Association honors four
The UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors honored four
individuals recently during an event at the Sheraton Old Town.
John Palms (66 Ph.D.) was presented with the James F.
Zimmerman Award. Jim Hulsman (58 BS) received the Bernard
S. Rodey Award. John Morrison (55 BS) received the Erna
S. Fergusson Award and Diane L. Marshall received the UNM Alumni
Association Faculty Award.
Palms is president and professor of physics emeritus of the
University of South Carolina. He was president and professor
of physics at Georgia State University from 1989-91. His career
in physics has spanned nearly four decades. He has been active
in numerous professional organizations and written various books,
book chapters and published more than 60 papers. The James F.
Zimmerman Award is given to an alumnus of UNM who made a significant
contribution which brought fame and honor to UNM or the state.
Hulsman was a longtime director of athletics at Albuquerque
High. He coached track, baseball, football and basketball for
48 years. He has been active with the New Mexico Activities
Association, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association
and the New Mexico High School Athletic Directors Association.
The Rodey Award is given to someone who has devoted an unusual
amount of time in a leadership capacity and contributed significantly
to the field of education.
Morrison, a Chicago attorney, is a Rhodes scholar and honorary
officer in the Order of the British Empire. Morrison formerly
served on the UNM Foundation Board and is a current member of
the UNM Anderson Schools of Management National Advisory Board.
His legal career spans more than 40 years. He has served on
numerous professional associations including the Harvard Law
Society, International Bar Association, London Court of International
Arbitration and many others. The Erna S. Fergusson Award is
given to someone for exceptional accomplishment or distinguished
service to UNM.
Marshall has been a professor of biology at UNM since 1997.
Her general field of research is plant population. Her specific
interests include plant reproductive ecology, including the
importance and mechanisms of sexual selection in plants and
plant mating systems. She also studies plant plasticity, especially
in reproductive characters. She has received numerous grants
including several from the National Science Foundation to study
pollen competition in wild radishes. The Faculty Award recognizes
outstanding teaching and service to students.T