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Awards / Honors

Everyday Hero Terry Amspoker

March 1, 2010

Terry Amspoker, a plumber with Housing and Dining Services, is the latest Classified Personnel Council Everyday Hero. On Feb. 3, Terry worked until 10:30 p.m. -- missing his granddaughter's birthday party -- so Parmalee Hall residents did not have to go the night without heat.

Terry Amspoker
Housing and Dining Services Operations Management

Terry Amspoker has been a plumber at CSU for more than 12 years.

Terry was nominated by Jeff Ioannone of Housing and Dining Services Operations Management. Here is what Jeff had to say about Terry:

“On Feb. 3, we had a heating pump for the north side of Parmalee Hall go out with no hope for repair. Terry stayed until 10:30 p.m. to fabricate a temporary fix with a new spark pump and custom piping. Our residents did not have to go the night without heat and it bought us time to fix the original pump. Terry is a great employee/resource. Terry missed his granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party so our residents would have heat.”

Terry has been employed in his present job as a plumber with CSU for almost 11 years. Prior to this position, Terry worked in Facilities at CSU as a plumbing supervisor for about 1-½ years. Terry began his plumbing apprenticeship in 1963.

Terry moved from Iowa to Fort Collins in 1984. When asked why he moved to Colorado, he said “Iowa.” Terry is married to Pat and they have a “combined” family of 6 kids, 20 grandchildren and soon-to-be 25 great grandchildren. Pat is a seamstress. Terry is very proud of his children and family is a very important part of his life.

Terry enjoys fishing and travels to Lake McConaughy during the summer.

When asked how he feels about being nominated for an Everyday Hero, Terry said, “It is nice to be recognized.” He enjoys his co-workers and they have become his friends. At the time Terry found out he was nominated for Everyday Hero, he was writing a departmental “Pat on the Back” award for Jeff Ioannone, his nominator. Ironically, they were both were recognizing each other for a job well done.

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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. To submit a  nomination, go to the online Everyday Hero Nomination Form.

Contact: Sara Boots-Whitfield
Phone: (970) 491-7693