The office coordinator since 2005, Dixon manages all administrative and budgeting duties for the department and the facilities at the ASU Ranch. She also works closely with five departmental student organizations and coordinates travel for intercollegiate judging teams, among many other responsibilities.
But perhaps most importantly, she is often the main point of contact for potential students, agriculture majors and their parents seeking information, advice or conflict resolution.
“I’ve learned that there isn’t anything that can’t be fixed, at least if the issue is on our end,”
Dixon said. “There is no need to panic because we can figure it out. I also have confidence in people I may have to rely on for help, like the registrar, financial aid or professors in my department. Even if we can’t always reach the exact desired outcome, students and parents feel better knowing they have been heard.”
Dixon also positively reflects her department off campus, where she interacts with thousands of youngsters every year while assisting with various 4-H and FFA events and mutton busting at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.
Even if we can’t always reach the exact desired outcome, students and parents feel better knowing they have been heard.
“It’s fun,” Dixon said. “Plus, I’m just trying to keep up. I work with all these overachievers in my department who are involved in so many activities outside ASU; it’s like that saying, ‘A rising tide lifts all boats.’”
In recognition of her dedication and exemplary service, the ASU Alumni Association has named Dixon its 2017 Outstanding Staff Member.
“Winning this award even further inspires me,” Dixon said. “I’m right where I want to be, and I’m working with the people I want to work with. The faculty and students also make me feel appreciated, and that keeps me motivated.”