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Nominations open for Classified Personnel Council Positive Action award

March 26, 2014

Any academic faculty, administrative professional or state classified staff member or group of employees may be nominated for the 2014 CPC Positive Action Award. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Monday, April 7.

Has someone you know made a difference in how employees are treated in your workplace? Does your department have policies that are supportive of staff? Do you wish more people knew about these efforts?

Then submit a nomination for the 2014 Classified Personnel Council Positive Action Award. You may nominate any academic faculty, administrative professional or state classified staff member or group of employees by 5 p.m., Monday, April 7.

Award purpose and criteria

The purpose of the award is to recognize persons or groups that have significantly contributed to State Classified employees at Colorado State University through systemic change. Systemic change is not only a one-time accomplishment, but the establishment of policies or actions that create a supportive work environment. The award recognizes efforts that can be considered and should be promoted as “best practices” in fostering employee performance.

Past winners have included:

2012/2013 – Amy Parsons and Commitment to Campus
. Amy Parsons and Commitment to Campus was recognized for the work that has gone into this Initiative. CSU’s C2C encompasses a wide range of programs, discounts, and special benefits available to CSU faculty and staff. These opportunities are offered to promote employee health and wellness, engage employees in the life of the University, connect employees and students outside the classroom, enrich participation in campus programs, classes and events, and reward employees for their service and involvement with CSU.

2011/2012 – Melissa Shrader. Melissa was recognized for her dedication to the lactation room program, a part of the Commitment to Campus initiative. Melissa’s positive efforts have made the lactation rooms a reality. She researched and provided the use of viable locations with underutilized spaces. She measured, prepared diagrams, and estimated the costs for each location. Once that was all approved, Melissa created the work orders, ordered the furniture, and revisited the sites as needed to bring each room up to the conditions needed for new moms to use. Finally, Melissa took on the responsibility, without being asked or expected to do so, of being the “front door” of the program by volunteering her contact information online so that there is always someone available to help schedule a room, explain how to get access, and address any problems or issues that might arise.

2010/2011 – The Office of the Vice President for Research. Since Fall 2009, the ODLA team has moved quickly to significantly contribute to state-classified and administrative professional employees. The team meets approximately twice a month to promote professional development, employee recognition, and staff events. The ODLA team, comprised of a state-classified or administrative professional representative from each of the six divisions plus the OVPR, is chaired by Margaret Saldana, Organizational Development and Learning Assessment coordinator.

2009 /2010– Tom Biedscheid. Tom was recognized for his innovative ideas which promote positive experiences for both employees in Student Financial Services and the students they serve. Tom coordinated “Green Team” in SFS and guided the department in reducing their paper usage. Tom also organizes staff events which promote working together and also allowed for exploring the competitive side of the SFS staff. Tom’s co-workers stated his leadership style encourages them to set the bar very high for goals within the department and at a University level.

2008/2009 Tag Team Towers – Operations Management, Housing and Dining Services. The Tag Team Towers (a group of State Classified and Administrative Professional employees who provide custodial and maintenance services as well as administrative and residential support for Durward and Westfall halls, known as “The Towers” on campus) was recognized for the way the staff members on the team have come together and modeled positive communication and team-building for other teams in the department.

Nomination process

Send your letter of nomination to Farrah Bustamante at Farrah.Bustamante@ColoState.Edu, by 5 p.m., Monday, April 7.

Include as much specific information as possible about the person's/group’s efforts as well as your contact information. Award recipients will be selected by the Classified Personnel Council Award Committee.

Contact: Farrah Bustamante
Phone: 970-491-1992