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NMSU administrative assistant to receive Roberts Memorial Staff Award

Gabrielle Gail Freel, administrative assistant for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program at New Mexico State University, has been selected to receive the 2010 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award.


A mug shot of Gabrielle Gail Freel, administrative assistant for MARC.
Gabrielle Gail Freel, administrative assistant for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program at New Mexico State University, will receive the 2010 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Corbett Center Student Union Colfax Room. (Submitted Photo)

Freel will be presented with a plaque and a $1,500 award during a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Corbett Center Student Union Colfax Room. The ceremony will be open to the public.

The Roberts Memorial Staff Award is presented annually to a staff member who has made a contribution to university life and demonstrated dedication and outstanding service to the community.

Freel has worked as an administrative assistant for MARC since 1997. Since then, her work has evolved from "normal" office work to include website design and upkeep, arranging programmatic travel for students and faculty, helping with special events for MARC and other events such as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium. She also plays an essential role in keeping the program going by interfacing with the National Institutes of Health in student appointments and report submissions.

"Over the past 15 years, Gail has helped build our MARC program into what is now: the third largest in the country," said Michael Johnson, professor of chemistry at NMSU and director of the MARC program. "She has been a great colleague and resource for me and the students and faculty involved in MARC and other programs across campus."

As an offshoot to her employment with MARC, Freel's granddaughter became the first of her family to obtain a college degree. In her spare time, Freel helps rescue abandoned, abused or lost dogs and cats on the streets of Las Cruces.

The Roberts Memorial Staff Award was established in 1983 in memory of Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts, sons of former NMSU Business Affairs Vice President George W. Roberts and his wife, Bernice. Stephen, a 1974 NMSU graduate, and Robert, a NMSU student at the time, were killed in an automobile accident in 1978. The award is made possible through donations of the Roberts' family and friends.

For more information, contact the NMSU Human Resources office at 575-646-8000.