Reconnecting at Reunion Weekend 2009

"I wouldn't have missed it!" That's what Barbara Simmons, Class of 1974, said during the recent Reunion Weekend that brought together members of eight classes for a roster of exciting events. Simmons, who now lives in California, was the school's first Black graduate.

Following an informal reception in the Forum, Judge Michael Bustamante (74) led the first private tour of the new Court of Appeals Pamela B. Minzner Law Center, which is being built next door to the UNM School of Law.

Alums then attended "Making New Mexico Modern: The Role of Governor Bruce King", a panel discussion in the Law Library that featured a number of people who worked closely with the governor. Panelists were: Raymond Sanchez (`67), president of the UNM Board of Regents and former speaker of the state House of Representatives; Paula Tackett ('77), director of Legislative Council Service; William E. Garcia, who served as cabinet secretary of the state Economic Development Department during King's final administration and Larry Gordon, director of the state Environmental Improvement Agency and one of the governor's closest advisers in developing a public environmental policy for New Mexico.

Friday evening and Saturday, the individual classes (1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004) held their own events. The weekend concluded with a Reunion Banquet, during which a 1970s tradition of streaking was relived (naked suits replaced the real thing!). Attendees danced to the infectious music of Hillary Smith and Hip Pocket.

"It was great to see so many alums come back for this event," says Dean Kevin Washburn. "One of my initiatives is to increase connections and the good will of our alumni and one way to do this is through reunions that are filled with fun events and ways for classmates to reconnect with each other."