In the early days of its history, The University of New Mexico was known throughout Albuquerque as "the U." To promote University spirit, a 10-foot U, made of tin and fitted with electric lights, was placed atop Hodgin Hall in 1922. It remained there until the mid-1930s and was illuminated when the Lobos won athletic games.
As a nod to that great UNM tradition, the Alumni Association is installing a new U as a gift to the University. The new U is made of cast bronze and will be erected in front of the main entrance to the Alumni Center at Hodgin Hall.
"The Alumni Association has made this gift to the UNM campus to relight an old tradition and to create a celebratory space for spirit, community, and engagement for the University community," said Karen Abraham, executive director of the Alumni Association.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office will unveil and light up the U for the first time. This celebration will take place after the inauguration of UNM President Robert G. Frank.
Schedule of Events
• 2 p.m. - Inauguration ceremony at Popejoy Hall
• 3:30 p.m. - Reception for President and Mrs. Frank at the Alumni Center in Hodgin Hall. Shuttles will be available to transport people between Hodgin Hall and Popejoy Hall.
• 4:30 p.m. - Unveiling and illumination of the U on the patio of Hodgin Hall. The building will be open. There will be live music, refreshments, and giveaways.
"The Alumni Association is so pleased to see Bob Frank, a three-time alumnus, become UNM's 21st president," said Abraham. "The inauguration is a ceremony steeped in academic tradition that marks an important beginning on the UNM campus."
The unveiling of the U is free and open to the public. For information about the inauguration, visit: President's Inauguration.
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