The University of New Mexico Black Alumni Chapter has announced the recipients of its 2016 Living Legends and Trailblazer Awards. The recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Centennial Engineering Auditorium located on UNM’s main campus. Community members are encouraged to RSVP for the event online or by calling 505-277-5808.

The Black Alumni Chapter will proudly present the Honorable Tommy E. Jewell III (‘79) with the Living Legends Award during the ceremony. The Living Legends Award celebrates UNM alums who have made a lasting and significant impact on the University and the community.

The Black Alumni Chapter will also present the Trailblazer Awards to attorney Raymond Hamilton (‘72) and UNM alumni who have previously been inducted into the UNM Athletics Hall of Honor, the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame or the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame:

  • Greg Brown Jr. (‘95, ‘01)
  • Harold Bailey (‘69, ‘71)
  • LaVerne Clark (‘91)
  • Robin Cole (‘77)
  • Michael Cooper (‘78)
  • Pete Gibson (‘71)
  • Ira Harge (‘65)
  • Preston Dennard (‘78)
  • Rene Matison (‘68)
  • Don Perkins (’60)
  • Chuck Roberts (‘65, ‘70)
  • Clarence Robinson
  • Kenny Thomas (‘99)
  • Don Woods (‘76)

With more than 50 events on the calendar during Homecoming Week 2016 there will be an event, lecture series, reunion, open house or tailgate opportunity to fit everyone’s interests. A full schedule of events can be found by visiting the Alumni Homecoming website

UNM Black Alumni
Members of the UNM Black Alumni Chapter.