Alumni Award Recipients

Zimmerman Award

David Allen Hovda

David Allen Hovda is currently the Vice-Chief of Research, Department of Neurosurgery; a Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; the Director of the Brain Injury Research Center as well as the Director of the Neurotrauma Laboratory in the Department of Neurosurgery, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hovda received his BA in Psychology (1979); his MS in Psychobiology (1982); and his PhD in Psychobiology (1985), all from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Postdoctoral Degree in Neurophysiology following his studies at the Mental Retardation Research Center, Neuropsychiatric Institute of UCLA in Los Angeles, California (1987). His honors include the Benjamin Franklin Haught Memorial Award (1985), the Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar Award (1987), the National Head Injury Foundation Young Investigator Award (1991), the Lind Lawrence Eminent Scholar (1992), and recognition for his support of Women in Neurotrauma Research (2006). He is also a member of the International Neurotrauma Society, the National Neurotrauma Society, and Women in Neurotrauma Research. He has also served on several committee assignments with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hovda has an extensive publication history, which includes books, book chapters, abstracts, and presentations throughout his career.

Bernard S. Rodey Award

Michael J. Glennon

Michael J. Glennon served as president of Central New Mexico Community College a/k/a Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, the state's largest and most comprehensive community college. Prior to this position, he served as TVI's interim president for a year, and as vice president for administrative services. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including over 15 years at TVI, eight years at UNM, and four years at the Commission on Higher Education. Glennon was also president of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges. He received the 2001 Zia Award from The University of New Mexico Alumni Association in recognition of his community service. An Albuquerque native, Glennon is a graduate of The University of New Mexico, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.

Erna S. Fergusson Award

Marty Wilson

Marty Wilson taught at Albuquerque Public Schools for almost 20 years and was chosen "Outstanding Teacher" twice. In 1993 Marty made the move to administration, becoming the APS coordinator of Curriculum Outreach. Marty developed and revised the K-12 curriculum in language arts, math, science, PE, health and music; coordinated K-12 music instruction; and directed the district's NCAA compliance. She also coordinated the district's Character Education program, in conjunction with the Character Counts! Program. She became a certified trainer for Character Counts!, conducting workshops across the country. In 1999, Marty lead the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico where she developed a teacher awards program, summer institute, and academy. She also served as the president of the Board of Directors for both the Golden Apple Foundation and the UNM Alumni Association.

Zia Award

Brian Colón

Brian Colón is an amazing non-profit supporter throughout the state benefitting arts, charities, UNM and other programs. charities, UNM and other programs. Brian is a partner with Robles, Rael and Anaya attorneys. He was named State Bar Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2004. He also ran for Lt. Governor. On his resume Brian lists fundraising and politics as his hobbies.

Brian's political career started even before college, at Los Lunas High School: he was student body president, class president, and the representative to the New Mexico and the U.S. Boys Nation. He hit law school at UNM like a whirlwind, serving as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM); ex-officio member of the Board of Regents; and chair of the Student Fee Review Board. At about this time, the Alumni Association met Brian. We were working together with the GPSA to create the Lobo license plate. Brian has been integrally involved with the university ever since.

John Córdova

John Cordova is a quiet, solid supporter of UNM serving on the UNM Foundation Board, and engaged as an UNM Alum. He is also an adroit professional with a long career of public service and excellence in public relations. John organized and managed the Joint Projects Office for the New Mexico Congressional delegation as well as other positions creating new opportunities for New Mexico.

John began his career with the City of Albuquerque where he met City Council candidate Pete Domenici. He appointed John to head a community development department and later, the Model Cities program. When Senator Domenici moved to Washington in 1977, he took John with him to organize and manage the first joint office for the New Mexico Congressional Delegation. Ten years after moving to DC, John returned to Albuquerque joining Hirst Public Relations. In 1997, John bought the company, which would become Cordova Public Relations.

Aileen Garcia

Aileen Garcia is the Golden Apple Award Educator and Champion, as well as an advocate for excellence in education. An educator for 40 years--first as a teacher, then a principal in the public schools, Aileen has since retired but remains an educator, now as a volunteer and community leader. For Aileen, it's not just a career, it's a way of life.

Aileen taught in 14 different public schools in 3 different states, with over 38 years dedicated to education in New Mexico. She taught Spanish, French, Home Economics and Special Education at all levels. She was named New Mexico Home Economics Teacher of the Year in 1985. She was one of the teachers to help plan and open Capital High School in Santa Fe. After earning her master's degree at UNM, she became Principal of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School in Santa Fe.

Governor Richardson appointed her to the Public Education Commission in 2004. There she was instrumental in designing the process to authorize Charter Schools in New Mexico. She was a charter member of Partners in Education, a foundation benefiting all of Santa Fe's primary and secondary schools. She served on the Advancement Committee of the UNM College of Education.

Edward Gonzales

Edward Gonzales is an internationally renowned New Mexican artist, and one of the founders of the Spanish Market in Santa Fe. Edward was born in Los Angeles but moved to Albuquerque at 1 year old to share in his family's history. After three years of studio art at UNM, Edward was drafted into the military, continuing a three-generation family tradition of military service. Returning from Vietnam, Edward completed his BFA in 1971.

Edward's accomplishments are vast: In 2003, the White House exhibited that painting and used the poster on the President's invitation to Hispanic Heritage Month events. He founded the Organization of Hispanic Artists and directed the first Contemporary Hispanic Market, in conjunction with the Traditional Spanish market in Santa Fe. He participated in the New Mexico Public Schools Artist-in-Residence program, creating 28 murals and projects throughout the state. Hillustrated Rudolfo Anaya's beloved children's classic, The Farolitos of Christmas. He would also illustrate its sequel, Farolitos for Abuelo. Edward served as New Mexico's honorary chair for the National Education Association's Read Across America. Albuquerque Public Schools named a new school for him and the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education awarded him the Outstanding Latino Cultural Arts Award for advancing understanding of Hispanic culture.

Rhonda King

Rhonda King is a State Legislator dedicated to education. She is also committed to funding for UNM, CNM, public education and higher education, and always accessible to New Mexicans. She has served District 40—which encompasses portions of Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Torrance Counties—as state representative since 1998. During her 14 years in the House, Rhonda sponsored the Teacher Professional Development Fund, the Teacher Certification Reading Courses Act, and co-sponsored the first Statewide Reading Initiative.

Rhonda is vice-chair of the House Education Committee. She is also a member of the House Appropriations and Finance committee. In 2010, she was appointed chair of Higher Education Subcommittee, which recommends the budget for the state's colleges and universities. Rhonda has worked diligently to preserve higher education funding and to prevent cuts during the economic downturn. She also took the lead in developing a new funding formula for colleges and universities, one that would fund research universities such as UNM equitably.

Baker Morrow

Baker Morrow is a founder of landscape architecture in New Mexico and the Southwest. He has set the standard for landscape architects in our state. Baker is the key person in establishing the Landscape Architecture Degree with the University's School of Architecture. He has also authored many resource books on Southwestern and New Mexican history and landscape design.

For 41 years he and the firm he founded—Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller—have created landscapes that have made our surroundings more beautiful. Among the many notable projects are the Big I, the Lead-Coal corridor, and Balloon Fiesta Park. Along the way, Baker's firm has won more than 110 design awards or citations of excellence. Baker is the first native New Mexican to be named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architecture. Former US Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall presented Baker with the Udall Cultural Landscape Preservation Award for his research on historic landscapes.

In 1975 he began teaching landscape architecture at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. He then became coordinator of a landscape design program. In 1990 he was named Associate Professor—Adjunct of Landscape Architecture. In 2009 he became the University's first Professor of Practice.

Lobo Award

Rosalie Otero

Rosalie Otero is the director and key builder of the UNM Honors Program. She is also the Associate Dean of University College and has coordinated of many interdisciplinary study programs throughout UNM. She is retiring this year. Her major focus is on strengthening the UNM Honors Program and promoting and advancing Honors education for outstanding students everywhere. She is a national leader in the National Collegiate Honors Council (President 2002-2003) as well international work – especially in Latin America.

Faculty Teaching Award

Kathleen Washburn

Kathleen Washburn completed her Ph.D. in English at UCLA. Her research focuses on Native American literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including boarding school narratives, early novels, and Native periodicals. Her publications include "Writing the Indigenous West" for A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (2011) and the forthcoming "New Indians and Indigenous Archives" for a PMLA special section on "The Ethnic Archive." Her current project rethinks new forms of Native writing in relation to discourses of indigenous absence and presence in the assimilation era. Her teaching interests include modern American and Native American fiction and poetry, cultural and gender studies, and southwestern literature. Dr. Washburn continues to seek ways to support her students at UNM. At North Carolina State University, Dr. Washburn received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 1996. In 2008 she received the UCLA Chancellor's Service Award, which goes to a graduate student who has made significant contributions to the community. Dr. Washburn received this award for working with several programs to recruit nontraditional students to UCLA; she also worked for three years with the Community Activities Committee (CAC) of the Program Activities Board.

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