Student & Alum Updates
Kyle Biederwolf (MPA Candidate) is the recipient of the 2018-19 Distinguished Leader of the Year award by UNM's Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA).
Marilyn Omaya (MPA Candidate) was recently recognized and received a UNM Leadership and Involvement Award for her contributions to the campus and surrounding communities.
With the right mix of dedication and enthusiasm, SAHA President Lori White (MHA Candidate) will be graduating this fall along with her daughter. As Ms. White will be walking to get her master's degree, her daughter will be receiving her bachelor's degree at UNM. Talk about academic motivation for the mother-daughter duo!
David Vazquez (MPA Candidate) is one of the recipients for the 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program. Along with a stipend, David will be traveling to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this January. His main words of wisdom: "Apply yourself!"
Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, Nao Fukami (MPA Candidate) is not wasting any time in her first-year as she's the current UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Grants Committee Co-Chair and just began her job as a Project Assistant at UNM Global Education Office. In the MPA program, Nao's areas of interest are in research, data analytics, leadership, and ethical decision-making.
Ali Abbasi (MPA Candidate) defended his thesis on "Prescription Opioids and Heroin Abuse in New Mexico: SWOT Analyses of Possible Policies/Interventions and the Forward," and will be graduating with his master's degree this Fall!
Marilyn Omaya (MPA Candidate) is already getting UNM involved in her first-semester with GPSA's Executive Board Committee. She is the new Lobby Committee Chair and encourages fellow graduate students to reach out for any assistance GPSA may offer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspiring to develop groundbreaking health changes through policy and management across Indian Country, Contreta Endwarrior (MHA Candidate) will be attending the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals to advance her professional dreams.
Vittoria Totaro (MPA Candidate) defended her thesis on "Local Goverment Spending on Public Housing: Factors of Influence in Metropolitan Areas," and will be graduating with her master's degree this Spring!
Aaron Cowan (MPA Candidate) has been accepted by UNM Organization, Information & Learning Sciences (OILS) Doctoral Program as a student. Cowan plans to further study HR development and organizational improvement.
Shruthi Nadig (MPA Candidate) has been invited to the 2018 New Mexico SHRM State Council Board as an 'Emerging HR Professional.' Additionally, Ms. Nadig is the President of the UNM SHRM student chapter.
Mickayla Karikari (MHA Candidate) has been named the Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist at TriCore Reference Laboratories. "Laboratory Medicine is my passion. It is at the core of patient diagnosis in a hospital/clinical setting, and it drives data collection for research. Upon completion of my MHA in spring, I am hoping to move into health analytics or into laboratory management."
Fantastic to report, Chris Saxton (MHA Candidate) is the new Manager at the UNM Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)! OSP supports the University's research mission by provding administration, management, and oversight of extramural sponsored research. Cheers, Chris!
Special congratulations to Shruthi Nadig (MPA Candidate) for her hard work and dedication as she's been awarded the 2017-18 UNM Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter Scholarship. Ms. Nadig (pictured left) received the award at the Human Resources Management Association of NM's 2017 Luncheon and Conference for HRMA members.
Congratulations to Daniel Astorga (MHA Candidate) and Stetson Berg (MHA Candidate) on winning the student scholarship from New Mexico Healthcare Executives (NMHE). They will be attending ACHE's annual congress on healthcare leadership. Astorga (left) is a first-year student in the MHA program at UNM. His concentration is in hospital and clinic administration and currently works as a Clinical Quality & Compliance Specialist for the UNM Medical Group. Berg (right) joined ACHE in 2016 and has been active in the Programs and Communication Committees for NMHE. He works at UNMH, the state’s trauma hospital out of Albuquerque, NM, as a Clinical Analyst, specializing in Information Technology. He is currently pursuing an MHA degree from UNM and anticipates graduation in spring of 2018.
UNM ROTC senior student success specialist, Brian Vineyard (MPA Candidate), recently was honored by the Air Force ROTC Southwest Region with its University Civilian of the Quarter award. Nominated by Lt. Col. Neal B. Kleinschmidt, UNM Air Force ROTC commanding officer, Vineyard was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the three UNM ROTC detachments and his work with Animal Humane Association (AHA). He’s plotted 200-degree plans for cadets and midshipmen with a hundred percent on-time graduation rate; teaches a university financial literacy class and has streamlined the class registration process for cadets and midshipmen; and volunteers at the AHA of New Mexico Thrift Store. Winning this award makes Vineyard one of the four top civilian finalists in the nationwide Air Force ROTC University Civilian of the Quarter.