Three recipients from the Univerversity of New Mexico community have been recognized with the 2015 Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award. Recipients include: Mandisa Bradley, student recipient; Katrina Sweetland, staff recipient; and Tryphenia Peele-Eady, faculty recipient.

Serving New Mexico is central to the University’s mission. Everything done at UNM – education, research, patient care, as well as public service- advances the interests of New Mexico. To support and promote the University’s commitment to public service, former Regent and Anderson School of Management Dean Doug Brown established this award in honor of his wife, Sarah Belle Brown

The Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award recognizes the volunteer service work done by members of the UNM community for the good of the greater community.

Numerous nominations were received giving the award committee the difficult task of selecting only three outstanding individuals to receive the award. The nominations detailed all of the tremendous community activities the winners have been involved with.

Congratulations to the award winners listed below:

  • Mandisa Bradley, student winner; Nominators wrote that Mandisa “has been at the forefront at providing scholarship, integrity and collaboration with community service.” Her leadership in mentoring and youth development has significantly impacted cross-sections of New Mexico, promoting education for many at-risk students and communities in need.
  • Katrina Sweetland, staff winner; Having faced economic and educational challenges herself, Katrina understands that college is not an easy road. In her role as Program Coordinator for American Indian Student Services, she is able to make a lasting impact on all of the students she helps.
  • Tryphenia Peele-Eady, faculty winner; “Dr. Peele-Eady has spent 100's of hours over the last four years, working and responding to requests from Black and Brown communities to explain to public authorities the uniqueness found in these communities in relation to English dialect, funds of knowledge in home environments, the ecologies of human development and communities of practice.”

    Her nomination materials included a long list of volunteer organizations and achievements with groups like the NAACP, Office of African American Affairs and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Her continued work in education for students facing cultural and community challenges emulates Sarah Belle Brown’s ongoing commitment to helping those in need.

Faculty and staff recipients each receive cash award of $1,500, while the student recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship, all generously endowed by former UNM Regent and Anderson School Dean Doug Brown and his wife, Sarah Brown.