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Current Issue: November 11, 2002
Volume 38, Number 9

UNM honors six with Zia Awards

The UNM Alumni Association recently presented the 2002 UNM Zia Awards to Alex Beach, Fred Begay, Breda Bova, Tom Chávez, Ramon Huerta and William Federici.

Alex Beach Fred Begay Breda Bova
Tom Chávez William Federici

The Zia Awards are given to alumni living in New Mexico who have distinguished themselves in philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, business or professional fields, or who have made a contribution to education.

Beach has been a lead volunteer in Albuquerque since her days as president of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority her senior year at UNM. She remains involved with the sorority as a member and chair of the alumni advisory committee.

Begay is a nuclear physicist currently serving as senior staff physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, assistant for Science and Technology to the president and vice president of the Navajo government, and president of the Seaborg Hall of Science. He works to improve public literacy in science and technology.

Bova is professor and undergraduate studies and community outreach associate dean at the UNM College of Education. Previously, she was chair of the Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning Department.

Bova serves on the boards of New Mexico Parent and Child Resources, the APS Foundation, Golden Apple Foundation and the YWCA.

Chávez is executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Previously he served as director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe for 21 years.

Retired classroom teacher Huerta taught Spanish at Highland High School from 1955-85, in addition to teaching Spanish on TV for APS from 1963-64 and for the UNM Peace Corps Training Center from 1963-65. Active in the Democratic Party, Huerta served in the New Mexico State House of Representatives from 1988-94.

Federici is a former justice and chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Federici served as president of the New Mexico State Bar, 1990-1991, and was a member of the New Mexico State Bar Commission for many years.