Campus News - February 26, 2001

Appointments

Moczygemba-McKinsey named Director of Strategic Communications

LaFarge appointed director of engineering diversity programs

Susan Moczygemba-McKinseyUNM Vice President for Advancement Judy Jones recently announced the appointment of Susan Moczygemba-McKinsey as director of Strategic Communications. The appointment is effective immediately.

“This is an exciting position with significant opportunities to help shape our institutional image and how we communicate about UNM,” Jones said.

Moczygemba-McKinsey will have responsibility for “developing and implementing institutional communications strategies, as well as for institutional marketing, and for working with units on campus on both. Susan is the ideal person to fill this new position,” Jones said. “She understands the University and the importance of communicating effectively about UNM, she has a proven record of working cooperatively and creatively with the campus community, and she has the skills and experience we need.”

As Director of Strategic Communications, Moczygemba-McKinsey will also oversee the Visitors’ Center and the graphics design office.

Since January of 1996, Moczygemba-McKinsey has served as the Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement at UNM.
From 1993-95, she was a Community Relations Specialist in the UNM Public Affairs Department.

Moczygemba-McKinsey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in American Studies at UNM.

 

Robert LaFargeRobert LaFarge, an on-loan executive from Sandia National Laboratories for one year, has been appointed director of the UNM School of Engineering Diversity Programs.

Engineering's Diversity Programs oversees the NASA Training Program (NTP), Minority Engineering Programs (MEP), Native American Program in the College of Engineering (NAPCOE) and the Diversity in Engineering Program (DEP).

“My immediate goal is to keep up with what is being done and make sure that we meet the needs of those we serve,” LaFarge said, adding that his long term goal is to increase the retention rate of engineers and increase opportunities for students. He said he would like to strengthen summer bridge programs, support groups and study groups.

LaFarge, who overcame several obstacles in his life including not knowing English until the first grade, said that nothing should stand in the way of furthering higher education. He said he has worked on several programs to help others achieve their goals.
LaFarge serves on numerous outreach programs including the Hispanic Statement of Cooperation. He also serves as the head coordinator of Manos, a hands-on program geared to spark student interest in science, math and engineering.

LaFarge has been a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories since 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas-Austin and his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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