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Awards / Honors

Nominations open for CPC Positive Action Award

February 16, 2012

Has someone you know made a difference in how employees are treated in your workplace? Does your department have policies that are supportive of staff? Do you wish more people knew about these efforts?

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Classified Personnel Council Positive Action Award. You may nominate any academic faculty, administrative professional or state-classified staff member or group by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16.

Award purpose and criteria

The purpose of the award is to recognize persons or groups that have significantly contributed to state-classified employees at CSU through systemic change. Systemic change is not only a one-time accomplishment, but the establishment of policies or actions that create a supportive work environment. The award recognizes efforts that can be considered and should be promoted as “best practices” in fostering employee performance.

Past winners

2006 – College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for their efforts in surveying employee needs and acting on results such as piloting feedback mechanisms for supervisors and increasing employee recognition efforts.

2007 – Operations Management Division of Housing and Dining Services under the direction of Bill Cole. Bill encouraged and supported employee efforts to launch several innovative programs. His leadership models integrity, credibility, and follow-through and was the driving force for the positive changes in the Division.

2008 – Process Improvement Committee from Facilities Management. This Committee was recognized for its work in building a foundation of cooperation by encouraging open communication and respect. Positions on the Committee are open to front line employees who work together in leadership roles to improve the morale of employees. The Committee has used employee surveys to engage others and direct their energies in avenues of value to the employees.

2009 – Tom Biedscheid. Tom was recognized for his innovative ideas which promote positive experiences for both employees in Student Financial Services and the students they serve. Tom coordinated “Green Team” in SFS and guided the department in reducing their paper usage. Tom also organizes staff events which promote working together and also allowed for exploring the competitive side of the SFS staff. Tom’s co-workers stated his leadership style encourages them to set the bar very high for goals within the department and at a University level.

2010 – Office of the Vice President for Research. Since Fall 2009, the ODLA team has moved quickly to significantly contribute to state-classified and administrative professional employees. The team meets approximately twice a month to promote professional development, employee recognition, and staff events. The ODLA team, comprised of a state-classified or administrative professional representative from each of the six divisions plus the OVPR, is chaired by Margaret Saldana, Organizational Development and Learning Assessment coordinator.

Nomination process

Please send your letter of nomination to Steven Dove at

Include as much specific information as possible about the persons’/group’s efforts as well as your contact information. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 16.

Award recipients will be selected by the Classified Personnel Council Award Committee.

Contact: Steven Dove
Phone: 491-7640