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Current Issue:  May 6, 2002
Volume 37, Number 20


Professor Emeritus Rudolfo Anaya received a National Medal of Arts from President George Bush recently. He was one of eight Americans receiving the award at Constitution Hall.

Author of "Bless Me, Ultima," Anaya received the award for "exceptional contribution to contemporary American literature that has brought national recognition to the traditions of the Chicano people, and for his efforts to promote Hispanic writers."


Helen Damico, professor of English and director of the Institute for Medieval Studies, was honored at the 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University recently.

Honored for her contributions in the discipline, three sessions - Gender, Place and Poetry were held in her honor at the event, the world's largest medieval congress.


Arthur H. Guenther, research professor at the Center for High Technology Materials, was recently awarded Life Member status as an affiliate of the School of Optics/CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics/Lasers).

Guenther chaired an external review committee, which led to the establishment of the School of Optics as a formal academic unit at the University of Central Florida.

Joe McKinneyJoe McKinney, university planner in the Department of Facility Planning, is a recipient of the 2002 Heritage Preservation Award selected by the New Mexico State Office of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division. McKinney has worked at UNM for nearly 34 years.

The Heritage Preservation Award presentation ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 10, at the Scottish Rite Temple, located at 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe at 9 a.m.

The awards, presented annually and selected by the Cultural Properties Review Committee, are given to individuals, organizations and projects the committee wishes to recognize for their contribution to the preservation, interpretation, appreciation and understanding of New Mexico’s cultural heritage.

“This is really an honor. I am shocked by it,” said McKinney. “I have been involved in historic preservation in New Mexico for a number of years, but to be recognized by the Cultural Properties Review Committee in the Office of Cultural Affairs as a recipient of the Heritage Preservation Award is truly an honor. It really means a lot to me for this lifetime achievement award as a professional and a volunteer in historic preservation.”


Elizabeth Noll, associate professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education, has received the first Harvey Foundation Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award.

Ken Frandsen, interim dean of graduate studies, presented Noll with the award during a recent ceremony at University House. He noted the important role of mentoring for graduate faculty and shared that Noll was one of 27 faculty nominees.

Nominations submitted by graduate students credited Noll with the willingness to give time, advice and encouragement and the ability to “demystify the Ph.D. process and offer insights into joining the academy as a professor someday.”

The award includes a $3,000 honorarium and release from instruction for one course the semester following the award so the recipient can devote more time to mentoring graduate students.


Shelley Rael, clinical nutritionist for the UNM Employee Health Promotion Program, was recently selected Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) for 2002 by the New Mexico Dietetic Association.