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NMSU honors Interdisciplinary Studies employee with ‘A’ Mountain staff award

Megan Shannon, an administrative assistant in New Mexico State University’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, was recognized by the NMSU Employee Council with the “A” Mountain staff award at the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic Oct. 16. Shannon was presented with a commemorative plaque by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers.

Three men and a woman with a commemorative plaque.
NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, far left, Bill Harty, far right, and Greg Block present Megan Shannon with an "A" Mountain Staff Award during the annual NMSU employee picnic on the horseshoe lawn. (NMSU Photo)

“Megan represents the qualities of integrity, dedication, skill endurance, resilience, determination and passion and I was delighted to nominate her for the ‘A’ Mountain Award,” said Patti Wojahn, interim department head for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Megan has displayed innovation in a range of activities. The Interdisciplinary Studies Department was only formed in the past few years, so the administrative assistant had to be sharp, creative and proactive. Megan has a ‘can-do’ attitude that surfaces when we are perplexed with meeting the demands of our department.”

Wojahn said Shannon is also extremely resourceful.

“The Interdisciplinary Studies Department has between 200 and 300 undergraduate majors and when I expressed concerns about how to build community with that many students, Megan proposed a number of ideas to make that happen,” Wojahn said. “Above all Megan possesses the Aggie Spirit, which she calls on to go above and behind her work duties. I know of few people who take part in as many ‘extracurricular’ activities aimed at improving the NMSU environment as well as the Las Cruces community. When Megan gets a job done, we know it will be well done!”

Shannon said she knew she had been nominated but learning she had been selected was an unexpected surprise.

“I didn’t imagine I would receive the award but I am humbled and grateful for the recognition,” Shannon said.

“There are a lot of people who work their hearts out to serve our student population,” she said. “When you recognize those individuals it inspires them to know their work matters and they are appreciated on the campus.”