Loretta Hall named 2016 NFPW National Communicator of Achievement

Loretta Hall, National Communicator of Achievement, National Federation of Press Women

Loretta Hall, 2016 Communicator of Achievement, National Federation of Press Women

Loretta Hall president of New Mexico Press Women and member of the Steering Committee of Albuquerque Press Women, is the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award recipient from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books.   She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, “Out of This World: New Mexico’s Contribution to Space Travel,” won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest.  Her 2014 book, “Space Pioneers in Their Own Words,” was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.  Her latest book, “The Complete Space Buff’s Bucket List,” was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society’s Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, “Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation.  It is an example that we need more of in every state.”

Hall is also a member of SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico’s speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.

Albuquerque Press Women Loses Treasured Member

Doug and Jane Swift Courtesy Albuquerque Community Foundation

Doug and Jane Swift
Courtesy Albuquerque Community Foundation

Doug Swift, the long time treasurer for Albuquerque Press Women has left us. He served as treasurer until last June, working tirelessly to keep our records in order, preparing name tags for meetings and keeping track of our roster of members. We will miss him and his enthusiasm as he rewarded members attending meetings with surprise gifts. Doug was a technical writer who worked for CNM for decades. The photograph on the left is from the Albuquerque Community Foundation where Doug and Jane were founding members. The Board of Albuquerque Press Women chose speakers for the meetings and Doug was an astute contributor of ideas for speakers that would attract new members and keep the current members interested. He was active and involved always.

Doug Swift was 90.  He is survived by his wife Jane and his children Sharon Leslie of Durham, N.C., Susan and Rob Ertmer of Greeley, Co., David and Nichol Swift and Clyde Burke of Garner N.C. and Melanie and Grant Swezy of Midland, Texas. We will miss him.

UNM Hospital CEO Steve McKernan talks money in September

Steve McKernan

Steve McKernan

The Chief Executive and Operating Officer of the University of New Mexico Hospital Steve McKernan will be the guest speak at the regular monthly meeting of Albuquerque Press Women on September 12 at the Claim Jumper restaurant (5001 Jefferson NE) at 11:45 a.m. McKernan will discuss renewal of the property tax mil levy for the hospital that is on the November ballot.

Each year UNMH receives about 90 million dollars from Bernalillo County taxpayers to fund hospital operations. County taxpayers help underwrite the only level one trauma center in the state. The hospital also functions as a care center for under insured and indigent people from throughout the area. There is some concern about whether Bernalillo County taxpayers are carrying too much of the cost. McKernan will discuss the hospital’s financial condition and the mil levy question before voters.

McKernan joined UNM Hospital in 1980. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in many financial positions in the UNMH system. He graduated with a B.A. from Bonadventure and has a Masters Degree from UNM.

Please note this is a change of venue for APW. We will order from the menu at the Claim Jumper. An additional $5 fee will be charged for non-members. Everyone is welcome.