COLLEGE STATION – The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Office and Administrative Staff award was presented to Ronda Fisher during a ceremony Jan. 7 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
The awards recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed across Texas A&M AgriLife and allow for the opportunity to celebrate those contributions and achievements of faculty, students and staff members.
Fisher joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service staff in December 1998 and since that time, she has proven to be a very capable, knowledgeable and dependable employee who has developed expertise that goes above and beyond the scope of her job responsibilities, according to her nomination.
“To say she is an invaluable assistant to the specialists she supports is an understatement,” the nomination stated. “She has been the glue sometimes that holds the specialist position together, especially when transferring between retiring and new faculty.
“Not only do they depend upon her to handle their business matters and field questions from clientele while they are away from the office, but she has carried on many programs in the absence of a faculty member and into the training periods of the new personnel.”
Fisher has supported AgriLife Extension programming by working with faculty members specializing in entomology, irrigation engineering, beef cattle, range science and dairy. Her assigned routine duties include the daily, weekly and monthly travel arrangements/travel reimbursements, purchasing and account balances for these AgriLife Extension specialists.
Additionally, she assists many staff and faculty in applying for and submitting required applications, recertification or information for meetings and field days to qualify for continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators and continuing education units for certified crop advisers.
Fisher has daily contact with clientele seeking CEUs for pesticide applicators licenses or non-license clientele requesting assistance in the process of obtaining a pesticide applicator license. She readily provides them with information on where to purchase the study material, location and contact information for testing sites, and adding categories to their license.
Additionally, she helps coordinate the annual Grain Elevator Workshop, High Plains Irrigation Conference, Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference and several other conferences.
Fisher has been awarded a Superior Service Award, twice with a team and once as an individual; the Outstanding Administrative Support Award by the Texas Extension Specialists Association and an Award of Appreciation by the High Plains Grain Elevator Workshop.