To commemorate 60 years at the University of New Mexico, the UNM Communication & Journalism Department hosts a celebration Saturday, April 17. The public is invited to join faculty, staff, students and alumni as they celebrate the department's history and accomplishments while keeping an eye on the future.

The evening begins with a reception from 5-6 p.m. in the recently renovated C&J building, located at Central and Yale NE, where guests can interact and network with others, while enjoying wine and cheese and touring the building. At 6:30 p.m., guests will proceed to the Student Union Building ballroom where dinner will be served with a serving of the department's history and current condition, with light seasoning of speeches from prominent alumni and recognition of student achievements.

Alumni speakers include Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones, candidate for Governor of New Mexico, who graduated from UNM C&J with a bachelor's in speech communication in 1974; Dan Herrera, Albuquerque Journal editorial page editor, graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's in journalism; and Jennifer Riordan, Wells Fargo Bank's director of community and media relations, graduated with a bachelor's in communication in 1999.

John Oetzel, departmental chair, said, "The UNM Communication & Journalism Department has an illustrious history with notable faculty and students whom we wish to commemorate. The celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the past while focusing on the future. Through our fundraising associated with the celebration, we look to support student scholarships and develop multimedia journalism.

This event isn't exclusively for those associated with the school – the community is encouraged to attend. The public is familiar with the work of many of our alums through reading newspapers and exposure to broadcast news. We look forward to the opportunity to share with them the changing trends in communication and journalism education for the 21st century."

Tickets are available for $60 per person (of which $35 is tax deductible). The student price is $25. Tickets can be purchased at The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, April 13.

If unable to attend the celebration, but still interested in contributing, alums and others can participate in the ongoing Buy-a-Brick Campaign. A personalized brick is $60 (small) or $120 (large) to be placed at the entrance of the Communication & Journalism building. Guests can also make donations at the ticket Web site noted above.

Money raised will contribute to the education of a new generation of communication and journalism students and professionals. All proceeds for the event will go to either the Communication & Journalism student travel fund or for the department's efforts in multimedia journalism.

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico creates excellence in learning through academic scholarship, teaching and service to the community and the field.

Other anniversary events include Mercer Speech Tournament, on Friday, April 9 from 5-9 p.m. in the C&J building; and the C&J Career & Internship Fair, Tuesday, April 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building.

For more information on the 60th anniversary celebration, visit the department Web page: C&J; 60th Anniversary