It's been a crazy ride this year, I cannot believe this is my last
newsletter to you all, but I leave you in very capable hands. Your new
newsletter is called "BUGS Talk" and
you should have already seen one in your mailbox
today. Please don't ignore the information as it has all of the
information on the end of the year party and will be your source for
information throughout the upcoming school year.
Before I give you the election
results, I just wanted to thank everyone who took some time to vote and
run. Our group would not be as successful as it is, if it wasn’t for the
dedication of our board of officers and chairs.
Here are the election results for the 2013-14 school year:
Co-Presidents: April Chavez & Estrella
Vice President: Alex Clark
Secretary: Amy Adams
Communications: Carol Deaton
Fundraising Chair: Michelle Sandoval
Fun Chair: April Chavez
Departmental Relations Chair: Angie Swanson
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for a position,
you still have time to do so at the beginning of the school year. We
will need to fill the Community Service Chair, and if there’s an
interest, PGMP (pre-graduate mentoring
program) chair and Journal Club Chair.
Congratulations everyone! It looks like next year is going to be fantastic, a lot of
Also, there is still time to purchase tickets for our
KAPLAN Raffle this Friday. We really
didn’t sell a lot of tickets this year, so the odds of winning are in
your favor if you choose to buy some tickets. I have some if you’re
interested and I’d be more than happy to meet you
on campus to sell you some. They are $2 each or 3 for $5.
I hope to see you at the end of the year
Primarily, I would like to honor Ann Stevenson, my predecessor in the
communications officer position; her devoted service was outstanding
much appreciated. Upon Ann’s graduation this may, I would like to
introduce myself, Carol, as
the new communications officer for the 2013-2014 school year.
BUGS End of Year Party
The BUGS end of the year party is upcoming. Please come join us for free food and celebrate BUGS’s supporters.
When: Friday May 3, 2013
From 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Where: Castetter Courtyard
Good luck with finals everyone!
Thank you all,
Just a quick reminder, we're having our bake sale on Friday April 26th from 10-2 in the
SUB in the lower level. We will be selling Kaplan
Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3/$5 along with baked goods. The raffle
will be held on May 3rd, you do not need to be present to win. Kaplan
Scholarship to be used for any Kaplan Test Prep, such as GRE, MCAT, PCAT,
Please come out and support BUGS and buy your raffle tickets!
BUGS Point Alert: If you can donate time
and baked goods, please contact April at email@example.com
everyone for the odd newsletter day. A special shout out
and thank you to Albert for filling in for me earlier this week! It was
just one of those crazy busy weeks. I hope things are going well for
all of you.
Don’t forget, next
Friday April 27th is our
– April needs our help with baked goods at our last bake sale of the
semester, so let’s make it BIG. Also, we will be selling raffle tickets
Kaplan Scholarship, the drawing will be held on Friday, May 3rd at the BUGS end of the year party. Tickets are $2 each or
3 for $5. If you’d like to buy some more tickets, Friday April 27th is your chance.
Please, join us on
Monday April 22nd for the planting of two
trees on campus; one is at Woodward Hall and the other is at Santa Clara Hall.
For those of you interested in
the lead arborist on campus will be doing a demonstration about how to
prep a tree before putting it in the ground. This will be at our first
site Woodward Hall (east side by the SUB) around
9:40ish Monday morning, April 22nd.
The second tree site is Santa Clara Hall (West side) at 1, but we’d like to meet around
12:45ish to take a group picture with whomever from BUGS would like to be present.
April will bring her camera to help us document this historic event at
UNM. We will be putting the pictures on our Facebook page, and we’d like
to try to get as many of us there as possible show UNM that we really
are the 2nd
largest group on campus and show our dedication as biology undergrads.
And you can say, “I was there that day.” A special shout out and thanks
goes out to SEEDS for making this happen.
A quick break down:
Woodward Hall 9:40 am - with lead arborist, how to plant trees and BUGS members
Santa Clara Hall 12:45 pm - with April to take pictures with BUGS and document this historic event
Are you interested in
There’s a group of students looking to start a school club based on all things
bees. They are holding an information session on
Tuesday, April 23 from 10 – 12 noon at a booth in the SUB
to see if there’s enough interested to proceed with the group (Weather
permitting for transport there will be an awesome observation hive
at the table). . If chartered, the club aims to put a couple hives at
safe locations on campus and spread bee and pollinator awareness and wants to team up with other organizations on campus
that may be interested.
In order to give
everyone a chance to vote, we are putting together an election online,
you should be seeing this email this week. If you are interested in
applying for one of the many positions for BUGS
please send me a little blurb on why you think you’re the best
candidate so we can share that with our members.
https://sites.google.com/site/unmbiologyundergraduatesociety/home/officers (for a
list of positions available).
BUGS gives students
the opportunity to hang out doing cool things with like minded
individuals. Being a BUGS officer helps you gain important
skill sets, leadership and organization experience, not to mention that
being a member looks excellent on your CV. Not to mention it’s a great opportunity to be a part of a great community on campus of friends.
BUGS Point Alert:
We would like everyone to
please participate in the election process and to sweeten the pot; you
will earn a BUGS point just for casting your vote. If you’ve been busy
and haven’t had time to make your membership commitment, voting can help you remain active.
You'll be hearing from me soon with the election poll information.
Albert here. Ann's a little swamped by the time of semester that we're currently experiencing. You'll hear from her soon. She just wanted me to get a few things out sooner, so here I am!
First, for those of you who missed the reminder email or don't want to dig through your inboxes, SPRING STORM is the Saturday (April 20) from 9:45am to 2:00pm. All those who are interested or have questions should contact our community service chair, Alex Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) by tomorrow.
Second, as I mentioned in the last general meeting, we're trying to figure out an alternative avenue for elections this year. As such, we're currently searching still and the official election date is still uncertain. Watch out for an email regarding elections in the near future (but yes, that means that we won't be having a physical meeting for elections). Along those lines, that also means that you have more time to contemplate becoming an officer for next year!
Also , we're having a BAKE SALE next Friday (April 26) from 10am to 2pm. We would really appreciate some help with the event, especially since it's the last one of the school year. If you can (wo)man the table, or provide baked goods, please let April Chavez (email@example.com) know.
Remember, if you're looking into taking a Kaplan course and thought: "shoot, this is really pricy", we're offering two full scholarships based on participation. So if you do all four hours of the bake sale and made large quantities of baked goods, you may be able to beat the current leader!
In addition to those, we are also selling raffle tickets for a full scholarship towards a Kaplan course. Tickets are $2 each and 3 for $5. So there's another way to get your test preparation paid for! let your friends know.
Finally, UNM is hosting the Shared Knowledge Conference this week (April 16-18) in the SUB. There's a conglomeration of subjects that will be presented at the conference. If you're in the SUB, stop by the conference and you might find something cool!
I'm under the impression that there will be more details on the haps in BUGS in the Official Newsletter.
I hope everyone had a great week. The time seems to
be flying by so fast. For those of you who missed the meeting last week
for the BIOM 410 class, but wanted to sign up for the class, email me, I
have more information.
THIS Friday April 12th
BUGS POINT(S) ALERT: Does anyone want to earn some points by helping with a tour of middle schoolers at 11:00am this coming Friday, (April 12th)?
Shannon (our advisor) needs about 4-5 tour leaders. Please contact Shannon McCoy-Hays at
firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Middle School Tour Guide”
in the subject line. **Every hour worked is worth one BUGS Point.
There's still a lot of points to be earned this school year and you
still have a chance at winning a scholarship so please don't be shy and
Also, this Friday (April 12th) is our General Meeting, 12 noon - in the SUB - Isleta (3rd Floor) Room
Kaplan will be at our meeting discussing the Do's and Don'ts of Grad School Admissions. They will cover the details of the application
and admissions process for student's pursuing graduate school. Kaplan will discuss the admissions exams and their role in the admissions
process. We will also be selling raffle tickets at $2 each or 3/$5 for a
full Kaplan scholarship, every ticket comes with a scratcher with a prize, so everyone’s a winner.
a doodle poll for the potential date/time of our special Election
Meeting, please take a few moments to fill it out no later than
Sunday April 14th, so I have time
to tally the votes and turn around the date/time of the election. The
special election will be on either Tuesday or Thursday April 16 or 18
on your votes. We want you to be able to come because this is your chance to
exercise your right to vote
nominate yourself (or be nominated) for a position next school year.***Remember to be able to vote you need to be a BUGS member, so please, if you haven’t filled out an application, please do so before
You do NOT have to be running to go to this meeting. It’s a great opportunity to VOTE for your new officers and chairs and mingle with other
BUGS members. Being a member of BUGS is about making friends, so please come and show your support and make some friends.
PLANT A TREE and be a part of UNM’s history for years to come – Monday April 22nd
The ecology group, Lobo SEEDS has given us the opportunity to become part of UNM’s history.
SEEDS is getting help from the lead arborist on campus, and will
be planting 10 trees. The trees will be planted the week of Earth Day
and Arbor Day, April 22-26. Thanks to SEEDS generosity BUGS will be a
part of the celebration and hosting a planting
on Monday April 22nd to plant two of these trees around 12
noon-ish. Come out and become a part of your school’s history and
support BUGS. -- Actual tree planting location and times will be posted
here in your Official Newsletter.
BUGS Bake Sale
The next BUGS bake sale will be on
Friday 26th of April, time and location will be announced once I know more. This would be a great opportunity to earn BUGS points, and buy some
Kaplan Raffle tickets.
I guess that’s all I have for you this week. I hope
to see some of you at the General Meeting on Friday and even more of
you at the Special Election Meeting (don't forget to fill out the
I hope everyone is enjoying
our beautiful blooming
campus. It seems like all of a sudden it’s spring. By the way, I wanted
to thank everyone for the positive feedback from the last newsletter
and more specifically the BIOM 410 research class. I’m glad to know that
you’re reading the newsletter.
BIOM 410: Research in Medical Sciences Class:
Question and answer session is being held tomorrow
April 3rd from 5p-6p in Mitchell 101,
this is the building that’s located to the east of Zimmerman library.
Bring your interested friends!
Research Day – Thursday and Friday April 4th & 5th
Come out and show your
support to your biology colleagues
and friends at this year’s research day. You can finally take a small
look into some of the fantastic research going on in our department.
Also, Dr. Scott Edwards (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary
Biology, and Department of Ornithology, Museum of
Comparative Zoology Labs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) is our
keynote speaker for Research Day – Friday, April 5.
Dr. Edwards will speak on "Genomes, Feathers and
Flight: Comparative Genomics of Birds and Other Reptiles” at 4PM (April 5) in 103 Regner Hall (Physics) For more information on Research day:
Kaplan Course Raffle:
Thanks to our continued support and partnership with
Kaplan we will be raffling off
a KAPLAN test prep course that
can be used towards any Kaplan test prep, GRE, MCAT, NCLEX, PCAT, LSAT, etc. Tickets are being sold for $2
each or 3 tickets for $5 and the drawing
will be held on May 3rd.
****Currently you can purchase tickets from Albert our
BUGS President, our General Meeting April
12th, and at our next Bake
Sale later this month.
BUGS General Meeting: April 12th 12 Noon:
be at our meeting discussing the Do's and Don'ts of Grad School
Admissions. They will cover the details of the application and
admissions process for student's pursuing graduate school.
will discuss the admissions exams and their role in the admissions
process. We're meeting in the Isleta Room at the SUB (3rd Floor).
Sustainability Film Series:
UNM's Sustainability Expo and Lobo Growers' Market
for their Food Film Series on Wednesday’s, is continuing this week. Tomorrow April 3rd, they're showing To Market To Market To Buy a Fat Pig at Noon in Mitchell Hall Room 101. See link for more information on the films in the coming weeks. Also bring
a reusable mug and they'll provide the beverages. https://abqstew.wordpress.com/2013-film-series/
Start thinking about what
positions you might be
interested in running for the next school year. We will have a special
meeting for our elections, to be announced soon. Here is the link to our
list of positions: https://sites.google.com/site/unmbiologyundergraduatesociety/home/elections
It looks like it’s going to be yet another busy week
on campus, but we’ll see each other in about 10 days at the General Meeting.
In the mean time, make it great!
I just wanted to thank everyone for their participation for making
Wolf Fest a success this year,
whether you stopped by for a few minutes or stayed for the whole thing -
you helped us make it bigger and better than it was last year. So thank
you! If you haven’t seen our Facebook page recently,
you should check it out to see all of the wonderful pictures posted by
our members from the event. Here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/57722247015/ Also, this is another
incredibly long email but again there's a lot of good information in
here, so I hope you'll take the time to read it.
BIOM 410: Research in Medical Sciences Class:
I just found out about a great opportunity to meet
with some doctor’s about a class that will be open to Juniors, Seniors,
and Post-Bacs who have successfully completed CHEM 301. There is no
official GPA requirement and the class will require
regular job shadowing and patient screening shifts in UNMH's Emergency
This is a great course for pre-medical students who
are in desperate need of both research and clinical experience. Dr.
Femling MD, Phd is the official instructor for the course but he will be
accompanied by Dr. Alcock, Dr. Seidenberg,
and Dr. Crandall in the delivery of the content of the course.
The class will be listed as BIOM 410: Research in Medical Sciences,
and a couple of the professors would like to have a question and answer
session with us. Now, with doctors being doctors they are busy
but have some free time in their schedules to meet with us
NEXT WEDNESDAY APRIL 3rd, after 4pm. We do not
have a meeting location as of yet but as soon as we establish it with
them I will send it out via the listserv – this sounds like an
incredible opportunity so please tell your friends who
you think might be interested.
Kaplan Course Raffle:
Thanks to our continued support and partnership with Kaplan we will be
raffling off a KAPLAN test prep course that can be used towards any Kaplan test prep, GRE, MCAT, NCLEX, PCAT, LSAT, etc. Tickets are being sold for
$2 each or 3 tickets for $5 and the drawing will be held on May 3rd.
Currently you can purchase tickets from
Albert our BUGS President, our General Meeting April 12th, and at our next
Bake Sale in April.
We had talked about hosting a bake sale this week,
however after all of the hard work by all of our officers, chairs, and
Wolf Fest we decided to postpone it
until next month. We will let you know when we figure out a new date and
when we need help with baked goods. And when the
Kaplan Raffle tickets will be available.
Next General Meeting: April 12th
Kaplan will be
at our meeting discussing the Do's and Don'ts of Grad School Admissions.
They will cover the details of the application and admissions process
for student's pursuing graduate school. They
will also discuss the admissions exams and their role in the admissions
process. So mark your calendars for this informative meeting.
Location will be announced as the meeting gets closer.
Sustainability Film Series:
Looking for something to do? Why not join UNM's
Sustainability Expo and Lobo Growers' Market for their Food Film Series
on Wednesday’s, starting this week. Tomorrow March 27th they’re showing
Food Fight, Revolution Never Tasted so Good at 5:30pm in Mitchell Hall Room 102. And on Wednesday April 3rd, they're showing
To Market To Market To Buy a Fat Pig at Noon in Mitchell
Hall Room 101. See link for more information on the films in the coming
weeks. Also bring a reusable mug and they'll provide the beverages.
Net Impact Challenge for UNM Sustainability:
is a website where members from various Universities around the nation
report sustainable actions. Points are then awarded to the University,
and the University then receives a Sustainability
ranking. UNM is signed up as part of this challenge, but only a few
people are signed up right now. Our campus already reached a ranking of
19 out of 68 schools with just a few people reporting sustainable
actions, so if other people join the cause we might
just reach first place. Here is the link to sign up:
Please sign up! It doesn't take much to earn points. Even if you earn
only a few points, it will help a lot. I signed up and earned us 25
points and all I did was sign up and wash my clothes in cold water. We
have until April 28th to complete the
challenge, so there’s still time to make a difference.
thinking about what positions you might be interested in running for the
next school year. A lot of us are graduating and we need good members
to take over the reigns. We will have a special
meeting for our elections, to be announced later. Here's a link to the
list of positions we have:
Please take a moment to consider how you'd like to step up while making
a bunch of new friends and network for your future as biologists,
doctors, and pharmacists. And let's not forget how good it looks on you
CV. The Special Election Meeting will be announced
here in your Official BUGS Newsletter.
was another long newsletter, thanks for those of you who made it to the
end with me. Have a great week and I’ll talk to you soon.
I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! I got some much needed
rest and a few chores done around the house, so I'm ready to push
through the last half of the semester, and I hope you are, too.
This Friday March 22nd is Wolf Fest 2013!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brought to you by both The Wilderness Alliance and BUGS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please stop by and support the festivities in Smith Plaza (this is the
space between Zimmerman Library and Humanities) and learn about wolves
as well as see a wolf (hybrid) from the Wolf Spirit Sanctuary from 10am -
2pm, and learn more about our mascot, the
. Also, the author Jane Lindskold will be back for another book signing (http://us.macmillan.com/author/janelindskold)
along with many other groups, like the ABQ Zoo and activities including a
dunk tank (hmmm I wonder who we will be dunking?).
The purpose of this event is to bring public awareness about the plight of the Mexican Grey Wolves
. How can we call ourselves the
and not understand the real
conditions facing these wolves? This is an issue that most biologists
care about because it's not a political issue, rather it IS simple
biology. It's an event that shouldn't be missed, besides
it'll be sunny and a warm 68 degrees. So please come out and bring some friends
to join us for some education & fun and support our
Also, tune in to the Edge and 94 Rock this Thursday morning (March 21st)
to hear more about the upcoming event from the Wolf Spirit Sanctuary to
talk about their beautiful animals, so you can get a preview of what to
And for those of you who are looking for a part time job on campus:
is hiring part-time Campus
Representatives at UNM. They are looking for students who are available
to work 5-10 hours/week. The work hours are flexible and the pay is
$10/hr. For students interested in learning
more, visit http://bit.ly/unmkaplanrep
view the job description and apply. For questions, call Rachael Ochoa
See you at Wolf Fest!
Are you almost ready for Spring Break? It’ll be here soon, I
promise, but in the mean time here are a few events you might find
is co-hosting a "Pizza and Posters" party with graduate resource center tomorrow Tuesday March 5th from 10:00-noon
at the History Commons Room (Mesa Vista Hall), if any BUGS
members are interested in attending. It is an opportunity for students
preparing for presentations to come and receive feedback on their
posters (or other
presentations) before printing final drafts. If the presentation is
still in progress, the student only needs to bring a copy of the
presentation on a flashdrive and we provide the projectors and laptops.
The students are welcome to come at any time during
the event to get feedback and/or to provide feedback. See flyer posted below for
Our General Meeting will be held this Friday March 8th at 12 noon in the
SUB Scholars room (3rd Floor). Learn about upcoming events, and we will be hosting
IMSD and MARC, this is a really nice and informal
opportunity to learn about these programs. If you know anyone who's
interested about these programs who aren't BUGS members please send them our way.
Refreshments will be served. Be there or be
(you fill in the blank) square? hungry? sad? lonely? (Maybe the last two will be me if you don't come?)
Kaplan is hiring part-time Campus Representatives at UNM.
They are looking for students who are available to work 5-10 hours/week.
The work hours are flexible and the pay is $10/hr. For students
interested in learning more, visit http://bit.ly/unmkaplanrep to
view the job description and apply. For questions, call Rachael Ochoa at 505-870-5985.
And the announcement you’ve all been waiting for…
Wolf Fest is coming on Friday March 22nd!
Stay tuned to your official newsletter for more information.