Chapter Award Recipients


 Black Alumni Chapter Award Recipients

Dean Charles P. Roberts Fellowship

Glenda Lewis

Glenda Lewis is a PhD student in the Language, Literacy, and Socio-cultural Studies at The University of New Mexico. She received both her B.A. in American Studies and her M.A. in Secondary Education from UNM. She is from Clovis, New Mexico and graduated from Clovis High School. Her research focus is on exploring the impacts of experimental learning and culturally relevant pedagogy in the classroom, examining how these two methods can be used to engage, motivate, and empower students for the 21st century. She will work with the Black Alumni Chapter Archives Committee.

Dean Charles P. Roberts, received a B.S. Degree in Education and a M.S. Degree in Education in 1970 from The University of New Mexico. It is because of his exceptional service to the Black Student Union (BSU) and the entire student body during the 1960's and 1970's student civil rights movement at UNM that he receives this honor. He served as the first faculty advisor for BSU during a period when the organization was unpopular with UNM's President and administration. He was the first Black Quarterback in UNM's History and was later drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. One of his greatest achievements was the founding of the Jocks Before Civil Rights Organization 30 years ago. The organization still exists today. The announcement of the establishment of the Charles P. Roberts Fellowship took place during the October 4th Ceremony.

Living Legend Award

Joseph A. Powdrell

Joseph A. Powdrell, New Mexico Community Activist and Entrepreneur. The Black Alumni Chapter of The University of New Mexico Alumni Association presents its First Annual Living Legends Award to Joseph A. Powdrell. Joe is a 1969 graduate of The University of New Mexico with a B.S. Degree in Education and a M.A. Degree in Education from California State University, Fresno. Joe's athletic achievements include a UNM Track Team 4-year Letterman achievement and was a member of the All Army Track Team, 1969. Here he was a pole-vaulter and long jumper. He has maintained the family legacy of the Mr. Powdrell's Original BBQ, which has been in business since 1870. He is also a civil rights community activist, educator of our youth, promoter, and champion for the recognition of New Mexico's outstanding and legendary athletes, such as; Former Light Weight Boxing Champion, Bobby Foster.

Trailblazers Award

The Honorable Angela J. Jewell

The Honorable Angela J. Jewell graduated from The University of New Mexico School of Law in 1979. She worked her private practice, specializing in Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence from 1981-1986. She served as a Special Commissioner for Domestic Violence Division in the Second Judicial District Court from 1988-1996. During this time she conducted hearings for issuance of Protection Orders for victims of domestic violence. Judge Jewell was elected District Court Judge for the same court in that capacity until 2010. She supervised issuance of Protection Orders. She was assigned to family cases with a Domestic Violence component. She also was assigned Domestic Violence Felony Probation criminal cases during that time. Judge Jewell has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was New Mexico's first Black female appointed/elected judge.

James B. Lewis

James B. Lewis graduated from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas with a B.S. in 1970. In 1977, he graduated with a M.A. in Public Administration from The University of New Mexico. He also holds a B.S. with honors in Business Administration and an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Lewis served as a Public Services Careers Program Coordinator in the New Mexico State Personnel Office for a year until he became an Administrator/Educator at the University of Albuquerque from 1974-1977. He was then Named Administrator/Investigator for the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office in the Second Judicial District Court. In 1983, Mr. Lewis was elected Bernalillo County Treasurer and served in that capacity for two years. In December of 1985, he was then elected State Treasurer of the State of New Mexico until 1990 when he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Office of New Mexico Governor Bruce King until 1994. His professional experiences include City Administrator for Rio Rancho, 2 years as the Director/Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Energy. Mr. Lewis currently serves as the State Treasurer for the State of New Mexico. He was New Mexico's first Black statewide elected official.

Dr. Lenton Malry

Dr. Lenton Malry enjoyed a very successful and fulfilling career in public service, academia and the private sector. His focus has always been to protect the rights and and improving the quality of life for the people of New Mexico. Dr. Malry served as New Mexico's first African American State Representative from 1968-1978 and Bernalillo County's first African-American Commissioner, serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988. He had an enormous influence in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated. As an educator, Malry served our community's children for 25 years by working as a teacher, as well as a human resources director, a cultural awareness director, a student advisor, and most notably Albuquerque's first African-American principal, retiring from APS in 1987. As a business owner, Malry served as president of Malry and Associates, a consulting firm. Dr. Malry received his bachelor's degree from Grambling State University, his Master's in Education from Texas College and his PhD in Administration from The University of New Mexico in 1968.

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