Campus News - September 17, 2001

KNME-TV's “UNM Connections” features PPD's Smith
First episode of new season airs tonight

The series UNM Connections returns to UNM's public television station KNME-TV Channel 5 Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. with a look behind the scenes at the nationally-recognized UNM Arboretum.

The series explores lesser known aspects of the state’s largest University that are of interest to people in New Mexico. UNM Connections will air once a month and is hosted by former broadcast journalist and UNM’s Director of Strategic Communications Susan Moczygemba-McKinsey.

KNME-TV kicks off the series with Dr. Gary Smith, the manager of grounds and landscaping, who will explain his passion and strategy for keeping the UNM campus green, safe and beautiful. Along the way viewers can pick up valuable tips for xeriscaping, tree management, lawn maintenance and integrated pest management in their own yards and gardens.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., the show will feature the UNM Health Sciences Center “B.A.T. C.A.V.E.” (Basic Advanced Trauma Computer Assisted Virtual Experience). UNM is now training medical practitioners using a sophisticated human robot simulator that breathes, blinks and has a heart beat. UNM Connections visits with Sheena Ferguson and Dr. Clark Hansbarger, coordinators of the unusual learning center, and follow an emergency medical intern to see how he’s applying his training with the simulator on the job.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. find out how UNM launched an innovative program to help freshmen succeed in college. Dr. Peter White, dean of University College and Joel Nossoff, director of New Student Programs share why UNM’s “Freshman Learning Communities” are working so well. Viewers can also follow a UNM freshman as she begins college and explores Anthropology and English with help from the new program.

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