Congratulations Susan DeMar!!
Susan is the recent recipient of a Mayor’s Citation for Community Service, presented to her October 20 by Mayor Ken Miyagishima, for her community service work with the NMSU Women’s Club and extensive community outreach.
“I was awed at first, then felt honored to be recognized by the Mayor and blessed to experience the rich culture and wonderful people hidden in this little gem named Las Cruces,” Susan said. “It is an honor that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It reflects on just how special Las Cruces is to me and how all the people I have met along my journey, colleagues, new friends, new families, have made such a difference in my life.”
Susan was born and raised in upstate Syracuse, New York and moved to Las Cruces ten years ago, where she began working at NMSU. She holds a degree from Syracuse University and is the first female in her family to earn a degree.
“By day I’m an Administrative Assistant in the Geography Department. By night, I’m a mom to 2 wonderful daughters and 1 wonderful son, and a wife of 36 years. And in the wee evening hours I’m a continuing education NMSU Crimson Scholar,” Susan says of her involvement at NSMU.
She has received the following awards from NMSU: The Above and Beyond Award, the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Staff Award, and the I Love My Job Award.
Her community service includes serving as an Officer of the NMSU Women’s Club where, in the past 3 years, she has boosted the enrollment in membership and worked with supporting organizations including The Jardin de los Ninos, helping the club to raise money and donations to help homeless and near homeless children grow.
“On a personal note, the women’s club gave me the opportunity to create a scholarship in honor of my late mother, Ruth Mary Webber,” Susan said.
She has also participated in and supported the annual Relay for Life event in Las Cruces with her daughter to support those who are coping with cancer. Susan also sings Soprano II in the Mesilla Valley Chorale. The group performs for free at the Good Samaritan home and for the general public at the Rio Grande Theatre.
“My community service work mainly focuses on bringing back Amtrak to Las Cruces and making it easier for people to discover Las Cruces and all it has to offer,” Susan said. “I hope to someday write and publish a book on my journey through life including the life I have built here. I plan to share my positive experiences on taking a chance and leaving your past, your roots behind you and starting over again. I believe we all are pioneers and there is so much yet to be discovered and shared with others.