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Awards / Honors

Celebrate! Colorado State awards announced

May 7, 2013

Each year, we celebrate the teaching, research, and service achievements of CSU students, alumni and friends, academic faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff. The top awards for 2012-2013 were announced at the Celebrate! Colorado State Awards reception on May 7.

Full news releases regarding the awards are available on

University Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Darrell Fontane
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Darrell Fontane, who joined CSU in 1983 as a tenure-track assistant professor, is recognized for his talents and excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students as they conduct research. He also has received multiple teaching awards given by CSU students and administrators.

The title of University Distinguished Teaching Scholar (UDTS) is conferred upon the most outstanding faculty members of Colorado State University for the duration of their association with the institution. Only 12 persons may hold the title at any one time, exclusive of any retired faculty members holding the title of Distinguished Teaching Scholar Emeritus.

Scholarship Impact Award

John Belisle
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

John Belisle is recognized for his research in infectious disease. The Scholarship Impact Award, bestowed by the Office of the Vice President for Research, recognizes outstanding faculty whose scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally. 

Belisle focuses on the physiology of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis and immune system response, then uses that information find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent the disease. He directs the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, where experts collaborate on infectious disease research.

The university's highest award for accomplishment in research, the Scholarship Impact Award recognizes faculty whose scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally.

Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Patricia Ryan
Department of Finance and Real Estate

Patricia A. Ryan, a longtime professor in the College of Business known for her innovative teaching methods, has been honored by the Board of Governors of the CSU System with the annual Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Ryan is known for the “case method” of instruction, emphasizing participant-centered learning to solve real-life challenges in her senior capstone class. She writes many of her own business cases and also teaches in CSU’s Executive MBA program in Denver, bringing current business thinking directly from the executive seminar into the on-campus classroom.

The Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes one faculty member from each of the two institutions in the Colorado State University System for excellence in undergraduate teaching; awarded by the Board of Governors.

Monfort Professors

English professor Dan Beachy-Quick and Amy Prieto, associate professor in Chemistry, were named CSU Monfort Professors, an award established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation.

Dan Beachy-Quick
Department of English

Dan Beachy-Quick, associate professor of English, is one of the most respected poets of his generation and a passionate teacher at CSU. He has published five books of poetry and two essay collections. A novel and a book on John Keats will be released this spring.

Beachy-Quick, a native of Lakewood who earned his master’s degree at the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, was inspired to write poetry by one of his Alameda High School teachers. The 39-year-old has been writing ever since.

Amy Prieto
Department of Chemistry

Prieto, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received wide acclaim for her research on a powerful, lighter, and cheaper lithium-ion battery that recharges quickly  enough to make all-electric cars the go-to green vehicle.

Prieto launched the first startup company through the university’s Clean Energy Supercluster commercialization arm, Cenergy, in 2009. Prieto Battery focuses on producing batteries that are theoretically up to 1,000 times more powerful and 10 times longer-lasting and cheaper than traditional batteries.

Established by the Monfort Family Foundation, this program enables Colorado State to recruit and retain top-quality faculty. These competitively-selected, two-year appointments recognize and provide support for innovative teaching and research activities.

Advisor Gratitude Award

Recognizes faculty or staff member(s) serving as the primary advisor to a student organization registered with the Student Organizations office; nominated by a student or a student group.

Patricia Vigil, The Access Center
Katharine Wormus, Housing & Dining Services Administration

Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Award

Awarded to a graduate student for outstanding achievement in academics and service to and advancement of diversity.

Danielle Dickens, Department of Psychology

Office of International Programs Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.

Lisa Bogdanski, President of Fort Collins International Center
Blanche Hughes, Vice President for Student Affairs
Robin Reid, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Margaret B. Hazaleus Award

The Hazaleus awards were started in 1997 to honor individuals for long-term efforts to enhance the opportunities for women on campus.

Gillian Bowser, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Roe Bubar, Department of Ethnic Studies
Susan James, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Enrollment & Access Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes individuals or groups who have supported the vision, mission and efforts of the Division of Enrollment and Access.

Amy Parsons, Vice President for Operations

Multi-Ethnic Distinguished Service Award

Honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the multi-ethnic community; presented by the Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus.

Frank Johnson, CSU Police Department
Malcolm Scott, School of Social Work

Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and/or service to the University by state classified personnel; awarded by the Classified Personnel Council.

Barbara A. Brown, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Ellen Butler, CSU Extension
Brenda Duffy, University Counseling Center
Connie Horak, Career Center
Jamie Yarbrough, Office of the Registrar

Distinguished Administrative Professional Award

Presented to administrative professional staff for continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of outreach, teaching, administration, and/or research; awarded by the Administrative Professional Council.

Ryan Abbott, College of Agricultural Sciences
Guy Arnesen, Housing & Dining Services Administration
Thom Hadley, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Christina Kuroiwa, CSU Health Network

Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement over a five-year period by full-time members of the academic faculty; established as a tribute to Professor Pennock, who served as a distinguished professor of Civil Engineering in the 1920s.

Jim Cooney, Vice Provost for International Affairs
Rich Feller, School of Education
Neil Grigg, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alan Lamborn, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Ernie MacQuiddy, College of Business

 Jack E. Cermak Outstanding Advisor Award

Endowed in 1984 to honor excellence in academic advising, including recognition by students and peers as an outstanding advisor; capacity to offer career as well as academic advising; interpersonal communication skills that lead to beneficial advising relationships; and contributions to the improvement of advising services and/or the appreciation of academic advising throughout the campus.

Pamela Coke, Department of English
Demetrios Godenitz, Center for Advising and Student Achievement
David Steingraeber, Department of Biology
Matthew Wallenstein, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Student Award

Recognizes a student or a student group for remarkable contributions in service-learning courses and/or community-based research; awarded by the Service Integration Project.

Kayla Myers, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Marc Rizzo, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award

Presented to an outstanding Colorado State University community partner for their notable contributions to and participation in service-learning courses, initiatives or community-based research.

Alison Cope, Artistic Abilities

Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Award

Honors a Colorado State University faculty member who demonstrates an innovative contribution to service-learning curriculum development and/or community outreach.

Caroline Clevenger, Department of Construction Management
Mehmet Ozbek, Department of Construction Management

Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation

Presented to an individual from among University faculty in recognition of the use of technology to further or significantly encourage instructional innovation; in recognition of more than four decades of service by N. Preston Davis.

Caroline Clevenger, Department of Construction Management
Mehmet Ozbek, Department of Construction Management

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