Veronica Chavez and Michael Vaugh
J. Valerie Torres
On May 13, 2016, the Regents’ Above and Beyond Award was presented to Tim Ketelaar, an associate professor in psychology and associate dean of the NMSU Honors College. He’s also interim department head of criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“He is a valued colleague and a visionary member of our campus community,” said Miriam Chaiken, dean of the Honors College. “He is always trying to see how we can make the institution better. He also helps us focus on the positive in times of great challenge.”
Others described Ketelaar as hard working and a servant leader. He created the university’s Salon Discovery program and has served as chair of the NMSU Faculty Senate.
On April 4, 2016, the Regents’ Above and Beyond Award was presented to Glen Haubold, associate vice president for facilities and services, one of NMSU’s largest administrative units. He’s worked at the university for the past nine years, overseeing project development and engineering, facilities operations, environmental health and safety, the office of sustainability, the university architect and the NMSU fire department.
“Glen is a highly intelligent and experienced employee who continuously strives for excellence through outstanding work performance and establishing the highest level of service standards for the entire facilities and services team,” said Angela Throneberry, NMSU’s senior vice president for administration and finance.
The Regents’ Above and Beyond Award was presented to Tina Patton, a graphic designer in the NMSU Facilities and Services Sign Shop, on March 16, 2016.
Those who nominated Patton said that she “goes the extra mile on a daily basis and always has a positive attitude that inspires others.”
Most recently, Patton showed her dedication to NMSU in honoring Lori Paulson, who passed away earlier today. It was important to honor Paulson as soon as possible, as she had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The naming opportunity came quickly and Patton understood how much the signage would mean to Paulson and the recognition event, along with the signage, was a big hit. Patton shows dedication to NMSU and does everything she can to show the university in its best light.
On Dec. 11, 2015, the Regents Above and Beyond Award was presented to NMSU’s University Advancement Office, led by Interim Vice President for University Advancement Andrea Tawney.
Her group recently completed its first-ever Giving Tuesday event, Dec. 1. The 24-hour marathon fundraising effort was an overwhelming success, raising a grand total of more than $4.5 million, including matching funds, for various student scholarships across the university.
Glen Cerny, NMSU’s director of university broadcasting, received the Regent’s Above and Beyond Award on Oct. 21, 2015. He manages the KRWG television and radio stations along with NMSU’s Special Production Unit, which includes Aggie Vision.
He volunteers as an announcer covering different athletic events and he mentors students interested in broadcast job opportunities. His responsibilities include managing the stations’ budgets, working with donors, interviewing a variety of people for programs, setting strategic direction and interacting with the local community.
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Cosette Atherton, an event planner with NMSU’s Conference Services, during their meeting July 21, 2015.
She was recognized for successfully helping to coordinate the recent A.C.E. conference, the largest conference on NMSU’s campus in more than a decade. About 1,400 students and staff stayed in the university’s residence halls and took part in events at different campus venues.
Yvonne Peña Flores
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Yvonne Peña Flores, the Crimson Scholars coordinator in the university’s Honors College, during their meeting May 8, 2015.
According to her nomination form, she has given “warm and helpful support” to the thousands of students she has worked with on campus while coordinating the NMSU Crimson Scholar Program. Peña Flores will retire later this year.
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Patrick Kennedy, the university’s ticket manager in the Special Events Office, during their meeting April 6, 2015.
Kennedy was praised for his behind-the-scenes work in helping numerous events at various NMSU venues run smoothly, including the university’s recent sell-out of the Pan American Center during the men’s basketball team’s final home game of the 2014-2015 season. He also assisted NMSU Aggie fans searching for tickets for the 2015 WAC basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Ben Woods, president and CEO of Aggie Development and special adviser to the NMSU president, on Jan. 30, 2015. Woods has worked at the university for more than 24 years and has been a direct report to 11 NMSU presidents.
“I have worked closely with Ben over the past four years in my capacity as a member of the Board of Regents,” said Regents Chairman Mike Cheney. “Ben is the consummate professional and has always represented the university in a way that commands respect. His knowledge and love of history makes him the ‘go to guy’ when we need to understand context for some of the decisions we make.”
The Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Angela Throneberry, senior vice president for administration and finance, Dec. 12, 2014. She leads the university’s financial and administrative operations, which includes oversight responsibility for about 700 full-time regular NMSU employees.
Glen Haubold, associate vice president for facilities, said, “Through her example, she has taught us how to face adversity, delegate effectively and think strategically. Angela consistently demonstrates sound leadership and management abilities by improving operating efficiencies, championing procedural changes and achieving established goals.” D’Anne Stuart, associate vice president for administration and finance, said, “Angela works tirelessly in support of New Mexico State University. Angela’s commitment to NMSU is unwavering and an inspiration to those who work with her.”
The Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Kevin Boberg, vice president for economic development, July 22, 2014. Boberg has been at NMSU since 1987, first as a faculty member, then later becoming the associate dean for research in the NMSU College of Business as well as president and CEO of Arrowhead Center. In 2013, he was promoted to vice president for economic development.
NMSU recently took part in the public announcement of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, the genesis of which is traced back to Boberg. His dedicated efforts and belief in the transformative power of this project were instrumental, said Ben Woods, NMSU’s special adviser to the president, who nominated Boberg for the award.
The Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Paul Hamilton, technology support tech for the NMSU College of Business, May 9, 2014. Hamilton ensures classroom technology is current and functional. He is the help desk for an array of questions and is the emergency contact for all technology-related concerns. He is the team leader, providing training and mentoring to student employees.
Hamilton has a wide area of responsibility and manages the various priorities with exceptional composure, even under pressure. Several College of Business faculty stated that it is easy to take him for granted because he is always available when needed and always has a no-fuss solution to a problem. The faculty said they are lucky to have dedicated tech support in the college and recognize that Hamilton is actually performing the duties that were once managed by two people.
Sandra Romero, with the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, received the Above & Beyond Award March 10, 2014. She is responsible for the management of the office in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
She meets the academic and administrative needs of 15 faculty members, up to 20 adjunct instructors, 18 graduate assistants and four work-study students. In a letter supporting Romero’s nomination, Department Head Marlene Salas–Provance wrote, “Sandra has been a dedicated employee for more than 13 years. She has worked under five department heads and has had to adjust to the administrative styles of each of these individuals. I see Sandra take personal responsibility for the completion of many challenging tasks. I see regular examples of Sandra rolling up her sleeves and just getting work accomplished in as timely a manner as is humanly possible by one person.”
The Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Christina Turner, county Extension 4-H agent for Santa Fe County, Jan. 31.
Turner’s program serves about 200 traditional 4-H members and more than 100 volunteer leaders. Her responsibilities include everything from livestock and judging programs, to shooting sports, to youth leadership teams. Turner also delivers special interest programs and school enrichment programs focusing on agriculture and natural resources. “Christina Turner is a superb example of the positive impact a county extension agent can have in the community. She can always be counted on to go the ‘extra’ mile to provide assistance to an individual, the community or the organization,” said Jon Boren, director of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, in his nomination letter.
Shelley DeBlasis, assistant professor of English and director of the NMSU Carlsbad developmental education program, received the Above & Beyond Award Dec. 13. “DeBlasis performed in an exemplary fashion in the modification of the NMSU Carlsbad Developmental Education program,” said NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton. “Due to her diligence and dedication, NMSU Carlsbad has made great strides in the progress toward implementing a plan of study that best meets student needs.” DeBlasis analyzes data of enrollment and development class pass rates. After discovering the positive correlation between taking classes in consecutive semesters and pass rates, she passionately introduced proactive advising. DeBlasis is willing to conduct carefully planned experiments and not afraid to incorporate changes to improve the curriculum.
Fred Lillibridge, associate vice president accreditation, compliance and planning for NMSU’s Dona Ana Community College, received the Above & Beyond Award Oct. 21. In a letter supporting the nomination, Bobbie Derlin said, “during the 20 years of our association, I have observed Fred to be actively engaged in ways that make the educational experiences of our students and the professional lives of our staff and faculty better. Fred’s work has helped both NMSU-DACC and NMSU achieve recognition as a state and national leader supporting student achievement.” A nomination letter from the staff of the DACC Institutional Effectiveness office said, “… it is his dedication to the success of DACC and its students that is most admirable. Fred has been a college leader and has gone above and beyond to help navigate DACC through some turbulent waters. He is forthright and honest. He is calm in the face of adversity and is often sought out by colleagues in need of advice or just a just an ear to listen. When describing our boss we often use words like mentor, professional, dedicated, kind, supportive, intelligent, a friend, and trusted.”
Cindy Robbins, director of prospect research in university advancement, received the Above & Beyond Award Aug. 19. Robbins leads a team of three individuals who research and compile information on prospective major donors to the university, and then help place those prospects in the appropriate development officer portfolio. She is responsible for prospect coordination with both the centrally based and college/unit-based development officers, ensuring that prospects are not approached by multiple officers or units. In May 2012, Robbins took on the additional responsibilities of making sure grant proposals were continuing to move through the corporate and foundation relations pipeline until another position was filled and proactively and effectively helped avoid a major issue involving a grant to one of the academic units from a major national foundation. Robbins also was one of the key staff members charged with making sure new donor software was implemented effectively and on schedule.
The Board of Regents presented the Above & Beyond Award to Jacki Griffin, senior human resource specialist, June 20. In her role in the Human Resources Department, Griffin administers key benefit programs, including the Family Medical Leave Act and retirement and disability benefits. She works closely with employees, their families and departments to ensure that all are aware of their rights under federal, state and NMSU leave programs. One of Griffin’s strengths is her genuine care and concern for every person she deals with. Dorothy Anderson, director of human resources, says Griffin greets everyone with a smile and a willingness to help. “Jacki treats her customers with respect and takes time to meet, to listen and then to explore available options and to assist them in finding solutions.” Griffin’s supervisor, Rene Yoder, described the types of situations Griffin often encounters. “Recently Jacki helped a family transition from employment to leave and then to retirement due to unforeseen medical circumstances. Jacki spent countless hours assisting them, not only with leave and retirement, but any issue where they simply did not know where to turn for help.”
Ruth H. Prescott, executive associate to the president, received the Above and Beyond Award May 10. She was honored for her consummate professionalism, especially during the search for a new president. During his presentation of the award, Pacheco said, “It’s easy to look back at this time and discount the effort that was expended in accomplishing the search. Let the record reflect that this search can be characterized by the grace and professionalism that she imprinted upon it through her efforts. We each in our own way establish an image of our institution by the manner in which we conduct ourselves before others. Ruth Prescott represented our institution to the public, to search committee members and to potential candidates in a manner that we might all take pride in.”
Ronald E. Logan and Francisco M. Martinez
Ronald E. Logan and Francisco M. Martinez, both with ICT’s Telecommunications and Networking Services, received the Above and Beyond Award May 10. They were honored for the outstanding support they provided to the presidential search process. Along with others from their department, they stepped up to handle the audio/visual and webcasting of numerous events that occurred as part of the search. Those events ranged from listening sessions starting last fall to open forums recently held as part of the final interviews. In addition, they also recently took on the additional task of webcasting all Board of Regents’ meetings. In making this the nomination Ruth Prescott said, “Ronald and Francisco are the type of colleagues with whom the other employees love to work. You can count on them to get the job done in outstanding fashion with no drama. It’s not an overstatement to say that many of the events they staff are tension-filled sessions with significant institutional interests at stake. Francisco and Ronald make certain that the board or president don’t need to worry about some aspect of the technology going awry.”
Dana Wiebe, secretary for the Animal and Range Science Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, was presented the Above & Beyond Award March 11. Wiebe provides support to 17 faulty members, maintains student records and serves as a primary point of contact for entering and continuing students for advising. In addition, she has become an expert in Web CT/Blackboard and Canvas, the online academic engine, and is now the go-to person for students and faculty on any questions about this software tool. In the nomination, Jack Thomas, a professor in the department, said, “Since her arrival 11 years ago, Dana has taken the initiative to develop and implement numerous changes to assist faculty in the accuracy and effectiveness with which new and returning students are academically advised. Dana also is so proficient in navigating Banner, the Student Financial Aid system and the Star Audit System that students from other colleges sometimes seek her out for help in navigating these systems.” In addition to finishing her degree at NMSU, Wiebe’s husband, mother, sister and brother are also graduates of NMSU along with numerous cousins. NMSU really is in her blood.
Patrick Torres, county director/agricultural agent for Santa Fe County, was presented with the Above and Beyond Award Jan. 28. Torres provides educational outreach programs and works closely with organizations such as the Cattle Growers, Dairy Producers, New Mexico Beef Council, Apple Growers, Herb Society and Farm to Table. He also works with NMSU Extension specialists to provide current and relevant programs to the citizens of the county. “Mr. Torres has constantly demonstrated a capacity to work with a diverse clientele, knowledge of a vast array of subjects, and a keen awareness of what needs to be done to provide assistance to people of varying levels of need. He has always demonstrated a willingness to step up to the plate with humility and kindness.,” said Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “Patrick is a superb example of the positive impact a county extension agent can have in a community. He takes tremendous pride in serving the citizens of New Mexico and has earned their respect,” said Jon Boren, associate dean for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and director of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service.
Terry Cook, assistant vice president for student engagement, received the Above and Beyond Award Dec. 14. In her role as assistant vice president for student engagement, Cook and her staff assist students in their transition from high school to college and provide them with the support they need to be successful in their academic and career goals. Her areas of responsibility include the Aggie Welcome and Orientation program, Student Success Centers, Athletic Academic Support Program and Career Services Center. In the nomination, Vice President Bernadette Montoya said, “Terry is known for her energy, dedication, and integrity in helping our students succeed. She is known as a colleague who will share, collaborate and contribute to any project that shows promise of serving students. Terry leads by example: She accepts only her best effort and inspires others to do the same.”
Ron Girmus, a biology professor at NMSU Carlsbad, received the Above and Beyond Award Oct. 15 in Carlsbad. Girmus’ areas of expertise are anatomy and physiology. He also serves as chair of the Assessment Committee and serves on the Academic Quality Improvement Program Committee. In making the nomination, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton said, “Dr. Girmus is always willing to accept additional responsibilities if the need arises. He takes full accountability for ensuring that his tasks are completed in a timely fashion and in an extremely competent manner. He continually exhibits a sincere level of dedication to both NMSU Carlsbad and to NMSU.” Mark Buckholtz, interim vice president for academic affairs at NMSU Carlsbad, added, “Dr. Girmus is an able and respected teacher, expert in his knowledge of his discipline, a recent recipient of the Roush Award, and a key contributor to the continued excellence of NMSU Carlsbad’s Science Department. But, over and above these accomplishments and qualities, I recommend Dr. Girmus because of his important work for the college during the last year in assessment and accreditation.”
Jeanelle Chavez, program coordinator for the Indian Resource Development Program, was presented with the Above & Beyond Award Aug. 20. In making the nomination, Joe Graham, director of the IRD Program said, “She has provided crucial direction and vision to our American Indian students and part-time student employees. She engages tribal constituents and the general public in a liaison role between tribal entities and NMSU to help our program fulfill its state-mandated goals and objectives.” Chavez does an outstanding job with the annual DreamMakers Program held at NMSU. This program is open to seventh- and eighth-graders from New Mexico Pueblos, Apache Tribes and the Navajo Nation. She also was NMSU’s sole representative on the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Planning Committee that brought the NIEA National Conference to Albuquerque in October 2011. She played a key leadership role on the committee and is well regarded nationally by her tribal education colleagues.
Kim Huddleston, business manager for the President’s Office, the Sr. Vice President for External Relations and University Communications and Marketing Services, was presented with the Above & Beyond Award June 21. In her role as business manager for this diverse group of departments, Huddleston manages funds from a wide range of sources including the Instruction and General Fund, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Cooperative Extension Service, grants and donors. During difficult financial times, Huddleston helped each unit manage tight resources and find solutions despite reduced budgets. She also accepted the responsibilities of managing the budgets of four additional departments. One of Huddleston’s strengths is her ability to manage budget challenges with a positive attitude, which helps develop employee good will despite difficult financial stress. Jeanne Gleason, who leads Media Productions, one of the University Communications and Marketing Services units that Huddleston manages budgets for, said, “Perhaps the biggest reason Ms. Huddleston deserves the Above and Beyond Award is the way she deals with unpleasant situations – times when she can’t make everyone happy with the budget or when we all get difficult financial news. While many other business managers understandably might become defensive or remote, Ms. Huddleston takes the time-consuming approach of ensuring transparency and fairness mixed with sincere human compassion.” Maureen Howard, associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing Services, said, “Kim readily jumps in wherever needed, takes on more than her share and never says ‘not my job.’”
Robert Peterson, director of planned giving for the New Mexico State University Foundation, was presented the Above & Beyond Award May 11. As the director of planned giving, Peterson is responsible for the Planned Giving Program. He identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and donor prospects. Peterson was nominated for the Above & Beyond Award specifically for his efforts in managing the estate of the late Norma Jean Fisher. Fisher named the NMSU Foundation as the executor for her estate, a position of great trust which is typically bestowed to a relative, close personal friend or attorney. In order to facilitate a timely closing, Peterson readily accepted the task and stepped in as personal representative for her estate. This involved responsibilities such as final settlement of pay for caregivers, identifying and notifying next of kin, establishing a bank account in the name of the estate and executing checks and deposits, coordinating an estate sale for final disposition of assets and meeting with attorneys to assure the estate was properly closed. The funds gained from the estate were ultimately used to establish the Lester and Norma Jean Fisher Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Greg Vogel, a hazardous waste specialist in the Environmental Health and Safety Department, was presented with the Above & Beyond Award March 12. Vogel ensures all NMSU chemical, biohazard and universal waste is safely picked up, researched, processed and shipped (an annual average of 70,000 pounds). To do this he must suit up twice a month in a chemical resistant suit and air-supplied respirator to mix hazardous chemicals in 55-gallon drums. This saves the university thousands of dollars annually by reducing disposal costs. This process requires that he carefully perform unknown hazardous chemical analysis and emergency chemical spill response as needed. In addition to these services, Vogel also conducts dynamic environmental compliance and defensive driving training classes for faculty, staff and students. In May 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency conducted an unannounced hazardous waste inspection of the NMSU campus. Vogel led a team of inspectors through various departments explaining how NMSU manages waste. No major violations or fines followed. The inspectors stated that NMSU had a solid hazardous waste management program. NMSU Environmental Health and Safety Director Katrina Doolittle said, “Greg makes the extra effort to ensure that the outcome of his work is of high quality and very professional. He is a committed team member, exceptionally considerate of others and he puts NMSU success above his own.”
Jane Moorman, a senior communications specialist for University Communications and Marketing Services, based in Albuquerque, was presented the Above & Beyond Award Jan. 30. Moorman provides communications support for the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, covering the Cooperative Extension Service as well as the Agricultural Experiment Station. Her territory includes five tribal Extension offices, 15 county Extension offices and five agricultural science centers. “Jane is always ready for new challenges. She shares her enthusiasm for new projects with other members of the news team,” said Maureen Howard, associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing Services. “To expand the reach of her news stories, Jane has gone beyond the existing media contacts and developed new relationships with media outlets specializing in agricultural stories. For example, many of Jane’s stories have aired in more than 100 markets on the syndicated television show AG Day. This expanded coverage has been a strong tool to get the word out about our premier stories.
Sue Forster-Cox, associate professor of health sciences, was presented with the Above & Beyond Award Dec. 9. In addition to teaching her classes, Forster-Cox oversees the important field experience for both undergraduates and master’s students in community health education. She also serves as an advisor or committee member for students who choose the thesis route for their Master of Public Health degree. Forster-Cox’s strength in the department is the fact that she gets things done and she doesn’t say no to any request. Some examples of Forster-Cox ‘going the extra distance’ are serving as undergraduate coordinator for more than 100 majors; serving as the Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work departmental liaison; and serving as the faculty advisor for the Returned Peace Corp Volunteer, many of which are Master of Public Health students. She also has taken on the responsibilities of the college’s online coordinator, traveling regularly to Albuquerque to meet with current and prospective students.
Julie Weber, director of Housing and Residential Life, was presented with the Above & Beyond Award Oct. 10. Weber is responsible for all aspects of the Housing and Residential Life division including, housing facilities, budget/administration and dealing with about 3,000 residents and their families each day at NMSU Las Cruces. Weber has been instrumental in shaping on-campus housing, including enhancing our living learning communities; overseeing critical housing renovations; completing Chamisa I and Pinon Hall projects; leading the Chamisa II project from concept to reality; creating family environments for our student family residents; supporting Aggie Athletics; and leading our housing students and staff in the Tough Enough to Wear Pink events each October. Tammy Anthony, associate vice president for Auxiliary Services, said, “Many work side by side with Julie to bring our students the highest standard of housing service. But, it is her overall leadership that binds these individuals together so successfully. Julie never hesitates to do what is needed to support our Housing and Residential Life students and staff. She does it effectively and with complete commitment to successful resolution of each challenge.”
Susan De Mar
Susan De Mar, an administrative assistant in the geography department, was presented the Above & Beyond Award Aug. 22. In submitting De Mar for the award, Chris Brown, geography department head, said, “Due to the nature of the position she fills, Susan is literally the face of the department having maximum contact with students, staff, alumni and faculty, both within and outside the department. Although her human resources designation is administrative assistant, the work Susan does for us is so much more. She approaches each job with utmost commitment, working continually to learn and master new tools and techniques. Susan’s commitment and dedication to the department and NMSU are truly exceptional in every sense of the word.”
ICT Systems Group, was presented the Above & Beyond Award June 23. Ewing manages both the PC Server and the Unix Server groups at ICT, which are responsible for the core computer systems that keep NMSU running, including email, banner, mynmsu and other critical administrative systems. In his nomination, Matt Presser, who works in the Unix group with Ewing, said, “Curtis works above and beyond every day. He regularly puts in 10-12 hour days managing multiple groups, projects and personalities and sometimes single-handedly keeps NMSU’s computer infrastructure going. He is the last line of defense when it comes to technical problems at ICT.”
Linda Perez, building manager, safety officer and laboratory supervisor, for the NMSU biology department, was presented the Above & Beyond Award May 6. Perez was honored for voluntarily responding around the clock during extreme February weather that required the Las Cruces campus to close for three days. Foster Hall has about 15 ultra cold freezers that must be kept at -80°C at all times. They store important and irreplaceable samples for the biology faculty. Perez was especially vigilant of these freezers, and came by the building everyday to check. She did the same for all the animal care facilities, since many of the incubators and aquaria hold expensive and hard to maintain animals used in biological research.
Ralph Lucero Sr.
The first Above & Beyond Award recipient is Ralph Lucero Sr., supervisor of the plumbing shop in the Office of Facilities and Services. Lucero was honored for leading the efforts of the OFS plumbing shop in response to the many water pipes that froze and burst due to the cold weather and electrical power outages experienced in early February. Lucero supervises about 16 employees who are responsible for the plumbing in all instruction and general fund buildings, the potable water and wastewater systems, and the natural gas distribution piping on the Las Cruces campus. During the challenging winter weather, Lucero and his team logged 295 staff hours, which represents seven “man weeks” logged in just three days. Lucero coordinated the response and was responsible for the successful resolution of numerous plumbing repairs. The plumbing shop staff also jumped in to help with fire sprinkler system failures.