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Awards / Honors

Four new Bright Spot awards announced by VP for Research

April 30, 2012

ODLA Team 'Bright Spot' awardees

The Organizational Development, Learning and Assessment Team in the Office of the Vice President for Research selected four 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 April 25, and each received a special CSU Research Panthervision® cap designed exclusively for the ODLA Bright Spot award.

Bright Spot awardees include Kevin Schauer, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility; Claudia Babcock, Office of Sponsored Programs; and Sean Masters, Lab Animal Resources.The awardees include:

Claudia Babcock, Office of Sponsored Programs

Claudia has been at CSU in OSP as a Program Assistant II since February 2011. Claudia was chosen to receive the Bright Spot award because of her willingness to volunteer to help out another research unit during a critical time when the unit was short-staffed. Her cheerful, gracious service contributed to creating and maintaining a positive work team and allowed the other unit staff to continue their work without a loss of functions. Prior to her current service at CSU (she was here briefly in the 70s) Claudia lived in Salem, Oregon, and worked for the state of Oregon for seven years as a budget analyst. While Claudia liked the climate in Oregon, she is loving the Colorado sunshine!

Sean Masters, Lab Animal Resources

Sean is one of 50 CSU animal care workers who care for research animals. As an animal care worker, Sean is responsible for supporting research by leading the animal care work with the calf team. Sean was nominated because of his demonstrated leadership skills, teamwork and conscientious work ethics. Animal care is typically a 24/7, 365-day function; however, that doesn’t stop Sean from coming in early to work and staying late to ensure the work is completed.

Kevin Schauer, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility

Kevin is a Student Lab Assistant II in PMF. He is being recognized for his exceptional, positive attitude and customer service skills which have contributed to creating and maintaining a work team of excellence in PMF. As a staff member of PMF, Kevin supports research through conducting sample analysis on sophisticated mass spectrometer equipment. However, Kevin is always willing to help out wherever it is needed including helping the Materials Manager when she is required to be away from the office. Kevin started working in PMF as a Student Lab Assistant I. He received his B.S. in Zoology, and B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in May 2011. He is currently working on his master’s degree in Biochemistry under the mentorship of Professor Norman Curthoys in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

One other employee, who asked to remain anonymous, will be recognized privately.

Our congratulations to all four employees!

About the Bright Spot Award

The Bright Spot Employee Recognition Award seeks to recognize research employees whose work is truly amazing to others! The award is inspired by Derek Sivers, creative entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and musician.

The award is supported by the Vice President for Research Organizational Excellence Fund. 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. Be specific in your nomination - why do you think this person should be recognized? What makes them a “Bright Spot “employee?

Again, we are looking for those employees who have discovered simple new ways of doing things but more importantly, these new ways can be emulated by others!

More information about the Bright Spot Award and the Organizational Excellence Fund.