Donor Stories

Generosity Comes Naturally Generosity Comes Naturally

Surprise Gift from College of Pharmacy Alumnus Bolsters Carman A. Bliss Memorial Endowment By Michelle G. McRuiz Posted January 17, 2017 When College of Pharmacy (COP) alumnus William (Bill) Baker (BS ’68) was a junior, he and his wife, Gloria, ran out of money. Gloria urged Bill to apply for every scholarship he could find—“even... Read more »

Special Needs Attract Special Gift Special Needs Attract Special Gift

Dentist’s Generous Gift Gives Unique Program Good Chance for Long-Term Viability By Michelle G. McRuiz Posted December 13, 2016 Throughout her four decades of practice, Shelly Fritz, DDS (University of Colorado-Boulder), AA ’74, BA ’75, MBA ’82 (all three from UNM), has always enjoyed caring for patients with special needs. Whether they have developmental disabilities,... Read more »

Paying It Forward—40 Years and Counting Paying It Forward—40 Years and Counting

Alumni Couple among Elite Group of “Forever” Donors to Presidential Scholarship Program Posted December 13, 2016 In 1976, UNM alumni Carolyn (BSED ’67) and Thomas (Tom) Minton (BSME ’68) received a letter from the University explaining that it “wanted to start an academic scholarship program for New Mexico high schoolers,” Carolyn remembers. In large part... Read more »

Legacy of a Loyal Lobo Fan Legacy of a Loyal Lobo Fan

Bob Turner’s Devotion to UNM Athletics Memorialized with Naming Gift By Hilary Mayall Jetty Posted September 1, 2016 Most of the mourners at Bob Turner’s memorial service last June wore Lobo red. Even the mortuary staff sported Lobo ties, and iconic flags were mounted on the hearse and limousines. Slides displayed before the service began... Read more »

U.S. Department of Education Funds Fuel Generosity U.S. Department of Education Funds Fuel Generosity

Matching Gifts Magnify Federal Grants’ Impact at UNM Valencia Campus Posted July 15, 2016 UNM’s Valencia campus (UNM-V) in Los Lunas has excelled among the branch campuses for its success in winning federal Title III and V grants and in attracting matching private gifts to leverage a portion of these funds to establish scholarship endowments,... Read more »

Passion and Purpose Passion and Purpose

Grieving yet Grateful Family Creates Fund to Support Annual Critical Care Conference By Michelle G. McRuiz Posted June 16, 2016 Michael Hansen—husband, father and CEO—rose early on February 11, 2013. He ran on the treadmill, made coffee and started running a shower. His wife, Nancy, was lying awake in bed when she heard a loud... Read more »

The Legacy of a Father’s Love The Legacy of a Father’s Love

Albert Anella Gifts Art Collection to UNM Health Sciences Center in Daughter’s Memory By Hilary Mayall Jetty Posted May 16, 2016 Editor’s note: The newsletter in which this article first appeared was printed and mailed in late fall 2015; Albert Anella passed away on March 3, 2016 at the age of 93. The heartache of... Read more »

A Prudent Gift for Jurisprudence A Prudent Gift for Jurisprudence

Robin and Leo Romero Endow Fund to Enrich UNM School of Law Experience By Hilary Mayall Jetty Posted April 21, 2016 Students usually go to law school because they desire to seek justice for individuals and communities. These days, however, many also need a lot of help. Economic forces and the proliferation of law schools... Read more »

Giving Back in Gratitude Giving Back in Gratitude

After Child’s Remarkable Recovery, Family Shows Appreciation to UNM Children’s Hospital By Michelle G. McRuiz Posted February 16, 2016 Since April 15, 2013, the Gibson family is more careful about everything, especially mundane activities like driving and crossing parking lots. They give thanks often because they now know how quickly and deeply a family can... Read more »