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Trish Torrez celebrates 15 years of service

April 8, 2011

The University community is invited to honor Trish Torrez and all employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

It's a different campus

Trish Torrez, an Accounts Receivable manager in CSU’s Business and Financial Services, is also a CSU alumna. She graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s in business administration in 1991, and remembers CSU a bit differently than students today.

“When I was a student, you had to go to Moby Arena and physically register for classes,” Torrez said. “Rockwell Hall wasn’t built yet, and business classes were mostly in the Clark Building. Physically, it was a different place.”

Throughout her childhood, Torrez, whose father served in the U.S. Navy, lived in Guam, California, Washington, and Hawaii. She settled in Colorado in 1982, and has been here ever since. Torrez currently resides in Nunn, Colo., with her husband Michael and her three children, Ryan, 9; Paige, 6; and Maris, 5.

A return to CSU in 1995

Torrez returned to her CSU roots in the fall of 1995 when she accepted a job in Accounts Payable. “One thing that hasn’t changed about CSU is the warm environment and the friendly people,” Torrez said. “It was nice to be a part of that again.”

While the friendly and warm CSU atmosphere hasn’t changed, technology certainly has.

“I used the Internet for the first time when I started working here. I remember being afraid that I was going to do something wrong, or blow something up.”

Torrez remembers the days of large, bulky computers and carbon-copy printed checks.

“My first computer was very bulky. It had that basic black background and wrote in green text. We also used to facilitate printed checks with carbon copy on them. We had too many file cabinets.”

The flood of 1997 looking west from the Lory Student Center. Remembering the flood of 1997

In July 1997, the Spring Creek Flood ripped through Fort Collins and CSU's campus.

Torrez, who was serving as an accounting technician in Business and Financial Services, which was located in Johnson Hall, reflects back on the flood and the damages it caused.

“I was getting ready for work like any other morning. My cable was out, so naturally I had no idea what was going on. I found out when my mom called me in a panic,” Torrez said. “Shortly after, my cable turned back on, and that’s when I saw it. I was looking at this giant whirlpool of rainwater spiraling outside of Johnson Hall. I remember thinking, ‘That’s my building!’ It was wild.”

Like many other buildings and offices around campus, Business and Financial Services suffered considerable damages.

“One of our biggest damages was to our signed promissory notes, which were saturated in dirty rainwater. We had to try to separate them and place them in zip-lock bags. It was a big mess.”

Learning from past experience, Business and Financial Services has changed many of their current policies to be “flood friendly.”

“We now keep all promissory notes filed in the top drawers of file cabinets, and we can’t use any color paper or post-it notes with bold colors that can bleed when wet. Overall, we discovered a lot of interesting things.”

Trish Torrez will be recognized for her 15 years of service at Celebrate! CSU Milestones, Thursday, May 5.

Celebrate! CSU Milestones is Thursday, May 5

Join the University community in honoring employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

The event will honor Colorado State University employees who are celebrating retirement and those who have reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to the University.

Contact: CSU Events & Constituent Engagement
Phone: (970) 491-4601