Whether you want to just chat with a colleague over some coffee or tea or need more formal networking connections, UNM has various opportunities around campus.


This is the main sitting space at Dane Smith Hall. Here faculty and students can meet up to learn or work casually. Photo by Raneem Ramadan / Advance at UNM

Coffee and food places on campus

See this list of places to nourish your body and mind.

Here are a few popular sites around campus: 


Starbucks at Zimmerman Library

Monday – Friday

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Draft & Table at the SUB

The University’s first pub opened in 2018 has its menu and hours listed here.


Einstein Bros. Bagels, Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building; Number 55 on the campus map.

Monday – Friday 

7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

A setting in the Student Union Building where students and faculty can sit and eat while learning or working. Photo by Raneem Ramadan / Advance at UNM


Mercado Market at Dane Smith

Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM 

Friday 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM




Monthly faculty Lightning Lounge events 


The Faculty Lightning Lounge occurs from 4-5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month during the academic year, September-November and February-April. Four speakers have seven minutes to talk about an interesting aspect of their research, scholarship, creative work, teaching, or outreach. There is time for questions. This event is a collaboration between Academic Affairs, OVPR, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and ADVANCE at UNM. See replays of past Lightning Lounge events here.

Check our events calendar for information on the next Lightning Lounge.

Want to volunteer to present at the lounge for next year? Contact Bill Stanley (apfaculty at unm dot edu) or Julia Fulghum (jfulghum at unm dot edu).


Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities through the Grand Challenges


UNM’s Grand Challenges program is a way for people across campus to unite and work on a common project. This year’s topics include Successful Aging, Sustainable Water Resources and Substance Use Disorders. 


As part of the program, faculty can attend occasional interdisciplinary research discussions.

Read more here.


UNM faculty experts directory


Need to connect with other faculty with specific expertise? Thinking about trying to network with new colleagues? See UNM’s experts directory.

See past Faculty Lightning Lounge networking events

The faculty Lightning Lounge is sponsored by Advance at UNM, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research.