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Awards / Honors

Everyday Hero - Wendy Gleason

April 13, 2011

Graduate Program coordinator, Department of Physics

Wendy was nominated by John Harton, professor in the Department of Physics. He solicited comments from faculty, staff, and students about Wendy, and he quickly received about 40 short paragraphs, "all of them full of appreciation and praise for Wendy’s continuous excellent work and good humor," John says. "She works hard and efficiently every day, and she treats everyone with respect and good cheer.”

From faculty:

“She makes the department a better place. Thanks, Wendy.”
“Wendy is an incredible asset to the department. She is manager par-excellence for the graduate recruiting program, maintains data bases, keeps track of all applicants and their changing status on a daily basis, and does it all with a cheerful and helpful attitude that makes my day – everyday.”

From students:

“If not for Wendy Gleason, I would quite literally not have been able to continue my degree in the department. Her hard work makes it possible for all of us, in turn, to do what we love.”

From staff:

“A hero is someone who goes above and beyond, someone who changes your life for the better. Wendy is absolutely an Everyday Hero. She quietly works behind the scenes; putting out fires and making things go to ensure the entire department stays afloat.”

Upon speaking with Wendy, it was very apparent how warm and open she truly is with everyone she meets. Wendy has been in her present position since coming to CSU three years ago this May. She enjoys her job and would like to continue in her position taking on more responsibility as time goes on. Wendy said the department has a new chairperson and a very positive atmosphere in working for the future of the Department of Physics.

Wendy works with a philanthropic women’s group, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, during her off time. The organization works with St. Jude’s for Children, Pathways Hospice, and a lot of local charities. She also enjoys camping, without electricity, where it is quiet and relaxing.

When asked what she thought about being nominated for Everyday Hero, Wendy replied “it is humbling and flattering. I thought I was just doing my job.”

Congratulations to our latest Everyday Hero!

Want to recognize a colleague?

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition, a co-worker who makes the workplace better or someone who just “made your day?”

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.

Contact: Sarah Barrett
Phone: 491-3716