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Awards / Honors

Everyday Hero - Jyenna Baeza

February 23, 2012

Jyenna Baeza was nominated by Craig Roberts of the Custodial Department of Facilities for an Everyday Hero Award.

Jyenna Baeza
Custodian III
Facilities Department

Jyenna Baeza has been working in Facilities as a custodial supervisor for eight years and has been at CSU for nine years. Baeza first came to CSU because she was laid off from her previous position and was looking for something temporary that then turned into permanent.

Craig Roberts nominated Baeza for an Everyday Hero Award because of her willingness to go above and beyond. Craig describes a specific instance: “Jyenna and I were tasked with rounding up all of the unused chemicals throughout our area so they could be replaced. I was suffering from a hurt hip. Jyenna was suffering from a hurt shoulder. She got a cart and a pickup truck together and, one-handed and one-legged, we were able to gather up all the chemical in our area.

“We went over to another team’s area and she gathered up some members of that crew and collected all the chemicals in that area. Gathering up custodians as she went reduced time spent gathering in the chemicals.

“When that was done, she took in a night crew’s area and gathered up all chemicals in that area. The night crew supervisor said that no one had ever helped them like that.”

When Jyenna was asked what she thought about getting an Everyday Hero award, she replied, “I’m glad someone appreciates the work that I do and took the time to nominate me for the award.”

Craig continues by saying, “She is a special person. Her concern for her crew’s welfare places her above normal supervisors. Her buildings are maintained with a high degree of efficiency. She is a professional in every sense of the word.”

When Baeza is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old and extended family and she is always carrying a book with her to read. Her plans for the future include graduating with an associate’s degree in Business and pursuing a bachelor’s in Business with the ultimate goal of opening her own clothing boutique.

In the Hero's own words

When asked what she wanted fellow employees to know about herself, Baeza said that she would like her fellow employees to know that she enjoys her job and all the little surprises that comes with it.

“I enjoy the diversity that Facilities Management has to offer and the many opportunities to grow. I like the challenge of trying to figure out the best way my team can get their jobs done with limited manpower and time restrictions.

“Any input my team can give me is well appreciated!”

Want to recognize a colleague?

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition, a co-worker who makes the workplace better or someone who just made your day?

Everyday Hero is a special recognition program sponsored by the Classified Personnel Council  for recognizing outstanding employees within the CSU community.

All Colorado State University state classified staff, administrative professionals, and faculty members are eligible to receive the award.

Contact: Diane Hellbusch
Phone: 970-491-1756