Donor Stories

Because They Believe Because They Believe

Couple Funds Engineering Fellowships, Endows Professorship Michelle G. McRuiz Hip replacements. Artificial hearts. Time-release medications. These terms are familiar to most Americans thanks to remarkable advances made in the field of biomedical engineering. David Whitten and Jo Wright Whitten believe that, in time, UNM could offer a top biomedical engineering program, and they have backed... Read more »

Music that Lasts a Lifetime Music that Lasts a Lifetime

Endowed Scholarship, Music School Bring UNM Students and Children Together Michelle G. McRuiz For Ellen McCullough-Brabson and John Brabson, the thought of a life without music is like a life without beauty. Ellen is professor emerita of music education at UNM; John is a retired Sandia National Laboratories engineer who has sung in the chorus... Read more »

Contribution to the Community Contribution to the Community

Arthur Bell Youth Foundation’s Gift Funds New Auditorium in Harwood Museum of Art Michelle G. McRuiz The Arthur Bell Youth Foundation didn’t set out to fund a new auditorium at UNM’s Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. The Harwood discovered the foundation at just the right time, and its generous gift has provided the Harwood... Read more »

A Head Start on Skin Cancer A Head Start on Skin Cancer

Melanoma Survivor’s Gift Supports Prevention, Treatment at UNM Cancer Center Michelle G. McRuiz If it weren’t for her hair stylist’s keen eyes, Ellen King might not be alive today. Eleven years ago, Ellen’s stylist found a suspicious-looking spot on her scalp, hidden by her hair. Following the stylist’s advice, Ellen had the spot checked by... Read more »

UNM People Changing Worlds: Partnership for a Bright Future UNM People Changing Worlds: Partnership for a Bright Future

Sonnet and Ian McKinnon Give $7.5 Million to Three University Programs By Michelle G. McRuiz Can a single monetary gift change the world? Yes—but it also takes more than money. Sonnet and Ian McKinnon have committed $7.5 million to UNM. Along with this extremely generous financial support, they have given their vision, passion, confidence and... Read more »

UNM People Changing Worlds: Changing Worlds Through Solidarity UNM People Changing Worlds: Changing Worlds Through Solidarity

Alumnus’ 52-year friendship with former professor began through ideas, social consciousness By Michelle G. McRuiz When they first talked over coffee at the Student Union Building in 1959, Edward (Ed) T. Lewis—a football player from the South Bronx—and Dr. Henry J. Tobias—a professor of Russian history from New Jersey—couldn’t have realized how this encounter would change both... Read more »

A Steadfast Friend A Steadfast Friend

Donor’s Cumulative Giving Means a Lot to Students By Michelle G. McRuiz How do you change the world? If you do it Sue Daulton style, quietly and respectfully. For more than 40 years, Sue—first with her husband, Paul Daulton (BA ’47), who passed away in 2007—has given generously to three important areas at UNM: The... Read more »

University Community Celebrates Changing Worlds: The Campaign for UNM

Nearly 800 of the university’s closest friends, alumni, donors, community leaders, distinguished faculty and students joined together on Thursday, April 14 in celebration of Changing Worlds: The Campaign for UNM – an eight-year, $675 million campaign, which began in 2006 and plans to conclude in 2014, complimenting UNM’s 125th anniversary. To date, nearly 50,000 donors have given more... Read more »

David J. Northrop Honored David J. Northrop Honored

Colleagues and Friends Establish Endowment Honoring David J. Northrop Over the past couple of years, University employees have given $5,000 to a first-of-its-kind endowment to create an internship program honoring the late David Northrop, an associate director for IT at UNM. Using payroll deduction, one-time giving and United Way campaign contributions, friends and coworkers of... Read more »

Dr. Richard Greenleaf Honored Dr. Richard Greenleaf Honored

Dr. Richard Greenleaf was honored at a reception this past August by University Libraries, the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute and the UNM Foundation for a lifetime of scholarship and generous giving. The event was hosted at University House and drew friends, students and colleagues from across the country and Mexico to celebrate the... Read more »