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Michael Padilla, 277-1816

Feb. 28, 2001

UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors honors four

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association Board of Directors will honor four individuals at a dinner Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Old Town Sheraton.

Dennis Jett
Karen Glaser
Archie Westfall
Mary Bess Whidden
Dennis Jett
Karen Glaser
Archie Westfall
Mary Bess Whidden

Dennis Jett (BA, 68, MA, 69) will be presented with the James F. Zimmerman Award. Karen Glaser will receive the Bernard S. Rodey Award. Archie Westfall (BA, 32) will receive the Erna S. Fergusson Award and Mary Bess Whidden will receive the Faculty Teaching Award.

Jett, dean of the International Center at the University of Florida, is a former U.S. Ambassador to Peru and Mozambique. He was also a science attaché in Tel Aviv, a political officer in Buenos Aires, Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi, Deputy Chief of Mission in Liberia and he has held several diplomatic posts stateside including the position of senior advisor on Africa at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Zimmerman Award is given to an alumnus of UNM who has made a significant contribution which has brought fame and honor to the UNM or the State of New Mexico.

Glaser, former UNM associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students emerita, received her a degree in music from Lindenwood College in Missouri and her master’s in education from Indiana University. She worked at UNM for 35 years, during that time she served in a number of capacities. She retired from UNM in 1998. The Rodey Award honors those who have devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and whose efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education.

Westfall, longtime Albuquerque businessman and former city councilor of Albuquerque, is active in several community organizations including Rotary, Masonic Lodge and with UNM athletics and the UNM Foundation. For more than 63 years Westfall owned and ran the Allied School and Office Products until he sold it in 1997. The Fergusson Award is given in recognition of exceptional accomplishments, or for commitment or distinguished service to UNM.

Whidden, professor of English, received her BA from the University of Texas in 1957 and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin in 1965. Whidden joined the UNM English Department in 1963 and enjoys inspiring students and teaching Shakespeare, Ovidian and Petrarchan poetry and expository. The Faculty Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and service to students.

The event is open to the public. For ticket information call UNM Alumni Relations at (505) 277-5808.


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