Alumni Award Recipients


Zimmerman Award

Gustavus Simmons

Gustavus Simmons is a retired cryptographer and former manager of the Applied Mathematics Department and Senior Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. He has worked primarily with authentication theory. He began his post-secondary education at Deep Springs College, and he received his Ph.D in mathematics from The University of New Mexico. Simmons has published more than 170 papers, many of which are devoted to asymmetric encryption techniques. His technical contributions include the development of subliminal channels for use in digital signatures. He is also the creator of the Ramsey/graph theory-based mathematical game Sim.

Bernard S. Rodey Award

Orcilia Zúñiga-Forbes

Orcilia Zúñiga-Forbes was the vice president for University Advancement at Oregon State University and is now retired. She was also an administrator at Portland State University and serves as a Trustee of the Meyer Memorial Trust. She earned her BS degree in Nursing from UNM, and her MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon, and an M.P.H. degree from UC-Berkeley. Zúñiga-Forbes is a long time donor to UNM's College of Nursing and the College of Arts & Sciences. Zúñiga-Forbes served in the capacity of VP Institutional Advancement at UNM in 1996. Her involvement in community affairs and cause-related work is distinguished by her participation on the board of the Hispanic Cultural Foundation, the National Science Coalition Management Team, the American Leadership Forum in Oregon, the World Forestry Center and the Providence Health System. Zúñiga-Forbes is one of the newest members of the UNM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Erna S. Fergusson Award

George Friberg

George Friberg is the senior director of Technology Ventures Corporation and has been involved in technology business endeavors for most of his career as an engineer, manager and executive. He has senior management experience in space, satellite, and missile electronics manufacturing; voice communications and remote control systems for use in steel production and mining applications. Friberg sits on the UNM Foundation Board of Trustees and is an Adjunct Professor for Anderson Schools of Management. He has been actively involved in the UNM Lettermen and Lobos for Legislation committees and is a Past President of the Alumni Association and a recipient of the Association's Zia Award in 1998. Friberg received his MBA from UNM in 1983 and his BSME (Mechanical Engineering) in 1962.

Zia Award

Herman Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) MA '69

Author, activist and Tribal Leader, Herman has worked since the mid-1960s to preserve tribal cultural traditions. He has kept Native language, ceremonies, dance and the built environment relevant for younger generations. Agoyo is a lifetime member of San Juan Pueblo Tribal Council for his four terms as lieutenant governor, and as governor in 1992. Other leadership posts include chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council, and co-founder and executive director of Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council's art sand crafts show. In 2004, he received the Spirit of the Heard Museum Award and helped place a statue of Pueblo Revolt leader Po'Pay in Washington, D.C.'s Statutory Hall. He is active in the Ohkay Owingeh Senior Olympics and publishes poetry and articles.

Gene Baca (Albuquerque) BS '82

Gene Baca is Senior Vice President of Bueno Foods and President and co-founder of the New Mexico Chile Association. Under his leadership and vision, he has cultivated a corporate culture that emphasizes educational and job opportunities in the workplace. The company has been progressive, especially for its size, in implementing employee participation programs, safety programs and providing educational and advancement opportunities to its employees. Gene created a vision for his company that encompasses a set of core values and beliefs including ethics, innovation, contribution and responsibility. All goals and strategies at every level are set based on the company's purpose to have a positive influence on people's lives by producing high quality products, providing job opportunities, and through community service.

Gary King (Moriarty) JD '83

Gary King is currently the New Mexico Attorney. Dr. King attended law school at The University of New Mexico, where he received his J.D. In 1984, Gary formed the law firm of King and Stanley in Moriarty, where he carried out the general practice of law. In 1990, he assumed the position of Corporate General Counsel and Senior Environmental Scientist with Advanced Sciences, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Gary served for 12 years in the New Mexico State Legislature. During 10 years as the Chairman of the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, Gary used his leadership position to work vigorously on health care, environmental and civil rights issues. In 1998, Gary became the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. Within a year, he became the Department's Director of the Office of Worker and Community Transition. While at the DOE, he developed and implemented a program fostering cooperation between federal, state, local and Native American governments to enhance cleanup activities. As Attorney General, Gary spearheaded the effort to get legislation passed that, for the first time, made it a felony crime to engage in the practice of human trafficking. Attorney General King has been a long-time active participant in his local community and has given his time and expertise to many statewide positions. He has served as President of his Rotary Club and Chair of the Manzano District of the Boy Scouts of America. Gary has served as the Chair of the Legal Services Committee of the New Mexico State Bar Association; as a Domestic Violence Special Commissioner and served as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children in the Seventh Judicial District. He was also the Chairman of the New Mexico Mining Commission and served on the Environmental Advisory Board to the Federal Aviation Administration. Additionally, Dr. King was of counsel with Law and Resource Planning Associates, one of New Mexico's most respected water and natural resource law firms.

Carolyn Ramos (Albuquerque) JD '00

Born New York, New York, January 25, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, New Mexico, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Education: Middlebury College (B.A., 1993); University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 2000). Recipient: Lewis Sutin Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy; National Association of Women Lawyers Award; Faculty Award for Honors in Clinical Law. Member, Medical Review Commission, Lawyers Leadership Institute. Member: Hispanic National Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors). Languages: Spanish. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Medical Malpractice Defense; Product Liability; Trucking Law; Transportation.

Brian Sanderoff (Albuquerque) BA '77

Brian is the President of Research & Polling, Inc., New Mexico's largest survey research company, specializing in market research, public opinion policing and demographic analysis. For the past 25 years, Brian has served as an advisor to many of New Mexico's leaders in both the private and public secotrs. Research & Polling, Inc. serves New Mexico's leading corporate and non-profit organizations including Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Intel, PNM, Centex Homes, Rodey Law Firm, Sandia Natioanl Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. On the marketing side fo the business, Research & Pollign works closely with New Mexico's premier advertising agencies, public relations firms and planners to measure advertising effectiveness and refine marketing campaigns and messages. Resarch & Polling, Inc. also consults with all three branches of state government and provides demographic services to city, county and state government agencies. Research & Polling, Inc. has conducted all the public opinion and election polls for the Albuquerque Journal and is nationally regarded for tis record of accuracy. Brain Sanderoff is also the on-air election analysit for KOAT TV Channel 7 and has made apperances on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and the Jim Lehrer News Hour.

Kathie Winograd (Albuquerque) EdD '07

Dr. Katharine W. Winograd was elected as the Central New Mexico Community College president, the state's leading community college and second-largest postsecondary institution on July 1, 2007. Dr. Winograd is the first female president of the college. Before being elevated to president, Dr. Winograd was vice president for the Planning and Budget division, where she provided exceptional leadership in upholding and advancing CNM's strong reputation for fiscal responsibility. She is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico higher education community and a strong proponent for student success, educational reform, educational collaboration and building stronger partnerships with business and community organizations. Within the first two months of her presidency, Dr. Winograd led CNM into a memorandum of agreement with The University of New Mexico that set the stage for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. In recognition of this historical New Mexico higher education breakthrough, Dr. Winograd and UNM President David Schmidly were jointly honored with the Olympic Spirit of Collaboration Award from Special Olympics New Mexico for their "exemplary leadership through innovative collaboration." Dr. Winograd serves on the board of directors for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central New Mexico and The University of New Mexico Alumni Association. She also serves on the Presidents Task Team for the Continuous Quality Improvement Network.

Lobo Award

Debbie Morris (Albuquerque) BABA '77, MAPA '90

The Student Activities Center (SAC) oversees the chartering process of all student organizations, assists student organizations so they properly spend their funds through the Student Government Accounting Office, organizes the recognition reception and other student awards programs, advises ASUNM (the undergraduate student government body), GPSA (the graduate student government body), and fraternities and sororities. The SAC also helps organize and implement numerous campus activities such as Homecoming and Welcome Back Days.

Faculty Teaching Award

Susan Tiano

Susan Tiano is a professor and chair of Sociology at UNM. She earned a Ph.D. in 1979 from Brown University, with a specialization in the Sociology of Development. Her work focuses on gender and development, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of capitalism, economic restructuring, and globalization on women's lives and gender roles and identities. Tiano spent two decades working on women maquiladora workers in Mexico, research published in her book, "Patriarchy on the Line (Temple, 1994)" and various other book chapters and journal articles.

Aluminaria Award Winners

Celebrates UNM alumni who make the world a better, brighter place – individuals who go out of their way to help others. Their acts may be small but they are inspirational. We take pride in these alumni and want to thank them -- the Aluminarios who make life shine.

  • Elaine Foreman, '76 BSNU: For her unmatched dedication to and countless hours of volunteering at Sandia High School.
  • John "Jay" Heck III, '63 BSCE: For his unflagging involvement in Kiwanis efforts to better his community.
  • Betty Lane, '75 BAED: For hard work on and sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity houses, especially in Guatemala.
  • Donna Navarrete, '98 BA, '05 PhD: For believing so strongly in the power of education, that she left a successful career to become a teacher.
  • Frank Sedillo, '82 BBA, '87 JD: For donating the dollars he makes in officiating weddings to UNM scholarship funds, as well as being an outstanding UNM Alumni Lettermen's Association volunteer.
  • Glojean Todacheene, '78 BSHE, '84 MA: For her years of serving as a leader, educator, and role model in the Navajo Nation.
  • Stacy Washington, '01 BBA: For going beyond classroom teaching to instill pride in his students for their diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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