Campus News - September 17, 2001
Prine, a self proclaimed "people person," says his volunteer work
puts a face on the University.
Prine, a technical support analyst III at Computer and Information Resources
and Technology (CIRT), is a consummate volunteer, and especially enjoys donating
time at UNM-sponsored events.
His job is primarily behind a computer, he says, so he takes advantage of every
opportunity to meet and serve the public.
Most recently, Prine helped out with the UNM Route 66 gala and will volunteer
for this week's University Day at the State Fair.
As soon as I learn that I am going to be organizing a UNM event, the
first thing I do is put Mike on my list of people to contact," said Eleanor
Sanchez, marketing specialist, University Communications and Marketing. We
can always rely on him. He is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have and
has become a familiar face to regular visitors at UNM sponsored events.
I get along with everyone, he says. I like the interaction
with people when I am out volunteering. Each event is different and it gives
me a chance to break away from my daily routine.
His day includes installing various software programs on the UNM computer system
and serving as a troubleshooter at CIRT. He began working at UNM as a student
employee and has been at UNM for nearly 23 years. He primarily works with Mirada
packages and sets up programs on the Internet for campus- wide use.
Prine says he is fortunate to work at UNM where he can teach and help new employees
and students in his division. Every semester is different, he says.
There is never a dull moment.
This spring, he was recognized by his peers with the Provost Award for his
dedication and service to UNM.
Prine also volunteers for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association where he
educates individuals about the advantages of using solar energy. He encourages
everyone to check out www.nmsea.org to learn more about the association.
He participates in two to three solar events each month throughout the state
such as State Fair, Earth Day, Solar Fiesta at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
and more. Solar energy is low maintenance and is an excellent way to save money,
he says. His residence is partially solarized and last winter his heating bill
was cut in half, he says. Prine's goal after retiring from UNM is to invest
in a motor home and make it solarized.
Prine rides his bike daily to and from work and says its a great way
to avoid parking at UNM and construction around the city.
I also do it for the health of it, he said, adding that he and his wife, Elaine have a son Keith, 13.
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