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UNM releases holiday ornament

The official ornament for University of New Mexico features Mesa Vista Hall. (Courtesy of the University of New Mexico)

The official ornament for University of New Mexico features Mesa Vista Hall. (Courtesy of the University of New Mexico)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico has released its official holiday ornament for years.

Past ornaments have included the UNM President’s House, Alumni Chapel, Duck Pond, Zimmerman Library and University Arena “The Pit.”

This year, Jana Fothergill produced an original painting of Mesa Vista Hall for the ornament.

Mesa Vista Hall, designed by the firm of John Gaw Meem and Hugo Zehner, was built in 1950 by Bradbury Construction Company as a 400-man dormitory. During that time, the hall featured many dining rooms along with quarters for the director, dietician, housekeeper and building engineer.

Although the hall hasn’t served as a dormitory for many years, it now holds many UNM Student Services Offices including African-American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, El Centro de La Raza, Africana Studies, the Scholarship Office and many others.

Fothergill has been designing the collectible ornaments for the past seven years.

“I was excited when the parent association told me that this year’s ornament would be Mesa Vista Hall. Not only is it one of our oldest buildings, it’s the source of the UNM logo,” Fothergill said.

Fothergill has more than 30 years experience in illustration and design.

The ornaments cost less than $20 and are available at the UNM Bookstore and bookstore.unm.edu. Proceeds from the ornament sales will benefit the UNM-Parent Association Scholarship Fund.

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