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Awards / Honors

Everyday Hero - Sarah Barrett

March 28, 2011

Colleagues consider themselves lucky to have such a valuable and positive member as Sarah Barrett on the staff and on campus.

Sarah Barrett,
Administrative Assistant III,
Department of Human Development and Family Studies


“Sarah has taken on the daunting task of being the building proctor in the brand new Behavioral Sciences Building,” says Ginger Lacy-Gill, staff member in the Department of Psychology.

 “Although this is a brand new building, there are always going to be issues with heating/cooling, rooms, keys, etc., and Sarah has handled them all professionally and with a great attitude.

“She works very hard to help out everyone in my department, even though she is in a different department. After moving to a new building, there are many issues to deal with in your own department and the job of building proctor is almost a job within itself.

"She does this on top of her own job and with a smile on her face! We are lucky to have such an outstanding colleague on campus in state-classified.”

A full life

Sarah moved to Colorado after graduating from high school as she was interested in studying at  CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While attending CSU, she started working as a dispatcher in CSU’s Police Department. During that time, she met her husband, Frank, who was a CSU police officer. Her plans to attend veterinary school quickly changed as they got married and started a family.

Sarah and Frank now have four children – Lucas, 7; Emily and Beau, 4; and Carson, 20 months. Currently, Frank is a police officer for the city of Fort Collins. With a busy family, Sarah has limited time for hobbies but when she is able to find extra time, she enjoys scrapbooking, camping, and reading.

Even fuller life

Sarah is a member of Classified Personnel Council and serves on the work group of eThority at CSU. She is also the treasurer of the Boechetter Farm Estates HOA (a developing subdivision north of Fort Collins).

Sarah has worked in various positions at CSU for about 10 years. In addition to working at the CSU Police Department, she’s worked two years in Housing and Dining Services at the Palmer Center and the last three years in Human Development and Family Studies.

Sarah said it is nice being recognized as building proctor, and there are definitely good and bad issues in dealing with a new building. The HDFS and Psychology departments moved in the new Behavioral Sciences building in August 2010. The building has had heating and cooling problems and Sarah has learned a lot when having to deal with new building warranty work. She can’t complain, though – the building is beautiful and it is a great environment to work in!

Want to recognize a colleague?

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition, a co-worker who makes the workplace better or someone who just “made your day?”

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.

Contact: Lori Bates
Phone: 491-2858