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Awards / Honors

Celebrate! CSU Milestone: Elaine Ann, 25 years

March 27, 2013
By Enes Ozekin

CSU is honoring faculty and staff who have reached service milestones during the 2012-13 fiscal year at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones event. This all-University event will take place at 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Elaine Ann, right, on an adventure in Asia.Elaine Ann has always been a part of the Fort Collins community. From attending elementary, middle and high school here, to raising a family and becoming a CSU student and employee, she has had the blessing of seeing the community grow.

Ann says she took an unconventional path to becoming an Apartment Life Administrative Assistant.

“I lived life backwards,” she said.

 Ann was married just after high school and opted to start college 23 years later after she and her husband divorced. 

“My life changed drastically at age 40. The saying that life begins at 40 was certainly true for me,” she said.

The Adventure Begins

Ann was hesitant about whether or not she belonged in the classroom.

“I took the first class and was so intimidated I intended to drop out, until another lady about my age suggested becoming study partners. We helped each other stick it out and after completing that first scary class I was on my way,” Ann said.

“Working for the University has been a godsend because it paid for most of my college classes," she said. "It took 17 years of working full-time and taking classes whenever I could to get through, but I got my degree and graduated Cum Laude.”

An International Passion

Ann began working as an hourly employee in the Student Services Building just after she started classes at CSU.

From there, she moved over to Aggie Village where she’s served as office manager for the past 25 years. A year into the job, she chose to move into one of the student apartments she helps manage in order to become part of the diverse community.

She says her interest in the international community started from a very young age.

“It all goes back to my aunt, who taught overseas and traveled extensively. Her letters home were full of adventures and pictures, such as panda bears from China. I longed to see those places too,” Ann said.

Adventures like the ones her aunt took weren’t possible when Ann was growing up, but she says she made up for lost time as an adult.

“Every time I travel, it helps me with my job. We have over 50 countries represented at Aggie Village alone,” she said. “I’ve been to 55 countries but still have more on my bucket list.”

Whether it’s hitching a ride on an elephant or taking an ox cart pulled by water buffalo, Ann’s childhood dreams have now become a reality.

Ann is a proud mother of three children, grandmother of four, and says that “of all the places I’ve gone, this is still my home.”           

To personally congratulate a Milestones honoree or group of honorees, please email your celebratory message to  no later than Tuesday, May 7. Your message might be used during the Celebrate! CSU Milestones event on May 9.

Contact: Brent Waugh