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Susan “Sues” Noble, administrative secretary of Engineering Student Services, was recognized by The University of Alabama’s Office, Clerical and Technical Staff Assembly with a 2019 Outstanding Staff Award. The award recipients were announced at OCTSA’s May meeting, with Lynn Brooks, WVUA 23 news director and anchor, as presenter. Noble was recognized for her generosity and efforts in going far beyond the important administrative aspects of her job to show personal warmth, understanding and concern for staff and students alike. Whether she is making phone calls for anxious students or handling last-minute meeting details, Noble does so with grace and patience, according to the nomination materials. Learn more about her in this Q&A.
CE: What do you do in Engineering Student Services and the Freshman Engineering Program?
Noble: As an administrative secretary, I provide support to both the Engineering Advising Center and the Freshman Engineering Program. I make sure that supplies are ordered, classrooms are reserved, all the structure that the programs need to work within in order to fulfill their mission statements.
CE: How does your job support student life? Why is your job important to young engineers’ development?
Noble: I love the fact that my job supports student life in that I get to encourage students, find them help when they need it, fuss at them when they need that, and I enjoy being part of their success. My job is important to the engineering students because sometimes they can get so overwhelmed by the enormity of their endeavors they lose focus. I’m there to keep them on track, guide them along their flowchart and school career – providing help and a roadmap along the way.
CE: How did it feel to receive this award? Do you know how you were selected?
Noble: When I found out I had been nominated it made me cry simply because I love what I do so much, and to be nominated for an award for doing what I love is humbling. One of the people who nominated me said that I always say, “My job is to make your job easier.” That’s how I feel about all that I do. If I’m doing my job correctly, then the people I come into contact with, students, faculty, advisors, will be helped along their path of being successful. It can be getting a classroom, finding a tutor for a student, printing out flowcharts for advisors. I am the facilitator for other people to achieve what they need to – and I get to enjoy doing it. The other members of the ESS office nominated me.
CE: How are you involved with OCTSA? Why is this organization important?
Noble: I have been involved with the OCTSA for several years and was past chair for the Professional Development Committee. I think that the OCTSA is vitally important because the staff work behind the scenes to make sure that faculty, students and other administrators have what they need in order to be able to do what they do. What we do may not seem significant or important, but when the copier jams while faculty are trying to print out final exams – you’ll see how important we are!
CE: How long have you worked at UA? How has your experience been?
Noble: I have worked at UA since 2005 and have enjoyed hearing all the success stories and watching “my” students become successful adults with their own children. I’ve also tried to practice what I preach and since 2005, using the UA Educational Benefit, I have earned a BS in HES, an MA in Higher Education Administration and am currently working on a second master’s in Interactive Technology, and should be finished in December. As a first-generation, non-traditional student, I’m proof that anyone can be successful if they put in the effort and are willing to sacrifice in the short-term for rewards in the long-run.