Campus News - June 18, 2001
Research Professor Arthur H. Guenther of UNMs Center for High Technology Materials has been awarded the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award by Governor Gary Johnson. Guenther has been influential in the promotion of optics/photonics, not only as an academic discipline, but also for its potential to impact economic development in New Mexico.
UNM Registrar Kathleen F. Sena will be named president-elect
of the Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
(RMACRAO) for a three-year term at the professional organizations annual
meeting in July. She has served as treasurer since July 1999, and has
been a member of the organization since 1989. She also served twice as local
arrangements chairperson when New Mexico hosted regional summer conferences.
She has presented workshops related to project management, telephone registration,
technology, and degree audit for the organization at the local, regional and
UNM Assistant Professor Roli Varma recently participated
in a United Nations Expert Group meeting on Managing Diversity in Civil
Service held at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Varma teaches "Research Methods and Public Policy" for
the School of Public Administration, and "Technology and Society"
for the School of Engineering.
Varma presented the paper Immigrants in the United States,
at the American Society of Public Administrations National Conference
in Newark, N.J. in mid-March. Following the presentation, she was invited participate
in the U.N. meeting.
Topics of U.N. meeting included dimensions of diversity in civil
service; global aspects of diversity; diversity for public service; and selected
issues of diversity. Varma presented a paper titled Asians in U.S. Public
Service: Diversity, Achievements, and Glass Ceiling.
The General Assembly of the U.N. elected to make 2001 The
Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations and put forth the acceptance of diversity
of tastes, ideas, beliefs and values as a basic precondition towards creative
dialogue contributing to development and vitality to democratic governance.
Varma says the meeting tackled diversity from every possible angle. Experts and officials from the United States, South Africa, Iran, Trinidad & Tobago, and many others participated.
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