The University of New Mexico Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion seek­s nom­i­na­tions for eight of its pres­ti­gious annual awards. Lobos and community members are constantly showcasing their dedication to community, service and innovation in their line of work.

There are many selfless individuals around the community and now is the perfect time to recognize them. Be sure to nominate someone who inspires and defines our community. The deadline to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions is Tuesday, March 1. Nominations can be submitted online.

Nomination criteria is as follows:

  • Zia Award: Honors New Mexico residents with a UNM degree who have distinguished themselves in any one or more of the following categories – philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, and/or business professional fields, or educational fields.
  • Lobo Award: Presented to a UNM alumnus/a who has given outstanding personal service to the university or whose career achievement reflects on the University.
  • Inspirational Young Alumni Award: Recognizes significant contributions by an individual, whether through professional achievement or community service. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to excellence in post-academic life and an ongoing commitment to professional work, research, multicultural relations and/or volunteerism, while being recognized as an emerging leader.
  • James F. Zimmerman Award: Given to an alumnus/a of UNM who has made a significant contribution which has brought fame and honor to UNM or to the State of New Mexico.
  • Bernard S. Rodey Award: Recognizes those whose leadership efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education. The recipient may or may not be an alum of the University.
  • Erna S. Fergusson Award: Recognizes exceptional accomplishments and/or commitment or distinguished service to UNM. The recipient may or may not be an alum of the University. Formerly named the Award of Distinction.
  • Faculty Teaching Award: Recognizes outstanding teaching and service to students. The recipient is a faculty member currently employed full-time in any school or college at UNM.
  • Research Award: Recognizes outstanding research being conducted at UNM. The recipient is currently conducting research full-time in any school or college at UNM.

The UNM Alumni Association celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding alumni with awards given out throughout the year. The award recipients will be honored at a reception and awards dinner on April 20.

For addi­tional infor­ma­tion, con­tact Victoria Lujan at 505-277-5808 or Visit the award webpage for an online nomination form.