The University of New Mexico collectible holiday ornament has become a campus tradition, one with benefits. Not only do the ornaments beautify evergreens and wreaths, all proceeds go the UNM Parent Association Scholarship Fund.

For the past four years, Jana Fothergill, senior graphic designer with University Communication and Marketing, has created the popular ornaments that depict iconic campus buildings and locales.  She has more than 30 years experience in illustration and design, first in Wisconsin, where she earned her master's in fine art, and then in New Mexico, where she has resided since 1995.

"I look forward to creating a new ornament every year," Fothergill said. "I love the process. I love to think about people pulling them out of storage and decorating with them for the holidays and, best of all, I love that the money they generate helps students. It's gratifying all around."

The UNM Parent Association Scholarship Committee recently awarded $40,000 in scholarships to students for the 2012-13 academic year. Forty Students were the recipients of various $1,000 scholarships including eight graduate students and 32 undergrads.

Bernadette Jaramillo-Peck, administrative officer for the Parent Association, said, "Being able to offer student scholarships makes my job so rewarding. I think it is incumbent upon us to provide any assistance we can to promote student success, especially when the economy is tough."

The UNM Parent Association has a short history, but it has made giant strides since that time. In 2006, a Parent Relations office was founded. In 2007, the UNM Parent Association began as a Parent Advisory Board. In April 2008, under the leadership and support of then UNM President David Schmidly and his wife, Janet, and with approval from the UNM Board of Regents, it officially became the UNM Parent Association.

The fifth ornament in the series depicts historic Hodgin Hall. When Hodgin opened in Sept. 1892, it was the University of New Mexico. Originally built in Richardson Romanesque style: red brick with a pitched roof and arched windows, the building was scheduled for destruction in the early 1970s, but UNM architect Joe McKinney succeeded in getting the building listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties in 1974 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. A new Alumni restoration and Preservation Committee, in conjunction with the University, raised money to renovate the building. Hodgin underwent another incarnation in 2010.

Previous ornaments, "University House" (2008), The Duck Pond" (2009), "UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel" (2010) and "Zimmerman Library" (2011) are available at the UNM Bookstore on main campus and the Medical/Legal Bookstore on north campus for $18.89, in honor of UNM's founding year.

To purchase yours, visit: UNM Holiday Ornaments.