Writer: Ada Cuica
Carol Dyer, an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University, received the university’s 2014 Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award during a ceremony on May 1 at the Corbett Center.
Dyer is an NMSU alumnus. She was nominated by David Rockstraw, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and has been working in the department since 2010.
Rockstraw wrote in his nomination letter that, “Carol’s office responsibilities are extensive to the point of overwhelming. After 18 months on the job, I have yet to fully comprehend all of the tasks to which she attends. She is an NMSU Aggie who bleeds crimson.”
“When I first found out I thought our department head, David Rockstraw, was joking with me,” Dyer said. “He had to prove it to me by sending me the email he received. I would like to thank the committee for picking me and thank everyone for their nominating me.”
Beyond her administrative duties, Dyer enjoys volunteering with BEST Robotics Competition, Order of the Engineer, Sociedad de Ingenieros and graduation ceremonies, among other events on campus.
“Carol is the most amazing administrative assistant our main office has seen,” said the endorsement letter by the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. “She is always so cheerful, willing to help and never lets our coffee pot go dry. Our students can always go to her with any problem, dilemma or issue and she is always there to lend a helping hand or provide guidance.”
Martha C. Mitchell, associate dean for research, wrote in her nomination letter, “She is a self-starter and is meticulous in the work she does. She understands the financial processes and the facilities processes at the university very well.”
The Ralph B. Crouch memorial award is given to current or living, former employees of NMSU that have demonstrated outstanding contributions within the university. Crouch was a former head of Mathematical Sciences and associate dean of the Graduate School.