The University of New Mexico recognized nearly 500 honorees recently at its 38th Annual Service Awards ceremony, whose service totaled 9,860 years of service to the University.

“Today’s ceremony is important because it gives us the opportunity to recognize our most committed faculty and staff,” said President Garnett Stokes. “Because of your hard work and dedication, we are able to accomplish our most important mission: educating the leaders of tomorrow. UNM could not achieve this mission without you.”

Each year the service awards recognizes faculty and staff who have 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years of service. This was the largest group of honorees for the service awards to date.

“The ceremony provides an opportunity for the University to celebrate and thank our faculty and staff for their many years of dedicated service,” said Dorothy Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources. “At UNM, people are and always will be our greatest asset.”

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Nearly 500 honorees were recognized recently at UNM's 38th Annual Service Awards ceremony.

Special honorees recognized for years of service at the event included:

  • Ramon Renteria, College Enrichment and Outreach Program- 50 years of service
  • Laura Delwiche, School of Law- 40 years of service
  • James W. Ellis, School of Law- 40 years of service
  • Gergory R. Peterson, University Libraries & Learning Sciences- 40 years of service
  • Lawrence J. Schuster, Facilities Management Utilities Division- 40 years of service

When Renteria began working at UNM, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Apollo 8 orbited the moon and the top song was Hey Jude by The Beatles.

This week Renteria was a special honoree at the 38th Annual Service Awards. Renteria was recognized for 50 years of service with the University. He began working at UNM in 1968 as an accountant in business contracts and grants. Today, he works with the College Enrichment and Outreach Program still in accounting.

What keeps a staff member inspired to keep working with the institution for so long?

“I love the UNM community and I love to help people,” Renteria said.

For him, keeping up with the changing policies of the University and the State are what keeps his job challenging, but all the friends he has made and has been able to help along the way have made the job rewarding.

Renteria is originally from Lordsburg, N.M. and has a Bachelor or Arts degree in Accounting from Western New Mexico University.

The service awards program recognizes individuals who hit the milestones in the previous calendar year. This year’s honorees reached service milestones between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.