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Employee Council presents 'A' Mountain Award to training specialist

The New Mexico State University Employee Council presented the "A" Mountain Staff Award to Adam Cavotta, senior training specialist at NMSU's Center for Learning & Professional Development, during the Administration and Finance Employee Service Awards Ceremony Tuesday.


Adam Cavotta speaks from a podium adorned with the NMSU logo.
The New Mexico State University Employee Council presented the "A" Mountain Staff Award to Adam Cavotta, senior training specialist at NMSU's Center for Learning & Professional Development, during the Administration and Finance Employee Service Awards Ceremony Tuesday. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The NMSU Employee Council invites nominations of exemplary full-time, regular NMSU staff employees who represent the qualities of integrity, dedication, skill, endurance, resilience, determination and passion in performance of their duties to be considered for the "A" Mountain Staff Award twice each year. Candidates are evaluated by their innovation, responsiveness, service, spirit and teamwork.

Melissa Chavira, one of Cavotta's colleagues, nominated him for the award.

"He is one of the hardest working and knowledgeable people I know," Chavira said. "He has his hands in just about everything related to technology and/or information systems that helps to make the university a more efficient and effective place."

"Our team tries the best we can to work with other departments, to take what they know and put it into the classroom," Cavotta said. "We sometimes have to take in the knowledge they have, then put it in a format that's consumable for an audience within a training session. EPAF (Electronic Personnel Action Form), for instance, is a Human Resource Services system, so they know everything about the subject matter, but we do the training. We learn from HR, then we share it with the rest of the community. We each take different roles to try to make that happen."

Cavotta has worked at NMSU since 2006. When he first started here, he worked primarily with faculty members on the Blackboard and WebCT systems, used for teaching online courses. Now, he works mostly with NMSU employees who perform administrative duties, such as hiring actions, and also serves as the administrator for Training Central, the university's enterprise system for tracking the training attended on campus, like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act training. Cavotta also conducts classroom training for administrative systems like Banner. Most NMSU employees are familiar with the Benefits orientation during the first few weeks of employment with the university; Cavotta's staff also is involved with this system.

Cavotta said that some of the best things about working at NMSU are that it is a land-grant school, whose mission is to serve the people, and that the faculty is so dedicated.

"It's a great honor to be singled out in this way as an example," Cavotta said. "I treat it seriously and I'm honored by the recognition."

"Adam does not do 'just one thing,'" Chavira said. "He trains high profile roll outs such as the Electronic Personnel Action Form and WordPress, he is a system administrator, a manager, the in-house technical go-to guy, he does technical support and helps people with their websites. He is a teacher, a trainer and he provides excellent customer service. This is important to the university because it helps to make this place an efficient and effective workplace."