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Awards / Honors

Everyday Hero Ed Gatewood

December 9, 2009

Ed 'Gator' Gatewood is an Everyday Hero because of his dedication to students and staff in Housing and Dining Services.

Ed Gatewood
Structural Trades II
(Maintenance crew for residence halls)
Housing and Dining Services

Ed was nominated by Michael Katz of Residence Life. Here is what Michael had to say about Ed:

“Ed 'Gator' Gatewood is an Everyday Hero because of his dedication to students and staff in Housing and Dining Services. Most, if not all of the things that Ed does he does out of the goodness of his heart or his impeccable work ethic (arguing to come to work even when ill). Ed consistently thinks of others before he thinks of himself.

Thanksgiving potluck for students

As Thanksgiving approaches, Ed and his family, as they have done annually for over 20 years, have prepared a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner for any students and staff in Edwards, Ingersoll, and Summit that are in the area for whatever reason and might not have any other place to go or just want to spend Thanksgiving together. Year after year, Ed has created an environment where over 1,400 students and staff that live and work in Edwards, Ingersoll, and Summit Halls can truly call those places “home”.

Thank you, Ed, for your continued service above and beyond your responsibilities and for the warm heart and charming sense of humor that you bring to work every day”.

Ed will celebrate his 25th year with CSU in January. Ed graduated from CSU in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Biometry. Ed worked as a student hourly while attending CSU in custodian and dining services jobs.

Ed has served on safety committees on campus and is on the board of deacons at his church, Harmony Presbyterian. He has two grown daughters; one lives in Fort Collins and the other in Pueblo.

25+ year tradition

Ed settled in Fort Collins when he enrolled as a student at CSU and he has lived here ever since. His dad was in the Air Force and he lived in many different parts of the world growing up. During his freshman year, he was unable to travel to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his parents in Spain.

Ed started a tradition of having a potluck on Thanksgiving for those students that didn’t have anywhere to go on the holiday. That tradition has continued for 25+ years. Ed provides a Thanksgiving dinner for students and staff that have nowhere to go. Some years Ed provides the entire meal and other years he provides the smoked and deep fried turkey and everyone participates by bringing side dishes. This year dinner was served in Edwards Hall and he had 15 guests. Ed said he has had as many as 42 guests.

Lake McConaughy is the destination where Ed plans to retire. He currently has a home there that he is remodeling. Ed is an avid fisherman, large game hunter and enjoys wood crafting. He makes kitchen shelves and knickknacks. He is a rose gardener and enjoys his gardens in the summer. Ed even makes fishing lures called “Gator Baits” that he markets and sells at Lake McConaughy.

When asked how he feels about being nominated as an Everyday Hero, Ed said, “It is an honor and I am humbled by it. The kids keep me young and I love what I do.” He doesn’t feel he deserves being honored as an Everyday Hero but I think there are many students and staff members in Edwards, Ingersoll, and Summit Halls that would disagree.

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Everyday Hero is a special recognition program sponsored by the Classified Personnel Council for recognizing outstanding employees within the CSU community. All Colorado State University state classified staff, administrative professionals, and faculty members are eligible to receive the award. Please go to the Classified Personnel Council website to make a nomination.


Contact: Sara Boots-Whitfield
E-mail: sboots@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7693