by Roger Renteria
SOCORRO, N.M., June 13, 2008 – New Mexico Tech recently announced that Thomas Kaus will join the Residential Life staff as the new conference and facilities coordinator.
He joins Residential Life with Ruth Stoddard, director; Sara Grijalva, assistant director; Alice Zecco, secretary; and the student resident assistant staff.
Thomas Kaus is a familiar face on Tech campus from his past work at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a division of New Mexico Tech, as a cartographer and illustrator.
He spent seven years at the Bureau behind a computer creating detailed maps for its many publications, which included books, pamphlets and guides. He prepared illustrations for publication with Greer Price, associate director for outreach and publications.
“We’re very sad to see him go,” said Peter Scholle, Bureau director and state geologist. “It will be tough to replace Thom, but we’re very happy to see him find new challenges and opportunities. We will miss him.”
Kaus said the transition from cartography to conference coordinating has been positive.
“The transition and meeting new people has been fantastic,” Kaus said.
Prior to moving to New Mexico Tech, Kaus worked as the supervisor of the print shop at Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. He was the supervisor for a couple of years before moving to New Mexico. He worked at the print shop for eight years, part time for four of those eight years while attending college there.
During his time at Chadron State, he interacted with faculty and students on a regular basis.
“I grew up in a college town. My dad was a college professor, so I had a strong tie to the campus,” Kaus said.
Chadron State has about 3,000 students and the town is similar in size to Socorro.
As conference and facilities coordinator, Kaus will have a stronger bond with Tech campus.
“In the first week, I have met new people every day and work with such a diverse group of people,” he said.
He said that his office is like a hub of information for many people. He looks forward to the summer conferences this year.
“It’s really neat to work closely with their (conference goers’) needs and help accommodate them as best as possible,” he said. “They’re really a neat group of people to work with.”
Residential Life was in search for a new conference and facilities coordinator since Malcolm Montgomery resigned in January 2008 at the beginning of the spring semester.
“In our search for finding a replacement conference and facilities coordinator, we needed someone who would be a great role model,” said director Ruth Stoddard. “We had some very extraordinary candidates apply for the position.”
Currently, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is on campus. Kaus works closely with conference organizers to ensure that their needs are met. Muscular dystrophy is a disease that causes muscle weakness, and MDA hosts a summer camp in which they use the Tech campus for a week. Children with muscular dystrophy get to enjoy the outdoors, play games and have fun with their friends.
“We feel very happy to have Thomas come on board with us,” Stoddard said.
Everyday he enjoys the dynamic aspect of overcoming, troubleshooting and problem solving logistical hurdles with each conference.
“I’m so glad that they gave me the opportunity to do this,” Kaus said.
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