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Ralph B. Crouch Award winner announced

Elva G. Telles, director of EEO/ADA and employee relations at New Mexico State University, has been selected as the 12th annual recipient of the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award.

Elva G. Telles (NMSU photo by Michael Kiernan)

She will be honored for her contributions to NMSU at a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the Dona Ana Room, Corbett Center.

"I was honored to have been nominated by a highly respected dean, much less being selected," Telles said.

Telles was nominated for the award by Virginia C. Higbie, dean of the College of Health and Social Services.

"Elva approaches each of her tasks with a genuine desire to resolve the situation at hand," Higbie wrote in her nomination letter. "With patience and excellent listening and mediation skills, Elva provides direction and counseling that have resulted many times in preventing serious disruption of the working environment."

Telles, a graduate of Gadsden High School, earned two degrees from NMSU, a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1973 and a master's in counseling and educational psychology in 1989. She is certified as a licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor by the state and has completed training with the Mediation Alliance of Albuquerque. She has worked at NMSU for more than 22 years, holding positions in the Business Office and Personnel before assuming her current position.

She has made many classroom presentations, served on training panels, and given speeches to community organizations, among her numerous volunteer activities over the years.

She attributes her work ethic to her highly principled parents, who taught her the value of hard work, honesty, and a good education. She said she was surprised to be selected because of the nature of her work involving employee grievances.

"Litigants don't come bearing flowers when they come to see me," she said. However, she believes that everyone working together is the basis for her positive record at NMSU.

"I certainly feel honored and privileged to be able to serve the university and Las Cruces communities under the leadership of presidents Corbett (as a student employee), Thomas, Halligan, Orenduff, and Conroy," she said.

The award was established by friends and relatives of the late Dr. Ralph B. Crouch, former Mathematical Sciences head and associate dean of the Graduate School, to honor a current or living former employee of NMSU for outstanding contributions to the life of the university community. The award alternates annually between classified staff and faculty/professional staff.

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Nena Singleton
April 27, 2000