The UNM Alumni Association invites alumni and community members to the Lobo Living Room: Johnson Center Renovations Tour and UNM Volleyball Team Talk with Head Coach Jon Newman-Gonchar Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Join the Alumni Association for a first look at the new and improved Johnson Center. Individuals will also have the opportunity to secure a Johnson Recreational Card at special alumni pricing. This will be the first in-person Lobo Living Room since 2019.

For more information about and to RSVP to attend in-person or via zoom, visit us here. This in-person program will be limited to 200 people. If individuals are unable to attend this event in person, please join via zoom. For additional information contact the Alumni Relations office at 505-277-5808 or

Jon Newman-Gonchar is the head coach for the women’s volleyball team. He was hired Jan. 21, 2019, becoming UNM’s 10th head volleyball coach. Prior to coaching at UNM, Newman-Gonchar served as the associate head coach at the University of Arkansas for three seasons. Prior to Arkansas, Newman-Gonchar was an assistant coach at Iowa State in Ames.

About Johnson Center:
Built in 1957, Johnson Center was the heart of main campus and the original home of UNM Lobo Basketball until The Pit opened in 1966. Today, Johnson Center is home court for the UNM Lobo Volleyball team. In 2018, a full renovation project began to provide more access to sports and recreation for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Funded by student fees, the $35 million project was completed in March 2020. Some of the new and renovated amenities include:

  • An indoor running and walking track
  • Expanded weight and cardio rooms
  • An indoor cycling studio
  • New east entrance with lobby and social spaces
  • Renovated South Gym
  • Additional bathrooms and the remodeling of existing ones