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Awards / Honors

CPC Positive Action Award announced

June 1, 2011

Each year, the Classified Personnel Council recognizes a person or groups that have significantly contributed to state-classified employees at CSU 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.

This year's award was presented at CPC's Recognition Luncheon on May 10 to the Office of the Vice President for Research for forming the Organizational Development and Learning Assessment (ODLA) Team.

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.

As a result of the ODLA meetings:
  • A Wall of Thanks was created by the Research Services division and implemented on the OVPR website.
  • An Organizational Excellence Fund was created so various division stakeholder groups could donate as a way to recognize the role that research division employees play in the overall research enterprise and provide staff training and learning opportunities that otherwise would go unfunded. A recent example of a popular employee recognition effort was the second annual Technician of the Year Award. Nominees are submitted and the award is presented at a luncheon to an animal care technician who exemplifies and aspires to exceptional animal care.
  • All-staff events have been organized as a way for the division staff to meet and participate in organizational activities.
  • Employee surveys have been conducted to assess learning and professional development needs.
  • Various learning opportunities have been arranged by the ODLA coordinator Margaret Saldana such as a budget informational session, diversity workshops, library archive tour, and alternative transportation day.

The efforts of the ODLA team has resulted in building a strong foundation for open communication, increased awareness for professional development and learning opportunities, and increased employee recognition efforts.

ODLA team members: Margaret Saldana, Chair; Amber Lawson, IDRC; Lon Kendall, LAR; Marty Welsch and Denise Ostmeyer, OVPR; Corey Broeckling, Carolyn Broccardo, PMF; Diane Rees, Ron Splittgerber, Research Services; Renee Ikemire, RICRO; Doug Leavell, Staci Folot, Sponsored Programs.

Contact: Farrah Bustamante
Phone: 970-491-1992