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Office of Budgets endures tough year, earns CSUAB recognition

October 8, 2009

These days, just hearing the word "budgets" can send nearly anyone into a tailspin. But the 3-person team in the Office of Budgets hears it day-in and day-out. "We are an information source for all aspects of not only budgets but for other financial information as well," explains Becky Trentlage, director of the Office of Budgets.

Hard-working team

Trentlage’s team is responsible for overseeing the development process of budgets from the Executive Council level to the allocation process in the colleges and divisions. In addition, they help manage the budget once it’s in place. “We also serve as a repository for all information related to budgeting,” continues Trentlage.

“We educate campus on how to budget,” adds Angie Nielsen, assistant director in the Office of Budgets

Even the Office of Budgets wasn’t immune to budget reductions. With one person short, the 3-person team persevered through a tumultuous year. They have been aided by two retirees (Mike Harris and Debbie Smith) both with over 20 years of experience as well as ongoing support from Accounting Technician Genevra Scott. “They know the historical background of why things are done the way they are done,” Trentlage said. “That foundational material has kept us from failing.”

New accounting system

In addition to the many budgetary changes over these last several months, the Office is working through the implementation of the budget module in Kuali, the new accounting system adopted by the University, adding to the workload. “We are the first University in the United States to implement the Kuali budget module,” explains Trentlage. They are pioneering the budget entry and maintenance in a grass-roots type effort in this new system.

Daily tasks include quick responses to budget information requests from the President, the Provost, and Legislative requests along with requests from the rest of the University system. Nielsen continues in response to their limited manpower, “We will give the best customer service that we are able to provide.” Trentlage echo’s this saying, “We will always try to answer the phone and even if we don’t have an immediate answer, we will provide answers to guide people where to go next.”

September luncheon

The Colorado State University Activities Board honored the Office of Budgets with a luncheon during the month of September. “We are proud to have such hard-working staff in the Office of Budgets,” comments Board President Patsy Harlan. “They have weathered quite a year and still show up with positive attitudes.”

If you would like to nominate a group to be honored by the CSU Activities Board, please e-mail Patsy Harlan at Patsy.Harlan@ColoState.EDU.

Contact: Katie Boeder
Phone: (970) 491-0993