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UNM alums, prof receive Winter Awards

Joy Harjo

Phyllis Perrin Wilcox

The University of New Mexico Alumni Association honored four recipients of its 2018 Winter Awards earlier this month. Honorees are Joy Harjo, Phyllis Perrin Wilcox, Donald “Duffy” Swan and Karl E. Karlstrom.

“We are proud to honor the 2018 award recipients for their outstanding accomplishments, achievements, distinguished service and inspiring leadership,” said Dana Allen, vice president of Alumni Relations and executive director of the UNM Alumni Association.

The James F. Zimmerman Award went to Joy Harjo.

She graduated from UNM in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. Harjo has published eight award-winning books of poetry. Her memoir, “Crazy Brave,” won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She has published two children’s books

The Bernard S. Rodey Award went to Phyllis Perrin Wilcox.

She graduated in 1993 with her Ph.D. and is professor emerita in the Department of Linguistics at UNM. She was instrumental in establishing the UNM baccalaureate degree program in signed language interpreting.

Donald “Duffy” Swan

Karl Karlstrom

The Erna S. Fergusson Award went to Donald “Duffy” Swan.

He graduated from UNM in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Swan devoted 35 years to the telecommunications industry in management positions in the former Bell System and with USWEST. He eventually became vice president for a rural, domestic quasi-startup, VALOR Telecomm. In 2004, he became president and COO the French family of companies. In January 2008, he was named president and CEO then eventually chairman.

The Faculty Teaching Award went to Karl Karlstrom.

He has been a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM since 1994. His research spans the geologic timescale and addresses the formation and stabilization of continents, the supercontinent cycle, and neotectonics of ongoing uplift of the Rocky Mountain region.

Karlstrom, along with his wife, Laura Crossey, developed the Trail of Time Geoscience Education Exhibition at Grand Canyon National Park.

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