Contact: Steve Carr, (505) 277-1821

December 4, 2002


Cordova, Gonzales, Mora, Pres. Garcia, Quintana and VollbrechtFive University of New Mexico employees, including Lucille Cordova, Carolyn Gonzales, Ray Mora, Susan Quintana and Carol Vollbrecht, are the 2002 recipients of the Gerald W. May Staff Recognition Awards.

The awards, which are named after the former UNM President, are the highest honor bestowed upon staff. The recipients were honored at a ceremony sponsored by the President’s Office where each received an inscribed plaque and a $250 check. The five were selected by UNM President F. Chris Garcia following a screening process conducted by the Staff Council and Rewards and Recognition Committee. Staff employees were nominated by their peers, supervisors, students, faculty and others on the basis of their outstanding service and their effective and positive representation of the UNM, among other criteria.

Cordova, an administrative assistant II in the Chicana/o Studies Program, is UNM’s representative to the Recuerda a Cesar Chavez organization and has represented the University within other organizations. She has created a presentation for the Chicana/o Studies Program which she gives to high school groups and organizations in Albuquerque and around the state. Additionally, she has constructed databases on community organizations and students who have taken classes within the program and incoming students at orientations. She also worked with the Albuquerque International Sunport to put together an exhibit about the Chicana/o Studies Program.

Gonzales, who has “an inherent gift for news savvy” according to her nomination form, is a senior public affairs representative in the UNM Public Affairs Department. She develops, writes and pitches
stories about UNM for external publications and also writes for campus publications including Campus
News, Quantum and Mirage magazine. Gonzales was the featured speaker for the American Business Women’s Association’s Women of the Year 2002 event. Gonzales recently wrote a story on the UNM political archives collection that was accepted by American Libraries, the premier publication for libraries in the United States. She was also the recipient of the 2002 Staff International Excellence Award.

Mora is the lead facility services technician at UNM Student Family Housing. Mora’s nomination form stated, “he takes pride in his work and always seems to have a positive attitude and a way of making students and their families always feel welcomed and affirmed.”

Quintana is an administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Pharmacy. Quintana created a community service project for all faculty and staff at the college to participate in during the 2001 holiday season. The project was a success with a high participation rate. Due to its success, Quintana expanded the project in the fall to purchase school supplies for an elementary and high school in a needy Albuquerque area.

Vollbrecht is a supervisor of Special Activities for the Physical Plant Department. Among Vollbrecht’s many duties are to ensure that UNM’s special events and activities run smoothly. She has managed the details of inaugurations, commencements, princely visits, presidential receptions and past University Days at the New Mexico State Fair. According to her nomination form, Vollbrecht is “dedicated, loyal, dependable, creative and an exemplary employee whose appreciation of the University shines through in all her undertakings.”

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