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Awards / Honors

Atmospheric Science recognized

January 23, 2014

The research associates, research scientists, research project managers, and state classified administrative support staff in the Department of Atmospheric Science Department were honored for their exceptional commitment to excellence.

The CSU Employee Appreciation Board recently recognized the Department of Atmospheric Science, ATMOS, for their outstanding work.

Commitment to excellence

It only takes a few minutes with this group to see how well they work together as a team.

Nominator and professor Jeffrey Collett, ATMOS department head stated, “While department faculty and graduate students receive frequent recognition for their work, the department could not be nearly so successful without the exceptional commitment to excellence displayed by research associates, research scientists, research project managers, and state classified administrative support staff in the department.”

As part of the recognition event, Collett shared why he nominated the ATMOS staff members and noted their critical role in the department’s ability to land large research grants, support large computing and experimental facilities, lead with ground-breaking research articles, and lead the deployment of field projects around the world.

'Feels like a work family'

Fellow nominator and 25-year veteran of ATMOS, Assistant Manager Gail Cordova was especially appreciative of the opportunity to reflect on how fortunate she was to be part of the ATMOS ‘work family’.

The ATMOS family boasts a large number of employees who have worked there for many years. “Working with individuals who've shared so many of your life’s milestones brings about and fosters a sense of connectedness, community and compassion. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to slow down and a bit to acknowledge and celebrate this!”

Unique challenges of working on the Foothills Campus

Being located at the CSU Foothills campus presents benefits (beautiful view, easy parking, no traffic congestion) and offers challenges (no food service or other amenities, no public transportation, extreme weather, snakes, mountain lions, to name a few). This exceptional staff does not allow these challenges to interfere with providing excellent support of their top-ranked program.

What the CSU Employee Appreciation Board does

During the academic year, the CSU Employee Appreciation Board honors outstanding units, such as the Computing Systems unit of DAIS, with a social gathering and CSU giveaways. The CSUEAB also has monthly drawings to reward individual faculty and staff for their important contributions to the University.

If you would like to nominate a group, entity, or unit for this recognition, please visit