UNM Parent & Family Association November/December Newsletter

The holidays are almost upon us. Turkeys are gobbling, snow is falling (somewhere), and the sound of clicks continue as our students are studying. Soon students will be home, if they are not already, for Thanksgiving. And, as we are writing this, UNM had an unexpected snow fall causing blizzard and white out conditions, and the school closed to remind us, that the winter season will be following. We know that change in season can have various effects on emotional well-being and the pandemic doesn’t make matters any better. Read on to learn more about the remainder of fall term and what to expect in spring, Check out our new mental health resource and find events still happening to encourage your student to get involved at UNM!

Ornaments Abound

With winter season comes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and many holiday traditions. UNM Parent Association has a tradition all its own. Each holiday season, it creates an ornament highlighting one building at UNM and the uniqueness of that building. The proceeds of the sale of these ornaments help to fund UNM Parent Association Scholarships for our students. Each ornament has the year on it and makes a wonderful graduation keep sake, or remembrance of the years your student spends at UNM or is simply a lovely addition to your tree. For those that do not celebrate Christmas, they look nice hanging in the window or as a decoration to remember a special time at UNM. 2020 ornaments and those of years past are available here for purchase.

New Mental Health Website

UNM has launched a new mental health website for students: The website hosts resources, seminars, and help lines and the topics are as varied as the people served. If you are feeling that you need someone to talk to, call them, and connect with them. They are trained professionals ready to listen.

Coming to the end of Fall
  • UNM students have been recently provided with a message on the supports that we ramped up for their success this semester and nexton the supports that we ramped up for their success this semester and next, including discussion of UNM's regular Credit / No-Credit options. This was distributed by email and social media.  The "student guide" tab of my.unm, which instructors and staff can access, provides useful information about resources and services for students. 
  • Further communication to faculty, students and staff are under preparation. 
  • Fall in-person instruction will end on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Starting Nov. 30 thru Dec. 12, UNM will be in a remote instruction and exam period. 
  • After Thanksgiving most faculty, staff and students will be working remotely and offices and buildings will, for the most part, be physically locked. 
  • Research operations will continue with both faculty and students working in research laboratories and continuing our mission of discovery, operating under Covid Safe Practices. 
  • Some fabrication and studio spaces will remain accessible with permission for completion of final projects under CSPs. Similarly, clinical students and students on internship experiences may be continuing those experiences, again under CSPs. 
  • Students in clinical rotations will continue until the end of the semester as long as it is safe to do so in order to assure that they are able to meet program requirements. 
  • Zimmerman Library and Dane Smith Hall will be open with limited hours after Thanksgiving to provide access to study spaces, internet, and computer labs. Other libraries will be accessible by appointment only. 
  • The Johnson Center will have the weight room and Olympic pool open, at reduced capacity and by appointment, with the expected hours: Nov. 30 – Dec. 12: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
Casas Del Rio & Lobo Village Moving Information

Move out dates determined by individual lease information. Those enrolled in a 5 month lease can choose to renew or move out. Those who do not choose to renew will need to move out, return keys, etc. no later than 12:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Should a student wish to renew their contract for the spring semester, they will need to notify the front office and sign a renewal agreement prior to 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Students enrolled in 10 or 12 month least may leave their belongings in their room upon the winter break university closure. Students with either Casas del Rio or Lobo Village are not required to move out over the break as they are still responsible for their monthly installments until the end date of their contract. Students are able to come and go from the community at their leisure during this time. Dates are determined by each individual lease. 

If a parent is listed as a lease “guarantor” or lease co-signer, this only entails them financial information. Parents and families wanting to access additional information should talk to their student about filling out a proxy form with their specific community. Please contact Casas del Rio or Lobo Village for further details.

Students can grant permission to parents and families for them to obtain information by filling out a proxy form with either Casas Del Rio or Lobo Village. Please contact Lobo Village or Casas Del Rio for more information about this process. Links for each communities proxy form is listed below: 

Casas del Rio Proxy

Lobo Village Proxy 

Residence Life & Student Housing Moving Information

We are optimistic that RLSH will be able to operate the residence halls for the complete fall semester, and to that end will be closing the main campus traditional residence halls at 2:00PM on Saturday, December 12, 2020, as originally outlined in the housing contract. RLSH is planning that the main campus apartments (SRC and RVA), as well as Rainforest and Student Family Housing, will remain open for the duration of winter recess. UNM has outlined a change to the fall course calendar which includes the removal of fall break and the end of in-person coursework on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. RLSH recognizes that for some students this means you will plan to travel or leave campus at Thanksgiving break and not return until the spring semester begins; therefore students who check-out of their residence hall room at Thanksgiving will be given a CREDIT toward the spring portion of their housing contract. To be clear, a credit is not a refund; credits are funds which are applied to future housing charges. Any credits would be subject to discounts for scholarship, financial aid, and merit and/or grant aid. The credit amount will be 10% of the fall semester room rate charge, and only offered to those who fulfill all the following conditions:

  • The student returns their keys to the appropriate area or SRC desk no later than 8AM on Monday, November 30, 2020;
  •  The student packs their rooms according to the instructions in this document for End of Semester Closure; and
  • Returns to campus enrolled for at least 6 credits in the spring semester, and completes the spring check-in procedures to return to your room no later than the second day of class for the spring semester

Students who depart for the fall semester, either at Thanksgiving or in December, will be permitted to leave belongings in their rooms only if all items left in the room are packed into a “speed-pak” box which RLSH will provide to each student that needs one. Students will only get one box to pack their belongings and everything must either fit in the box or be taken with the resident at the time they leave the residence hall. Please see the section on “Moving Out & Managing Belongings” that outlines what you will be expected to do with your belongings in the instance that you are required to depart from campus.

Moving Out & Managing Belongings

In the instance that RLSH must institute a partial, intermittent, or early semester closure, all affected residents will be required to vacate the residence halls within five (5) calendar days of RLSH releasing notice of the closure.

Residents will be expected to complete an Express Check-Out and potentially return keys (depending on the type and anticipated duration of the closure). This will be done at the SRC desk for any main campus residents and at the Rainforest desk for any residents at Rainforest.

Residents will be permitted to leave belongings in their rooms only if all items left in the room are packed into a “speed-pak” box which RLSH will provide to each student that needs one. Students will only get one box to pack their belongings into and everything must either fit in the box or be taken with the resident at the time they leave the residence hall.

If any of these temporary closures transition into a contract termination closure, RLSH will work with a local moving and storage company to remove the speed-paks from student rooms. Any student wishing to have their belongings shipped to them will be responsible for the full pre-paid cost of shipping and coordinating that request according to the instructions RLSH will provide at the time of the closure. Any belongings in student rooms which are not packed into the provided speed-pak will not be boxed, moved, or stored by the moving company; these unpacked belongings will be removed from the room and discarded.

For those residents not wishing to cover the cost of shipping, RLSH will pay for the cost of storage for 4 months after the closure. Students will need to make arrangements directly with the storage company to collect their belongings within the 4-month timeframe. Responsibility for any belongings remaining in storage after the 4-months will transfer to the resident to assume the cost of continued storage of their belongings.

For more information on possible closures and contract terminations closure, please visit here.

Holiday Break
  • UNM will be largely closed over break (Dec. 24 – Jan. 3). However, the University will have several hundred students in the dorms. 
  • UNM's Covid Call Center will continue operations, the Student Health and Counseling Center will maintain its normal holiday telehealth operation, and will have on-call capacity to collect test samples for PCR Covid tests as well as perform on-site antigen testing for students in the dorms, and the Covid Rapid Response Team will be operational. 
  • Critical research operations will continue over the break, operating under CSPs. 

The Johnson Center will have the weight room and Olympic pool open, at reduced capacity and by appointment, with the expected hours: Dec. 13 – Jan. 10: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Driving During the Holidays

If you are driving for the holidays to friends or family, remember to check road conditions and make sure you do not need chains for snow, tires are okay, and your car is in good condition. Most of us have not gone too far due to the pandemic.

Spring 2021 
  • The holiday ends Jan. 4, and students living in the dorms move in Jan. 11. 
  • UNM will conduct the first week of Spring term classes, Jan. 18 – Jan. 22, as remote instruction. This will allow students who are returning to UNM from out of state to return a week before the start of classes and continue a period of quarantine for two weeks through Jan. 22, if required according to public health requirements at that time. 
  • After the first week, UNM will begin a hybrid term much like Fall 2020 semester. The breakdown of instructional modes for Spring 2021 in ABQ looks like:
Delivery Type# of Classes% of Classes
100% Face2324%

Remote Arranged

Remote Scheduled247444%
Online MAX82315%
  •  The Spring term calendar is posted online on the Registrar’s Website, but in brief:  
    • January 18 - Classes Start 
    • March 14-21 - Break 
    • May 10-14 - Final Exams 
    • May 15 - Term Ends 
  • For the spring 2021 term, the Johnson Center will have the weight room and Olympic pool open, at reduced capacity and by appointment, with the expected hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • The daily symptom attestation email will stop delivery on Dec. 23 and resume on Jan. 4. Where ever you are, please be mindful of your health and if you develop any symptoms of COVID, please contact your health care provider. 

**Note that spring break will occur as previously planned, and there is no remote instruction period planned at the end of the term as we saw in fall 2020. Of course, if the progression of COVID-19 dictates otherwise, UNM will adjust as needed. For more information, visit the Bringing Back the Pack website and these quick links: Expectations / Students & Instructors / Campus Protocols / Protecting the Pack / FAQ 

Important Dates

December 4 – For those enrolled in full-term and second half-term courses, today is the last day to change grade mode with form, to add sections and/or change credit hours with forms and $75 per transaction, and to drop courses with Dean’s permission with form.

November 26-29 – Thanksgiving Holiday break

November 30 - December 4 – Remote Instruction Week

December 7-12 – Remote Final Exam Week

December 11 – Commencement

December 23-31 – Winter Break – University Closed


Encourage your student to meet with a staff member from the Student Activities Center to see what UNM has to offer and how they may be able to match your student with an experience that meets their interests!  Remember, students who are involved in at least one activity tend to be more successful overall in college. Students can schedule a time that works with their schedule by clicking here.

November 3-22 - Leadership & Involvement Award

Leadership & Involvement Award applications open now! This award recognizes students who have excelled in leadership, as well as academic and co-curricular activities. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, a minimum of 60 hours earned, and demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities. Graduate students are also eligible to apply. Apply online by Monday, November 23 to be considered for this year’s award.

November 9-19 – 4th Annual First Generation Celebration

UNM is excited to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our First Generation Lobos at our 4thAnnual First Gen Proud Celebration! Visit for a full schedule of events/activities lined up between Nov. 9 – 19, such as a speaker series, First Gen Trivia Game, and a Dear First Gen letter campaign between faculty/staff and students. What is First Generation? The UNM definition of First Generation includes students and their siblings who are the first to navigate a 2-4 year college/university and have lived in a household where neither parent received a 4-year bachelor’s degree. How can you participate? Use the First Gen Proud Zoom background and participate in our events!

November 13-25 - ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio - Open Hours

The ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio inside the SUB has open studio hours. We are limited in occupancy and are booking appointments for students to use the space. CLICK HERE to book an appointment. Information on virtual workshops can be found on our website:

November 13 at 6:00 p.m. - ASUNM Community Experience Volunteer Meeting - Blanket Making

ASUNM Community Experience Volunteer group for our weekly meeting. This week we will be joined by the ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio to make no-sew blankets. Materials will be available to pick up from the Craft Studio, SUB room 1098 on 11/9- 11/13, 9:30a - 4:30p. The meeting will be hosed on Zoom - Meeting ID 96962160403 

November 19 at 3:00 p.m. - Harry Potter Geeks Who Drink Virtual Trivia

Muggles and Wizards alike are invited to test their knowledge of Harry Potter in this Virtual Geeks Who Drink Trivia event. Individuals and teams of 3-10 people are encouraged to register! Space is limited to 100 students! You will receive email instructions after signing up. Register yourself or a team here:

November 20 – Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of the Greens is UNM's oldest student tradition. While this year people won’t be able to tour the luminarias on UNM main campus, they will be able to connect virtually to help share in the tradition. There will be a series of virtual events on Nov. 20, 2020:
• Luminaria Kits and Workshop - Students will be able to pick up kits that include paper bags and candles to make their own luminarias. Kits will be available in the Student Activities Center starting Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Kits will also include a treat of biscochitos and a hot cocoa mix provided by the UNM Office of the President. Students are encourages to tag the University with their photos of their luminaria decorated space for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes sponsored by the UNM Bookstore and UNM Alumni Relations.
• Join in on zoom to learn how to fold the bags and hear a bit of history on Luminarias / Farolitos.
• Wreath Making 101 - See how Ansely Emeanuwa, the flower guy, and UNM's reigning Homecoming King, designs and creates the showpiece wreath that will be presented to President Stokes in the "Hanging of the Greens."
• Hanging of the Greens - Watch online as students present the wreath to President Stokes. Visit or for more details.

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