Faculty and staff invest time, labor and passion as they serve UNM for years or even decades. Every year, the university recognizes dedicated employees reaching milestones in their years of service.

Recently, six were honored for 40 years of service, seven for 35 years, 22 for 30 years, 76 for 25 years, 100 for 20 years and 173 for 15 years. The 40-year honorees are Harjit Ahluwalia, Lorraine Deck, Linda Lewis, Dan Myers, Charlie Steen and Ferenc Szasz.

Ahluwalia is professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. He is an active researcher, publishing more 300 articles. His research interests are in the areas of cosmic radiation, plasma physics and space weather. He is a fellow of American Physical Society and life senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and several other professional societies.

Deck is professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Her research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel protein inhibitors with potential therapeutic use in cardiovascular disease, malaria, stroke, breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. She also chairs the Teaching Allocations Subcommittee, Office of the Vice President for Research.

Lewis is professor emerita, University Libraries. She recently retired as director of collection development. In her time at UNM, the library and its collections doubled in size. She co-authored three books in library and information science, including a forthcoming book on disaster preparedness and prevention. She was among the librarians who worked to replace and restore collections damaged in a fire at Zimmerman Library in 2006.

Myers is television producer/director, UME ACES, Health Sciences Center. He has kept pace with audio-visual technology across decades of incredible change. For example, he was involved with the original installation of black and white equipment and the later interfacing of the color systems at HSC Biomedical Communications. In addition to managing all A/V equipment at the School of Medicine, he is production director and audio specialist.

Steen is associate professor and chair of the Department of History. For 40 years he has served the department in a variety of positions, including undergraduate advisor. His research focuses on the cultural aspects of Early Modern Europe and the impact of the Reformation in the Netherlands. He has published two books on the period of the revolt in the Netherlands.

Szasz is professor in the Department of History. He teaches the social, intellectual and religious history of the United States and the American West. His research areas include American intellectual history, American religious history, religion in the American West, the early atomic age and the impact of Scotland on the West. Szasz was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Exeter. He has authored six books.