Campus News - June 18, 2001

UNM celebrates Route 66 Diamond Jubilee

Solar powered car.Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world are in Albuquerque this month to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Mother Road. UNM joins the festivities with a campus celebration, Saturday, July 21. The largest University on the route, UNM shares a goal with the great highway -- to protect and preserve history with an eye on leading visitors toward a promising future.

UNM made its mark on the historic road long before it made its name. The University was created by Territorial Act on Feb. 28, 1889, with the first building located directly on what would become Route 66 in 1926.

The year of UNM's inception, the name of the road downtown was Railroad Avenue, but up on the hill where UNM perched, the road didn’t yet have a moniker.

By 1892, a wagon drawn by six horses brought students up the dirt road and Ms. Parsons, who served as both the auditor and home economics teacher for the early University on the mesa, collected a five-cent fare from its passengers.

Learn more University of New Mexico history during the gala celebration “UNM - the Destination for Education on the Route.” Visitors can pick up a “tour card” from the information tent near the UNM Bookstore, located at Cornell and Route 66, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get the card stamped at designated campus locations and be eligible to win prizes including two airline tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines. The tickets are good for flights between two cities anywhere Southwest flies on Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Department exhibits

More than 20 campus departments will provide information and hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. north of the bookstore including:

¨ Welcome To Route 66/Information
¨ African American Student Services
¨ UNM Alumni Association
¨ Anderson Schools of Management
¨ UNM Ski Team
¨ Career Services
¨ UNM Center for Injury Prevention
¨ Chemistry Department
¨ Cont. Education/Extended University

UNM Bookstore

Hot Jazz band will perform at the UNM Bookstore from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Miguel Caro Mexican Fiesta Dancers follow at 3 p.m. The store will hold a sidewalk sale July 16-22.

Solar-powered race cars

The American Solar Challenge, a solar-powered car race along historic Route 66 features some 40 sleek futuristic race cars making their way through Albuquerque July 19-21. Parking Lot A at the southeast corner of campus is one of several checkpoints along the race course. The cars are traveling in fleets of five.

The cars are built and raced by a variety of solar enthusiasts including university teams, companies and clubs worldwide. The high tech and high efficiency solar cars will begin their journey in Chicago, cross the Great Plains, climb the Rocky Mountains and dash over the Great American Desert to the finish line in Claremont, CA. The race will cover 2,300 miles making it the longest solar car race in history topping the previous mark of 1,882 miles in Australia in 1999. The cars will travel the distance without using a single drop of fuel.

The mission of the challenge is to advance renewable energy and electric vehicle technologies, promote educational and engineering excellence, encourage environmental consciousness and teach teamwork. The educational event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, EDS and Terion, and supported locally by Sandia National Laboratories.

Family recreation

A Pepsi Challenge booth, UNM Hospital's Lifeguard helicopter, Albuquerque fire engine and rescue units will be on display at Johnson Field. UNM Recreational Services will host a variety of family-oriented activities on the mall and at the field including a climbing wall, Hula Hoop contest and interactive children’s games. “Dive in Movies” will be shown at Johnson Pool featuring “Race the Sun” starring James Belushi and Halle Berry. The movie is based on a true account of aimless Hawaiian teens and the inspirational teachers who turn their lives around by bulding a solar-powered car to race across the Austrailian outback during the World Solar Challenge.

And on July 15, the department’s Getaway Adventures is offering an interpretive tour on Route 66 to Grants, NM, with stops at Laguna Pueblo, Cubero and Santa Maria de Acoma Church. Call 277-0178 to register.

Mariachi events

The nation’s largest mariachi event, Mariachi Spectacular, was planned to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee. Mariachi performances at Civic Plaza are set for Friday, July 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the UNM Arena (The Pit), and Sunday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds. The Children’s Mariachi Group will perform Saturday, July 21, near the UNM Bookstore, 12-12:15 p.m.; at the Duck Pond, 1-1:15 p.m.; and at the Maxwell Museum Courtyard, 2-2:15 p.m.

Campus tours

Kim Feldman of the Alumni Office will lead tours of Hodgin Hall, UNM's first building, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Located on the corner of Route 66 and University Blvd., Hodgin once housed UNM entirely and is one of the most historic buildings in Albuquerque. Learn about the original architecture, how and why it changed, and hear about some of the colorful figures behind the inception and creation of the first university in the territority, built in 1889. “Fun and informative for the entire family,” Feldman says.

Gary Smith of the Physical Plant Department will provide a campus arboretum tour at 11a.m. Highlights include a cactus garden, xeriscape examples and tree management tips. The tour begins at the information booth near the bookstore.

Anne Taylor of Architecture and Planning will offer an architecture tour especially designed for children and teens. Accompany your child and explore the evolution of campus from historical adobe to its modern use and adaptation. Decorative and symbolic ornamentation will be viewed and discussed in lay terms.

Jan Dodson Barnhart will conduct tours of Zimmerman Library on Friday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Find out why Zimmerman was named New Mexico’s Building of the Century by the American Institute of Architects.

Parish Library

The gas stations, diners, tourist courts and other businesses that sprang up along Route 66 provided fuel to weary travelers and the automobiles they drove as they traversed the country.

Local businesses and their significance to the history of the route are chronicled in an exhibit, “Albuquerque: Business Along the Route,” at Parish Memorial Library of Business and Economics.

Parish Library work study student Lia Clark, a senior pursuing a degree in communication and journalism, is responsible for the exhibit. “I did some research on the web to identify businesses on the route that we might have books on, places like motels and tattoo parlors. I also did research at Zimmerman Library and went to UNM MAGIC (Map and Geographic Information Center) for maps,” she says.

Clark’s use of the stars and stripes and the red, white and blue theme pave the route as pure Americana. “Peter Ives, one of the librarians here at Parish, loaned many of his personal items: maps, books, calendars, postcards, and I found some toy cars at home,” says Clark who adds that the exhibit will be up through the end of August.

Jonson Gallery

View the exhibition “James Ware Pitts: Photographs along Route 66,” at Jonson Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The exhibit features “beautifully printed, intimately-scaled images of oddities along the Mother Road in New Mexico taken between 1980 and 1993 by the Santa Fe photographer,” said Curator Chip Ware. The gallery is located at 1909 Las Lomas NE.

Center for the Arts

The University Art Museum, located in the Center for the Arts, features an exhibit of Gus Foster’s large-scale panoramas of Route 66, including his newest works, in Albuquerque through Sept. 16.

Downstairs, work from the permanent collection pays homage to the great east-west road.

Zimmerman Library

A 90-minute video about Route 66 will be shown in the Willard Reading Room in Zimmerman Library Friday, July 20 from noon to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the Friends of the UNM Libraries, Inc., will sponsor a Route 66 event Friday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Willard Reading Room.

Maxwell Museum

Native Amerian art at the Maxwell Museum exhibit.Visit a new millennium version of the 1950s and 1960s Route 66 trading post/curio shop. The “Lobo Trading Post” will be open July 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UNM's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

Visitors can learn and shop for crafts and souvenirs while bopping to the 1950s Doo Wop music of the band Renaissance Man.

The event includes Indian horno bread, Indian tacos, fry bread and pastries by Mary Jane Edaakie, Isleta Pueblo; chile ristra making & chile products by Chile Traditions; and face painting by Beth Sailor, Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum.

Artisans include: Beadwork by Alberta Dyea; Hispanic Folk Art by Daniel Blea, Laguna/Acoma; Cochiti Drum Making by Redbird Herrera; Hispanic Tinwork by Bonifacio Sandoval; Navajo Silverwork by Ben Shorty; Isleta Pottery by Christine “Povi” Zuni; Stonework, Gems & Minerals by Thackery Taylor; Herbal Remedies by Dr. Wrenne Saunders; Leathercraft by Road Runner Leather Artisans Guild; Wildlife “Happening” by Hawk Watch New Mexico; and Hispanic Folk Art by Goldie Garcia.

On exhibit at the Maxwell through December is “Trading Images: Shopping & Swapping Along Route 66.”

Follow the tourist trade along Route 66, as seen through postcards, photographs, advertisements and artifacts from the 1920s to 1950s. The exhibition examines the influences and impact of visitors on the art created by Native Americans during that time period as well as the transmission of cultural stereotypes.

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