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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
June 21, 2004
Volume 39, Number 16

Staff Spotlight ~ Susan Quintana

Creativity sparks service projects

By Angela Heisel

A familiar face at the College of Pharmacy, Susan Quintana finds creative outlets inside and outside work. Quintana, who has been with the college in faculty support positions for eight years, is the administrative assistant to Dr. John A. Pieper, dean.

Susan Quintana in the UNM College of Pharmacy museum.
She knows most of the faculty personally as well as alumni, students and community partners.

She enjoys the diversity of the people she comes into contact with and putting her creative side to work on non-routine tasks such as newsletters, student events and retreats.

“I am involved in all the student events. It is gratifying to see how they grow professionally while at the college,” Quintana said.

One of the best aspects of her job is being able to give back and help others. Quintana and a colleague established a community service project. Every holiday season they assist a new family. Interest has grown so much she now co-chairs a college committee to better coordinate outreach efforts.

Last holiday season, the group assisted a family with a child in the UNM Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit.

“The college went above and beyond expectations when it came to helping this family,” Quintana said. “For once the family was able to take their mind off the child’s illness and enjoy the gifts and food that College of Pharmacy staff and faculty provided.”

The family still keeps in contact with her and attended one of the community service project group luncheons.

Quintana also keeps in contact with UNM individuals campus-wide through the Provost’s Committee for Staff, which she has served on for six years. “It has been a great experience to support staff. It also provided a networking opportunity,” she said.

At home, she enjoys making handmade greeting cards and New Mexico punched tinwork. Her creative talent has been passed down to her 20-year-old daughter, who is studying art education in California.

The satisfying part of being at UNM is knowing that there is a creative way to be involved, help others and grow personally and professionally, she said.