information, call Yvette at Kinkos, 255-9673.

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Administrative Assistant conference set for April 19

Celebrate National Administrative Assistant Day a bit early at the fourth annual Administrative Assistant Conference Tuesday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hosted by UNM Continuing Education, the conference covers a variety of career development strategies, including project management, coping with difficult behavior, leadership, writing, balancing home and work life and relaxation techniques.

Featured speakers include Breda Bova, UNM associate dean, College of Education, Anne Mayer, HR Development Manager, Thelma Domenici, Thelma Domenici & Associates, and Joan Griffin, Griffin & Associates.

The conference will be held at the Continuing Education Conference Center.

Call to register, 277-0077.

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Women in academics focus of UNM conference

How do gender issues affect, influence and inform research, teaching and career? On March 31, the UNM Feminist Research Institute sponsors a daylong conference “Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Higher Education” at the SUB.

Janet Holmgren, president of Mills College, Oakland, Calif., is the keynote speaker. Several UNM women administrators will present.

The conference highlights on-campus faculty research, teaching and activism related to women and brings together faculty focused on the status of women in the profession.

For information, call Natasha Kolchevska, 277-7363.

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JAR lecture explores human antiquity debate

The 20th Journal of Anthropological Research Distinguished Lecture features Prof. David J. Meltzer presenting “The 70 Year Itch: Controversies over Human Antiquity & their Resolution.”

The lecture is Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Anthropology Lecture Hall, rm.163. Meltzer will show how excavations at Brixham Cave in Southern England and Monte Verde in Chile have – after considerable controversy and debate – fundamentally changed views and knowledge of human antiquity.

Meltzer is the Henderson- Morrison Professor of pre-history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He will also present a special seminar Friday, April 15, at noon in anthropology rm. 178.

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Scholarships available to increase native teachers

The Institute for American Indian Education at the UNM College of Education is working to increase the state’s native teachers and principals.

College scholarship applications are now available for American Indians interested in teaching in New Mexico’s native communities or becoming administrators.

Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and intend to teach in New Mexico or for the Navajo Nation. Applications for fall semester are being accepted through April 4.

For information, contact Joseph Suina at 277-7781 or jsuina@unm.edu.

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College co-sponsors No Child Left Behind event

The College of Education is co-sponsoring a “No Child Left Behind” conference March 23 in the Rotunda at the Science and Research Park.

Speakers include Veronica Garcia, secretary of the State Department of Education and Rep. Rick Miera, chair of the legislative education study committee.

Students who are now pre-service teachers will be in the audience. An overview of the law, implications for New Mexico and influences on students, teachers and families will be discussed.

Richard L. Meyer, associate professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies is conference chair. For information contact Susanna Gilbert at 277-3655.

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Medieval Studies looks at pilgrims, crusaders

UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies presents its 20th annual spring lecture series, “Medieval Journeys: Pilgrims, Crusaders, and Explorers,” Monday, March 28 -Thursday, March 31 in
rm. 101 of Woodward Hall.

Lectures are daily at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Additionally, on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m., a student recital featuring, “Songs of Pilgrimage and the Crusades,” will take place in Keller Hall in the Center for the Arts.

Five internationally distinguished experts will deliver the seven lectures of “Medieval Journeys,” exploring cross-cultural encounters in the Middle Ages. The medieval view of the world and humanity’s place within it; great medieval pilgrim tours, particularly the “Camino de Santiago,” the origins of the crusading movement and the impact of the crusades on East-West relations; and new interpretations of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are among key topics.

Lectures are free. See calendar on page 8 for schedule.