Chapter Award Recipients
Black Alumni Chapter Award Recipients
Charles P. Roberts Fellowship Award
Demetrius Gloster is a Daniel Fund Scholar from Denver, Colorado and decided to attend The University of New Mexico because of his strong family network in the Land of Enchantment. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Demetrius graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in May 2012 with concentrations in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. After studying abroad in Ecuador and substituting as an English instructor, Demetrius chose to attend UNM for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Policy and Planning. This fall he will become the father of a baby boy. Entering fatherhood, his ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford Graduate School of Business to become a Professor and a lifelong learner.
Living Legend Award
Michael Jerome Cooper
Born on April 15, 1956 in Pasadena, California Michael Jerome Cooper is the only person to win a NBA Championship, a NBA Developmental League Championship, and a WNBA Championship, and is arguably one of the best athletes attending UNM. Michael Cooper transferred to UNM in 1976. Cooper was a two-time All WAC selection and All-America honoree in 1978. He led UNM to a conference title and a 24-2 record. He entered the NBA draft and was selected in the third round, 60th overall, by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1990. winning five NBA Championships, the Defensive Player of the Year, All-Time Defense First Team, and the J. Walter Kenney Citizenship Award for outstanding dedication and service to the community. He ended his career in the NBA in 1990. Next he served on the Laker's coaching staff in 1994 uder Magic Johnson, then Del Harris. In 1999,he became the assistant coach for the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He was named WNBA Coach of the Year in 2000. The next two years he led the Sparks to championships. Cooper was the head coach for the NBA Development League, Albuquerque Thunderbirds for the 2006-07 season, leading them to a championship. In 2007, he returned to his former position of head coach of the L.A. Sparks. In 2009 he was named head coach of the University of Southern California's Women of Troy basketball team.
Hannah Best attributes her success to her father. He father, a non-commissioned officer in the 10th Calvary, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, raised six children, Ms. Best being the youngest. She is also the proud mother of three children and a beloved aunt to five nephews. After arriving in New Mexico with her master's degree in social work from UCLA, Hannah Best traveled throughout the state and found few civil rights attorneys in rural communities. This spurred her to entoll into the UNM Law School at age 40. Since then, Ms. Best has worked for the American Indian Law Center, preparing materials for tribal leaders prior to White House meetings and conducted field work for a paralegal program that trained Native Americans. In 1981, Ms. Best opened her pwn law practice where she focused on the issues of employment law, civil rights and work-related discrimination cases. She also is a consultant to several businesses in human resources and the law. Her work to give a voice to New Mexicans continued through her active community life. She is the fouding member of the New MExico Black Lawyers Association and the New Mexico Chapter of the National Employment Law Association. She has also been an active member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Social Workers, National Organization for Women New Mexico Chapter, and served as a president of the NAACP.
T. Michael (Tom) Williams
T. Michael (Tom) Williams served as the ASUNM President for the 1977-78 school year. He curretly resides in Omaha, Nebraska and serves as Pastor of the RIsen Son Baptist Church, where he has done so since 1990. About his time at UNM he says, "It was my honor to be the first African-American to be elexted as the ASUNM President. The contingent of African-American students at UNM was small but intelligent, involved and cohesive." One of his campaign promises was to improve the food served at La Posada Dining Hall. After a Regents meeting, a number sat in Las Posada and ate lunch. To Mr. William's disappointment and surprise, they enjoyed the food and made no changes. During his time there were a number of quality concerts brought to UNM such as George Benson and Earth Wind and Fire. Mr. Williams said, "Being student body president was a great privilege and an opportunity to learn outsie the classroom on so many levels. Being open to diverse opinions, the art of negotiating, learning to build relationships and alliances, strategic planning and learning to trust my instincts are all areas in which I have continued to grow since my time at UNM."
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