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Fall Hours

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am -5pm

 

1119 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3800
1-University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-6343
Fax: (505) 277-0033
E-mail: aiss@unm.edu

Native News

FAF$A-FOR U 
The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now OPEN! Drop in for FREE assistance completing your 2020-2021 FAFSA application. FILE EARLY before UNM’s January 3rd Priority Filing Date! By completing your FAFSA EARLY you can set the foundation to apply for tribal funding and the opportunity to receive additional scholarships for the next academic year. File and complete your FAFSA at one of the upcoming FAF$A-FOR-U sessions and to be eligible for a $25 UNM Bookstore Gift Card drawing.

FAF$A-FOR-U sessions at AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall):
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Friday, November 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Friday, January 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

For more information about FAFSA-For-U, visit http://aiss.unm.edu
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American Indian Heritage Month
UNM’s American Indian Student Services, Native American Studies, Center for Native American Health, and several chartered student organizations have collaborated to engage the university community in learning and discovering more about the Indigenous experience and perspective. The entire campus community is invited to attend and participate in a variety of public and cost-free educational, social, cultural, and artistic programming initiatives throughout the month of November.

Week of Monday, Nov 4th – Friday, Nov. 8th (For specific information, please visit on-line calendar)
- Tuesday (Nov. 12): Southern Singing & Stores at 6PM – 8PM in Kiva Classroom.
- Wednesday (Nov. 13): AISS FAF$A-FOR-U at 4PM – 7PM at AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall).
- Wednesday (Nov. 13): AISS Indigenous Craft Night at 5:30PM – 8PM at AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall).
- Thursday (Nov. 14): Indigenous Knowledge Conference Sandy Grande lecture at  12:30PM – 1:45PM in Student Union Building Lobo A & B Room.
- Friday (Nov. 15): NHI Running Medicine Flash Mob Run/Walk at 8AM on Johnson Field (meet by the corner closest to tennis courts).
- Friday (Nov. 15): Miss Indian University of New Mexico Interest Meeting at 2PM – 3PM in Indigenous Nations Library Program (Zimmerman Library, 2nd Floor).
- Friday (Nov. 15): -AMA (Mother) Free Film Screening at 2PM – 4:30PM in UNM George Pearl Hall.
- Saturday (Nov. 16): UNM & N7 American Indian Heritage Night at Lobo Basketball – UNM vs McNeese State -  at 4PM in Dreamstyle Arena aka The Pit.  

For specific event information and a complete list of American Indian Heritage Month events, please visit http://aiss.unm.edu and click on AI Heritage Month link. For more information, contact American Indian Student Services at (505) 277-6343. 
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Indigenous Craft Wednesdays

Sidekicks hosts Indigenous Craft Wednesdays from 5:30PM – 8:00PM – Beading 101 (5:30 – 7:30 pm) and Embroidery (7:00 – 8:00 pm). Starter kits for Pueblo Embroidery taught by Josiah Concho (Acoma Pueblo/Dine) and for Beading 101 taught by Shereena Baker (Southern Ute/Karuk) are available for new attendees. Join us at American Indian Student Services – 1119 Mesa Vista Hall, we look forward to crafting with you every week! For more information contact sidekicks@unm.edu.
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Study Night Wednesdays
Sidekicks is hosting Study Nights Wednesdays from 5:00PM – 8:00PM. Grab your books and join us at American Indian Student Services – 1119 Mesa Vista Hall. Snacks are provided. CAPS tutors available for select subjects! For more information contact sidekicks@unm.edu.
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CAPS Study Nights @ the Ethnic Centers
The Center for Academic Programs Support (CAPS) is offering personalized tutoring support! Students looking for support in STEM, Writing, French, & Spanish topics can “drop-in” on Wednesday Nights from 4pm to 8pm at the Ethnic Center Foyer (Mesa Vista Hall, 1st Floor) for assistance.
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Fall Graduation Reminders
1) Diplomas

  • Signing up at http://graduation.unm.edu is not necessary to receive an official diploma, and participants will not receive their diploma at the ceremony. Official diplomas are mailed to the address on file for the student 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester. For questions regarding diplomas, students should contact the Office of the Registrar at (505) 277-8900 or by email at degrees@unm.edu.

2) Graduating students may also sign up to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony and/or their convocation ceremony at http://graduation.unm.edu.

3) The names of those graduates who have privacy flags set in their student records will NOT be printed in the commencement program unless they do the following: Prior to November 8th, contact the Office of the Registar at the campus they attend to have their privacy flag removed (picture ID required) OR  Prior to November 15th , sign a 'Limited Privacy Waiver' at the University’s Secretary Office – Scholes Hall, room 103- in order to release your directory information for commencement purposes only.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Selena Salazar at ssalaza2@unm.edu.
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New Student Learning Workshop for College of Arts & Sciences Students
Do you have an A&S New Student Learning (NSL) Workshop hold? Attend the NSL Workshop facilitated by A&S/AISS Liaison Nita Kelly, hosted at AISS (1119 Mesa Vista Hall) on Thursday, November 14 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This will be a working session - bring a laptop or tablet to participate in this interactive workshop. All new students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to attend this workshop in their first semester. Registration can be completed by signing up for a “Group” advisement appointment via LoboAchieve - search Jessica Becenti at AISS. If you have questions, contact Jessica via email at jessbecenti@unm.edu or stop by AISS Front Desk.
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University Libraries Satellite Outreach Services (SOS)
Stop by the Mesa Vista Hall Foyer near El Centro, AISS, and AASS on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11am to 3pm to get personalized research help from librarians.
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2020 Miss Indian UNM Fall Interest Meeting

Interested in learning what it takes to be the next Miss Indian UNM? Attend a Fall Interest Meeting on Friday, November 15 from 2:00-3:00PM at Indigenous Nations Library Program (Zimmerman 2nd floor), leading up to the application deadline, January 31st. Learn about the Pageant process and meet with the current Miss Indian UNM & the MIUNM Coordinator:
 
For more information check out the @msndnunm Facebook Event or contact MIUNM Coordinator Ashley Tso at aftso@unm.edu or stop by/call American Indian Student Services at 505.277.6343
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Call for Designs for a New UNM Seal
The University Seal is used in the most formal expressions of the University's identity, and as such must represent our traditions, culture and aspirations for the future. The Division of Equity and Inclusion is leading a campus committee-led effort to develop a new seal design for UNM that encompasses these distinctive attributes. The committee is now taking design submissions and will then provide an opportunity for campus community input before forwarding the recommended design to the President and Regents. For more information, visit SEALDESIGN.UNM.EDU or email unseal@unm.edu. Deadline for Seal Design submission is November 15, 2019.     
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College Horizons Native Speaker Series

Students are invited to the College Horizons Native Speakers Series hosted by Indigenous Nations Library Program and College Horizons Scholars. A series of successful Native American Scholars, Business Owners, and Professionals will give insight on their professional development and career perspectives.
- Sarah Hernandez, Ph. D., (Assistant Professor of Native American Literature, UNM Executive Director, Oak lake Writer Society) & Melanie Yazzie, Ph. D., (Assistant Professor, UNM Native American Studies and American Studies) on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm in the Frank Waters Room-Zimmerman Library.

- Joseph Aguilar, Ph.D., (Independent Researcher Focusing on Archaeology of the North American West) on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the SUB Mirage/Thunderbird Room.

Dinner will be provided. Door prizes are available for UNM students. All events are open to the UNM Community. Please rsvp to scholars@collegehorizons.org
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Meet with a Peace Corps Recruiter
Lobos! Are you interested in making a difference in the world? Do you want to be challenged and grow as a person? Visit with a Peace Corps recruiter to learn about their unique opportunities.

Information Table at Study Abroad Fair
Tuesday, November 19th 2019
10:00 am – 2 pm
Student Union Building (SUB)
Please register HERE
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Volunteers Needed: Mobile Lobo Food Pantry
Join AISS and the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center at the Mobile Lobo Food Pantry on Friday, November 22, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the UNM South Parking Lot. Volunteers are needed to assist with Set-up, Distribution, & Clean-Up. Sign up at AISS Front Desk (1119 Mesa Vista Hall).
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Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
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Scholarships
Visit http://aiss.unm.edu/pages/private_scholarships.html for a listing of scholarships with November 2019 submission deadlines.  For specific application and guideline information, please visit the links provided. 

- Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Completed application packets for the Morris K. Udall Scholarships are due for the UNM preliminary deadline on November 20, 2019. For application and details, please visit https://nisf.unm.edu/prestigious-scholarships/udall-scholarship/index.html.

- Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance (ONNSFA)
Completed application packets for the Spring 2020 ONNSFA Scholarship are due on  November 25, 2019. For application and guidelines, please visit http://www.onnsfa.org/.

- National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators Scholarship Fund
Completed application packets for the Fall 2019 National Tribal Gaming Commission & Regulators Scholarship are due on  November 30, 2019. For application and guidelines, please visit https://www.ntgcr.com/scholarship.
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UNM Native American Community Reading List
The Center for Native American Health, Indigenous Nations Library Program, and the Health Sciences Center Library & Informatics Center are sharing a survey to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and to create a reading list of books & scholarly articles authored by Indigenous people. If you wish to participate in this survey or to learn more information, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M5L2PSH. If you have question, contact Kevin Brown at azkat07@unm.edu.
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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Are you part of an underrepresented group interested in pursuing a PhD and a career as a professor? Apply for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship - a well-recognized fellowship that provides ethnic minority students majoring in the humanities with mentorship, the tools for research in their fields, and financial support. See mmuf.unm.edu/application for details and to apply. Applications are due December 3, 2019. Contact Kiyoko Simmons at ksimmons@unm.edu or 505-277-0482 for more information.
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AISS Holiday Social

Are you ready for food, fun, festive movies, and a white elephant gift exchange??? American Indian Student Services is hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange as part of the Holiday Social on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 3 PM – 7PM. A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a popular game where the goal is to walk away with the best present. All participants will bring one wrapped gift to contribute and all participants will receive a gift by the end of the game. Please join us for the holiday cheer and share your favorite holiday treat as well!
Participation in the White Elephant Gift Exchange is voluntary - individuals interested in participating in the White Elephant Gift Exchange or sharing their favorite holiday treat must sign up at the AISS Front Desk by Monday, December 2rd. Further details will be explained at the event. 
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AISS Advisement
Need help discussing course options or have other questions about how to have a successful semester?  Stop by AISS Monday through Friday to see an Advisor.  Set up an appointment through LoboAchieve.unm.edu (see below for instructions).  If you are not a current UNM student, appointments are also available by calling 505.277.6343 or by stopping by the AISS Front Desk.  Check out the following link for AISS Advisement resources:  http://aiss.unm.edu/pages/aiss_advisement.html.

HOW TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT
1. Log into LoboAcheive.unm.edu using your UNM NetID and Password – current undergraduate students ONLY.

    • You should see a UNM sign in screen. (If you see the Starfish screen, please clear the web browser’s cache/cookies and try again.)

2. Once you have successfully logged in you will see a Services tab at the left side of the screen.

    • Please click “SEARCH SERVICES
    • Type in “American Indian Student Services
    • Click “Schedule Appointment
    • Use the “Show Advisors” to view either Daniel Begay, Jessica Becenti or Ashley Tso advising hours

3. If the advisor appearing on your screen is the advisor you wish to schedule with, select the appointment time that fits your schedule.
4. Click the time you wish to schedule.
5. Enter the reason for your appointment and select “Schedule”. After this you are done. You will receive an appointment confirmation email that will be sent to your UNM email address.