Jeanelle Chavez receives the Above and Beyond award!

Jeanelle Chavez receiving her award (third from the right).

The Board of Regents presented their August 2012 Above & Beyond Award to Jeanelle Chavez, program coordinator for the Indian Resource Development Program. The Above & Beyond Award 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.

In making the nomination, Joe Graham, director of the IRD Program said, “She has provided crucial direction and vision to our American Indian students and part-time student employees. She engages tribal constituents and the general public in a liaison role between tribal entities and NMSU to help our program fulfill its state-mandated goals and objectives.”

Chavez does an outstanding job with the annual DreamMakers Program held at NMSU. This program is open to seventh- and eighth-graders from New Mexico Pueblos, Apache Tribes and the Navajo Nation. She also was NMSU’s sole representative on the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Planning Committee that brought the NIEA National Conference to Albuquerque in October 2011. She played a key leadership role on the committee and is well regarded nationally by her tribal education colleagues.

A list of past winners is at

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