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ODLA Team 'Bright Spot' awardees announced

February 4, 2013

The Bright Spot Employee Recognition Award seeks to recognize research employees whose work is truly amazing to others.

Bright Spot employees are those who have discovered new, simple ways of doing things, but more importantly, these new ways can be emulated by others. The award is supported by the Vice President for Research Organizational Excellence Fund.

The award itself is unique, simple and one of a kind. It is a Panther Vision cap. The cap symbolizes teamwork, creativity, collegiality, originality, innovativeness, bright ideas and most of all excellence.  Nominations are encouraged from everyone for all those who work in the research community (at all unit, department and college levels), including but not limited to investigators, co-PIs, lab technicians and pre and post award support staff.  

The Organizational Development, Learning and Assessment Team in the Office of the Vice President of Research selected five employees for its ODLA Bright Spot awards based on their contributions to higher productivity, cost-efficiency, service and excellence. These Organizational Development, Learning and Assessment “Bright Spot” awardees are simply exceptional in the work they do and well deserving of recognition. The awardees were honored at a special luncheon on Jan. 31.

The awardees

Karen Hyllegard, Merchandise and Design

Karen H. Hyllegard, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Apparel and Merchandising Program in the Department of Design & Merchandising. She received her doctorate in textile marketing from the University of Maryland in 1998. Her research interests include advertising and promotion, international marketing and retailing, and socially responsible business practices related to apparel marketing and retailing. She has published research exploring consumer response to sustainability in retail store design, environmentally friendly and fair-labor marketing claims, and cause-related marketing. She is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association, the North American Case Research Association, and the American Association of University Women; in 2012 she participated in the University of Missouri’s Textile Products Labeling Summit: Sustainability-related Labels.

In 2006, Karen and her colleagues received a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant to fund the development of a course examining issues related to the socially responsible advertising and promotion of food and textile products. Karen was nominated for providing leadership to this interdisciplinary team of collaborators. The project seeks to promote an integrated set of undergraduate courses that will foster a socially responsible way of advertising of these products that are often criticized as contributing to unhealthy eating behaviors, negative stereotypes, risky sexual behaviors, violence, an obsession with appearance and over-consumption. Karen has already developed an online course (AHS 426) that is currently being offered to CSU students. Karen is being recognized for her collaboration efforts, creative teaching approach and fostering social responsibility among her students.  

Carmen Morales, Office of Sponsored Programs

Carmen is a senior research administrator in the Sponsored Programs office; she began her research administration journey in SP 27 years ago. Carmen provides research administration support to the Warner College of Natural Resources. 

Carmen was nominated for providing outstanding services to numerous researchers by providing leadership, mentorship, knowledge and a positive attitude to her team. Her commitment and dedication has enabled the college and numerous researchers with successful grant funding efforts over the years.  Those who know Carmen speak very highly of her overall collegiality and hard work. Carmen is being recognized for being a cornerstone in the Office of Sponsored Programs and creating a team spirit among her fellow colleagues.

Marilyn Morrissey, Office of Sponsored Programs

Marilyn Morrissey is a senior research administrator in Sponsored Programs. She began her career in SP in February 2000. She  is a University of Idaho alumnus and had a prior career as a preschool/elementary teacher. She has lived and worked in many states: Northwest, South, Southwest and Midwest. She settled in Fort Collins with her family in 1993.

Marilyn supports the College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Experiment Station, Coop Extension, the Vice President for Administrative Services and the College of Applied Human Sciences. She interfaces with a number of offices and is being recognized for being instrumental in creating a sequencing plan for the CSU-Extension SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP). Her plan allowed all major stakeholders to contribute to the submission grant process in a timely manner.  Marilyn’s efforts have outlined a blueprint and model for future grant submitting efforts by other CSU units and departments. 

Crystal Shanley, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP)

Crystal is a research associate in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Crystal is the lead animal technician in Dr. Ian Orme’s research lab and has worked in his research lab since 2004. Crystal was born and raised in Glendive, Mont., and went to college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She obtained her bachelor's in Microbiology in 1998 and a master's in Microbiology in 2005. She and her daughter moved to Fort Collins in the fall of 2004 when she accepted a position in Dr. Orme’s Mycobacteria Research Lab. She has been employed  at CSU for more than 8 years and has enjoyed every one of them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking, camping, and visiting with friends.

Crystal is been recognized for being influential in creating new innovative approaches of new protocols in animal husbandry. The protocols developed by Crystal for feeding and caring for infected guinea pigs has caused others in the TB field to adopt her methods. Her work has resulted in contributing to five major papers for Dr. Orme’s TB research project. Crystal’s leadership in animal care has contributed to significant advancements and brings great credit to CSU’s animal research programs.

Siva Ramaswamy, Research Services

Siva is a programmer/analyst within the division of Vice President for Research. He helps his team members in the Research Services department to build IT solutions for the CSU research community. Born and raised in India, he moved to the United States for his higher education at Illinois State University and started working for CSU in 2004. In his spare time, Siva enjoys traveling, photography, swimming and hiking. 

Siva is being recognized for the development of a data platform for investigators to complete compliance information with regard to conflict of interest. On a very tight deadline, Siva developed a reporting, approval and tracking mechanism that researchers, department heads, deans and administrators needed to effectively manage the new financial conflict of interest reporting requirements for the Public Health Service that were to be implemented by Aug. 24, 2012. Siva’s efforts met the reporting requirements, and his expertise and attitude greatly enhanced the experience and decreased the burden for all concerned.

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