October 16, 2004

Contact:  Jennifer Riordan, Media Relations Manager, 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell; Bridgid Isworth 272-3690 office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eight Community Partnership Awards will be presented at a special gala celebrating Community Partnerships and the combined anniversaries of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, UNM Hospitals and the Health Sciences Center Saturday, October 16.

The UNM Health Sciences Community Partnership Awards honor organizations and individuals who have worked in partnership with the HSC to help address important questions in health care, mentor the next generation of biomedical scientists and health care professionals, expand the frontiers of research and scholarships, establish new models for the health care of tomorrow, and improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.

Awards and their respective honorees include:

§         Community and Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award               Honoree:  Sen. Pete Domenici

§         Cornerstone Award: to recognize outstanding contributions over the career of an individual who has fostered the growth and development of the UNM HSC.

                        Honoree:  Randy Seligman, M.D

§         Philanthropy Award: To recognize significant gifts to a component of HSC or the UNM Health Sciences Center as a whole

            -     From an individual or family:

                        Virginia Crenshaw EdD, MPH, BSN

            -    From a private foundation:

                       Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

§         Pathways Award: To recognize an individual or organization that has served as an advocate for the UNM HSC to the business community or government.

                        Honoree: Rep. Ben Lujan

§         Corporate Support Award: To recognize outstanding gifts or other forms of support from corporations or businesses

                        Honoree: Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

§         Building Bridges Award: To recognize outstanding services

            -  From a volunteer or preceptor faculty from the community:

                      Frances Ione Blair, R. Ph., M.S.

-          From a civic or community organization:

            Casa Esperanza

The gala evening celebrations highlight the Health Sciences Center's commitment to recognizing the contributions of its generous donors. And importantly, this event will acknowledge the many outstanding years of service the UNM HSC and medical colleges have given to the New Mexico community.