Today Was First Day Of Classes For Fall Semester At UNM- Los Alamos

Professor Maryjane Giesler and her first class of English 1110X: Composition 1, Stretch 1. Photo by Sarah Jimenez/UNM-LA

UNM-LA Students after one of their in-person classes on campus. Photo by Sarah Jimenez/UNM-LA


On Monday, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) welcomed students for the first day of the Fall semester in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes.   

“After experiencing about 18 months of continuing uncertainty related to COVID-19, having students back on campus has been quite nice. We are grateful for each one of our students, as well as UNM-LA faculty and staff who are committed to student success.” said UNM-LA Chancellor Cynthia Rooney.  

UNM-LA has worked to provide a COVID-safe environment for students and faculty meeting on campus. Classes are held in large rooms to be able to space students appropriately, and all classrooms are disinfected after each class session. UNM-LA has masks available for any individuals who may need one. 

On Aug. 13, UNM-LA hosted the first face-to-face New Student Orientation (NSO) in over a year.  The NSO offered campus tours and an introduction to resources, as well as presentations and Q&A time. “This face-to-face event is one of our best tools to help students prepare for success in their first semester, so we were glad to be able to hold it again,” said Grace Willerton, Sr. Student Success Specialist. 

For students who missed NSO, or who were unable to participate in a face-to-face session last year, UNM-LA also hosted a “Welcome Back Day” event last week, including campus tours; info stations in Student Services, Library, and the Cashier’s Office; the same printed resources as the NSO; information on trouble-shooting and preparation for the fall semester; and activities for students to get to know the campus and win some UNM-LA prizes. Over 30 students participated in this new event, and there are plans to host similar events in the future. 

One positive consequence of COVID-19 is that UNM-LA now has been able to increase their ability to serve students in more ways. This includes more hybrid and online classes in addition to the traditional in-person classes, as well as opportunities for both face-to-face and online advising and tutoring services.  

“Welcome to all of our “Pack.” We are looking forward to a great Fall semester! We have an excellent team of advisors and faculty that want nothing more than to make sure you succeed, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any reason.” said Dean of Instruction Paul Allen, Ph.D.  

Late registration for classes is still available. Contact Student Services at (505) 662-5919 for additional information. 

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