University Announcements

Flags On Display at Fidel Center:

  • Nigeria, Peru, Morocco, Poland, Portugal and Macedonia.

New Mexico Tech in the News

  • The Albuquerque Journal published an op-ed piece in support of G.O. Bond C, a ballot initiative that will provide funds to N.M. universities, including $15 million for Tech to build a replacement for Jones Hall. Read the column here.. 

  • The Antarctic Sun published an article about the Polar Rock Repository. The article included comments from Dr. Phil Kyle, Tech's long-term P.I. of the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory. Read the article here

  • The Wall Street Journal published an article titled, "Westerners Sure Do Love Their Mountain Monograms." The article included a brief reference to 'M' Mountain. Click here for the article.

Items of interest:

  • 49ers Poster Contest winners (first authors listed only) 
    • First Place winners ($1,000 each)
      • Jeff LaPierre
      • Lindsay Candelaria
      • Nathaniel Miller
    • Second Place winners ($750 each)
      • Kristina Nyland
      • Crystal Anderson
      • Nels Iverson
    • Third Place winners ($500 each)
      • Alexander Pendleton
      • Blair Crossman
      • Dylan Rose-Coss
    • Honorable Mention winners ($250 each)
      • Olivia Chavez
      • Karen Simmons
      • Olivia Chavez 
      • Heather Bloemhard
    • More than 65 students (or groups) entered the contest, which was judged by Tech alumni during 49ers. Congratulations to all who participated in the event! 
  • The Cake Decorating Contest winners:
    • First Place : Chansce Pittard and Vicky Gonzales
    • Second Place: Darlene Vaiza
    • Third Place: Deanie Vigil

  • Winners of the 49ers Parade
    • Grand Prize: the Magdalena Ridge Observatory
    • Floats -- Tech 
      • 1st Place - NMT Auxiliary Services
      • 2nd Place – Gym WWE Stars
    • Community Floats
      • 1st Place - Socorro Head Start
      • 2nd Place – Counseling & Disability
    • Dance - Tech
      • 1st Place - The Merry Pranksters
    • Dance - Community
      • 1st Place – Bagpipe Group
    • Vehicles – Tech
      • 1st Place - NMT Police Department
      • 2nd Place – Grand Marshal
    • Vehicles – Community
      • 1st Place – Old Socorro Car Club
      • 2nd Place – Fire Truck
    • Animals - Tech
      • 1st Place - NMT Center for Graduate Studies Posse
      • 2nd Place – Bronies
    • Animals – Community
      • 1st Place - Socorro County Queen & Princess
    • Clubs – Tech
      • 1st Place - NMT Street Hockey Club
      • 2nd Place – AISES
    • Clubs – Community
      • 1st Place – DJ
      • 2nd Place – Socorro Community Theater


  • The New Mexico Tech Human Resources Department is hosting the annual Benefits Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the third floor ballrooms of the Fidel Center.Meritain Health will give presentations at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    All benefit representatives will be available to meet individually with employees in the third-floor lobby. The companies with personnel on hand are Social Security (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), NM Educational Retirement Board, TIAA-CREF, VALIC, AFLAC, Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Payroll (Banweb), Legal Shield, Lincoln Financial Long Term Disability, New Mexico Educators Credit Union, Corporate Health Resources, First State Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and Washington Federal.
    The following information sessions will be in Ballroom B:
    • Legal Shield at 9 a.m.
    • New Mexico Educational Retirement at 9:30 a.m.
    • Wells Fargo at 10:30 a.m.
    • Corporate Health Resources at 11 a.m.
    • Valic (403b Supplemental Retirement) at 11:30 a.m.,
    • Nationwide (457b Supplemental Retirement) at 1 p.m.
    • TIAA-CREF (403b Supplemental Retirement) at 1 p.m.
    • Lincoln Financial (Long Term Disability) at 2 p.m.
    • Social Security at 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • The NM Science Olympiad department at Tech is hosting the 25th Annual Teacher's Fall Workshop on October 24 and 25. About 60 science teachers from across the state will be on campus those days.

    If anyone has information to share with the visiting science teachers or their students, please send information regarding any programs or courses that your department may host for middle, high school students or science teachers. The Science Olympiad Department will add this information to registration packets.

    The Science Olympiad office also gives door prizes throughout the workshop. Anyone who has any leftover "goodies" from a previous event is welcome to add to the door prizes. These teachers appreciate anything you may give them. Most of the time, these teachers pass these items on to their students or use them in their classrooms to increase motivation. If you have questions, contact Rose Baca-Rivet at ext. 6774 or by email at

  • Many people missed the email announcement regarding the change from Postini to the new Google Apps-based spam filtering solution. Here is a brief list of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the transition: 
  • Grade Option Deadine: The online calendar incorrectly showed the Grade Option Deadline as October 5. The correct date is November 5 for students to change their grade option.

  • The 49ers schedule is now online. View the events for each day at 

  • The ongoing construction of the new Bureau of Geology building will necessitate the closure of the sidewalk along Bullock Avenue during working hours. This will remain through the summer. The construction crew will block the areas when they arrive to work and remove them when they finish for the day. The construction crew will also post signs to direct pedestrians to go around to the north side of Bullock keeping them away from the construction area.  This project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2015.
  • What can you do with your empty printer and copier ink cartridges, and the cell phones you're no longer using? Put them in a collection box for the Rotary Club of Socorro. This project is partly community service, to keep the cartridges and phones out of the landfill, and partly an effort to raise funds for Rotary's local, national, and international projects. You will find collection boxes on campus in the Fidel Center, Human Resources, NRAO, MRO, and the Bureau of Geology. You will also see them at various locations around Socorro. Rotary thanks you for your help!


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