The University of New Mexico is planning a red carpet event to celebrate the release of the film “The University of New Mexico @ 125,” on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Aracely "Arcie" Chapa, manager of multimedia services in the Center for Regional Studies, is the woman behind the film, which both commemorates the institution’s 125 years, 1889 – 2014, while also looking to the future. She began work on it last fall when a small campus committee determined that the 125th warranted acknowledgement. She quickly assembled a list of potential interviews, worked with University Archivist Terry Gugliotta on background and got additional assistance locating images.

The film showcases UNM’s quasquicentennial through the photographs, voices and stories of people past and present. Among those featured is Karen Abraham, associate vice president, Alumni Relations; the sons of former presidents Tom Popejoy and Ferrel Heady; David Schmidly, former UNM president, current President Bob Frank and Gugliotta.

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"It was truly an honor to have access to UNM's history," Chapa said. She had access to footage of a film that was started for the Centennial, but was never completed. "The interviews were done in 1987 and 1988 before the 1989 Centennial. It featured Tony Hillerman, Rudolfo Anaya, Clinton Adams and others. We were able to weave them seamlessly into the new footage," she said, adding that the film started out to be a half hour in length, but was expanded to accommodate the wealth of information and visuals she was able to acquire. 

"The information and interviews were phenomenal. I am happy how it turned out. No other university has a story like ours," Chapa said. 

Her work on the project would not have been possible without support from Center for Regional Studies Director Tobías Duran. He was supportive of the film since its inception. ​​He said, “Central to the mission of UNM's Center for Regional Studies is to connect UNM and its resources to the wider New Mexico community and beyond. This film will accomplish that goal.”

Duran added, “We are encouraged by the success of our most recent film, ‘Zimmerman@75,’ as well as other films produced by CRS; therefore we believe ‘UNM @ 125,’ will also be an excellent contribution.” 

Many university, city and state dignitaries have been invited to attend.

The film will be available online after the premier.

Additional film sponsors include University Communication and Marketing and the Alumni Relations Office.