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Current Issue: October 20, 2003
Volume 39, Number 7

Alumni Association honors six with Zia Award

The UNM Alumni Association honored the 2003 Zia Award recipients at the all-University Breakfast held in conjunction with UNM’s Homecoming festivities recently.

This year's recipients were Gary Golden, Yolanda King, James B. Lewis, Petra Jimenez Maes, Mary T. Torres and Robert Wertheim.

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 and professional fields or who have made a contribution to education.

Gary Golden
GoldenGolden is the vice president for Student Services at San Juan College in Farmington. Prior, he was associate dean of students/director of Student Activities and development at UNM, 1987-91. He also served as assistant dean of students, also at UNM, from 1978-87. Golden participated in numerous associations during his distinguished career, including the National Council of Student Development; Rutgers Alumni Association; the UNM Alumni Association; the UNM Lobo Club; and the Scarlet “R” Club, and the Rutgers Athletic Foundation.

Golden earned his Ed.S in administration of higher education from UNM in 1981.

Yolanda King
KingA Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, King is the technical advisor for the Spacecraft Technology Division, and from 2001-02, she was technical advisor for the Space Infrared Technologies Center of Excellence in the Space Vehicles Directorate of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.

King earned a B.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UNM. She served UNM on the Graduate Student Association; Alumni Association Board; Conflict of Interest Committee; Dean of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council; and two terms on the UNM Foundation Board.

James B. Lewis
LewisLewis has served in many capacities in both the public and private sector and is currently chief of operations for the City of Albuquerque overseeing 11 departments. He is one of three deputies reporting to the chief administrative office (CAO). Additionally, he advises the mayor and CAO on land use matters and downtown redevelopment issues. Prior to this position, former President Bill Clinton nominated Lewis to be director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy. Lewis is also a member of many community organizations.

Lewis earned an M.A. in public administration from UNM.

Petra Jimenez Maes
MaesMaes was elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court in Nov. 1998 and was retained in Nov. 2002 for an eight-year term. Last January, she was designated by unanimous vote of her colleagues to serve as chief justice, becoming New Mexico’s first Latina/Hispanic woman top judicial officer.

In 1981, Gov. Bruce King appointed her to the First Judicial District Court. A native of New Mexico, Maes earned her undergraduate and law degrees from UNM. In 1973, she was one of the first two Hispanic women to graduate from the UNM Law School.

Mary T. Torres
TorresTorres is an attorney and shareholder in the firm Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris and Sisk in Las Cruces, NM. Prior to joining the firm in 1996, she was an attorney in the office of T.A. Sandenaw, also in Las Cruces. She has received numerous honors and awards.

Torres is a member of many community organizations including the U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection Panel; State Bar of New Mexico and Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors.
She earned her J.D. from UNM in 1992.

Robert Wertheim
A native New Mexican, Wertheim was raised in Fort Sumner. He’s a graduate of UNM, 1956, earning a B.B.A. He was also a member of the NJROTC and spent two years as a naval officer following graduation. He is a certified mortgage banker and currently chairman of Charter Bank·Mortgage·Insurance, a company that employs more than 250 people. In addition to his banking activities, he is also active in the cattle business in the Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa areas. He is past chairman of the UNM Presidential Scholarship Fund and Board of Trustees at the UNM Foundation.