Campus News - December 3, 2001


Research Professor Arthur H. Guenther, Center for High Technology Materials, recently presented the keynote address at a plenary session of the Optics Japan 2001 conference on “Harnessing Light,” Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century. The meeting at Waseda University in Tokyo celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Optical Society of Japan, an affiliate of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics.

Guenther is President of the International Commission for Optics representing some 45 nations and territories worldwide.


English Professor Gary Scharnhorst has received the Western Literature Association Thomas J. Lyon Award for “Outstanding Book in Western American Literary Criticism” for “Bret Harte: Opening the American Literary West,” published by Univ. of Oklahoma Press in 2000.


Roger L. Schluntz, dean of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Based in Washington, D.C., the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional architecture degree programs in the United States. Schluntz was selected for the 13-member board by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, where he served as executive director from 1977 - 1980.


Leslie Oakes and Joni Young, professors in the Accounting Department at The Anderson Schools of Management (ASM), have been recognized by their nationwide peers as “highly productive” based on their research publications. The recognition was presented recently at the American Accounting Association’s annual conference.

Oakes was recognized as one of the most prolific publishers from among the nation’s 1998 Ph.D. graduates. Oakes has been employed at UNM since 1995 and has served as the associate dean at Anderson. She is active in the recruitment and retention of minority students.

Young was honored as having both the highest number and quality of publications among the 1991 Ph.D. graduates. She is currently an associate professor at ASM where she has been teaching since 1992. Her research interests include standard setting and financial accounting.


The UNM Occupational Therapy Program recently announced a 100 percent pass rate for its graduates who took the 2001 National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination. The national average is 89 percent.

The recent graduates scored well above the national average in every content category.

Average scores were exceptionally high in the areas of needs assessment, identification and design of interventions, nature of occupation and responsibilities as an occupational therapist.

In addition, the class average graduating GPA is B+ (3.66) and 21 percent of the 2001 class earned GPA’s of 4.0 and above.

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