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Awards / Honors

Celebrate Colorado State! awards announced

April 26, 2011

Each year, we celebrate the teaching, research, and service achievements of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff. The top awards for 2010-2011 were announced at the Celebrate Colorado State! Awards reception on April 26.

Full news releases regarding the awards are available on

Donald EstepScholarship Impact Award

The University's highest award for accomplishment in research, this award recognizes faculty whose scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally.

Donald J. Estep
Professor of Statistics, Interdisciplinary Research Scholar

Matthew HickeyBoard of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Recognizes one faculty member from each of the two institutions in the Colorado State University System for excellence in undergraduate teaching; awarded by the Board of Governors.

Matthew Hickey
Professor of Health and Exercise Science

Christian PuttlitzMonfort Professors

Established by the Monfort Family Foundation, this program enables Colorado State to recruit and retain top-quality faculty. These competitively-selected, two-year appointments recognize and provide support for innovative teaching and research activities.

Jennifer DeLuca
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Christian Puttlitz
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Gratitude Award

Recognizes faculty or staff member(s) serving as the primary advisor to a student organization registered with the Student Organizations office; nominated by a student or a student group.

Clark Erwin-Billones, Greek Life office
Tony Pang, Lory Student Center director's office

Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Award

Awarded to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in academics and service to and advancement of diversity.

Jennifer Soong, Ecology

Office of International Programs Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.

William H. Farland, vice president of Research
Robert W. Kling, associate professor of Economics
Phil Risbeck, professor of Art

Margaret B. Hazaleus Award

The Hazaleus awards were started in 1997 to honor individuals for long-term efforts to enhance the opportunities for women on campus.

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, assistant director of Curricular Leadership, Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office
Sue D. Pendell, department chair of Communications Studies
Eulanda A. Sanders, associate professor of Design and Merchandising

Multi-Ethnic Distinguished Service Award

Honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the multi-ethnic community; presented by the Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus.

Maria de Lourdes Zavala, associate director for Program Compliance and IT support, The AccessCenter
Teresa M. Rice, Native American Cultural Center
Tyrone A. Smith, director of the Native American Cultural Center

Norberto Valdez, associate professor of Ethnic Studies

Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and/or service to the University by state classified personnel; awarded by the Classified Personnel Council.

Sheela M. Backen, Facilities Management
Bonnie L. Countryman, Hartshorn Health Services
Chriselda L. Engel, Mechanical Engineering
Rosalie Ann Samaniego, Anthropology
Rodney Smith, CSU Police Department

Distinguished Administrative Professional Award

Presented to administrative professional staff for continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of outreach, teaching, administration, and/or research; awarded by the Administrative Professional Council.

Troy A. Fluharty, director of Business and Financial Services
Donalyn “Dede” Kliewer, Resources for Disabled Students
Aaron Reeves, Clinical Sciences
Scott D. Reid, Soil and Crop Sciences

Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement over a five-year period by full-time members of the academic faculty; established as a tribute to Professor Pennock, who served as a distinguished professor of Civil Engineering in the 1920s.

Peter K. Dorhout, vice provost for Graduate Affairs and assistant vice president for Research
Frank P. Johnson, associate director, Agricultural Experiment Station

Patricia A. Kendall, professor/associate dean for Research of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Torrance “Terry” M. Nett, associate dean of Biomedical Sciences

Azer P. Yalin, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award

Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout the campus.

George Barisas, professor of Chemistry 
William F. Shuster, College of Business, Management

John Williams, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering
Felicia Zamora, College of Business 

Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Student Award

Recognizes a student or a student group for remarkable contributions in service-learning courses and/or community-based research; awarded by the Service Integration Project.

President's Leadership Program

Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award

Presented to an outstanding Colorado State University community partner for their notable contributions to and participation in service-learning courses, initiatives or community-based research.

Dustin Kalanick, Unless Design Collaborative
Jerry Kreisher, Centennial High School

Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Award

Honors a Colorado State University faculty member who demonstrates an innovative contribution to service-learning curriculum development and/or community outreach.

Loren Funk, CM Cares

Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation

Presented to an individual from among University faculty in recognition of the use of technology to further or significantly encourage instructional innovation; in recognition of more than four decades of service by N. Preston Davis.

Pui Shing Ho, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Olve B. Peersen, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jennifer L. Taylor, assistant professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

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