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Awards / Honors

Celebrate! CSU Milestone: Ellen Audley, 25 years

April 19, 2013
By Enes Ozekin

CSU is honoring faculty and staff who have reached service milestones during the 2012-13 fiscal year at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones event 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Ellen AudleyEllen Audley grew up outside of Denver, and after high school attended Colorado State University as part of the class of 1975. After a brief stint at the university, Audley decided to hold off on her education and focus her time on music, with an emphasis on being fluent in many styles.

“I wanted to see where music came from and in the process (see) many of my heroes, like Hazel Dickens, The Balfa Brothers and Jay Ungar,” Audley said. “My favorite music festival was when I went to Telluride in 1974; it was such a great environment, and I wanted to see more.”

Audley says she found a love of sharing music through radio during such “trips of musical discovery” and while volunteering as a DJ at KCSU for five years.

“I worked for the radio station because I got to listen to tons of music, and I loved to put shows together,” Audley said.

Audley would once again leave Fort Collins to truly experience America’s vast music landscape.

“If you eat seafood in Colorado, it’s not the same as eating it fresh off the boat,” Audley said. “Music is the same way, and that’s why I dedicated so much time to traveling, to hear music at the source.”

Fascination with arts and music

Audley was invited to join the musically diverse band The Mother Folkers in 1978; three nationally distributed albums later, she continues to play with them today.

Audley says throughout her life, she’s had a fascination for the arts and music. She also had a great interest in the culinary arts, and, in 1982, Audley graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.  She returned to CSU, this time as the executive chef of the Lory Student Center for three years.

“We did anything from burritos to ice carvings,” she said.

Audley then worked for Sponsored Programs doing accounting and then moved into CSU Extension with the charge of finalizing fact sheets and publications for web and print.  She even had the opportunity to work in one of CSU’s first internet endeavors.

In 2004, Audley moved into the Training & Organizational Development Administrative Assistant position she still holds today.

Ellen says CSU has not only allowed her to grow professionally, it has also given her the flexibility to focus on her family.  She and her husband, Doug, recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of a son, Collin, and a daughter, Eve, a junior social work major at CSU.

“CSU has given me enough of a stable situation to support my family and live a full life,” Audley said. “My life revolves around music, learning, and teaching, and none of my experiences would have been possible without the opportunities CSU has given me.”

To personally congratulate a Milestones honoree or group of honorees, please email your celebratory message to no later than Tuesday, May 7. Your message might be used during the interactive portion of the Celebrate! CSU Milestones event on May 9.


Contact: Brent Waugh