Alumni Award Recipients

James F. Zimmerman Award

David Campbell (MPA '81, JD '86)

Campbell has had a long and distinguished career filled with contributions to the community, New Mexico, the University and the world. Following service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, he worked as special assistant to Mayor Harry Kinney, as the chief city attorney for Mayor Louis Saavedra, and as the chief administrative officer for Mayor Richard Berry, as well as an attorney in private practice. Campbell chaired the UNM School of Public Administration Advisory Board, and chaired the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum Board. After a lifetime of service to New Mexico, Campbell joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2011. He served as Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and as Political Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and Seychelles. Currently, Campbell is serving as East Africa Affairs Desk Officer at U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Campbell has been extensively involved in civic affairs in New Mexico. He chaired the Good Government Group from 1986-92; chaired numerous government and ethics reform efforts, including the effort to combine city and county governments; and led the City Charter Review Task Force. Campbell has served on the boards of the United Way, Economic Forum, Golden Apple Foundation and the Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Bernard S. Rodey Award

Loren Kieve (JD '73)

Kieve practices law in San Francisco. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and, for the fifteenth year in a row, as one of the top "Super Lawyers" in the Bay Area. Kieve is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and has held ABA leadership positions since 1987. He is a director and past co-chair of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. He previously was on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California. He attended Stanford and has law degrees from Oxford University and the University of New Mexico.

Kieve chairs the board of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe as a U.S. Presidential appointee. During Kieve's terms as chair, the IAIA built its first campus, greatly expanded its campus and curriculum, renovated and expanded its Museum and is embarking on a new Performing Arts Center. Kieve chairs the National Advisory Board of Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He has been inducted into Stanford's Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame.

Erna S. Fergusson Award

Stephen Ciepiela (BA '77, MPA '80)

President of Charles Stephen, a firm he co-founded in 1983, Ciepiela is at the helm of one of the oldest and largest independent financial planning firms in New Mexico. One of the first 75 Certified Financial Planners in the United States, he has been a recipient of many honors and awards including being chosen by his peers in a special issue of "Money Magazine" as one of the top 200 financial planners in the country and named in "Wealth Manager Magazine" as one of the top wealth managers in the United States. Ciepiela also is a successful author, writing "When A Partner Dies." Currently, he is writing "Going Part Time – The New Exit Strategy."

Ciepiela received an athletic scholarship to UNM where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. A valued member of the UNM Alumni Association for more than 34 years, Ciepiela has served in many capacities including association president in 2002. He has also served as a board member, and president in 1988, of the Alumni Letterman. Ciepiela has received the Alumni Association's Zia Award, New Mexico Business Weekly's Top Performing CEO Award, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Harry E. Kinney Good Neighbor Award, and a Community Inspiration Award for his work with Roadrunner Food Bank.

Higher Education Distinguished Legislator Award

Senator Jacob Candelaria

Senator Jacob Candelaria was first elected in 2012 and has quickly risen to leadership positions within the Senate. At the time, he was the youngest person to be elected to the NM Legislature and he continued to serve his district while attending UNM Law School. He graduated from the law school in the spring of 2016 and was admitted to the NM Bar later that year. Senator Candelaria is the Caucus Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and is currently a member of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee.

During the 2017 legislative Session, Senator Candelaria sponsored SB149, Crime Victim and Witness Confidentiality. This bill would provide protection for the identity of victims and witness of sexual assault/sexual violence from New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). Currently, personal information of victims of a crime are not protected under IPRA. Senator Candelaria was characterized by the Press in numerous articles as trying to help institutions, such as UNM, hide public records when in fact he was trying to protect victims from being re-victimized.

Senator Candelaria stood for what was right and should be recognized for his efforts.

Faculty Teaching Award

Amy Brandzel

Associate professor of American Studies and Women Studies at the University of New Mexico, Brandzel has been a part of the University's community as a faculty member since 2007. Brandzel is an intersectional, interdisciplinary scholar, who works across the connections and contradictions within feminist, GLBT/queer, postcolonial and critical race theories on identity, citizenship, law, history, and knowledge production. Alongside the faculty at UNM, she works to build the University's offerings in postcolonial, feminist and queer studies. Brandzel works closely with graduate and undergraduate students and aims to challenge and inspire her advisees.

In addition to being captivating in classroom, Brandzel is a Faculty Advisor at UNM's LGBTQ Resource Center. She has served on the Ad-Hoc Faculty Senate Teaching Committee and the Ad-Hoc NEH Summer Stipend Committee. Brandzel was a Faculty Senator for the UNM Faculty Senate from 2009-11. She also is a member of the editorial board for "Feminist Formations." Brandzel received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, her master's degree from New York University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Zia, Lobo, and Inspirational Young Alumnus Awards

The nomination deadline for the Zia, Lobo, and Inspirational Young Alumnus Awards is May, 2017. The recipients are honored at the All University Breakfast during Homecoming 2017. Use our online form to introduce us to the outstanding people you think deserve an award.

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