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Susan DeMar to receive NMSU’s Ralph B. Crouch Award

Susan DeMar, administrative assistant at New Mexico State University, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award. DeMar will be honored for her contributions to NMSU at a ceremony from 3-5 p.m. June 10 in Corbett Center in the East and West Ballrooms.

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Susan DeMar, administrative assistant in NMSU’s geography department is this year’s Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award winner. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

“When I first learned that I won, I was awed and at a loss for words,” said DeMar, who works in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the committee and everyone who nominated me and selected me for this prestigious award.”

NMSU graduate student Ronny Forney nominated DeMar for the honor, which was established 1988 to reward an NMSU employee based solely on the person’s outstanding contributions to the university.

Forney described how DeMar goes above and beyond her role as an administrative assistant.

“Preparing for my thesis defense is a stressful time, but Ms. DeMar provided guidance, support and advice,” wrote Forney, a master’s student in applied geography. “I have seen Ms. DeMar provide the same care and commitment to other students – graduate and undergraduate.”

DeMar has worked at NMSU for 11 years, since she moved to Las Cruces from Syracuse, New York. She was the first woman in her family to earn a college degree.

She recently was honored at a city council meeting for her efforts to bring Amtrak service to the city. Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who presented DeMar with the Mayor’s Citation for Community Service, also wrote a letter in support of her nomination for the Crouch Award.

Friends and relatives of the late Ralph B. Crouch established an endowment to honor the former mathematics department head and associate graduate school dean. The award, which alternates annually between classified employees and faculty or professional staff, includes a cash prize which changes from year to year.

“Receiving the Ralph B. Crouch award is a tremendous honor that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my career,” DeMar said. “It will enable me to award two scholarships this year through the NMSU Women’s Club in memory of my mom, Ruth Mary Webber.”

The Crouch Award ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Greg Smart at gsmart@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7013.