UNM salutes Tricentennial
By ELeanor Sanchez
Albuquerque will celebrate its 300th birthday in 2006. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the grandest local celebration of our lifetime.
In a salute to the 18-month celebration, UNM, located in the heart of the city, will host major events and dedicate its ongoing activities.
Joseph Sanchez, Ph.D., director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at UNM, is chair of the Albuquerque Tricentennial Strategic Planning Task Force. He has worked diligently for more than two years, along with his staff, to spearhead the effort.
Some 20 UNM faculty, staff and students have served on the UNM Salutes the Albuquerque Tricentennial Planning Committee since November – a few also sit on various Albuquerque Tricentennial task forces.
The UNM planning committee is organizing a massive campus festival Sept. 23 to showcase the university’s people, programs and places to visitors from around the world. The committee seeks participation from colleges, departments and community organizations. It has adopted “UNM Salutes the Albuquerque Tricentennial, Building the Future” as the theme.
Activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include demonstrations, exhibits, health assessments, lectures, poetry slams, live entertainment, campus tours and hands-on activities.
Historical Campus Tours will kick off UNM’s salute. Learn about the evolution of UNM buildings beginning with its oldest, Hodgin Hall. Enjoy UNM’s award winning Spanish pueblo revival style architecture, WPA era buildings and sneak a look at the new Welcome Center.
Terry Gugliotta, university archivist, and Joe McKinney, recently retired university planner, will facilitate the tours Friday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m., leaving from Hodgin Hall. Make your reservations at 277-1989. Following the tours, Chris Wilson, J.B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies, lectures on “Albuquerque’s Architectural Identity Crisis” at
4:30 p.m. in Northrop Hall, rm.122.
The committee hopes to offer additional tours each month to highlight UNM’s treasures such as the national arboretum, sculptures, museums and galleries, libraries, arena and athletics complex.
A book event is scheduled Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the UNM Bookstore, dedicated to the Tricentennial’s Heritage month. Featured authors are Cheryl J. Foote with “Women of the New Mexico Frontier, 1846-1912” and Sharon Niederman with “Return to Abo.”
El Centro de la Raza will sponsor and dedicate their Cinco de Mayo Celebration with entertainment and information and its Raza Graduation scheduled for Saturday, May 7.
Susan McKinsey, director of Strategic Communications and Marketing said, “It is advantageous for UNM to be an integral part of the larger celebration to provide exposure of UNM’s educational opportunities, research activities, student talent, athletic programs, cultural opportunities and outreach efforts. We hope faculty, staff and students will help UNM make its mark on the Albuquerque Tricentennial.”
To participate in the campus festival, contact co-chairs Laura Montoya, 277-4347, or Eleanor Sanchez, 277-1813.
UNM events that fit into monthly themes can be dedicated as part of the Tricentennial and submitted via email to Montoya at lmont.unm.edu for inclusion in the city’s master calendar. The official Albuquerque Tricentennial Web site is www.albuquerque300.org.
You may also visit the UNM Tricentennial Web site on the UNM homepage, www.unm.edu, to obtain a list of monthly themes and information.