Marci Blocher, office support specialist in the Department of Mathematics, is one of three staff members in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences being recognized for their particularly noteworthy efforts in advancing the mission of the college in 2021–22.
Marci joined the department in 2002. Her cheerful dedication has been a huge benefit to the well-being of students studying mathematics, her colleagues report. Marci’s responsibilities include scheduling meetings, assembling recruiting materials, and screening applications to the graduate program, among other tasks. She has also become the designated department thesis checker, responsible for approving the format of thesis submissions for all graduate students.
The department has come to rely greatly on Marci’s energy and competence for the integrity and efficiency of its admissions process. She has a strong sense of the main priorities of the graduate program and the timing of necessary tasks.
“I am honored to receive the LAS Staff Award and extremely grateful to the faculty who took the time to nominate me. This came as a complete surprise, and I am grateful for the honor,” she says.
“It’s been a pleasure to work in the Department of Mathematics for the past 20 years with many wonderful staff members, faculty, and students. I have enjoyed working with the students over the years, getting to know them and seeing where they go. “
In 1993, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences established the LAS Staff Awards to identify and honor selected staff members for their outstanding contributions to the college. The program is sponsored by alumni and friends of the college.