Campus News - April 23, 2001

Lowry advises North Campus

By Carol A. Garcia

Lowry and daughters, from left, Angela, Esther and Gigi.Janet Lowry, financial aid officer for North Campus, has seen UNM evolve during her 21 years of employment on campus. But she sees a price to progress. “There have been a lot of changes to UNM since I started, mainly in the appearance of the campus. We seem to be losing more and more recreational and green spaces,” she says, noting new and recent construction.

Lowry says the most satisfying part of her job “is the support I get from staff and co-workers and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with at UNM. And many of those people have become great friends.”

She first started at UNM in Leisure Services, which was once called Intramurals. She then moved into the Student Financial Aid Department where she worked as administrative assistant, then accountant, on to processor and finally, advisor.

During her years at UNM she has earned a degree with a double major in history and English. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to return to school and get my degree,” Lowry says.

At one time during her coursework she held a workstudy position. But to help herself attend school full-time and raise her three daughters she returned to work fulltime as UNM staff.

Lowry says that she gives “credit and kudos” to Financial Aid and other departments who support her advisement work on North Campus. She provides financial aid services for students in law, nursing, pharmacy and to students at the graduate sites in Taos and Santa Fe, which are part of Extended University.

Administrators realized the need for financial aid advising for their students and made it happen, she says. Now there is easy access for students to drop in and work with Lowry one-on-one.

Although she feels like a one-woman band on North Campus she has great support from staff and students, she adds.

Lowry’s UNM legacy doesn’t end with her. Two of her three daughters, Esther and Angela, received their degrees from UNM, while her other daughter, Gabriella “Gigi,” received her nursing accreditation from TVI. Angela is busy preparing for her upcoming wedding in June with mom’s help.

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