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College of Education employee goes above and beyond for others

Date: 07/01/2015

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Sandra Romero, the senior fiscal assistant for the College of Education?s Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, poses next to her 2014 NMSU Above & Beyond Award. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez)

Sandra Romero does whatever it takes to help students and faculty members in the College of Education?s Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, even if it means increasing her own workload.

Romero, the department?s senior fiscal assistant, has been a New Mexico State University employee for 18 years. She has spent the past 16 years in the Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, where she says she enjoys being ?behind the scenes.?

?I?ve always wanted to be in a university setting,? Romero said. ?I thought it would be fun to be part of an institution that focuses on students and furthers their careers by helping them become better prepared.?

Romero said if she sees anyone in need of help, she feels the need to do something to help them. Among her responsibilities is seeing that the academic and administrative needs of 15 faculty members, about 20 adjunct instructors, 18 graduate assistants and four work-study students are met. She said the best part of her job is being able to do ?a little bit of everything every day.?

Her commitment to service hasn?t gone unnoticed. Last year, she was given the Above & Beyond Award, which recognizes full-time employees who go the extra distance in service to any and all aspects of the NMSU system. Individuals are recognized for performance that goes ?above and beyond? their regular responsibilities and for demonstrating a positive attitude that inspires others.

?It was very humbling. I feel like I?m just doing my job,? Romero said. ?Everybody at this university does things that are not in the scope of their job duties. That?s what makes this place a great place to work.?

Romero was nominated for the award by Marlene Salas-Provance, head of the Special Education and Communication Disorders Department. Salas-Provance said Romero has dedicated herself to the department and its students and faculty.

?I?m always amazed by her level of dedication. She will always take care of the work that needs to be taken care of,? Salas-Provance said. ?She seriously cares about what we do in our department. She really believes in the mission in the department, and she does whatever she can so that we can do our work. That?s pretty commendable, I think, when you have a staff member who understands the mission of the department and does anything and everything they can to make sure everyone?s work is easy for them, even if it means long hours for her. She?s pretty amazing.?

Written by Adriana M. Chavez

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