Annually, the University Communication and Marketing (UCAM) Department compiles a list of its top-10 general news stories during the course of the year. Below is the list of UNM's top-10 general news stories for 2018. The stories are in random order.

Stokes takes the helm of the state's flagship institution
Her path to leadership wasn’t intentional, but her decisions as a leader have been deliberate. Garnett S. Stokes was a psychology professor who wanted better for her department, when no one stepped-in to help, she stepped-up. Now decades later, she’s the president of The University of New Mexico and she has promised the Lobo community the same—better, for the University.

UNM's Brian Urlacher inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
For former Lobo and native New Mexican Brian Urlacher, Saturday, Aug. 4 was the day he reached the pinnacle of a football career. A career that began on a small field in Lovington, N.M., crossed over in front of tens of thousands of fans at the state’s premier football program at The University of New Mexico, and ended up on the biggest stage in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. Over that first weekend in August, Urlacher was formerly inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

$1 billion UNM campaign goal met early 
Changing Worlds 2020: The Campaign for UNM
the comprehensive fundraising campaign currently underway, just reached its $1 billion goal. The campaign, begun in 2006, had an original goal of $675 million to be met by 2014. The achievement of the original goal and the momentum of the campaign prompted its extension to 2020 with a goal of $1 billion.

Their story is our story
“If every displaced person in the world were put into their own country, it would be the 21st largest country in the world.” The sobering statistics and complex crisis of displaced refugees is the focus of a new book written and published by students at The University of New Mexico.

Using modern technology to preserve the Zuni language
New Mexico is home to 23 tribal nations, who speak eight different languages and contribute more than five percent to the student enrollment numbers at The University of New Mexico. Now, the UNM College of University Libraries is working to preserve the traditions, cultures and languages of New Mexico’s Indigenous peoples through a new digital initiative. 

UNM project keeps history alive
Barbara Brown Simmons has orchestrated many events that are forever part of The University of New Mexico’s historical fabric. Her recent oral history project immortalizes these events, making sure important parts of the University’s history—and the lessons learned—are kept alive.

UNM 'walks the walk' when it comes to serving the needs of student veterans
1,300 and growing. That is number of Veterans and their dependents attending The University of New Mexico. As this student population expands, so does the need to understand how to help these students succeed. Veterans typically don’t have much in common with traditional college students nor do they with each other. The dynamics of military service is impossible to encompass in a short brochure. The needs of these individuals are vast and that is why University leadership gathered everyone together. 

UNM Board of Regents approve, again, most Athletics Department recommendations
On a 7-0 vote, The University of New Mexico Board of Regents upheld its previous decision once again approving athletics department recommendations for new revenue opportunities, expense cutting measures and a reduction in the number of varsity sports programs. The affected sports, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s soccer and beach volleyball are the four sports that will be discontinued effective July 1, 2019.

UNM Police Department launches #UNMStrongerTogether initiative
The University of New Mexico has a fully-operating police department dedicating hundreds of thousands of hours to patrolling campus. Now, the UNM Police Department is calling on the Lobo community to help it make UNM stronger and safer together.  

Duke City Diaries: UNM alums' documentary series tells stories of redemption
The ancient Chinese principle of Yin and Yang states that “all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites,” such as, there can be no darkness without light and vice versa. This principle certainly holds true for modern life and urban centers, where many thousands of people come together bringing all of our humanity with us, for better or worse. Frank Blazquez, a graduate of The University of New Mexico, has set out to capture this complexity of human experience.