They Rock!

The You Rock! program (with hat tip to Morgridge College of Education) encourages faculty and staff to recognize each other for small and large accomplishments.

Featured You Rock! Award Recipients

Emma Lawless

Emma Lawless

Staff | Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM & Systems

Emma is a pleasure to work with. She never bats an eye at the requests we have and always offers the most comprehensive solution to our challenges. She is amazing with SLATE and always goes above and beyond – anticipating what we may need next.

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Nominated May 27, 2020 by Tali Koziol Thomason, Director of Marketing, Communication, and Events/RSECS

Cherie Stribling

Cherie Stribling

Staff | Strategic Sourcing Manager

Cherie rocks because of her can do spirit and her willingness to adapt and work with others. She is someone that I has an infectious positivity, which is so needed right now. She is a true team player and I am grateful to have her on our team!

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Nominated May 20, 2020 by Stephanie Greenberg, Procurement Contract Administrator

Paula Cole

Paula Cole

Faculty | Associate Teaching Professor/Economics

“Paula has been playing a major leadership role in curriculum changes that we are going through lately with extreme care toward the issue as well as people involved. Despite some times serious resentment and resistance in the middle of COVID-19 crisis, I admire her creativity and solution seeking skills.

I must make it clear that those characteristics are not observed only for one event and recently. since the day we met, I always observe her caring, creative, inclusive, solution seeking and leadership characteristic toward her community including students, colleagues, and friends. She truly rocks!”

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Nominated May 14, 2020 by Anonymous

View all 2020 Awardees

October 2020
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Sarah Pessin, Professor and Faculty Senate President
President Pessin is an incredibly thoughtful, caring, and committed leader. I am deeply appreciative of her commitment to transparency, inclusion, and faculty voice. It is an honor to call her a colleague at DU.

I am especially impressed by her organization, timeliness in response to faculty concerns, and her facilitation of difficult conversations between faculty and central administration.

Rock on, Sarah!

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Ryan Gildersleeve, Professor & Associate Dean/MCE
Lorne Fultonberg, Marketing and Communications
Lorne is basically the glue of the communications team. Absolutely anytime any person on our team expresses that they are overwhelmed, he jumps in to take something off their plate, even when his is already full. He’s earned the trust of near everyone he’s worked with across DU, and is the first person to celebrate a success, no matter how small. Maintaining a strong team environment in this remote world would surely be much harder without Lorne around.
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Alyssa Hurst, Marketing and Communications
Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor/HED
Chris has provided significant labor and commitment to an inclusive community through her analysis of campus structures, communications, and climate related to Native Communities, including Indigenous Faculty, Staff, and Students. She is a brilliant writer who recently led letter-writing efforts that reflect the very best exercises of shared governance, academic freedom, and public scholarship. It is an honor to call her my colleague.

Rock on, Chris!

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Ryan Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
Keeping our building and community safe! Thank you for ensuring that all occupants are following protocol, which regularly creates the need to have uncomfortable and unwelcome conversations with people who are not following rules. THANK YOU!
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Rachel Riley, Assistant Director of Admissions, Morgridge
Selena Perez, Digital Marketing Specialist
Selena has shown exemplary professionalism and commitment to MCE during a challenging time in the marketing department.  There have been notable changes and she has remained thoughtful in her work and continues to produce a high quality level of work.  She is also consistently kind and calm even in high-stress situations.  She is a great value to MCE and DU!
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Jodi Dye, Director of Admissions, Morgridge College of Education
Rachel Lim, 
Rachel’s leadership of MCE New Student Orientation affinity group panels and discussions has been incredible. Thank you for working to make these a successful pilot. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Stacy Pinto, Clinical Assistant Professor/CP
Thank you for leading and facilitating the new student orientation affinity group discussion: LGBTQIA Students. Your commitment to our students is appreciated. It’s an honor to work with you in MCE. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Sarah Hurtado, Assistant Professor/HED
Thank you for leading and facilitating our New Student Orientation Affinity Group Discussion: Students of Color. Your commitment to our students is appreciated. I am honored to get to work with you. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Duan Zhang, Professor/RMIS
Thank you, Duan, for leading and facilitating the new student orientation session: Affinity Group Discussion: International Students. You’re an incredible scholar, leader, and colleague. I’m honored to work with you in MCE. Thank you for your service to our students. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Toni Green, Coors Fitness Center
Toni always greets me with a smile when I enter the Coors Fitness Center. I know she must put up with a LOT of disruptive complaints and needs from members – myself included. I really appreciate that Toni is so attentive to members and the safety of everyone in the Coors Fitness Center. She’s a great problem-solver, and always finds a productive solution.
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Gwenda Hanson, Coors Fitness Center
Gwenda and her team make the Coors Fitness Center my favorite place to workout. I feel supported and deeply appreciate their commitment to everyone’s safety and wellness. Gwenda takes seriously our COVID protocols and cares deeply about all members at the Coors Fitness Center.

I also appreciate how she and her team always muster up a smile when I enter the facility. Even though I’m sure they have some pretty rough days. They always make working out the positive experience it should be for everyone. Rock on!

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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Val Otten, VC Advancement
Helping to navigate a donors that were a bit miffed about the recent announcement.  For approaching a new initiative with the deans and adopting a continual improvement mindset.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Jessica Webb, Director of Advancement
Creating an amazing video for a donor and making them very happy.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Jill Weddle, Lead, Software Adoption/IT
Jill rocks because when I reached out to her with no Canvas experience wanting to create a canvas course for incoming gradute students in 4 weeks she was understanding of our units needs. And generous with her time to provide training, spot checks, and respond to random email questions all while being flexible to our constantly changing timeline and content. Jill was an amazing partner and teacher!
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Brittani McClendon, Sr. Manager, Marketing & Comms/ Office Graduate Education
Karen Kaiser, Library Technician/University Libraries
During a pandemic, Karen didn’t hesitate to rescue a drowning stranger at Bear Creek Lake Park this past August. I fell off my board and was getting fatigued swimming so I began to panic. As I called out for help, wondering who would help me during COVID, I saw Karen paddling toward me. Her friend went to retrive my board as she gave her lifevest and helped me on to her board. They stayed with me until I was over the shock, supported me as we paddled back to my car, and encouraged to not be discouraged. During this conversation, we realized we both worked at DU and hadn’t met. But now we are connected!
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Brittani McClendon, Sr. Manager, Marketing & Comms/ Office Graduate Education
Renea, Vice Chancellor, Marketing & Communications
Thank you for organizing the Communicator’s Roundtable, weekly COVID updates, etc. with staff across campus. I appreciate how much work you’ve done to make MarComm’s strategies, resources, and plans more transparent and accessbile!
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Jennifer Bohn, Program Manager, Communication & Outreach, International Education
Zachary Nickel, IT
Zach,

Your clear communication, timely and thoughtful help on my IT issues today was so helpful. You work with a speed that is fast and yet you are thorough. I liked that you showed me what you were doing, explained why, had patience when I could not recreate the issue, and answered multiple questions in one call to make the best use of my time.

DU is so fortunate to have you!

Ann

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Ann Ayers, Dean, Colorado Women’s College
Eric Mareck, Building Manager, MCE
Eric,

Your thoughtful, generous, roll-up-your sleeves-and-get-er-done approach to taking over management of the Chambers Center has been outstanding. I am so grateful that you are there, that you care about the building and the community, and that you are willing to wade through the changes and high budgets as you do your job. Cleaning the refrigerator was above and beyond, in particular, but it was consistent with the dedication you show every day. Glad to have you on the DU and especially the CWC team. (I guess with Zamboni in your background, you are used to cleaning cold things!)

Ann

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Ann Ayers, Dean, Colorado Women’s College
Lindsay Anderson, Executive Director-Regional Advancement & Volunteer Engagement
Lindsay is an amazing colleague and just dang fun to be around! Her contribution to the Advancement Team is unmatched, as she brings her brilliance and critical thinking to any conversation, always offering solutions and a clear path to success for her team!

Lindsay goes above and beyond to take care of her team  personally and professionally! She’ll drop anything to answer a call, a text, an email from one of her teammates at any time of the day. AND she’s just a great human being to be around! Thank you Lindsay for rocking and rolling with us! Well done!

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Annette Nelson, Regional Advancement Coordinator
Eleanor McNees, English
Eleanor has provided pivotal leadership to establish processes, procedures, and policies related to Emeritus Status at DU. Through the work with our MOARS group, we are really pushing the institution to consider faculty advancement from hiring THROUGH retirement. And I especially appreciate how much fun it is to be along for the ride with Eleanor in doing so.

Eleanor Rocks! And I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from her. Rock on!

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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Jennifer Bellamy, Professor and Associate Dean/GSSW
Jenn is always pleasant and productive in meetings. I appreciate how much she helps our MOARS group and the FAAD group FOCUS while remaining human with one another. Also, she puts everyone to shame when it comes to follow-through. I aspire to be more like Jenn, regularly.

Thank you, Jenn. I really appreciate getting to learn and work with and from you. Rock on!

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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Tom Romero, VC-DEI/ODEI
Tom tirelessly leads our institution to keep equity and diversity top of mind and central to the fabric of our activity. And that is a TOUGH job in our context quite often. I especially enjoy that I am now in a position to get to work with him more often and more directly. His support of MCE DEI efforts is invaluable; I look forward to more and greater collaboration and mutual support this year. Rock on, Tom!
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Jasmine Pulce, Rockstar/Student Life
Jasmine brings humanity, insight, and keen intellect to our conversations every week in our Action Book Club. I deeply appreciate her leadership and facilitation. She came back from comps last week and simply rocked. I love learning from and with her. Rock on, Jasmine!
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Elaine Belansky, Research Professor/MCE
Elaine helps us keep wellness as a central tenet and commitment in our work. She’s also great at helping me recognize new efficiencies – like note-taking in meetings. 🙂 I appreciate getting to work and learn with her, particularly in supporting research across MCE.
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Sarah Hurtado, Higher Education
Sarah stepped up and facilitated a new program for MCE New Student Orientation – our first of three affinity group panels. Early reports say that this first panel set a great tone and was greatly appreciated by students. Sarah generally rocks, but I especially appreciate her willingness to step into this service during this chaotic time. Thank you, Sarah. Rock on!
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Sarah Hurtado, Higher Education
Sarah stepped up and facilitated a new program for MCE New Student Orientation – our first of three affinity group panels. Early reports say that this first panel set a great tone and was greatly appreciated by students. Sarah generally rocks, but I especially appreciate her willingness to step into this service during this chaotic time. Thank you, Sarah. Rock on!
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Jen Kogovsek, Director of Operations and Special Projects/ Shared Services
Jen is a valuable member of the COVID response team and has provided tremendous assistance by developing a comprehensive Gantt chart for response activities and streamlining purchases and processing to keep our COVID response running well.
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Leslie Brunelli, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs/ BFA
Erika Manczak, faculty CAHSS Psychology
Thank you for bringing the IPE Grand Rounds project to life.  Interdisciplinary work across the clinics and the programs is so exciting and I really appreciate the work, especially during these challenging times.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Korrie Allen, Faculty MCE
Thank you for bringing the IPE Grand Rounds project to life.  Interdisciplinary work across the clinics and the programs is so exciting and I really appreciate the work, especially during these challenging times.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Lynett Henderson Metzger, Faculty, GSPP
Thank you for bringing the IPE Grand Rounds project to life.  Interdisciplinary work across the clinics and the programs is so exciting and I really appreciate the work, especially during these challenging times.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Kim Gorgens, Faculty, GSPP
Thank you for bringing the IPE Grand Rounds project to life.  Interdisciplinary work across the clinics and the programs is so exciting and I really appreciate the work, especially during these challenging times.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Julianne Mitchell, GSSW
Thank you for bringing the IPE Grand Rounds project to life.  Interdisciplinary work across the clinics and the programs is so exciting and I really appreciate the work, especially during these challenging times.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Jodi Dye, Director of Marketing
Representing MCE so well in being asked to speak to how we are marketing to potential students on the Capture webinar.  Thanks for all that you do.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Chase McNamee, Senior Project Manager/ Office of Chancellor
Chase came to the university in 2020 and have virtually put on major webinars that dedicate its efforts to creating a community of care. He is the epitome of what community means at DU and have not only been active in speaking up in times of injustices, but have pushed the community in navigating topics as it relates to anti-racism, the pandemic, and living into the values of DU. As a previous supervisee, Chase has been a supportive, kind, and brilliant supervisor. Now as a colleague, I have seen Chase’s innovative thinking come to light when he partner up on events and initiatives that impacts the institutional culture.
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Dong Dinh, 4-D Cohort Coordinator/Office of Chancellor
Anna Millies, ASA/HED
Anna has saved the day so many times that I lost count. She’s always prepared with “just in time” administrative support, which I deeply appreciate. Most recently with approval forms for HED Comps oral defense meetings. Anna Rocks!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Tasia Moore, Executive Assistant to the Dean/MCE
Tasia makes life lovely in the MCE Office of the Dean. She is a fantastic colleague, and I have learned from her leadership and creativity. I deeply appreciate her efforts to keep our work humane and our workplace delightful. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Adriana Lopez, Director of MarComm/MCE
Adriana is a fun partner and collaborator. I appreciate that she never says “no” but rather helps me figure out how best to get the Mar/Comm that we need. She is creative and helpful – especially to me as a new person in the leadership team. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Mark Engberg, Associate Dean/MCE
Mark has been an outstanding colleague and has really helped me jump into my new role. I appreciate that he looks out for the best interests of our College staff and faculty. I enjoy learning from and with him. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Bruce Uhrmacher, Department Chair/HED
Bruce is leading the Higher Education Department with patience and tenacity. His commitment is inspiring. I am deeply appreciative of his efforts to keep HED moving. Rock on!
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RyanEG, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Kara Duggan, ASA/HED
Kara has helped transform and further develop new student orientation in MCE. She has exercised inclusive leadership and helped demonstrate how the MCE community is stronger together. Rock on!
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Sarah Pessin, Faculty Senate President
Sarah’s leadership brings calm and confidence to the University Faculty. I appreciate her thoughtfulness around policy and her commitment to involving faculty voice in decision-making and recommendations.
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Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Professor and Associate Dean/MCE
Patty Farmer, 
Patty is always prioritizing our hospitality students even during these tough times. She goes out of her way to help students find jobs and feel like they have someone to confide in and talk with even if their immediate families are far away. She has also taken care of all of the weddings and brides by assisting them with new dates and even different locations if needed when they have been displaced from our building during Co-vid 19. She is always the first to volunteer when the team needs help and has been a positive voice and leader during a crazy time.
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Stacy Moore, KSHM
Mikeal Milton, Warehouse & Mail Services
Mike is a vital to the success of my job. I wouldn’t be able to manage Ruffatto and Chambers without his help, support and hard work.  Thank you for going above and beyond to help our operations.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
Elaine Belanski, ED Center for Rural Schools Health and Education
Dear Elaine,

The CRHSE report was amazing and illustrates all of the great work that you are doing.  Thank you for your leadership and your passion for rural communities.

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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Kirk Jones, COO, CAHSS
Kirk, I really appreciate your innovative efforts to support CAHSS staff in these challenging times. Your care and concern, and your creative thinking about ways to support our staff colleagues, help show CAHSS staff that their work is seen, recognized, and valued.
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Andrea L Stanton, Chair, Religious Studies
Genevieve Waller, 
Genevieve, I don’t know that this goes directly to you, but I have appreciated your professionalism in performing your duties in the Office of Student Affairs. You have quickly learned to anticipate where things might go wrong, and you always offer solutions with grace and thoughtfulness. I am honored to be your colleague, and I look forward to continuing our work together.

All the best – Aaron

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Aaron Schneider, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Stacy Moore, Director of Operations, Fritz Knoebel
Stacy is a wonderful person to work for! She makes everyone feel welcome and included and is extremely supportive as a mentor and coach. Ever since the pandemic began, she has made it a priority to bring our team together to work through systematic changes. She is a true leader.
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Kristen DuFour, Operations Manager, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality
Helen McGrath, Grant Coordinator
Helen has been a tremendous help for NSM. Helen is our Grant Coordinator but when COVID happened she graciously took on the responsibilities of being our COVID coordinator, Building Manager for BW, and Contact tracer. She has done an amazing job of getting all our NSM buildings ready for the fall, coordinating, and communicating within our departments to make sure processes are consistent. I appreciate Helen’s great attitude and appreciate all that she has done for our team at NSM.
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Karen Escobar, Manager, Business and Operations
Karen not only does an exceptional job with her work but is always willing to help and support the division in any way she can. She recently helped contact and hand out ID cards to our graduate students by calling and meeting them on campus to make sure they had their ID for the start of the Fall quarter. For the first two weeks of school, Karen helped our division by monitoring the doors to our buildings to make sure our students followed protocols.
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Matt Pickler, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems/Office of Graduate Education
Interdepartmental communication can have its barriers within a decentralized model in higher education. However, you have done a phenomenal job with providing support to stakeholders across campus, building these relationships, and making sure everyone feels heard. Your work is crucial to the functionality of DU graduate admissions and I feel like you’ve become a subject matter expert in a wide array of things which is helped many of us around you as you are a valuable resource in OGE and beyond at DU. I appreciate your willingness to help and contributing to a culture of community in the workplace. Thanks for being a great colleague, friend, and fellow RPCV Matt!!
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Kannan Muralidharan, Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment/Office of Graduate Education
MCE Support Team, MCE Tech Team
The entire MCE support team always goes above and beyond to support the people and programs within Ruffatto Hall and in the College of Education. They are all leaders that create an inclusive and supportive culture. Thank you for all of your help and support!
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
Matt Ulrich, Support Specialist University of Denver – Dept. of Campus Safety
Thank you for helping buildings with C-Cure and card access. Your help is greatly appreciated! We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs with out your help, expertise and support.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
William (Bill) Scott, Electronic Security Systems Technician
Thank you for helping buildings with C-Cure and card access. Your help is greatly appreciated! We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs with out your help, expertise and support.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
William (Bill) Scott, Electronic Security Systems Technician
Thank you for helping buildings with C-Cure and card access. Your help is greatly appreciated! We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs with out your help, expertise and support.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations
Stacy Moore, Director of Operations
I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Stacy Moore. I have known Stacy for many years and she possesses expertise in High-level management, leadership and hands on coaching and team development. Stacy leads by example and her employees find her enthusiasm, dedication and strategic planning both inspiring and motivating. As a team leader, Stacy earns my highest recommendation for an award.
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Patricia Farmer, Director of Sales\adjunct
Annecoos Wiersman, Associate Dean, Sturm College of Law
Between the Colorado Bar Exam and the opening of the Law semester,  Annecoos was instrumental in providing sound leadership and a devout dedication to students and staff in the midst of one tumultuous summer.
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Jason Jackson, Project Manager, FMP
Benjamin Hartline, Building Coordinator, AAC, University Libraries
Ben rocks because he was instrumental in getting AAC up and running during the pandemic and Phase 3 reopening. Ben is creative and has a can-do attitude where he can adapt on the fly.
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Jason Jackson, Project Manager, FMP
Mary Requena, Fisher Early Learning Center
In the midst of the stress, anxiety, and fear caused by Covid close encounters, Mary has been a great leader, friend, and team member. Her encouragement and care help us get through even the most harrowing situations.
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Lisa McMillan, Fisher Early Learning Center
Ariel Julian, Project Manager Child Heath and Development Lab
As we brought students, faculty and staff back to campus, we were tasked with implementing a contact tracing software in a very short time.  It was important that we had a Spanish version of the app as well as English.

Ariel translated everything from English to Spanish for multiple pages and multiple versions.  His turn around time was outstanding knowing that this was a critical high profile project.  I would like to let Ariel know that I appreciate his help and that he Rocks!!!

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Angie McElwreath, Business Analyst/IT
Jessica Espinoza-Galindo, Academic Support Associate
Jessica,

You are always available to answer a question, solve a problem,  and have our students’ best interests at heart. Thank you for all you do for our programs and department.

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Jeanine Coleman, Clinical Associate Professor/MCE
Mia Saracusa, Project Coordinator/Psychology
Mia was incredibly skillful, quick, helpful and friendly even before the pandemic turned things upside down. She has been asked to take on even more in terms of our department’s COVID-19 response and coordination, and also has been taking on extra duties due to turnover in a staff member she works closely with. She remains remarkably responsive, friendly, and very patient when corresponding with faculty and students who are rattled by the current circumstances. We are so lucky to have her!
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Kateri McRae, Psychology
Claire Khachatryan, Enrollment & Office Manager/Learning Effectiveness Program
Claire continuously goes above and beyond to keep our department running! She has been a rock star in supporting all of our staff as we transitioned to remote in the Spring, and has continued this fall as we and students have returned to campus.  She continuously has great ideas for new projects and systems and pushes our department to grow.  She is also a great co-worker who is compassionate and cares about the people she works with! Without her organization skills and drive we wouldn’t have successfully been able to maintain our services to students during all of the 2020 transitions.
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Sarah Mooney, Academic Counselor/Learning Effectiveness Program
Claire Khachatryan, Enrollment & Office Manager/Learning Effectiveness Program
Claire continuously goes above and beyond to keep our department running! She has been a rock star in supporting all of our staff as we transitioned to remote in the Spring, and has continued this fall as we and students have returned to campus.  She continuously has great ideas for new projects and systems and pushes our department to grow.  She is also a great co-worker who is compassionate and cares about the people she works with! Without her organization skills and drive we wouldn’t have successfully been able to maintain our services to students during all of the 2020 transitions.
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Sarah Mooney, Academic Counselor/Learning Effectiveness Program
Johnny Ramirez, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor/AHSS
Thank you for Johnny Ramirez for supporting DU students during the recent protest. Your leadership is appreciated your presence on campus has encouraged other faculty to see they need to do more.
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Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor/MCE
Ryan Gildersleeve, Assoc Dean/MCE
Ryan has done a great job of supporting our college. In particular, he has helped the higher education department faculty with comprehensive exams. His efforts really saved us.
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Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor/MCE
September 2020
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Bridget Farrell, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Reference Services, Associate Professor, Reference and Instruction
Bridget came to two of my Intro to Higher Education classes to share resources and research tips for my students.  The students said that they were engaged and motivated to see themselves as researchers.  Thank you, Bridget, for your presentation and for inspiring our students!
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Laura Sponsler, Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education
Susan Haymore, Business Analyst, IT
Susan is, without a doubt, one of the most intelligent people I know. She is always willing to take the time to help others out with their technical needs. Susan is approachable and never makes anyone feel inferior for asking questions or needing assistance. She goes above and beyond to look for solutions and has more patience than a saint! Many people don’t know that Susan is the brains behind our Advancement PioSphere system, as she is quiet and humble. It’s easy for those who are “behind the scenes” to go unnoticed, so I want to make sure Susan knows that she ROCKS!
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Gloria Bokenkamp, Assistant Director, Gift Fund Stewardship
Lynzi Patton, Housing
Lynzi has been an outstanding source of support for many of the DU Housing & Residential Education staff. She has gone above and beyond in her service to the Department and DU. She has supported, trained, and developed staff at all levels to help assist in a smooth transition. She has stepped up to provide leadership and solutions to issues as Housing navigates this pandemic with a brand new team.

She is creative, rolls up her sleeves and gets the work done, and role models to the team a strong work ethic and problem solving. She has created organization in the new office suite and works to connect students to answers. She is appreciated!

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Kristine McCaslin, Director Student Rights&Responsibilities and Interim Director Housing
Lissy Garrison, AVC, Development
Lissy Garrison joined the University of Denver in 2017, and has been instrumental in leading Strategic Advancement Efforts across campus. Particularly during these evolving times, Lissy has led with grace, vulnerability, and enthusiasm which has been uplifting. Her sense of deliberate optimism and calm has served as an inspiration for the many leaders and teams with whom she works. She has helped teams prioritize consistent outreach to alumni, donors, and families, and has championed creative ways to remain resilient, yet persistent (in a virtual environment!) in raising money for the University. We cannot thank her enough for her compassionate leadership and drive amidst times of uncertainty.
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Aimee L Mandolini, Executive Director of Debelopment, Daniels
Lissy Garrison, AVC, Development
Lissy Garrison joined the University of Denver in 2017, and has been instrumental in leading Strategic Advancement Efforts across campus. Particularly during these evolving times, Lissy has led with grace, vulnerability, and enthusiasm which has been uplifting. Her sense of deliberate optimism and calm has served as an inspiration for the many leaders and teams with whom she works. She has helped teams prioritize consistent outreach to alumni, donors, and families, and has championed creative ways to remain resilient, yet persistent (in a virtual environment!) in raising money for the University. We cannot thank her enough for her compassionate leadership and drive amidst times of uncertainty.
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Aimee L Mandolini, Executive Director of Debelopment, Daniels
Susan Bolton, Mathematics
Research Administrators Day is tomorrow, so I wanted to submit this You Rock nomination for Susan in recognition of the fact that she ROCKS. Thank you for everything you do, Susan!
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Helen McGrath, NSM
Faun Lee, Physics and Astronomy
Research Administrators Day is tomorrow, so I wanted to submit this You Rock nomination for Faun in recognition of the fact that she ROCKS. Thank you for everything you do, Faun!
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Helen McGrath, NSM
Randi Flageolle, Biological Sciences
Research Administrators Day is tomorrow, so I wanted to submit this You Rock nomination for Randi in recognition of the fact that she ROCKS. I know that no matter how busy Randi is she will stop and answer my questions or assist grant related tasks. Thank you for everything you do, Randi!
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Helen McGrath, NSM
Mary Shonk, Chemistry
Right from the start Mary has been my go to with any questions I have had regarding grants and workings of DU systems and protocols. She has advised and helped me build my grant knowledge and never hesitated to assist me with tasks where needed no matter what she has on her plate. She is my rock and therefore I believe deserves this You Rock Award.
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Helen McGrath, NSM
Jordan Coulter, Continuing Education Specialist, Office of the Registrar
Jordan is an amazing source of support for all of us that implement non-credit and continuing education programming at DU.  He is our first point of contact for system issues, ideas, questions, and “what ifs” and is always willing and able to help troubleshoot challenges or coach through new processes.  I am appreciative of him every day!
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Christine Gallager, Associate Director, Center for Professional Development
Alex Huffman, Chemistry
Alex has used his expertise in aerosol science to help DU with preparing for the return of students for Fall quarter. Thank you!
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Helen McGrath, NSM
Nicole Militello, MarComm
Nicole has gone above and beyond the duties in her job description, taking the lead on a number of projects related to the RadioEd podcast. Most notably, she has helmed social media strategy, creating beautiful prototypes of Instagram stories to boost the signal of the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing at DU. I appreciate her genuine care for the University’s image and the product our office creates. She rocks!
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Lorne Fultonberg, MarComm
Rachel Riley, Asst. Director of Admissions, Morgridge College of Education
Rachel went above and beyond in helping new Morgridge students during their first day of class.  She selflessly gave much of her day to assisting students with building and classroom access problems.  During a time that is inherently stressful Rachel provided calm and kind support and is proof that serving students is at the heart of her work.
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Jodi Dye, Director of Admissions, Morgridge College of Education
Becky Gonzalez, Asst Bursar/Student Financial Services
You rock for monitoring the bursar email on weekends.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Madison Dorman, Advisor/Student Financial Services
For staffing the satellite ID Card office.  We wouldn’t have been successful without your help.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Elizabeth-Anne Newberry, Advisor/Student Financial Services
For helping out at the satellite ID card office.  We wouldn’t have been successful without your help.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Jocelyn Rockhold, Pioneer Card Specialist/Student Financial Services
Dedicating so much time and effort to ensure every DU community member had a Pioneer Card for building access.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Scott Murray, ID System Specialist II/Student Financial Services
Working long hours to make sure every member of the DU community had a Pioneer ID Card for building access.  And for spending multiple days resolving cash register issues.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Jenni Oliver, Asst Director/Student Financial Services
For coordinating the logistics and staffing of the satellite ID card office.  The endeavor wouldn’t have been successful without all your hard work and long hours.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Becca Edginton, Senior Adviser/Student Financial Services
For helping out at the satellite ID office.  We wouldn’t have been successful without you.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Evan Vicchy, Customer Service Assistant/Student Financial Services
Helping out at the satellite ID office during the first 2 weeks of the term.  We wouldn’t have been successful without you.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Kathy Shoemaker, Bursar/Student Financial Services
For helping out at the satellite ID office.  We wouldn’t have been successful without you.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Suzanne Webster, Asst Bursar/Student Financial Services
For doing an awesome job at the satellite ID card office.  We wouldn’t have been successful without your help.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Tess Lindsay, Shared Services
Your willingness to go above and beyond for someone looking for help and support was so appreciated this week. I have never met you and you had no reason to go out of her your to help me, other than a sense of kindness and caring to stop and help and a willingness to find a solution, even when I know you’ve got a million other things on your plate! Thank you! You rock!
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Megan Reilly, Leadership & Global Programs Manager, Daniels College of Business
Ethan Crawford, Director of Technological Services
Throughout the spring, summer, and early fall, Ethan has been a wonderful leader in helping Media, Film, and Journalism Studies faculty members get ready for their online, hybrid, and hyflex class experiences. He has assisted them in getting their courses on canvas, providing organizing tips and even recording and uploading instructional videos for us. He has also prepared classrooms for socially distanced in-person sessions, which involved moving sophisticated computer editing equipment, and he has prepared technology for classes  – including brainstorming how best to support students experiencing financial challenges and shipping camera equipment to students  who needed it last spring. He also supervises the work of several work/study students and is now also helping classroom technology assistants as they need it. He has done all of this while providing excellent support to our brand-new and long-time faculty members. Ethan exudes a helpful and professional demeanor.  It’s no wonder that he has been a valued member of the DU community for many years. We feel fortunate that he is also part of MFJS, and we’re glad to tell him: You ROCK!
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Dr. David Odell, Medical Director and Physician at the Health and Counseling Center
I am not entirely sure there is enough space here to enumerate the ways that Dr. David Odell rocks. Since the beginning of this year, he has truly been the University of Denver’s front line in our battle against COVID. In the spring, he guided the Health and Counseling Center through a tumultuous time while we made the transition to telehealth appointments to preserve student’s access to mental and physical healthcare while still providing support for the staff he supervises.

All summer long, he worked tirelessly to help prepare departments across campus for the return of students in the fall and to help protect the health of everyone. I have seen him in meetings more than once on his scheduled days off, working diligently to establish a plan for DU to welcome back our students in the fall that prioritizes student experience while also safeguarding their health.

Dr. Odell has relentlessly followed the course of the virus and the myriad ways information and what we know about this antigen has changed. Daily, he reviews all available information and provides clear, concise direction regarding any new developments or adjustments that must be made to our current plan. He has worked to establish relationships with other partners in the community to provide the best possible testing options and care for affected students.

He has done all of this while still seeing our students in clinic and via teleheath appointments acting as their Primary Care Physician. He has also still showed up everyday as the Medical Director at the HCC, which requires him to provide leadership and guidance to every staff member. He has had inspired solutions for overcoming obstacles and when needed, invited suggestions from others on the team for innovative ideas and solutions to keep the campus reopening on track.

Dr. Odell is a compassionate, generous leader and medical provider. He has truly been a source of strength and his tenacity in the face of this difficult time is inspiring.  I have had the luxury of working with him for six years now and can confidently say there is no one I trust more to lead during a crisis. He is calm, measured, knowledgable and resourceful and the University of Denver is a better place for having him.

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Lori Graybill, Registered Nurse/Health and Counseling Center
Joyce Goodfriend, Professor of History
Joyce has been TIRELESSLY working on her course for this fall. I am continually impressed with her ability to learn, laugh, and teach her students. She has one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen, Percy, he is a wonderful addition to all of my faculty consults with Joyce! I appreciate all the effort she has put in and I know her students to too!
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Christine Hood, Instructional Designer at OTL
Karen Cook, Adjunct in the School of Hospitality at Knoebel
Karen has been working with me since last spring. She is an unbelievably dedicated professor. She has a standing meeting with me and continues to learn and grow to the benefits of all of her students. She deserves a SHOUT OUT!
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Christine Hood, Instructional Designer
Karen Cook, Adjunct in the School of Hospitality at Knoebel
Karen has been working with me since last spring. She is an unbelievably dedicated professor. She has a standing meeting with me and continues to learn and grow to the benefits of all of her students. She deserves a SHOUT OUT!
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Christine Hood, Instructional Designer
Denean Jenkins, HRIC Partner
Danean is such an asset to our DU Community! I’m so thankful for her thoughtful leadership and guidance as an HRIC partner. I feel supported to have her as the HRIC partner for Advancement and am so thankful for her honesty, professionalism, and attention.
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Sara Male, CAHSS Dean’s Office
Sara was instrumental in getting Sturm Hall prepped and ready for Fall classes and events. She has literally put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in each and every classroom and office suite for one of the largest colleges on campus. We simply would not have made it to a successful fall start of classes without her.
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Jason Jackson, Project Manager, FMP
Jason Jackson, Project Manager
Jason has been instrumental in helping me get Ruffatto Hall and the Chambers Center back up and running for fall quarter classes. His diligence and helpfulness are a great asset to the DU.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations at MCE & CWC
Rachel Stonecypher, Director of Capital Projects
Rachel has been instrumental to helping me get Ruffatto Hall and the Chambers Center up and running for fall in-person classes. Rachel’s insight, guidance and leadership is an asset to DU.
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Eric Mareck, Assistant Director of Facilities and Operations at MCE & CWC
Nicky Bruckhart, Athletic Business Office Manager
While going thru the challenges of the financial impact of the global pandemic Athletic Business Office Manager Nicky Bruckhart has also met head-on the challenge of incorporating a new athletic equipment supplier.  This past spring the university made the decision to end its business relationship with adidas and initiate a new relationship with New Balance / BSN Sports.  Nicky has succeeded at making new supportive contacts with NB / BSN while coordinating and organizing the logistics for outfitting 18 Pioneer sports programs for training and competition. On top of these related tasks, Nicky has worked closely with the athletic equipment room to incorporate a software-based equipment inventory system. A few co-workers have teased Nicky that the equipment room is her office annex.

Nicky is a 20-year DU employee and her commitment to her employer remains as strong as ever.

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Laurie Saraceno, Administrative Director-Student Law Office/College of Law
You’ve done such an incredible job of moving the entire Student Law Office–students, staff, faculty, and clients–to a forum that lets us work both remotely and in-person. This is an epic undertaking with so many moving parts, and so many needs to balance – clients, students, courts, faculty, staff, etc. You’ve had to anticipate so many unknowns and create contingency plans on contingency plans. And you have done all of this with incredible grace and thoughtfulness. Thank you so much.
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Laura Rovner, Professor of Law/College of Law
Mary Shonk, Asst. to the Chair, Chemistry
Hi:

Mary Shonk deserves recognition for the work she has put in training NSM assistants in various aspects of the job.  She offered 4 trainings over the summer, on Portfolio use, using Teams, a Zoom practice session, and one on international students in graduate programs.  She did this on her own initiative.  She has also made herself available to answer questions as they arise.  She has been a great support to our team.

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Anonymous, 
Megan Vaughn, Parking Manager/Parking & Mobility Services
Megan worked to ensure that the customer service team of Parking and Mobility Services were able to perform their duties including answering phones, emails, and payment processing, while also processing hundreds of requests for refunds and the suspension of payroll deductions for parking permits for six months. This was accomplished with the entire customer service team working remotely. This required coordination with IT, Shared Services, Mail Services and other departments, in order to facilitate the timely completion of an unprecedented number of such requests which prior to current crisis, did not normally exceed dozen per month.
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Jim Anderson, Director/Parking and Mobility Services
Andrea Stanton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies
Andrea has been a wonderful partner on the Scenario and Financial Solutions Task Force.  She asks questions that require me to look at financial information with a different perspective.  She is thoughtful, thorough and clear and willing to have difficult budget discussions.
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Leslie Brunelli, Business & Financial Affairs
Brian Grewe, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor
Dr. Brian Grewe rocks because he works tirelessly to provide creative and engaging courses to our students. Our undergraduates mention him consistently during advising sessions; they can’t wait to see what he is teaching next. Dr. Grewe is always willing to support students interested in internships and independent studies even though they are not a required part of his job. Our graduate students rely on him as a sounding board and for social support. Dr. Grewe is very knowledgeable about issues of accessibility and online teaching. He is always happy to share his knowledge. I am so grateful to have him as a colleague.
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Erin Willer, Associate Professor/Communication Studies
John DeSousa, EdTech
As an AAP leader for two courses and student, John somehow has managed to touch all of my classes. He is clearly very dedicated and effective. He has never failed to make class tech experiences better. He seems to be available 24/7 and I honestly don’t know when he sleeps. He is critical to the Sturm College of Law. This is just a small way to express my thankfulness.
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Anonymous, 
Christine Marchette, Building and Events Manager, Josef Korbel School
Christine is an incredible source of support at Korbel and worked tirelessly this summer to ready us for welcoming students back to campus. Much of the work she does is behind the scenes this year, without the satisfaction she might get from organizing in-person events, but her work is crucial to our success as a school and  I am personally so grateful for her support, creativity, and dedication to our students and to our school.
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Anonymous, 
John DeSousa, EdTech
As an AAP leader for two courses and student, John somehow has managed to touch all of my classes. He is clearly very dedicated and effective. He has never failed to make class tech experiences better. He seems to be available 24/7 and I honestly don’t know when he sleeps. He is critical to the Sturm College of Law. This is just a small way to express my thankfulness.
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Chris Naley, Advancement – Events
Chris is a go-getter! He is top notch professional, reliable, solution oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand. If I were building a team, I would want Chris on it for sure. He’s detail oriented and results driven. And on top of all that – he’s just fun to work with 🙂
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Erin Dietrich, Advancement – Alumni Enggement
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business and Operations/University Libraries
Merisa Bissinger is the backbone of the library.  She has the answer for everything or can find it out.  Without Merisa leading us during COVID I wouldn’t feel as comfortable coming back to the warehouse as I do.  She answers emails with questions that have popped up after every DU-wide email.  Merisa has considered an off-site building in her COVID conversations, when not many others have.  I trust she has the library staff’s best interests in mind when implementing procedures and policies.  And on a personal note, when the world was finally shutting down in March and I was making personal decisions based on family member’s health she was the only one who stopped and commiserated with my plans going haywire.  That one moment of empathy really changed my attitude going into stay at home.  She cared enough to acknowledge that my plans weren’t happening and I was making hard decisions based on health reasons.  Merisa supported me in the decisions I had to make to keep my family safe.  I think I can speak for many people in the library that we would be lost without Merisa.
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Caroline Rew, Hampden Center Supervisor/University Libraries
Carly Einstein, Advancement – Alumni Engagement
Carly inspires me to think about my work in new and different ways. As a long time DU employee who has experience working in  other parts of the university, she brings a holistic and connected approach to her work that is refreshing and informed. It allows her to be her authentic self while engaging with alumni, students, faculty and community members in meaningful ways to build their affinity to GSSW. She has been a leader on our team in her own unique way – providing Myers Briggs training for our group to better understand how to work together, and offering her thoughts and insights to productive conversations about how we can better structure our work for greater impact. She is also a long time friend and I trust her intuition, insight and perspective beyond all others. She brings wisdom, understanding and compassion to her conversations – both personally and professionally. I’m so lucky to have her as a colleague.
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Erin Dietrich, Advancement – Alumni Enggement
Christine Gallager, Associate Director/Center for Professional Development
Christine is constantly looking for more effective, efficient ways of managing tasks, programs, and work flows. During the last two months, she has helped research and identify solutions for hiring our instructors, registering non-credit students, and streamlining marketing efforts for CPD. Her focus on student experience drives her efforts.
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Renae Jacob, Executive Director/Center for Professional Development
Scott Toney, Associate Teaching Professor / Business Information & Analytics
Scott,

You rock! You have provided me a great deal of support this past year as I have taken on this Chair job. You are quick with a kind work, offer of help, and just doing things without being asked.

Besides being a support directly to me, you also do an amazing number of things behind the scenes to make sure that others in the department succeed with their teaching and general survival as a faculty member.  You have provided tremendous support to our department adjuncts and also contributed to the Gateway course and the MBA@Denver. In addition, you have recently taken on the  job of Program Director for the Business Analytics major!

It’s a wonderful feeling to know you have someone you work with that you can call on when you need help, or just to talk through when things are tough, and even when you just have something to celebrate.

Thanks Scott!!  I appreciate you!

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Kellie Keeling, Chair, Associate Professor
Maggie Burkhardt, Benefit’s Specialist/ Shared Services
Maggie is very kind, responsive, and her follow through is amazing. I know she must have so much on her plate but anytime I need help she makes me feel like her top priority.
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Tali Koziol Thomason, Director of MarCom and Events/ Ritchie School
Mo Lotif, Owner’s Representative, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, SAIE
Mo has been an amazing leader in SAIE. As Owner’s Representative, Mo has been working tirelessly to make sure the Dimond Family Residential Village is ready for move – in next week. He has also been representing the University through the completion of the Community Commons. As a leader in the SAIE COVID administrative response, Mo has found creative solutions to scheduling, isolation and quarantine space, and resource management. Mo has kept the student and the student experience at the fore-front of every discussion and decision. His administrative excellence, attention to every detail, ability to manage multiple and diverse needs makes him a valued team member.
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Kristine McCaslin, Director, SRR and Interim Director, Housing
Health Promotions Team at the HCC, Health Promotions
The Health Promotions Team created some AMAZING marketing tools for our student’s return to campus during this pandemic.  From staying safe to staying mentally well, they’ve covered it all in fun and eye catching ways!  Thanks for all you do HP!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations at Daniels
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything you do. My team really values your leadership at Daniels and your positive attitude even when situations aren’t always ideal. I personally appreciate your help with media so much. You always keep me in the loop on media hits, and I can always count on Daniels professors for a great interview. Thank you, thank you!!
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Nicole Militello, Marketing & Communications
Carol Harp, Business Officer I/Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence
Carol has worked with the LEP for several years and is highly regarded by our staff. She is thorough with her work and highly knowledgeable and professional.  Carol responds immediately to our inquires and requests. She is recognized by several members of the LEP staff for her wonderful attitude, outstanding service and care for our program.

Thank you Carol!

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Scott van Loo, Learning Effectiveness Program/Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence
Brian Schreckinger, Director Community Commons, Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence
Brian goes above and beyond for the Learning Effectiveness Program. He always has a great attitude and is very helpful with every question and request that comes from the LEP.
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Scott van Loo, Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP)
Helen McGrath, 
I was becoming quite stressed trying to navigate the inscrutable rules for eventually returning to campus in the fall, and asked some questions in a town hall Q&A. They were mostly answered, and I learned a little bit more than I knew going in, which was fine.

I was surprised after that when Helen reached out (she was not one of the hosts of the meeting) and said she’d noticed I was asking questions in the Q&A, so she wanted to make sure I had correct info. She then laid out everything about all necessary steps clearly and concisely in a single e-mail, even including which steps are scheduled to be implemented but aren’t actually working yet. Up to now, this is the only truly clear information I’ve received about our return, and I would have been completely lost without her help.

Thanks so much Helen!

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Ronnie Pavlov, Professor/Mathematics
August 2020
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Jeremy Vera, Building Operators & Community Engagement Mgr
Jeremy has taken on the Enormous Job of the opening the new Burwell Center with such grace. He is so organized, so calm, so communicative and so willing to do whatever it takes to drive the enthusiasm. All the while, being mindful about keeping the staff and students safe. Compassionate caring is his jam! He has accommodated all of the starts/stops and written and re-written plans for opening in the midst of all of the Covid chaos. I can’t wait to move in and work with him. Grateful for your hard work and dedication!
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Annette Nelson, Regional Advancement Coordinator
Megan Stribling, Director of Alumni Relations
Thank you so much for taking the Kendi ABC book clubs to the alumni! What a great way to engage our alumni and to advance our DEI agenda.  I also wanted to thank you for reaching out to the recent alumni individually.  That is such an amazing idea and I am sure it is very meaningful to these recent grads.  This type of engagement will have a lasting impact for them and for the MCE.  Thank you again.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Sarah Watamura, COVID coordinator
I really appreciate Sarah’s efforts to reach out and communicate over and over again in her role as COVID coordinator. It has to be exhausting, but she has done a great job of making herself available for Town Halls, etc, and answering questions in a clear manner. Just wanted to her you know that we appreciate her efforts!
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Nic Ormes, Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Alex Huffman, Chemistry
We really appreciate Alex lending his time and aerosol expertise to the fall planners. It’s obviously making a big difference, I’ve heard many thanks from many different people.
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Nic Ormes, Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
John DeSousa, Law School IT
John and his colleague Wayne Rust have been doing great job working on the AV for our Hyflex classes.
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Bernard Chao, Professor/Law School
Lindsay Brunhofer, Instructional Designer/Morgridge
Lindsay has done an amazing job of helping our faculty prepare for their fall classes. She has creating a welcoming environment for faculty at all stages of their career and has worked tireless to work 1:1 with faculty in both our on the ground and 2U programs. She actively seeks out solutions to problems, responds to faculty in an empathic and caring manner and is a consummate professional.
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Mark Engberg, Associate Dean and Professor
Jodi Dye, Director of Admissions/MCE
Thank you for your leadership in setting up the Equity Labs for the staff and for allowing the deans’ office to attend as well.
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Karen Riley, Dean/MCE
Emilia Clayton,
Steadfast, dedicated professional help to faculty and staff with grant administration and application in very stressful times. Personalized approach, patience, and caring.
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Keren Dali,
Peggy Keeran, Arts and Humanities Reference Librarian
Over the course of the summer, Peggy has gone above and beyond to help me find the texts I need.  Even in the midst of a pandemic, she has been able to locate every.single.request that I have made; in cases where a physical copy was not an option due to Covid, Peggy found me an online version.  She is currently helping me with several other difficult titles, and I am beyond thankful to have access to her skills and knowledge.
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Sarah Magnatta, Assistant Professor, Art History
Thomas Walker, Director, Inclusion & Equity Education, Interim Director of Residential Education
Thomas has been serving as both the Director of Inclusion & Equity Education for SAIE, but also has interim director for residential education in SAIE. Thomas is leading the residential education office through move-in during a pandemic with grace, care, effective leadership, and a focus on our student and staff well-being. The genuine care Thomas has demonstrated for his staff and our students is inspiring. Thomas has been creative in problem-solving the many different nuances of training and coordinating move-in during a pandemic. He does all this while also taking the time to support his divisional colleagues in their work. We are fortunate to have his leadership.
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Kristine McCaslin, Student RIghts/Responsibilities and Interim Director of Housing
Mallory Berg, Assoc. Dir. of BIA/Advancement
For being a one-woman strike team in helping to solve Tableau calculations that just aren’t quite working right. For being a fabulous, fun, and gracious member of our team!
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Michelle Zad, Business Analyst/Advancement
Ramona Beltr√°n, Associate Professor/GSSW
Supporting Indigenous faculty through a culturally-relevant lens. Advocating for Indigenous perspectives on campus.
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Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor/MCE
Leah O’Grady,
For designing a terrific Canvas site for the advising office & sharing expertise with others!
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Jared Del Rosso,
Eric Merack, Director of KRH and the Chambers Center/MCE
Thank you for all of your great work in transitioning everyone back to campus.  I really appreciate your diligence and your care for our community.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Norma Hafenstein, Clinical Professor/ MCE
Congratulations again on your grant.  Your persistence and perseverance on this project is admirable.  It will make a difference for the community as well as our students.  Thank you again for all of your great work.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Tasia Moore, Executive Assistant/MCE
Thank you for all of your great work on the MCE retreats.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Robyn Pitts, Assistant Professor/MCE
Thank you Robyn for creating another great opportunity for our students to engage in meaningful research and to partner with our community.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Peter Hallam, Lab manager/Physics and Astronomy
Peter Hallam has gone above and beyond to prepare the Physics and Astronomy labs for autumn quarter opening.  He has tested various webcam sets ups, rearranged the lab to ensure social distancing, and worked up new lab assignments that will work with the new restrictions.  He has done all this despite being on a 9-month work contract.  We would not be able to offer courses this coming quarter without all his hard work.
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Anonymous,
Olivia Feldkamp, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Olivia is an amazing supervisor, a thoughtful individual and is great at her job, which includes building community/supporting students at DU. Olivia ensures that equity is at the forefront of her mind and that students at DU are welcomed into all spaces. Olivia is a leader who ensures that campus policies and procedures align with the values that DU wants to be in the future and that should not go unnoticed.
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Samuel Feldman, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Nick Williams, Faculty Support Specialist
Nick has remained adaptive during the pandemic and has  completed many projects in the department during this time. He has shown immense dedication to the students and faculty. He has offered ideas and suggestions that have made a positive impact on the efficiency of the department.
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Vince, Academic Programs Assistant
Alyssa Hurst, MarComm
I am constantly impressed by Alyssa’s awareness and steadfast sensitivity to issues of inclusivity and diversity. Whether it is in one-on-one conversations or in larger team meetings, Alyssa is never afraid to stand up for underrepresented and overlooked populations, ensuring the content in our office will not only not offend our readers/listeners/viewers, but actively embrace them and make them feel that DU is an institution that sees them for who they are. She brings invaluable perspective and insight to our team.
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Lorne Fultonberg, MarComm
Dong Dinh, C+V fellow, Chancellor’s Office
Dong is one of the most passionate people I’ve met at the University of Denver. He is incredibly committed to problem-solving, creating an inclusive environment, and changing the system at DU. As a C+V fellow, Dong went above and beyond with the values work, listening diligently to the community’s needs and supporting the C+V team with our own projects, on top of his own. If we had more people with Dong’s work ethic and passion for change working at DU, DU would be a much better place.
Community Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
dilkush khan, community + values fellow, Chancellors Office
Dong Dinh, C+V
Dong, you have truly amazed me at all the work you have accomplished with C+V. To see what you did with the ITP website, the Values work, the affinity groups, and more is so phenomenal, and you have truly changed the culture of DU and the futures of so many DU community members. Not only have you changed the institution forever in the best way, you do it with such a kind and giving, authentic spirit and humility that inspires me. You have helped me grow in the ways that I explore issues, ask questions, and come to meetings with thoughtfulness. Thank you again for all you do!
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Chase McNamee, Office of the Chancellor
Nancy Jones, Processor IV, Accessions & Archival Processing University Libraries
Nancy is insightful. Nancy maintains wonderful collections. Nancy is the best organizer and keeps the archives in the best condition.
Caring Creativity Leadership Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
Helen McGrath, Grant Coordinator, NSM
Helen has been working double duty as grant coordinator and COVID response coordinator for NSM.  What a challenging job! She has to juggle an ever changing flood of information, constant questions from faculty and staff, and frayed nerves all around.  Helen stays calm and professional and is always able to get an answer for you!
Community Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
Paula Adamo, Teaching Professor of Spanish
Thank you for being such a generous, supportive colleague! It means a lot.
Caring Community
Chad Leahy, Assistant Professor of Spanish / SLLCS
Ingrid Tague, Associate Dean of CAHSS / History
Thank you for always being so consistently supportive, encouraging, and generous with your time, even despite all of the many responsibilities that you have as Associate Dean.
Caring Community Leadership Solution Seeking
Chad Leahy, Assistant Professor of Spanish / SLLCS
Amalie Millhone, Senior Advisor, Financial Services
Thank you for your fast and efficient handling of student accounts!
Caring
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Deana Ahmad, Associate Dean for Students/GSSW
Deana is among the most thoughtful human beings I know. She holds so much as she navigates her role and is intentional with everything she does and every group she interacts with. She is constantly advocating for her team of staff, for the students that she serves and putting everyone before herself.  She unpacks every decision with a lens of inclusivity and justice and has become a trusted confidant to so many as a result. She is selfless and creative and pours her heart and soul into creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students.
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Trish Becker, Director of Community Engagement/GSSW
Abigail Richards, C+V fellow, Chancellor’s Office
Abigail is such a force to be around. Abigail is a leader who does such a phenomenal job of creating safe spaces and creative spaces for folks on campus to feel valued. She is incredibly supportive and is quick to find solutions with problems that seem unsolvable. She is a hard worker, is incredibly passionate, and a go-getter. She’s talented, a leader, and a creative force.  I’ve never met anyone quite like her. If everyone had her fire and spirit, DU would be a much better place.
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
dilkush khan, C+V Fellow, Chancellor’s Office
Abigail Richards, Community + Values Initiative Fellow/Office of Chancellor
Abigail has been an integral part of the C+V team. Often stepping up to fill responsibilities that no one else wanted to do, her attention to detail, and her anti-racist programming that impacts all of the DU community. She is a leader, a supporter, a caring human that wants the best for the community and it reflects in her work. Abigail is also a DU Alum of the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies and utilizes her connections to work across departments and divisions. Her skills in dialogue allows for robust conversations around tough topics. Great job Abby!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Dong Dinh, Community + Values Initiative Fellow/Office of Chancellor
Abigail Richareds, Community + Values
Abby, You rock because you make those around you rock. You are constantly upping everyone’s game. You call the important questions, push us to think harder, include more, and love bigger. You are like a propeller. You move us forward, which gives the whole team, the whole community, a sense of progress and possibility. Thank you for ALL you do, ALL you think and ALL you share. Ann
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Ann Ayers, Dean, Colorado Women’s College
Abigail Richareds, Community + Values
Abby, You rock because you make those around you rock. You are constantly upping everyone’s game. You call the important questions, push us to think harder, include more, and love bigger. You are like a propeller. You move us forward, which gives the whole team, the whole community, a sense of progress and possibility. Thank you for ALL you do, ALL you think and ALL you share. Ann
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Ann Ayers, Dean, Colorado Women’s College
Matt Ulrich, Support Specialist/Campus Safety
Matt is great.  Ever since I began running CCure for a few campus buildings, he has been one of my most important resources.  Once COVID closed down most of the campus, he worked directly with me to devise a “One Off Access” protocol.  Furthermore, he has assisted w/the Burwell move, Burwell CCure access imports, vendor access, and a whole cavalcade of other requests.  Always responding incredibly quickly with decisive action. Matt – you’ve made what could have been a really stressful time for us into a worry-free situation.  I appreciate you bud! Tommy
Caring Community Solution Seeking
Tommy Nagle, Business Operations Coordinator/Advancement
Casey Stockstill, Assistant Professor / Sociology & Criminology
Casey has taken on multiple leadership roles heading inclusive excellence. Not only does she regularly teach courses in the CRES minor which are in high demand from students for their focus on IE issues she is also involved with several IE efforts and task forces. In the short time she has been at DU she has done a lot to serve the university and the community of students seeking more inclusion at DU.
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Anonymous,
Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor / Sociology & Criminology
Organized with OTL a teaching workshop on how to incorporate current teaching efforts into an online format based around a discussion of the book “Small Teaching Online”
Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor / Sociology & Criminology
Organized with OTL a teaching workshop on how to incorporate current teaching efforts into an online format based around a discussion of the book “Small Teaching Online”
Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
MeiLi Smith, Videographer / Division of Marketing & Communications
Although MeiLi has been with DU less than a year, her impact can be felt throughout our University community. Her thoughtful, inquisitive and professional demeanor is felt in each and every interaction. She consistently goes above and beyond to seek solutions, solve problems and deliver that “something extra,” to ensure our clients’ goals are not just met, but exceeded. As a staff videographer, her work requires immense flexibility, self-management and prioritization—as well as many late nights, early mornings, and everywhere in between. In each and every case, MeiLi approaches these opportunities with optimism, elegance and passion for making the world a better, more caring and inclusive place. The results, spanning everything from the Prison Arts Initiative (https://youtu.be/dQ52MqrrPa4), Alumia Institute (https://youtu.be/jBJngEMzZls), spring virtual commencement (https://youtu.be/6JEqL9Z2EW0) and DU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (https://youtu.be/eWtDHkoyjT0), have been viewed over 30,000 times, and have elevated our University’s image and reputation around the globe. Through it all, MeiLi’s dedication to telling DU’s stories and engaging our community have shone through. She is a vital asset and treasured colleague, both to our division and the University.
Caring Creativity Solution Seeking
Jeff Exstrum, Sr. Director, Marketing & Brand Management / Division of Marketing & Communications
Berta Nicknish, Asst Director, Graduate Student Services
Berta stepped up and helped answer and resolve many student questions/issues while I was away and unable to assist them.  She was on top of it and made the students feel taken care of.  Berta is one of those people who gives DU/Daniels the excellent reputation of caring for our students and going the extra mile for that personal connection.  Thank you Berta, You Rock!
Caring Community
Lora Hacker, Assistant Director/ Franklin Burns School
John Farrell, Coordinator, Sturm College of Law
After the relatively sudden departure of another colleague and some unexpected web updates, we were left with critical forms and processes that no longer worked and the person who had created them was no longer available. And then John came to the rescue! Although none of the issues were technically in his job duties, he used his time and seemingly limitless expertise to make the changes we needed to be up and running again. He accepted the challenge with grace and good humor and I honestly don’t know where we’d be without him.  We so appreciate you, John!!
Community Creativity Solution Seeking
Sarah Sweetman, Director of Registration & Records/SCOL
Apryl Alexander,
You’re rocking it! You’re all over the news sharing important information and are such an incredible DU representative. I’m so proud to have your voice and you in our community. Thank you, Apryl!
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Anonymous,
Sam Valliere, Assistant to the Chair, Dept of Management, Daniels College of Business
I’ve only just started getting to know Sam recently, but since I first joined Daniels, I’ve heard about what a great person she is, what a huge asset to the management department she is, and how lovely she is to have around. You don’t get that kind of reputation (especially with faculty!) without going above and beyond. I am so excited for her next steps but know that Daniels is losing an invaluable member of our community. Good luck! You Rock, girl! 🙂
Community Inclusivity
Megan Reilly, Leadership & Global Programs Manager, Daniels College of Business
Shahira Qudrat, Project Manager/Human Resources & Inclusive Community
“What would Shahira think_recommend”? A common question/statement when project teams in HRIC come to a point of uncertainty, or too much focus on what ‘s “not working”. It’s the solution and outcome focus that move us forward on initiatives as varied as compliance, performance and learning management system implementation or strategic planning. Her ‘Solution Seeking’ approach with an  an understanding of unit and institutional needs reminds me as a Director to redirect thinking to the ultimate outcome by being thoughtful to the process(es) to get us there.
Solution Seeking
Ken Pinnock, Director People Development
Sarah Buenavidez, Office of Graduate Education
You’ve done an incredible job with the recent (or perhaps not-so-recent!) change back to Student Services! We’re lucky to have you on our team as you’re hard-working, understand basically everything and are just a great co-worker/manager!
Caring Leadership Solution Seeking
Matt Pickler, Office of Graduate Education
Varun Vajpeyi, Support Specialist/Information Technology
Varun, your customer service is stellar!! I deeply appreciate the way you continuously go after a problem exploring every avenue in search a solution. You are diligent, thorough, responsible, and always polite and respectful. Your responsiveness is commendable, and you can be counted on to give every issue your fully committed attention. You end every interaction by asking what more you can do to help, and you always help with a kind and generous demeanor. Thank you for never making me feel like I am a bother or inconvenience. You are truly the gold standard of customer service!! YOU ROCK!!!
Caring Community Solution Seeking Other – Customer Service
Nancy Jones, Archival Processor IV
Mary Kay Delaney, Visiting Assistant Professor/MCE
For being such a great collaborator while co-teaching an online summer course.
Caring Inclusivity Solution Seeking
Jeanine Coleman, Clinical Associate Professor/MCE
Susan Haymore, Senior Business Systems Analyst for Advancement
Susan always goes above and beyond to share her expertise and knowledge. She is very talented and engaged in every project she’s asked to help on. In addition to being a pool of knowledge, she is patient and willing to educate anyone who comes to her for help or to help them find solutions to their problems. I’ve learned a lot from her and am grateful for her!
Community Solution Seeking
Mallory Berg, Associate Director BIA/ Advancement Services
Stefanie Centola and Mandy Whitehouse, Housing and Residential Education
Both Stefanie and Mandy have been wonderful partners as we navigate these challenging times.  They care about their campus community and have been handed very difficult circumstances as they prepare for the fall.  Yet, they have shown great care, resiliency and professionalism throughout this ordeal.  I would be lost without them and very much appreciate all that they do.
Caring Community Leadership Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
Jennifer Oliver, Asst Director/Student Financial Services
Dedicating countless hours to system setup and testing to ensure fall semester and fall quarter fees are correct.
Leadership Solution Seeking
Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Madison Dorman, Advisor/Student Financial Services
Working over the weekend to make sure student accounts were correct prior to fall billing.
Solution Seeking
Janet, Director/Student Financial Services
Becca Edginton, Senior Adivsor/Student FInancial Services
Testing fall bills over and over again.  AND working over the weekend to ensure bills would go out on time!
Solution Seeking
Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Mike Martinkus, Adviser/Student FInancial Services
Working over the weekend to make sure ER contracts were on accounts prior to fall biling.
Solution Seeking
Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Becky Gonzalez, Asst Bursar/Student Financial Services
For testing fall bills over and over again.
Community Leadership Solution Seeking
Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Katherine Aliaga, Assistant Dean, Finance and Operation, NSM
Kathy was hired as the new Assistant Dean of Finance and Operation for NSM not long before quarantine was instituted.  While learning her new job at NSM, she was also wrapping up her previous work in Facilities.  She basically worked two jobs for several months.  AND has young children at home.  I don’t know how she does it all so calmly and successfully! During the lock down, she has been available to the staff of NSM whenever needed. She has arranged for a weekly staff meeting which has been helpful not only for the distribution of important information but also for team building.  Before Kathy, we had only ever had a handful of staff meeting in 3 years.  Working from home would be so much harder if we didn’t have some (Zoom) face to face contact during this time.
Caring Leadership
Anonymous,
Jane Lavery, Scheduling Coordinator, Registrar’s Office
Jane has led DU and particularly CAHSS through the chaotic, ever-changing circumstances around fall 2020 scheduling. She’s worked endless hours, answered countless questions from CAHSS faculty/staff, and hasn’t lost her cool. We recently surveyed CAHSS department schedulers and this is what they said about Jane: – Jane Lavery responds very quickly when there are things to correct. – Jane is a superstar and responds very quickly to department needs. – I like working with Jane…[she’s] been great. Jane rocks as a critical staff member who made fall 2020 registration possible for faculty, staff, and most importantly students.
Community Solution Seeking
Brenda Boyle, Enrollment Services Manager, CAHSS
July 2020
Awardee
They rock because
This is a great example of
Nominated by
Abigail Richards, Graduate Fellow
Abigail, you go above and beyond in all the work you do! You make such an extraordinary impact in the events you carry out and all of the administrative work you carry out for the community. It does not go unnoticed, and you are such an integral part of why the community feels supported and heard. I so appreciate everything you do!
Community Inclusivity Leadership Other
Chase McNamee, Chancellor’s Office
Nirav Shah, Application Developer III, IT EAS
Consistently, throughout the past two years I’ve worked with him, Nirav has been extremely responsive and helpful any time I make requests. He has been extremely helpful with last-minute COVID response tasks, and I am so grateful I can count on him when I need a quick turnaround. I am always impressed by the calm and collected attitude he displays with the amount of work put on him. You rock, Nirav!
Caring Solution Seeking
Jill Weddle, Software Adoption Lead, IT EAS
Cynthia Bowling, Executive Assistant
Our organization just announced an unexpected leadership transition. Cynthia spent countless hours navigating the change on behalf of the organization. She is the glue that is keeping our staff together and moving forward. Thank you Cynthia for all of your hard work!
Caring Solution Seeking
Lynnea Louison, Sr Director of Operations
Zachary Nickel, Phone Support Lead, IT Help Center
Zack has always been an exemplary employee, especially during our current remote work environment. Zack works very hard and cares about the work he is doing. He always goes above and behind to help our clients/staff and always makes himself as available as possible to help with whatever is needed. During several crucial time sensitive situations, Zack has been an Allstar- extremely reliable, very professional, and very thorough in getting the job done. Time and time again, I am amazed by the value that Zack adds to the team, so I’d like to acknowledge his hard work, dedication, and his positive contributions to the Help Center. Keep rocking it!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Cedric Smith II, Manager, IT Help Center
Shanna Pomager, Senior Associate Director of Admission & Campus Visit Manager
Shanna has worked at DU for over 20 years, and when COVID-19 hit and everything went virtual she didn’t miss a beat. Shanna worked overtime to get our (what in the past we would have said could only be done in-person) visit program, including tours and information sessions, online up and running to allow admissions to continue recruiting our fall class. Using knowledge, research and creative thinking, she lead our team to pivot in a way that would make you think she had done this before! Everyone on our team looks up to Shanna and respects her so much – we in the visit program, and DU as a whole, are so lucky to have her!
Creativity Leadership Solution Seeking
Kristine M Colwill, Campus Visit Program Coordinator
Druselle May, Assistant to the Chair
Druselle has worked with so much change and upheaval in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering but she has continued to provide the most amazing support. She is always willing to help out others in the Ritchie School and assist students to the best of her abilities, all with a genuine smile. She has stepped up to make sure that the department keeps on running smoothly while working from home and is always quick to get others all the information they need. She shares the department’s successes and makes sure that they are being represented well. Druselle is doing a wonderful job and her usual work ethic is going just as strongly during these crazy times as it was before.
Caring Community
Jacquelyn Villa, Event and Marketing Coordinatory, Department of Marketing, Communication, & Events – RSECS
Cedric Smith, Manger, IT Help Center / Information Technology
Cedric always goes above and beyond to keep the Help Center running smoothly. Cedric goes out of his way to provide additional training to students and staff and always does anything asked of him with a smile. Cedric is always reliable and a team player. He deserves to be recognized for his hard work!
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Katherine Haywood, Business Coordinator / Information Technology
Claire Carroll, Events Manager
Claire is incredibly helpful and patient. She is also conscientious and professional. She works so hard to make GSPP’s many events over Zoom fun and seamless. She also has a great sense of humor and is very enjoyable to work with. Claire rocks!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Julie Hanna Smith, Director, Clinical Operations
Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching, OTL
Virginia pours her entire self (not just her expertise as an educator) into the OTL HyFlex CDI. She is helping us find solutions, thinking in particular about equity for online, in-person, and combined students. She provides a tremendously safe space for faculty to interact and work together in the CDI. Thank you Virginia!
Caring Community Inclusivity Solution Seeking
Michelle Rozenman, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Kent Conway, Assistant Director, Daniels Undergraduate Programs
Kent is always extremely patient and caring with students, and is a rock of stability for his team members. He is valued by his advisees and is extremely accessible and student-centered. Thank you for your hard work and contributions, Kent!
Caring Community Inclusivity Solution Seeking
Ron Sidwell, Assistant Director, Daniels Undergraduate Programs
Samantha Nesper, Director of Graduate Admissions/Daniels
Sam constantly strives for the best for her department and team. Under her leadership, our numbers are up, we’ve hired more inclusively, and morale is good even during this trying time. Her attention to detail, commitment to excellence, care for our prospective students, and care for the well-being of our team is nothing short of awesome. Sam rocks!
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Anonymous
Shanna Pomager, Director of Visit Programs
I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Shanna Pomager.  Shanna and I started working for DU together on August 14, 2000. We will celebrate our 20th year at DU this August. Shanna has been leading and planning every aspect of the daily prospective student visit programs and the admitted student yield programs.  When Covid-19 caused everyone to work remotely, Shanna and her team needed to work quickly to create a new virtual visit programs focusing on yield and allowing our potential first year students and families to see themselves on our campus even though they could not be here in person, Shanna lead her team and took what would normally be a all hands on deck, in person, admitted student, campus visit day program and developed and designed a program for students and parents to participate in over an extended time of a few weeks. Visitors were able to choose from a variety of hour long sessions covering all types of topics including; support services, study abroad, Virtual campus visit, student panels, athletics, academic departments, clubs and organizations, the Chancellor Q&A, career services, housing, undergraduate research to name a few. It is utterly amazing once you think about all that happened since March 14th and everything that has really been accomplished to bring in out first year students this fall.  Shanna and her team were able to envision and pull off (with the support and “all in” attitudes across the entire campus) (and in only weeks) an incredible achievement I believe few other could manage even half of.
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Anonymous
Leah O’Grady, University Academic Programs
Leah, you are a rockstar and I hope you know it by now! No matter the question, request, or task you get it done and help others along the way. You are a true rockstar! I am so grateful for all of your help throughout these past two years. UAP wouldn’t have made it this far without you (seriously). You are smart, flexible, and always know how to get things done. Keep on being you because YOU ROCK!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Grace Warner, University Academic Programs
Padma Rajendran, Network Engineer III/Information Technology
Padma Rajendran ROCKS! As a Senior Network Engineer in the IT Department, Padma is a leader among her peers, a technical expert in her field and a trusted resource.  Although her job performance alone would qualify her for ‚ÄúYou Rock‚Äù recognition, it is the manner in which she approaches her work that motivates me to nominate Padma.  She exudes professionalism, approaches problems with calm and careful consideration, and is through in all aspects of her work at DU.  Being on a team with Padma makes my work more enjoyable!
Caring Leadership Solution Seeking
Deb Krems, Project Manager/Information Technology
Kent Hogue, IT/Lead, Web and Mobile
Kent is awesome- he has gone out of his way to help me with a re-group solution. The problem has evolved to be beyond the scope of his job, but he is a great problem-solver. I appreciate this and his great expertise!
Community Solution Seeking
Allison O’Grady, Asst Director of Teaching and Learning/University College
Rebecca “Parker” Parker, Executive Writer
Thanks for ROCKING Parker! You were super helpful yesterday, I appreciate that you communicate quickly and efficiently (and that you like Teams!).  I look forward to working with you in the future, just hopefully not under the same stressful circumstances!
Leadership Solution Seeking
Casey Kite, EA Provost
Amanda Jensen, ASA – ELPS Department
Amanda is a relatively new employee, the ASA in the ELPS Department at Morgridge. She jumped right in, in spite of the global pandemic, and established new systems and processes to support our students and faculty. She is caring and responsive, and always available to help in any way, developing relationships in offices across the campus in order to generate solutions to challenges brought to her by students as well as faculty. Thanks so much, Amanda – you rock!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Kristina Hesbol, associate professor/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Dr. Niki Latino, Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Niki has been the Interim VC for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence Division since May. During this time, Niki has had to lead a department through a pandemic, prepare for fall, learn a new role, and chair a search for the next leader. Niki has been an example of grace, community building, check-ins for the team, working to find solutions for issues, and skill in transition and alliance building. We have been very blessed in our work with Niki and she ROCKS!
Caring Community Leadership Solution Seeking
Kristine McCaslin, Stiudent Rights & Responsibilities
Wayne Rust, AV/Law School
Wayne is a great all-around employee providing consistently high quality AV support.  In particular, he spent several hours last week at the law school preparing several of our classrooms for HyFlex teaching.   Thank you, Wayne!
Community Solution Seeking
Jessica Hogan, Director, Educational Technology
John DeSousa, AV/Law School
John is an all-around fantastic employee.  In particular, he recently came up with an idea for our law student orientation that will help the students feel more engaged and part of the DU community, demonstrating both his creativity and focus on community building.  Thanks, John!
Community Creativity
Jessica Hogan, Director, Educational Technology
Courtney Niebrzydowski, International Risk Analyst, ERM
Courtney has been absolutely amazing as DU’s first and only International Risk Analyst. Since she joined DU four years ago, she’s been a model of leadership and creativity. She’s collaborated with units across campus to create processes and policies where there were none. But she doesn’t just do this to ensure all of our community members stay safe and healthy when traveling abroad. She genuinely cares for travelers–not just as possible risks to the University, but as human beings who might need support to overcome both common and unique challenges that come with international travel. Despite the tremendous pressure of being the only person on campus in a role that primarily focuses on international health and safety, Courtney is always cheerful and fun to work with. She’s been an invaluable teammate and we consider her an honorary member of our office. Simply put, Courtney is amazing and I’m so happy I get to work with her.
Caring Community Creativity Leadership Solution Seeking Other
Jennifer Bohn, Program Manager, Office of International Education
Margaret Shoup, Financial Analyst/Shared Services
Time and again, Margaret uses her vast institutional and system knowledge to help others navigate hiring, grant effort, and payroll processes.  Without being asked, she has helped onboard two new hires in our unit whose duties intersect with her own responsibilities – remotely, at that.  She is generous in sharing not only how to perform a task, but takes the time to explain the context behind process (a great example in leadership through service).  Thank you for all you do.
Leadership Solution Seeking
Anonymous
Stefanie Centola, Assistant Director of Housing/Housing & Residence Education
In a time of a global pandemic, we’re all being asked to do a lot. Stefanie is a great example of someone who is constantly willing to go the extra mile, work hard, and put her all into what she does. In particular, we wanted to recognize her incredible work on helping first-year students feel comfortable coming to DU this fall. Stefanie single-handedly is responsible for ensuring that each of the nearly 1500 first-year students coming to DU has a place to sleep at night. She is responsible for coordinating every Housing Application, Accommodation, Roommate Request, and preference that our students have. She helps them find roommates, helps them transition to their first semester of college, and does so in the midst of a global pandemic and while within the first six months of her new position. When there were errors with the software and systems used to assist her in this, she found ways to work around faulty equipment and was able to accomplish this task. She worked tirelessly to find solutions to ensure her work would be done and worked long hours to make sure that students would not face a delay in finding out who their roommates are, or where they’re living. Stefanie has gone above and beyond to inject care into her work. She speaks with dozens of first-year students and their parents on a weekly basis to work to find solutions that make them feel comfortable coming to their new home in the midst of a pandemic. Although she has numerous other responsibilities, she makes the time to ensure each one of our incoming students feels heard, supported, and comfortable with the housing they’re assigned and the process we have. At the end of the day, without her efforts, first-year students would feel even more uncomfortable with coming to college during a pandemic, and would feel like they’re just coming to an empty building. Because of Stefanie’s hard work, solution-seeking mindset, and caring example, she ensures each student feels like they’re coming home. Stefanie is doing great work and we truly appreciate all that she is doing for our first-year students!
Caring Solution Seeking
Kyle/Brandon, Assistant Directors of Housing/Housing & Reisdence Education
Sarah Childs, Manager, Shared Services
Thanks for making the Insurance Renewal Audit process so much easier!
Leadership
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Courtney Niebrzydowski, International Travel Risk Analyst/ ERM
Courtney, you have been an amazing colleague and thought partner! I truly feel fortunate to have you on the team and work with you and learn from you. Your extraordinary work of creating the Large Scale International Emergency Response team and processes is extremely important, timely, and valuable, and it largely contributed to the smooth and successful March recall due to COVID-19. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to get the various units on board and spearhead a major improvement on campus. You have rocked it and have done it with so much grace. You made it look so easy. Thank you for all of your incredible work!
Caring Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Mary Xu, Interim Assistant Director/ OIE
Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director/ OIE
Steph, thank you for stepping into the interim director role during this transition in the office! Who knew this temporary role would last a year, let along a year full of surprises and challenges. It has been an extraordinary year for you both professionally and personally. If we did not say it enough, here it is again: you have rocked this year! I am truly grateful for your leadership, commitment, resilience, creativity, and advocacy during this transition, and your trust and support to me. I feel fortunate to have been working alongside you during the past year. From the protests in South America in the fall to the pandemic this spring, from concerned parents to campus partners, and from limited staffing to demanding workload, somehow you have magically managed all with grace. Those are just a few of them from the countless examples and stories that demonstrate your capability and achievement. Thank you, Steph! I hope you take a moment to celebrate your awesomeness!
Caring Community Creativity Leadership Solution Seeking
Mary Xu, Interim Assistant Director/ OIE
Abbey Krause, Manager Business Operations/DCB
Abbey deserves to be recognized for her unbelievable work with the Daniels financial staff.  Previously there had been no real training on the systems.  Abbey has taken it upon herself to offer weekly training sessions to assist with giving hints/tips/tricks when dealing with the Banner financial system.  She has done all of this while at the same time starting her new position virtually as well as continuing to help DU through the year end process.  The knowledge she brings to Daniels is unmatched.  She has a patient and nurturing way about her that is so welcome!  Thank you for all the hard work you are doing to get Daniels finances back in order!
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Lora Hacker, Assistant Director/ Franklin Burns School
Jessie Stellini, Associate Director, Student Engagement
Your work on the DU Families Calendar rocked! Thank you for being an amazing partner to our team, for producing such beautiful work, and for accepting all of our edits and changes with ease. You are appreciated.
Caring Creativity Solution Seeking
Sharon Bond, Director, New Student & Family Programs
Beth Goad, Assistant Director, Family Programs
With just over four months at DU, you have risen to meet the difficult challenges of the time with grace and patience. Thank you for all you do and for holding on tight with both hands while we are weathering one of the biggest storms parent programming has ever faced. You are appreciated.
Caring Community Leadership
Sharon Bond, Director, New Student & Family Programs
Tony Lux, MarComm
Tony is incredibly diligent and flexible when it comes to sending out campus-wide emails. He is always accessible and quick to respond to feedback, offering his expertise to craft more effective messaging. He has a wolfish commitment to getting messages out on time. Thanks for your hard work!
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Lorne Fultonberg, MarComm
Jane Lavery, Scheduling and Catalog Coordinator, Registrar
Jane has been a critical part of the transformation of the fall course schedule. Over the past few months, she has worked tirelessly to respond to questions, communicate directives and changes, and provide transparency and leadership to all the schedulers across campus – and put in long hours to do so. I’m grateful for her leadership through this process!
Leadership
Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Dean, CAHSS
Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Svcs
For always taking the time to explain complicated Financial programs to the uninitiated!
Leadership
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Chris Bennett, Exec. Director/Shared Svcs
Thank you for your and your team’s help in providing information for post-renewal insurance audits.
Leadership
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Shaunda Norman, Director – HR Services/Shared Svcs
Thanks for your help in completing post-renewal insurance audits!
Leadership
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Linda Shuman, Director of Disbursements/Shared Svcs
Thanks for going above and beyond in providing information for post-renewal insurance audits!
Leadership
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/ERM
Jill Weddle, Lead, Software Adoption
Jill has consistently provided excellent, prompt, and friendly support to our group.  It’s a great pleasure working with Jill.  DU is fortunate to have such a wonderful employee with a great blend of technical and personal skills.
Community Creativity Solution Seeking
Jessica Hogan, Director, Educational Technology
Kim Gorgens, Professor/GSPP
Kim leads by example and advocates for her students, colleagues, department, and all of DU. I learn so much from working with her. We’re lucky to have her at GSPP and I’m proud to be her colleague. Thanks for all you do for us, Kim!
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Tracy Vozar, Clinical Assistant Professor/GSPP
Mandy Whitehouse, Director of Housing
Mandy is an inspiring leader, colleague, and friend. Mandy displays compassion and care for everyone around regardless of what she has on her plate. She leads the HRE team with determination, resilience, thoughtfulness, and a strategic ability to connect the dots to move processes forward. Mandy is currently opening a brand new residence hall, adapting operations to safely bring students back to campus, and leading a new team. Mandy is brilliant, an asset, and the kind of leader that DU needs during this pandemic. I’m so fortunate to work alongside her and witness her drive for excellence first-hand. Thank you for everything you do for HRE and DU! You deserve nothing but the best in return for all your hard work.
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Khouri, Housing and Residential Education
Isabelle Caputo, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Isabelle cares very much for the students and the overall mission and principals of DU and the department. Isabelle deserves recognition for her ability to connect with her colleagues at DU and foster relationships across campus. She is a great leader to those she supervises and truly listens to others when they speak. She works to bring people together and problem solve in the way that helps the students at DU the most.
Caring Inclusivity Solution Seeking
Samuel Feldman, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Lisa Victoravitch, Associate Dean
Fantastic job of stepping into a new role and leading, taking the bull by the horns!
Leadership
Anonymous
McKenzie Mohler, Assistant Director/DCB Undergraduate Programs
Even before COVID hit, McKenzie went above and beyond her job description to support not only her team but also the entire college. While many folks may not know it, McKenzie is behind the scenes ensuring that our continuing and incoming graduate students are supported with advising and scheduling needs. Not to mention, that McKenzie is an awesome leader in everything that she does.
Leadership Solution Seeking
Lisa Victoravich, Associate Dean/DCB
Pat Perrella, Associate Dean/MBA Programs
Pat has stepped beyond his duties to support Daniels in our efforts to bring students to campus this summer and pilot hyflex instruction. I feel that DCB is in a much better spot due to his hard work in understanding an entirely new landscape of uncertainty.  He is also serving as COVID building manager which as been a great help.
Solution Seeking
Lisa Victoravich, Associate Dean/DCB
Robert Urquhart, Associate Professor in the Economics Department
Robert, Thank you for becoming such a supportive penpal in the last few months. Your continued energy and humor has truly been a gift. From discussing Marx and capitalism to being SUCH a good educational technology learner, I commend all that you do for your students/friends/family. I feel so lucky to have befriended you during these unprecedented times. Thank you for all that you do for DU! Best, Christine
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Christine Hood, OTL Graduate Assistant
Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges
Katie did an amazing job adapting when coronavirus threatened to cancel A Community Table. As MarComm worked to promote it, she led the way,, kept us on the same page, and provided us everything we needed to make our lives easy!
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Lorne Fultonerg, MarComm
Nathan Zick-Smith, Student Success Analyst, Provost’s Office
Nathan is a creative solution-seeker through and through.  Every single interaction I have with Nathan involves some sort of creative problem solving, and he often takes initiative to solicit solutions beyond the borders of the DU campus (figuratively now). Whether that be scouring The Chronicle, asking other institutions for best practices, or simply asking for perspectives of DU campus partners, Nathan is consistently determined to exhaustively find and offer all possible solutions to any problem he encounters. His latest ideas for keeping students engaged in the DU community in these unprecedented times ranged from purchasing virtual reality headsets to sending out “future pioneer” lawn signs to re-engaging in a DU mascot and identity contest and campaign to bring the community together. As can be seen, he does not shy away from big ideas and often excites others to join him in this pursuit to make DU’s efforts and resources go the extra mile. Nathan also consistently maintains a professional and eager attitude with all who encounter him, making him a pleasure to partner with in the effort to support student and faculty success across campus. Nathan is a tremendous asset to the DU professional community – he rocks!
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Leah O’Grady, Associate Director, Provost’s Office
Mona Spitz, Director of Development
Staff member Mona Spitz has been an incredible thought partner, colleague, and friend to many since joining the University of Denver in September 2010.  Mona has exceptional relationship building skills and has found great success in engaging alumni and friends of DU.  As part of her role, Mona’s goal was to raise $750,000 last year; she raised $1.5M in student scholarships, programmatic support, and donations to underwrite support for faculty.  Given Chancellor Haefner’s prioritization of support for Native American students, Mona worked alongside an alum to create a scholarship fund for Native American business students (more here: https://daniels.du.edu/blog/a-fusion-of-passions/) Mona is a true Rockstar and is most deserving of this award!
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Aimee Mandolini, Executive Director of Development, Daniels
Padma Rajendran, Network Engineer III/IT
Padma always displaying great leadership within the IT Department. She approaches any problem head on, with confidence and always comes up with a solution. She knows how to bring her team together so every project they work on is completed in an efficient and timely manner, will little to no errors.
Leadership
Anonymous,
Bridget Farrell, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Reference Services
Since I began working at DU in July 2019, Bridget has always been a friendly face and a great resource for me as I navigate a new professional career. Further, I have been able to work alongside Bridget on the assessment course in the SchoolCounseling@Denver program. Bridget has taken a lot of time to help me develop aspects of this course and has committed to virtually meeting with students each quarter to explain the best uses of the DU Library and the importance of scholarly work. Thank you, Bridget!
Caring Community Creativity
Jillian Blueford, Clinical Assistant Professor/Counseling Psychology
Jane Lavery, Schedule & Catalog Coordinator-Office of the Registrar
Jane has done an unbelievable job helping to update the campus’ incredibly complex schedule in response to COVID. Despite the additional stress and demands on her time, she remains consistently promptly responsive, pleasant, unfailingly professional and somehow even maintains a sense of humor. We are so very thankful for her help in navigating the myriad of schedule changes required by the pandemic.
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Sarah Sweetman, Registrar-SCOL
Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager/CCESL
Katie led the team that successfully adapted A Community Table from week of in-person dialogues to a quarter of remote conversations. This required collaboration, leadership, vision, and creativity. Thanks to her efforts and collaborative leadership, A Community Table was incredibly successful, providing a format for meaningful conversation about the future.
Community Creativity Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Anne DePrince, Professor/Psychology, Director/CCESL
Wayne Rust, Media Services Coordinator
Wayne – You are such a wonderful resource and are always available to answer any question – no matter how small or strange. Your Kaltura tutorial was invaluable in helping me make the leap from thinking about it to making videos. And, you do everything with a smile and a kind word. You rock!
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Stacey Bowers, Sturm College of Law
John De Sousa, Media Specialist
John – Your Canvas was so incredibly helpful and easy to follow and your Canvas containers are amazing and it made building out my courses so much quicker and also made them more organized. You are an amazing resource – your guidance in how to utilize Kaltura and embed videos in my Canvas courses made a huge difference in my thought processes and preparation time. You rock!
Community Creativity Solution Seeking
Stacey Bowers, Sturm College of Law
Jessica Hogan, Director, Ed Tech
Jessica – I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to help me get ready for the upcoming fall semester. You are an amazing leader and your ideas have helped me think more broadly about how to make an online class better. You are an integral part of helping make faculty look good. You rock!
Community Creativity Leadership
Stacey Bowers, Sturm College of Law
Blake Brennan, Degree Evaluator
Blake is amazing! He is always so helpful with all of the questions I have (I feel like I’m always bothering him with questions, although he never makes me feel like I’m bothering him), and he is creative in finding the answers when he doesn’t know them right away. He is also truly such a pleasure to interact with via email- always pleasant, kind and helpful. He is always super quick to respond to emails, and apologizes if it takes him longer than normal (a few hours- unnecessary to apologize in my opinion!). I really appreciate Blake for all that he does for DU!
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Tara Boyle, Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs/Korbel
Padma Rajendran, Network Engineer III
Padma is hard working, inclusive and kind. She sets a great example for the IT Operations team and is a newly created supervisor. She’s committed to DU and an exemplary employee who enjoys helping others learn, is patient, and is kind.
Caring Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Elizabeth Parker, IT
Lynzi Patton, Manager of Communications and Community Relations/HRE
I am nominating Lynzi Patton for the You Rock! award because her and her students stand on the front lines of communicating with our students and their families. COVID-19 has provided fluctuating changes that create challenges for students and their families – housing insecurities, cost, safety, etc. On top of her designated duties and other assigned duties, Lynzi has had to go above and beyond in working with frustrated families who are looking for solid solutions to a world-wide issue that really doesn’t have a solid answer. Working with parents can be a challenge for any higher education professional. However, I have seen Lynzi work with families with grace and heart as she understands that these are challenging times and always tries to put students’ concerns first – including her student staff. Lynzi’s student staff worships her for her dedication and hard work and has become a role model to them. If anyone deserves an award during this pandemic, it’s Lynzi Patton. Her student staff also deserve a special shoutout as well for being incredible members of the HRE team/family.
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Anonymous,
Trent Steidley, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Tate deserves this award for working together on a successful Faculty Senate resolution emphasizing the need for faculty voice in fall re-opening plans as well as greater flexilibity in allowing faculty to select their course modality during the covid-19 pandemic.
Community Inclusivity Leadership Solution Seeking
Sara Chatfield, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Leslie Brunelli, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Treasurer
Leslie arrived at the University in 2019 and hit the ground running. Over the past year, she’s been a billboard displaying all the traits of leadership.  She communicates often and clearly, is accountable and responsible, self-motivated, confident and is a people person in tune with others strengths and needs for success.  Her dedication and grit prevents her from resting until every “I” is dotted and every “T” crossed.  Sometimes this takes her well into the night at the office, but she still manages to be available to every staff member.  She is always there when anyone needs her.  Leslie has been a valuable team member as the University navigates the current challenges of COVID-19.  She does it all with style and grace and for that YOU ROCK!!!!
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Rosalynn FEagins, Business and Financial Affairs
Chelsie Ruge, Assistant Director, Instructional Design, University College
Chelsie, I’ve been meaning to do this for months! I have been so grateful for your willingness to share your expertise and creatively problem-solve with me as we faced all the challenges getting faculty online during the COVID pandemic. You have generously shared resources, connected me with collaborators, and been an incredible thought partner throughout the last few months. As a recent hire, it could have been even more difficult to find my way in a new role during a pandemic. I appreciate your collegiality and patience. Thank you for going above and beyond!!
Community Leadership Solution Seeking
Leslie Alvarez, OTL Director
Nicole Taylor, Clinical Associate Prof/GSPP
Nicole rocks for so many reasons. She’s an inspiring friend, colleague, advocate, and academic. She makes our department and world a better place through consistently caring above and beyond expectations.
Caring Community Inclusivity Leadership
Tracy Vozar, Clinical Assistant Prof/GSPP
Richard Moraskie, Assistant Director of Ticketing, Newman Center
Richard is always willing to tell it like it is and see multiple sides of a problem. He keeps up to date on the latest industry practices and procedures around covid. I know our ticket office will be in good hands while Newman weathers this storm. Great job, Richard!
Solution Seeking
Anonymous,
Lisa Olson, Director of Foundations/Advancement
Thank you so much for all of your work in trying to find some new foundation funding options for MCE.  We really appreciate your work.
Creativity
Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Jessica Webb, Executive Director of Advancement/MCE
Thinking strategically for the MCE and for the rest of the university.  Encouraging and promoting your colleagues.
Community Inclusivity Leadership
Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Vince Gonzales, Academic Programs Assistant/Sturm College of Law
During the pandemic, Vince has realized that some of the faculty chairs of our academic programs may be having difficulty acclimating to our current socially-distanced reality.  In response, Vince has proactively reached out to chairs, letting them know he is still capable of providing assistance and asking what he can do to help.  He’s also done the same with the faculty support team at the law school.  This was invaluable when the team became incredibly busy responding to the needs of faculty having to pivot their classes mid-semester.
Community Solution Seeking
Aleesha McDowell, Manager
Stacy Pinto, Assistant Clinical Professor/Counseling Psychology Director of School Counseling Program
Thanks for all of your great work in trying to get this summer camp up and running.  You are always someone who embraces a challenge and is looking for ways to serve our DU and broader community.
Community Leadership
Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Mandy Whitehouse, Director of Housing, Housing and Residence Education
During these unprecedented times, each department and each team on campus is facing new challenges. No one has done more to support these changes – and their team – than Mandy Whitehouse. While HRE is working to develop a plan that meets DU’s mission and values, while also meeting public health standards, Mandy has created a positive environment that has helped take the emotions and stressors related to this global pandemic and channeled them into creating a positive on-campus experience for our students. In a time where everyone is learning as we go, Mandy has constantly provided an open environment where all ideas and solutions can be discussed, and where the values of HRE and DU continue to be reflected in the decisions that are made. Her focus on finding solutions, and being proactive instead of reactive, have created an extremely strong team dynamic. Aside from the this, Mandy has found time to not just lead our team – which is still largely finding our way, as we‚Äôve all just started, she has found the time to put our human needs first and consistently ensures that she is available to advocate, listen, and support us in our human needs. She is a great example of what it means to lead by compassion and to provide empathetic leadership, in a time where it is more important than ever. In a time of global uncertainty, Mandy has inspired us to be our best, most authentic selves, and supports us in all we do. Her example is more appreciated than words can convey.
Caring Solution Seeking
Stefanie/Brandon/Kyle, Assistant Directors of Housing, Housing & Residence Education
June 2020
Awardee
They rock because
This is a great example of
Nominated by
Sarah Cohen, Daniels Graduate Admissions Event Manager
Always willing to lend a hand whether it be personally or professionally.
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Anonymous
Dr. Breigh Roszelle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Breigh has done extraordinary work for our community since we asked her to add the role of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for the Ritchie School to her teaching faculty responsibilities in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department.   The Associate Dean position is entirely new to the School, and overdue as we’ve continued to work hard to modernize our approach across all dimensions of undergraduate students experiences at the School.  In that capacity, Breigh has added energy, management and leadership to a number of initiatives around innovation and entrepreneurship, inclusion, and experiential/project-based learning that needed focus to scale.  In addition, Breigh has been on point with respect to all of our efforts to move to new teaching modes, both this spring and for the Fall.  She’s on the University-wide Fall task force and on point for the School’s course fall planning, and oversees our efforts to manage ‘melt’ for first time first year and returning students.  But wait , there’s more!  Breigh has also been on the Ritchie School’s Dean’s search committee which has concluded their work recently.  All this while continuing to teach and support students, for which work she was already renowned — AND working the other full time role that a parent with young children has to play.  Breigh is timely, organized, thorough — and ALWAYS upbeat — a very rare combination indeed.  The University of Denver is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Roszelle here — she rocks!, and is an exemplar among the faculty for all that one would hope they would aspire to do.
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Community
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Leadership
Solution Seeking
JB Holston, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
Carly Einstein, Director, Alumni Engagement
Carly is a fantastic collaborator.  She is proactive, encouraging of others and open to new ideas.  Additionally, Carly has a way of making her team mates, and anyone else she meets, feel like they really matter.  She genuinely cares about humanity and it shines through in her work.  She is an asset to our team and to the University!
Creativity
Inclusivity
Leadership
Solution Seeking
Rebecca Berg, Director, Alumni Engagement
Nick Cutforth, Chair RMIS
Thank you for being such a great leader in our college.  You have been an amazing department chair.  Thank you for your ongoing work and support.
Leadership
Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Corinne Lengsfeld, Research & Graduate Education
Thank you for demonstrating such amazing leadership over the last year. The weekly Business Officer Zoom meetings, town halls, and emails were helpful and informative and created a sense of calm. Everyone that I spoke to agreed that you did a great job in your interim role as Provost.
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Community
Inclusivity
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Solution Seeking
Paula Bickel, Graduate Education
Corinne Lengsfeld, Interim Provost & Executive VC
On behalf of the University Libraries, thank you to Corinne for exemplary leadership and for going the extra, extra miles to meet with our UL team to assure and answer questions. We greatly appreciate all that you have done on behalf of our community!
Leadership
Anonymous
Brad Machan, Business Analyst II
Brad your work at getting the Juneteenth Holiday added with 4 hours notice in payroll, working on scripts for the auto and cell phone allowance changes and the temp salary reduction, developing processes to manage the reduction of the retirement contribution, and your regular willingness to help with anything is above and beyond. You are such a huge asset to DU and the SSC team. I am in awe of all you accomplish and your positive attitude.
Caring
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Solution Seeking
Jen Kogovsek, Shared Services Center
Jen K, Direct Ops and Spec Project/SSC

Hi Jen,

Thanks for all you do to try and keep the comradery going in this online environment. The Home Office Chair to Fitness Warrior is a wonderful way to connect!

Tammy

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Leadership
Tammy Schneider, Director Bus/Ops/SSC
Stevie Lee, Native American Liaison & Program Manager
Stevie has been doing a wonderful job of supporting the Native students throughout the academic year. I appreciate her advocacy in the Native American Community Scholarship selection process. She has put in extra effort to ensure that the scholarship program is maximized so the incoming first-year students include Indigenous students.
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Leadership
Chris Nelson, MCE
Amy Folse, Assistant Director, Scholarships – Financial Aid
Amy has worked hard to award the Native American Community Scholarships. We appreciate her commitment to diversifying the incoming first-year students.
Caring
Community
Chrisn Nelson, MCE
Teddy Rose, Enrollment Manager/Communication Management/UCOL
Teddy is so amazing to work with. He manages a tremendously large student load in a very high-touch way. He offers guidance, support, and advice to students and colleagues through the most stressful situations and always has a smile on his face. His ability to approach every situation with a positive, collaborative attitude is truly amazing. He concludes almost every email with “let me know how else I can help” and he means it! In short, Teddy just rocks!
Caring
Community
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Solution Seeking
Cindy Cragg, Academic Director/Communication Management/UCOL
Teddy Rose, Enrollment Manager/Communication Management/UCOL
Teddy is so amazing to work with. He manages a tremendously large student load in a very high-touch way. He offers guidance, support, and advice to students and colleagues through the most stressful situations and always has a smile on his face. His ability to approach every situation with a positive, collaborative attitude is truly amazing. He concludes almost every email with “let me know how else I can help” and he means it! In short, Teddy just rocks!
Caring
Community
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Solution Seeking
Cindy Cragg, Academic Director/Communication Management/UCOL
Eugene Walls, Co-Associate Dean for Doctoral Education
I am grateful for your leadership and partnership in supporting the doctoral program the past few months. You took on the role without question and then stepped up your contributions when I needed additional support. You are thoughtful and intentional in the decisions you make. You invite others to share ideas, are direct and clear in your opinion, and seek input that you consider carefully. I couldn’t ask for a better co- in this role.
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Leadership
Kimberly Bender, Professor
Chelsie Ruge, Asst Director of Instructional Design/University College
Chelsie is a valued leader at University College. When COVID-19 hit, she stepped up to help the OTL create templates and advise the unviersity on how to get our courses online quickly. She also helped set up a ticketing system, hire contractors, and created instructions for all to help the university survive the spring term. She always steps up to help the LX team accomplish a goal, even if the task doesn’t fall directly on her plate. Just the other day, I had to step away for a medical emergency on a Friday afternoon and Chelsie stepped in right away and made sure that rubrics were built and our Communications course was ready to go before the go-live date on Monday. I really appreciate her willingness to pitch in. She deserves this award!
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Solution Seeking
Allison O’Grady, Asst Director of Teaching and Learning/University College
Ben Siebrase, Statistician and Data Visualization Developer / Institutional Research
Ben has worked behind the scenes building amazing visualizations and dashboards that have been invaluable to the DU community at every level. These tools combine his expert knowledge of higher education, the University of Denver, and data utilization in a way that allows leaders throughout the university to gain an understanding of the DU context as well as make informed decisions.  During this difficult time, Ben’s work shines as a reliable source of knowledge.
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Mike Furno, Assistant Provost / Institutional Research
Katia Miller, Research Analyst/ Institutional Research
Katia exemplifies caring through inclusive leadership on Task Forces, in SOCA, and within the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Katia has worked tirelessly on a number of Task Forces as well as on daily Symptom Survey for Faculty and Staff. Also, her expertise on the symptom survey have  enhanced the safety of our community. The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis as well as the University of Denver are fortunate to have Katia in our community.
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Mike Furno, Assistant Provost/Institutional Research
Beth Robischon, General Counsel

Beth Robischon is a committed and valued colleague who exemplifies integrity, commitment, and engagement. Her work ethic is exemplary and I know she goes above and beyond; not only in hours of work but in the strength and quality of that work.

Beth’s leadership, calm demeanor, and commitment to collaboration are all just some of the many reasons SHE ROCKS!

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Kristine McCaslin, Director, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Marnie Gloor, Director of Digital Marketing / Marketing & Communication
Marnie Gloor is the heart and soul of a Digital team that has been reorged out of existence in MarComm. I have been involved with both internal and external web projects at DU for 16 years. I have worked from within both IT and MarComm, and have reported to, or been a peer of many Web Directors over that time. Without question, over the last two years, Marnie has led the Digital Team in MarComm to greater velocity with better results for DU’s public facing websites than any prior Director I have worked with in either department. She has been relentless in focusing the public web sites on their intended audiences and goals — and ramped up measurement and accountability to both the institution and our campus partners for those goals. She has pushed through major efforts to improve our platform, and the vendor partners that support that platform. She leaves the DU web environment, and our relationships with campus website partners in a much better state than she inherited. Marnie worked to leverage the DU web API and institutional data for public DU web sites in ways that had been talked about for *many* years — but it actually happened under Marnie’s direction and efforts. She was the hardest working member of the team, and never asked anyone to do work that she wasn’t willing to do herself. She will be missed, and DU is losing an important asset.
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Jeff Derksen, Manager Web Support Services / Marketing & Communication
Kelly Schlabach, Case Manager, Student Outreach & Support

Kelly has been managing the SOS emergency funds for student support. With effects of COVID 19, the need has been greater. Kelly has worked hard to support students and connect them with valuable resources.

Kelly has also recruited and trained other staff to do the intake so response time can be quicker for students.

In addition, Kelly has taken a leadership role within WORC and is working with white colleagues to dismantle systemic oppression and continue education on whiteness and white supremacy.

Kelly is a caring and deeply committed  colleague and the campus is better for her work and spirit.

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Kristine McCaslin, Director, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Mary Travis, Director of Research Integrity
Mary, I really appreciate the way you have led your team and the university in supporting human subjects research during this remarkable time. I appreciate the way you are always willing to help, always willing to think together, and always willing to go the extra mile to set up clear supports for our researchers. I respect the way you empathize with PIs to figure out a solution that will best meet their needs. You are a pleasure to partner with.
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Kimberly Bender, Interim Associate Provost for Research
Carrie Forbes, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Lindsay Gypin, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Stevie Gunter, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Oliver Poveda, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Nate Bailey, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Anna Panella, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Amy Feeney, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Alice Major, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Adam Westerholm, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Gaby Molinar-Castillo, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Anifa Musengimana, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Katie Edwards, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
David Fasman, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Madison Sussman, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Leah DiCiesare, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Liza Henriquez Rosa, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Angelica Candelaria, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Lizbeth South, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Sarah Werling, University Libraries

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Max Rosenblatt, 

Congratulations on Graduating! It’s time to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished and we are proud to be your colleagues!

On behalf of the University Libraries, Professional Development and Engagement Committee:

Meg Eastwood
Sarah Perske
Hyo Jung Kim
Zeffie Starling
Kate Crowe
Erin Elzi
Mark Kintgen
Merisa Bissinger
Rebecca Wright

Other – High professional development achievement
Merisa Bissinger, Director of Business & Operations
Courtney Niebrzydowski, International Travel Risk Analyst
Courtney is, in a word, phenomenal. In her role as International Travel Risk Analyst, she bring a focus on facts, assessment of the situation at hand, and calm under pressure,  while never losing her empathy and warmth for the students, faculty, and staff she works with, often in high stress situations. She is an invaluable asset to DU, and her work to create processes and threshholds that hold up to benchmarking as well as take into account the user experience has made our approach to international travel so much more effective. She is a key ally to the OIE in our work, and is always willing to be a thought partner. She deserves every award out there!
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Dr. Christine Nelson, Assistant Professor/ MCE

You are cognizant of reaching out to your doctoral students and creating a space where they can interact and support one another, much appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support you give to our Native students as well!

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Stevie, Interim Native American Liaison & Program Manager
Krystal Booker Reusch, Program Coordinator
Krystal is an extremely dedicated professional, and nowhere was that more on display than in this year of change and transition for our unit as a whole.  Her commitment to improving the student experience, clarifying and documenting processes for future students and staff, and passion for creating pathways for students to access our systems is inspiring to see. Even as her plate continued to fill up this year, she still never hesitates to lend a hand to our team, think creatively towards new solutions, and fight for students to be seen and considered. I so appreciate her passion and energy on our team!
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Jennifer Bohn, Program Manager
Jen’s enthusiasm, creativity, and leadership shone through in this year of massive change in our office.  Even in the midst of unexpected changes, Jen pushed through excellent and creative improvements to our communications with students, our data management, and general approach to our work, always with an eye to the student experience and removing obstacles where possible.  I value her commitment and willingness to explore new ideas and solutions!
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Xiaowen Mary Xu, Interim Assistant Director
Mary has been my rock in the office this year, in a year of massive change for our unit as a whole, as well as for she and I individually.  In each stepping into interim leadership roles in our office, I have so appreciated Mary’s partnership, leadership, steady approach and willingness to step up to these tasks. In many ways it’s been a daunting year, but I attribute much of our success to Mary’s commitment and willingness to jump in the fray with me.  I so appreciate her!
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Alisha Stanton, 
Alisha has tackled her first full time year at the OIE with gusto, in a time of incredible change and challenge. From learning the ins and outs of our systems, offering new perspectives, tacking long term strategies for returnee engagement, assessment, curricular integration, and inclusion efforts, Alisha has brought enthusiasm and passion to each of her endeavors.  I appreciate her spirit of adventure and positivity in looking forward as we assess big changes in our field and our work.
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Emily Bishop, Interim Study Abroad Advisor

Emily has been a key part of our OIE team in a year of big transitions and change. Transitioning from a graduate student worker in our office to a part time Interim Advisor to help the OIE navigate staffing changes this year, Emily took on new challenges and responsibilities with enthusiasm, and have been a seamless addition to our team.

She has revamped our work in Sustainability, our social media approach, veteran benefit research, and created detailed notes and onboarding to help future advisors, and has brought new ideas and leadership. She is a young professional with a promising future and we are lucky to have her.

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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Holly Wright, Study Abroad Assistant
Holly has been an incredible asset to our team in a year of huge change and transition.  From her two years as a graduate student worker to now transitioning to a yearlong position with us to help support the OIE through leadership changes, she has made the transition flawlessly and been a key part of our success as a team navigating the same. A team player, willing to take on new challenges, a fast learner, and creative thinker, Holly has a promising future as a young professional in our field, and we are lucky to have her.
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Benjamin Koziol, Office of International Education
Ben has been an integral component to the OIE–as he has always been–but in this year of substantial change and uncertainty, Ben has brought his level-headedness and solution oriented perspective to the challenge. His calm, work ethic, ability to pivot and think strategically about useful adjustments to our work has been a huge asset to the team, and we are lucky to have him.
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, OTL

Dr. Iturbe-LaGrave has been an invaluable resource to the DU community. I appreciate her dedication to the DU community and ensuring that DU faculty have access to pedagogical professional development that centers inclusivity, diversity, and equity.

She is a great mentor and takes time to care for those she interacts with.

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Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor/MCE
Alli Jarvinen, Manager of Social Media Strategy, University of Denver

Alli Jarvinen runs the show for social media at DU. She is one person doing a job that’s best suited to be handled by at least three individuals. This results in 20-hour days when a crisis arises, and that often (unfortunately) goes unrecognized.

Despite the fatigue that obviously sets in during those long hours, Alli doesn’t let quality control fall by the wayside. She’s always looking for ways to ensure that DU’s social media footprint best represents DU’s inclusive values as dictated in…

…DU IMPACT 2025.

…Community+Values.

…the University’s Mission/Vision/Values statement.

…the work of organizations like CCESL, Morgridge College of Education, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and a myriad of other University units.

Alli also seeks out process improvements along the way. Continuous improvement and learning is the name of the game for Alli, and that’s certainly why she’s a leader and solution seeker in MarComm and DU as a whole.

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David Boocock, Manager of Digital Content Strategy, University of Denver
Gloria Bokenkamp, Asst. Dir., Gift Fund Stewardship
Gloria is truly one of the unsung she-roes of Advancement. She always cheerfully provides help and solutions to the myriad of challenges development staff face. Her knowledge extends well beyond her position, and has volunteered to lead various workshops to improve work efficiency and productivity.  The word that comes to mind that best describes Gloria’s personality is “service,” whether within the University or the community. Gloria helped organize food collection for the food pantry, always thinking of others. Kind, caring, intelligent and an exceptional colleague!
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Valerie-Appelbaum, STEM Development Director
Ethan Taylor-Pierce, GSPP Building and Operations Coordinator
Ethan is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all our students,, faculty, and staff.  He has done an outstanding job in managing details of moving to remote functioning, and I am grateful for all he is doing to get us ready to slowly return to campus.  He is a great team player, and creates a warm, positive climate in helping us face the challenges ahead.
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Shelly Smith-Acuna, GSPP Dean
Mark Kintgen, Library Assistant III/ DU Library

Dear Mark,

Thank you for outstanding service in helping us track down and upload videos for a Real Estate & Built Environment class.

Your willingness to do some digging and take this on was so helpful to us. We know we can rely on you as you have been a great help to us anytime we call.

With much appreciation for you, your kindness and your collaborative approach to work.

Sincerely

Ceci Smith at the Burns School, Daniels College of Business, DU

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Ceci Smith, Operations Manager/Burns School of RECM
Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director, Office of International Education

Stephanie has been absolutely amazing in her role as OIE Interim Director. She’s been a model of leadership and a stalwart supporter of her staff. Her transparency in the face of uncertainty — through multiple leadership transitions and COVID-19-related changes — has given us a sense of comfort in situations where we’ve lacked control.

Despite the tremendous pressure she’s been under over the past year, Stephanie has always taken time to make us feel both supported and seen. She cares for us as individuals and as a team, as evidenced in the creative ways our tight-knit office has stayed close while working remotely.

Finally and most obviously, she’s kept our office doing its best during her tenure. She’s pushed us to maintain an extremely high level of student support despite being short-staffed.

I couldn’t have asked for a better boss during this past year. Really, a “You Rock the Most!” award would be more fitting.

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Jennifer Bohn, Program Manager, Office of International Education
Ethan Taylor-Pierce, Building & Operations Coordinator
Ethan is such a friendly, calm, and assuring presence. He has masterfully navigated the realities of managing building access and many others tasks as a result of COVID-19.
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Mark Aoyagi, Professor/GSPP
Nicole Parks, Madden Museum Program Director
Nicole, you continually demonstrate so much commitment and care for the students who you teach and mentor and who you work with at the Madden Museum. You are very sensitive to their concerns and advocate for them to have the opportunities that are critical to further their careers in the museum field after graduate school. You also are a great partner with and advocate for the staff and faculty in our department in coming up with new ideas to adjust in the light of COVID-19. Thank you for all that you do!
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Nessa Kerr, University Art Collections Manager/SAAH
Ethan Taylor-Pierce, Building & Operations Coordinator
Ethan, thank you for going way beyond the call of duty in your capacity as Covid-19 Building Manager for GSPP.  Not only as building operations coordinator, but also for your assistance to the dean, GSPP clinic directors, faculty, staff, IT personnel, and others.  Your communication in keeping everyone informed about developments, often at short notice, is very much appreciated.  My sincere gratitude for your support, as well as for your professional demeanor and sense of humor – these have made the stress we are all feeling, so much more bearable.  Thank you for being you – a remarkable and selfless human being!
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Other – Unselfish, caring, kind, sense of humor, and always willing to assist, no matter how small, large or tedious the task.
Marijke Swierstra, Executive Assistant, GSPP
Kristine McCaslin, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Kris, cares deeply about her employees, the students of DU, and the community. Her work for the students is imperative and at the forefront of making the community more inclusive. She is understanding and she is always willing to put more on her plate to help DU. Furthermore, she is focused on the group of staff she oversees and is truly thoughtful.
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Samuel Feldman, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Mike Holt, Interim Director of Campus Safety
Mike Holt has provided guidance and leadership throughout the tough recent months. In the face of adversity, Commander Holt has provided leadership, appreciation, and a sense of calm. His commitment to remain in office as much as possible has provided a sense of unity amongst our team as most of Campus Safety are required to continue to report for work. Further, Commander Mike Holt has continued to take steps to make the most of the resources we have available to progress our department and help us serve the community better. Without Commander Holt’s leadership, it would have been far more difficult for our teams to continue to serve the DU community.
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Shawn Gerard, Campus Safety
Kenneth Harris, Network Engineer I

Appreciate your commendable job over the weekend to fix the fiber issues between the buildings.

You are a responsible team member.

Thank you and Keep up the good work!

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Padma, Network Engineer III
Michael McGuire, Dean
You have been a great leader and we are proud to work for you and University College!  Thank you for continuing to take on these challenges.
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Dr. David Odell, Medical Director
Dr. Odell has taken on the overwhelming task of how to safely bring back students to campus. Although there are many different aspects to that task, being the medical director a lot of responsibility fell on to his lap. Not only does he have to attend meetings with the chancellor and other administrative bodies, he has to manage the HCC and all of it’s staff. He does a lot for DU and it’s students. Without him the HCC would be lost during this crazy time.
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Lavita Nadkarni, Professor & Associate Dean/GSPP
After 20 years of serving GSPP, Lavita is stepping down as Director of the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. In true Lavita fashion, she is currently mentoring and guiding the new director to handle the responsibilities as Director. During this time, Lavita has become even more active and supportive as faculty and administrator. She routinely provides sagely advice to our GSPP community. She is a rock of calm and strength in turbulent times. She exercises her power judiciously and ethical to see all of our stakeholders flourish. Lavita is a delight to work with and I’m certain on behalf of all GSPP, we’d like to proudly declare–You Rock!
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Brian Gearity, Director & Assistant Professor/GSPP
Theresa Baker, Sturm College of Law
Theresa – I really appreciate how willing you are to help out, answer questions, and offer suggestions. You make my work life easier, as you do for many people, and I appreciate it. Stacey
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Stacey Bowers, Sturm College of Law
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CeCe Ging, Manager, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
CeCe provides timely, expert, and friendly service. She makes sure she understands the issue or problems, and is impressively competent in her position. Thank you, CeCe!
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Douglas H. Clements, Distinguished University Professor, MCE
Jeanine Coleman, Clinical Associate Professor Morgridge College of Education
Thank you for doing an amazing job with the ECSE ECHO! I hope we get a chance to do more in the near future!! It is evident there is so much need and the ECE professionals were so thankful for all the quality information you provided. Thanks again for taking on this project!!
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Nancy O’Sullivan, ECHO-DU Program Manager
Cedric Smith II, Manager/IT Help Center
One of my friends was SO CLOSE to finishing his dissertation, but his laptop did not have enough processing power to finish and submit his dissertation. Although I planned to loan my laptop, I first decided to contact Theresa Liguori Hernandez (Assistant Vice Chancellor, IT Campus Partnerships) to see whether any institutional loaner laptops might be available. Within minutes of receiving my email, Theresa asked Cedric to facilitate this process, and he jumped in immediately to provide help! I am so grateful because Cedric was incredibly responsive, generous, kind, and patient with collecting pertinent information and preparing a loaner laptop for my friend. Cedric’s calm, problem-solving approach and exemplary interpersonal skills dissipated our stress. What a refreshing and tranquil experience to have amid the overwhelming weight of the pandemic! Thank you to Theresa for referring me to Cedric, and a million thanks to Cedric for jumping in to save the day. You both rock! 🙂
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Christina Paguyo, Director of Academic Assessment
Brandon Hronek, Advancement

Hi Brandon,

I just wanted to say thank you for your hard work. I feel like you often have a thankless job and I know it is frustrating sharing the same info over and over, but I appreciate your kindness…and your awesome beard.

Sheffield

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Sheffield Johnson, Application Support Specialist, Advancement
Lisa Redfield, Director, Bus Intel & Analytic, Advancement

Lisa Darling….

I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for all the time you have given me over the years. There are so many times I would have been lost without you. You really know your stuff and you take the time to help me out, which is no small gift because I know how busy you are. You are great at your job and I hope you are really proud of all you do everyday.

Sheffield

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Sheffield Johnson, Application Support Specialist, Advancement
Tommy Nagle, 

Hey Tommy,

I just wanted to say Thank You for all the help and team work over the years. I really appreciate it. I feel like you are always solving problems and take the extra time to do the leg work to make my job easier. Also…lets not forgot the deodorant incident 😉

Sheffield

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Philip Rudyk, Video Media Technician II, Information Technology
Philip has been involved in multiple aspects of the School of Finance‚Äôs shift to a virtual format during the Spring quarter. He helped us figure out a system for recording our virtual webinar panels for the Finance Club, offering technical support as we determined how to best share files, and working on video editing for a polished final product. The video series is being stored in a new and required Canvas program designed to educate all current and future finance students on possible career pathways. He was also generous in offering his time to help train our staff as they came up to speed on additional video editing work. Finally, Philip was instrumental in helping us strategize and create our first ever ThankView video for an internship scholarship campaign. We are grateful for the positive and team-oriented spirit your group exhibits, and we value their partnership on this important and multi-faceted initiative for our school.  Philip and the rest of the Video Media team rock!
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Ann Bowar, Events & External Engagement Manager, Reiman School of Finance
Vincent Aldana, Video Media Technician II, Information Technology
Vincent has been a key player in the Reiman School of Finance‚Äôs shift to a virtual format for events during the Spring quarter. He has been present during each of our virtual webinar panels for the Finance Club, offering technical support during the live events and providing subsequent video editing.  The video series is being stored in a new and required Canvas program designed to educate all current and future finance students on possible career pathways. We are grateful for the positive and team-oriented spirit your group exhibits and value their partnership on this important and multi-faceted initiative for our school.  Vincent and the rest of the Video Media team rock!
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Ann Bowar, Events & External Engagement Manager, Reiman School of Finance
Tremayne Fisher, Video Media Technician III, Information Technology
Tremayne has been an ongoing source of support as the School of Finance has shifted to a virtual format for our events for the Spring quarter. I‚Äôve spoken with Tremayne in the past about possible collaboration on our videotaping efforts, and he is always willing to consider our needs and eager to help.  On this series, he has been involved in figuring out which team members can best help with technical support during the live events and subsequent video editing.  The video series is being stored in a new and required Canvas program designed to educate all current and future finance students on possible career pathways. We are grateful for the positive and team-oriented spirit your group exhibits and value their partnership on this important and multi-faceted initiative for our school.  Tremayne and the rest of the Video Media team rock!
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Ann Bowar, Events & External Engagement Manager, Reiman School of Finance
Brian Camerena, Video Media Lead, Information Technology
Brian responded immediately to my request for help as the School of Finance was trying to figure out how to rapidly shift to virtual events for the Spring quarter.  He quickly pulled in the rest of the Video Media team to provide comprehensive support as we moved forward with live webinar panels. The team contributed technical support during the live events and completed post-event video editing.  The video series is being stored in a new and required Canvas program designed to educate all current and future finance students on possible career pathways. We are grateful for the positive and team-oriented spirit your group exhibits and value their partnership on this important and multi-faceted initiative for our school.  Brian and the rest of the Video Media team rocks!
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Ann Bowar, Events & External Engagement Manager, Reiman School of Finance
Emma Lawless, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM & Systems
Emma is a pleasure to work with. She never bats an eye at the requests we have and always offers the most comprehensive solution to our challenges. She is amazing with SLATE and always goes above and beyond – anticipating what we may need next.
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Tali Koziol Thomason, Director of Marketing, Communication, and Events/RSECS
Amanda Fudala, Exec. Director/CES
A BIG THANK YOU for stepping in as Interim Executive Director of the Newman Center during a very demanding and challenging time.  Your incredible contribution, support and dedication is truly appreciated!
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Diane Roth, Ass’t Director – Events/ Newman Center
Leslie Hasche, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Leslie,

You have an amazing ability to see the big picture and to track the details. You lead meetings with focus and are always prepared. Your leadership sets an example for everyone else. You are dedicated, focused, and realistic. You consider who needs to be included and are ethical every step of the way. You seek solutions and create realistic timelines for how to accomplish tremendous strategic goals. You fiercely represent others, and care about the needs of students, faculty and staff every step of the way. YOU ROCK!

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Kate Ross, Director Denver Campus MSW Program
Barb Hurtt, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Barb is doing a great job with her courses this term, but this extra recognition is for her selfless use of her time helping colleagues in the Department quickly learn how to use the many online resources that were necessary to make this term work.  Barb worked through Winter finals and ‘spring break’ and even into the term helping other faculty.
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Joe Angleson, Chair, Biological Sciences
Julie Morris, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Julie is doing a great job with her courses this term, but this extra recognition is for her selfless use of her time helping colleagues in the Department quickly learn how to use the many online resources that were necessary to make this term work.  Julie worked through Winter finals and ‘spring break’ helping other faculty.
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Joe Angleson, Chair, Biological Sciences
Kristin Andrud, Lab Director, Biological Sciences
I heard some positive unsolicited feedback from a student in one of your labs. The student said that your lab on “Microbial murders” was very fun and that he learned a lot. Thank you for all of the work you are doing to create great learning opportunities in these challenging times!
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Nic Ormes, Associate Dean, NSM
Adrienne Gonzales, Director/CWLC
Nothing has been easy as the first-year language program has transitioned to the CWLC, but our fearless leader has taken it all in stride. She has led us with commitment, intelligence and compassion through this process filled with ambiguity and changes.  Adrienne has managed to protect her faculty and staff from many hassles as she pushed forward and she has managed to make us feel appreciated and valued.  We are excited for our new opportunities ahead. She is an exceptional director and we’d all like her to know that we appreciate her incredible efforts on our behalf.  Our sincere appreciation, Emily, Maha, Miho & Terri-Jo
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Terri Woellner, Teaching Professor / Languages & Literatures
Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director, Office of International Education
Stephanie has been a courageous, compassionate, and devoted interim leader for the OIE during a time of much uncertainty and change. Her remarkable encouragement and advocacy over the last eight months have guided us through navigating our robust COVID-19 response, strengthened OIE relationships with many partners across the university, and affirmed the value of our unit’s impactful work. As we continue to envision the future of education abroad, Stephanie’s resilience, empathy, and kind spirit will remain an inspiration for her team.
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Krystal Booker-Reusch, Program Coordinator, Office of International Education
Cherie Stribling, Strategic Sourcing Manager
Cherie rocks because of her can do spirit and her willingness to adapt and work with others. She is someone that I has an infectious positivity, which is so needed right now. She is a true team player and I am grateful to have her on our team!
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Stephanie Greenberg, Procurement Contract Administrator
Kate Rice, Adjunct instructor / Languages & Literatures
Kate is an adjunct instructor whose guidance during the transition to remote teaching made a world of difference in our elementary French program.  She has great ideas, excellent pedagogy and a true love of the profession.  Her willingness to share and to take extra time to help the direction of our program this spring has made an important and impactful improvement to what we do.
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Terri-Jo Woellner, Teaching Professor / Languages & Literatures
Elizabeth WIllis, Visiting Teaching Professor
Elizabeth has been teaching with us for a few years and she has helped to shape our program in important ways.  Her teaching and her sense of caring for her students, our students!, is exemplary.  We were very fortunate to have had her on our team here at DU!
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Terri-Jo Woellner, Teaching Professor
Kara Traikoff, University Academic Programs

Kara has lead free guided meditations over the past couple months. These meditations benefit many people inside, and outside of the DU community. This opportunity creates exceptional community through Kara’s teaching of mindfulness, and meditation practice.

THANK YOU KARA!

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Alex Bauer, Business Coordinator/Registrar
Alex went above and beyond to get this year’s VA yellow ribbon contract signed by the deadline.  His hard work and effort ensured all GSSP students using the GI Bill with 100% eligibility will have unlimited yellow ribbon funding for the 2020-2021 year. He rocks!
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Michelle Fryer, Military Benefits Coordinator/Registrar
Jane Lavery, Office of the Registrar
Jane came up with a great way to track courses that were converted from on-campus to online due to COVID-19 by adding an attribute to the affected classes. The attribute will also allow for us to track, reference, and monitor the transition, as well as make things easier for classroom scheduling.  This attribute will also help certify the school’s military population to receive their education benefits correctly.  Jane Rocks!
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Michelle Fryer, Military Benefits Coordinator/Registrar
Sarah Watamura, Professor and Chair
You have simply rocked the return to campus planning. Your leadership and responsiveness has been critical in helping all of us figure out how the pieces fit together. When things get stuck and need to be retooled, you help us seek solutions creatively and quickly. Your communication is clear, concise but somehow also portrays that you care. Simply amazing.
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Kimberly Bender, Interim Associate Provost for Research
Marquitte Starkey, Deputy General Counsel
Thank you for your unbelievable support providing legal guidance as we plan for internships and clinics. I can always trust that you will be thoughtful, clear, and calm during what has been some very confusing conversations. We are building solutions in real time and I feel more confident and sure when we do it with your input and advice.
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Kimberly Bender, Interim Associate Provost for Research
Tyler Ridgeway, IACUC/IBC Administrator
You have been an incredible team player as we rollback researchers on campus, Your combination of detailed planning and ability to to pivot and adapt means that our entire campus is functioning because of you. Thank you for your problem solving, support of faculty, and your always willing to take on new challenges with professionalism and positivity.
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Kimberly Bender, Interim Associate Provost for Research
Ces Grant, Senior Specialist, Payments Shared Services

Ces Grant, you rock!!

It has been my absolute pleasure to work with Ces for well over 10 years. She continues to be kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable in any work issue that needs clarification. She is the epitome of helpfulness and her customer service skills are exemplary. I feel so comfortable reaching out to Ces with any issue because she is always so receptive despite how busy she is with her DU workload. I have had several colleagues mimic the same sentiments.  I hope Ces realizes how much she is valued and appreciated by so many!

Keep on Rockin On!

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Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching
Virginia runs the student-faculty partnership program. This program furthers DU’s commitment to the student experience in two ways: first, by pairing individual faculty members with undergraduate student consultants, who work with them for a quarter to help strengthen their teaching. Second, it provides meaningful professional development for those students partners, as they focus on developing their collaborative, consulting, and constructive criticism skills.
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Andrea L Stanton, Associate Professor / Religious Studies
Elizabeth Sperber, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Dr. Sperber has been an extremely supportive member of our department despite being on leave during Winter 2020-Spring 2020. She has stepped up to the plate to help with both academic and non-academic activities, including helping me troubleshoot my strategic plan and helping my family with grocery delivery.  Thank you, Liz!
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Sara Chatfield, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Sheffield Johnson, Application Support Specialist, Advancement
Sheffield Rocks!   She is an excellent trainer and went out of her way to give me the extra time I needed to better understand how to use our Imodules event system.  She really knows her stuff!  She also has a patient and caring way about her.  She also assisted me in finding solutions to the trouble I was experiencing with PioSphere. Thank you Sheffield!
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Lora Hacker, Assistant Director
Kannan Muralidharan, Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment / Office of Graduate Education

Kannan – my fellow RPCV! I think you’re doing a most excellent job keeping up with all the grad app processing this time of year as well as completing pretty big last-minute projects like the online/on-campus data we were needing! I remember it’s always challenging once people start depositing and dealing with all of the oncoming app changes, defers, PROVs (oh how fun!), etc. I think you’re doing a great job keeping up with it all and bringing special situations to our attention so that us on the systems-side are able to troubleshoot and look for new solutions.

I hope you have an awesome weekend and get to relax and enjoy some good weather 🙂

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Matt Pickler, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems / Office of Graduate Education
Ellen Ahn, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment / Office of Graduate Education

Ellen – I just wanted to thank you for all that you’ve been doing recently with regards to our graduate apps population and helping coordinate/kick off the Admissions Requirements gathering process. This time of year can be overwhelming and you have done a great job of coordinating all of these important tasks with a low(er than normal) number of staff.  Plus we’re all working remotely, so that adds an additional layer of complexity.

I hope you have a nice/relaxing weekend and I’ll know that you fully rock (or just that we’re better staffed???) when I stop seeing your e-mails being sent out at 8pm haha 🙂

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Matt Pickler, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems / Office of Graduate Education
Emma Lawless, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems / Office of Graduate Education

Emma – you’ve done an incredible job recently with regards to all sorts of last-minute changes and helping think through some great solutions/options for overcoming any technical barriers that might exist. You listen when I’m feeling a bit flustered with different requests and always can offer up some helpful tips (both technical and not) that allow me to mentally approach the problem in a new way or you propose a complete solution yourself that I hadn’t even considered.

I appreciate all of your work taking lead on the Crimson app and the 2U/OPM outline most recently. You are the queen of Slate’s Configurable Joins and I hope to get to a point where I’ve even got 50% of your knowledge in that arena! Keep up the good work and have a nice/relaxing weekend 🙂

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Matt Pickler, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems / Office of Graduate Education
Brittani McClendon, Sr. Manager, Marketing and Communication / Office of Graduate Education
Brittani – you’ve done an amazing job getting all of the graduate virtual events/visits, Crimson app and Research Showcase site coordinated and off the ground! I don’t think our office would have been able to handle these huge changes without you and I really appreciate your ability to quickly come up with solutions that are simple/elegant and can work for the majority (if not all) units and people’s needs! Having clear and sensible plans like you’re able to come up with allows us on the systems/tech end to be able to more quickly develop what needs to be developed without an additional 20 back-and-forth e-mails 🙂 Also, you somehow are able to get things done with central MarComm at lightning-speed – kudos to that as well!!
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Matt Pickler, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM and Systems / Office of Graduate Education
Kent Conway, Daniels Advisement
In my professional experience, Kent is doing an amazing job helping our students during these testing times.  I receive emails from him late into the evenings and some weekends.  He is very proactive and creative in finding solutions for students‚Äô problems.  He is very patient, meticulous, diligent, and professional in meeting students‚Äô needs. He is incredible in his commitment to serving Daniels undergraduate students, especially the International Business Majors. I nominate him wholeheartedly.
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H.G. Parsa, International Business
McKenzie Mohler & Kent Conway, Daniels Advisement
In my professional experience, both of them are doing an amazing job helping our students during these testing times.  I receive emails from them late into the evening.  They are very proactive and creative in finding solutions for students‚Äô problems.  They are patient, meticulous, diligent, and professional in meeting students‚Äô needs. They are truly incredible in their commitment to serving Daniels undergraduate students, especially the International Business Majors. I nominate them wholeheartedly.
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H.G. Parsa, KSHM
Evangeline (Gina) Reynolds, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Korbel

Professor Evangeline “Gina” Reynolds has been an outstanding, innovative and attentive teacher and researcher since arriving at Korbel and DU in 2018. OTL just recognized her extraordinary ability to make otherwise intimidating material accessible to our students. In addition, she has received external funding for her work on flipbooks and used those resources to in part to employ our students–both advancing our community’s ability to convey the material and enhancing our students’ experience at DU. She is an incredible asset to our department.

From OTL:

“Reading and writing code can be challenging for newcomers. Dr. Evangeline Reynolds and collaborators have created a novel communication and teaching tool — “code-movies” or “flipbooks” — to help students gain insight into coding for data analysis. This tool presents code step-by-step and side-by-side with intermediate outputs so that code is easier to digest. Preparing to move classes online, Dr. Reynolds, Korbel School of International Studies, created “The R Flipbook Textbook”, a collection of dynamic examples about data manipulation, visualization and analysis for her students. She is currently teaching Data Science in International Relations and Data Visualization. “

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Rachel A Epstein, Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Greg Storch, Assistant to the Chair
Greg embodies superlative professionalism and intelligence in his job, from the handling of complex budgetary issues that have recently arisen due to the pandemic, to hiring, to complex course listing tasks requiring coordination between multiple parties in CAHSS.  Greg’s combination of robust competency and tactful diplomacy are inspiring.  Thanks, Greg!  You Rock!
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Orna Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor of Japanese
Rebecca Berg, Director, Alumni Engagement GSPP

When the onset of COVID-19 shut down campus and much of the world, many of us (myself included) resulted to the classic fight, flight or freeze response that accompanies any crisis. The weight of the unfolding uncertainty was too much to bare and left many of us immobilized.

In times of crisis, however, true leadership often emerges. Perceptive leaders arise to the challenge and offer their skills to help us better navigate and make sense of the fundamentally altered landscape. Rebecca Berg, Director of Alumni Engagement for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology mobilized her crisis communication background to quickly act and help our alumni engagement team rapidly reorient to the new reality brought on by the coronavirus.

Ernest Shackleton referred to the work of leaders during a time of crisis as “dispensing mental medicine.” Through her confidence and quick reaction, Rebecca has led our team in developing a proactive response to the crisis that has resulted in a series of webinars and offerings that have added tremendous value to our community in enumerable ways. Furthermore, her confidence and calm clarity provide our team with direction amidst ever-increasing uncertainty.

I’m grateful to Rebecca for her leadership and am proud to count her among the cohort of inspiring leaders who are reimagining our work for the new world.

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Brian J. Elizardi, Director of Alumni Engagement, Advancement
Paula Cole, Associate Teaching Professor/Economics

Paula has been playing a major leadership role in curriculum changes that we are going through lately with extreme care toward the issue as well as people involved. Despite some times serious resentment and resistance in the middle of COVID-19 crisis, I admire her creativity and solution seeking skills.

I must make it clear that those characteristics are not observed only for one event and recently. since the day we met, I always observe her caring, creative, inclusive, solution seeking and leadership characteristic toward her community including students, colleagues, and friends. She truly rocks!

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Anonymous, 
Annette Politi, Associate, Customer Service

This quarantine quarter, Annette has been a joyful, helpful voice over the phone for all who are seeking answers from the registrar.  She is never rushed, she listens thoroughly and if she doesn’t know the answer, she makes sure we have a name and phone of the person that should be able to help. 

She is a kind, caring connection for students and staff a like!  Thank you Annette!

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Carol Ericson, Academic counselor/LEP
Mary Sue Brown, IT@DU
Thank you for patiently walking me through a ReGroup problem and being so timely at responding to emails. That specific newsletter was a high priority on our list that day and would not have happened without you.
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Jordan Kellerman, Morgridge Marketing Office
Carly Einstein, Director, Alumni Engagement GSSW

One of the key characteristics that separates the University of Denver from other employers is the intimate and caring society that emerges when we work together to serve members of our community. It is in this effort that we find a common purpose and unite around our shared value to do good in communities large and small.

In my nearly 20 years as a student and staff member in this community, I’ve been greatly impacted by individuals who bravely embrace this ethos and who lead courageously with emotion and passion. One such individual who regularly models the way is Carly Einstein. Her tireless dedication to the community of staff and alumni at GSSW and the university at large is inspiring and worthy of recognition for the “You Rock!” award.

In any situation, Carly brings clarity and levity to the moment, helping us to reconnect with the crucible spirit behind our work and to see past metrics, strategic plans and other business imperatives. At her core, Carly is a caring and empathic person who embodies the spirit of generosity that our community is known the world over for. Individuals like Carly help to crystalize the believe that leadership is not about status, titles or the use of power, but rather an act of caring and vulnerability. Simply put, Carly is the emotional first responder we all need these days. Her daring spirit helps us to stay sane, healthy and connected and I’m grateful for her courage and bravery, especially in times such as these.

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Brian J. Elizardi, Director of Alumni Engagement, Advancement
Christina Crow, Executive Functioning Specialist – Learning Effectiveness Program
Christina has worked so hard to transition her services to the virtual world during COVID-19.  She has created so many materials to help not just LEP students, but all DU students, succeed during online learning.  She is dedicated, creative, and thoughtful with solutions to ensure student success.  She goes above and beyond to work with students and to help her co-workers.  I am so proud to work on a team with her!
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Sarah Mooney, Academic Counselor – Learning Effectiveness Program
Teddy Rose, Enrollment Manager/University College
Teddy is the best teammate one could ask for.  He is always making himself available to answer questions from colleagues, and has been boosting morale by organizing Trivia Night via Zoom so we can all have some fun together.   Teddy manages to do all this while managing an enormous advising and recruiting workload, and he deserves acknowledgement for all he does!
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Peter Twist, Enrollment Manager/University College
Paula Cole, Teaching Associate Professor

In the midst of the pandemic, we are re-designing our introductory curriculum (two 1000-level courses) as a department. This was overdue anyway, but between the “demographic cliff” and now COVID-19 we feel it is imperative to keep our program relevant and fresh for the sake of our and DU’s success.

While this is a department-level collaboration and everyone is participating, without any doubt it would not be moving along successfully without Paula’s willingness to engage her colleagues, do a lot of organizational work behind the scenes, facilitate the discussion and process at meetings, setting up and editing shared documents, and many other tasks. Several of us are playing a key role in driving the effort, but no one deserves more credit for keeping the process going and on-track than Paula.

When we roll out a redesigned set of introductory ECON courses in the fall (one of which will be topic-based to discuss the world’s current challenges from the perspective of economics), it will be in no small part because Paula went above and beyond.

Paula’s drive for us to succeed, and expertise when it comes to course design and teaching economics, speak to her dedication to the success of our students in learning about the world and setting them up to be engaged members of the communities they belong to.

Thank you, Paula!

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Courtney Niebrzydowski, International Travel Risk Management
For most of us at DU, our encounter with coronavirus began in March. For Courtney and the team at I-House, it began in January with evacuations from China. It followed in February with and March with more evacutions of students, faculty and staff from around the world, more phone calls with worried parents, a tremendous amount of communication. Added to this were the concerned questions from faculty and staff about what would happen with summer programs. Courtney managed this slow and steady stream of concern and panic in an environment where her former partner-in-crime, Rick (former retired director of Enterprise Risk Management) retired and a new VP of Internationalization was only beginning to on board. This meant she and her team had to navigating the largest and most challenging international risk terrain our country has seen in nearly a century, and she had to do it during a leadership transition. Not only was she able to manage this challenge, she did it with calm and with an amazing sense of humanity. Several days before DU closed its doors because of the pandemic, Courtney actually came to our building and went office to office to check in with faculty and staff involved in international programs which had an uncertain future. She reached out as a human while she was managing so much!  She is a star!
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Sandy Johnson, Teaching Professor/JKSIS
Nina Sharma, Interim Executive Director for Project X-ITE

In recent decades, the university has become known for its ethos of doing right by its people. We are led by a community of leaders who believe strongly in putting our constituents first, sometimes to the detriment of our own organizational or personal goals.

One such campus leader who is worthy of recognition for her embodiment of this ethos and personification of the spirit behind the “You Rock” award is Nina Sharma, Interim Executive Director for Project X-ITE. Since Nina arrived on campus, she has demonstrated inclusive leadership that has elevated the university’s approach to producing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. She regularly collaborates across divisions, which is no easy feat on this campus. She is adept at bringing others into the fold and selfless in her leadership style, putting students first no matter what.

This leadership style has been display in full force since campus closed due to COVID-19. She has been quick to mobilize campus partners and pivot Project X-ITEs programming to meet the unique needs of learners in this new context. While many are drowning in their own reality of adapting to the new normal, Nina is quick to make herself available to others, physically sharing time on her calendar and emotionally sharing her heart and being a sounding board for colleagues and constituents who need to process and make sense of our new collective reality as it unfolds day by day.

Nina inspires me to be a better leader and to bring more of who I can be to this community. I‚Äôm grateful for her leadership and know the university will join me in saying “You Rock!”

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Brian J. Elizardi, Director of Alumni Engagement, Advacement
Lindsay Adam, Communications Manager/Daniels
Lindsay has done an amazing job moving the Daniels internal communications into a new email marketing tool, which has dramatically improved the quality. She spearheaded this change for Daniels and ensured training happened over the summer to have the student experience be seamless. As she prepares the Debrief and two @Daniels newsletters, she manages countless request each week from numerous constituents across the College. In addition, Lindsay manages the Daniels Business Brief, which goes out to all alumni. Similarly, she takes requests from multiple constituents to get information to our stakeholders. She provides excellent customer service, often writing content for people proactively and getting their feedback. She goes out of her way to make the content interesting and visual. As a result, we have amazing open rates. For perspective, a good open rate in the marketing world is around 23-25%. We have a 65-71% open rate for the Debrief; a 46-54% open rate for the graduate @Daniels and a 38-48% open rate for the undergraduate @Daniels. Lindsay is an amazing colleague; she approaches everything with a positive attitude and a spirit of collaboration. In addition to all the above, I needed extra support after COVID and she stepped up to alter her part-time hours to check in extra days. She is a joy to work with! She definitely ROCKS!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Scott McLagan, Professor of the Practice/Daniels

I cannot imagine the demands on Scotty right now. He’s still carrying his teaching load and made himself available for several last-minute Executive Education offerings to be available to CEOs and executives trying to make crisis decisions during COVID.

He’s an invaluable resource and such an asset to Daniels and DU. He definitely ROCKS!

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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Amanda Cahal, Director of MBA Global Programs/ Daniels
I cannot imagine the demands on Amanda right now as she continues her teaching load and manages her young children at home too. Yet, she also has made herself available for some Executive Education offerings and did an interview with a freelance writer to help the Daniels communications team with blogs. She is an invaluable resource and such an asset to Daniels and DU. She definitely ROCKS!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Kerry Plemmons, Professor of the Practice/EMBA/Exec Ed
I cannot imagine the demands on Kerry right now. He’s still carrying his teaching load and made himself available for several last-minute Executive Education offerings to be available to CEOs and executives trying to make crisis decisions during COVID. He also did a great job with the Bayern team and he’s still willing to help the Daniels communications team with interviews and blogs. He’s an invaluable resource and such an asset to Daniels and DU. He definitely ROCKS!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
David Corsun, Director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
I can’t imagine how much David has on his plate leading the Fritz faculty, teaching courses and figuring out how Knoebel Events will look like in the coming weeks and months. Despite ALL of that, he has been amazingly responsive to media requests, taking several calls, some on very short notice. He is extremely dedicated and such a kind and compassionate leader. He definitely ROCKS!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Amanda Cahal, Director, Global Programs
Amanda is a role model at Daniels and an inspiration to me. Her professionalism and charisma are admirable. Amanda always delivers insightful and profound content for our participants at Executive Education and is always willing to work on new and exciting endeavors with us. I look up to be more like her on my professional journey.
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Camila Angelim, Assistant Director Business Development/Executive Education
Ashley Sherman, Assistant Director of Student Services, RSECS
Ashley, you rock because you have done a great job with the pilot RSECS Ambassador Program! Even with the changes required in the spring quarter I know that your efforts to reach out to potential students and build community at the Ritchie School had an impact. Thank you for your hard work!
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Breigh Roszelle, Associate Dean, RSECS
Ashley, Assistant Director/Executive Education
Ashley worked diligently in putting together one of our most successful endeavors, the Accelerate Webinar Series. She is very good at handling last minute tasks with professionalism and creativity. Ashley brings great perspectives to our meetings and is willing to help everyone succeed. She is the glue holding our department together.
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Camila Angelim, Assistant Director Business Development/Executive Education
Danette Machisic, Asst Dir, Grad Student Svcs
Thank you Danette for all of your help and support for all of C&I’s and TEP’s students! I appreciate that I can turn to you for any and all questions and odd situations and you are able to help me and my students! Particularly in these crazy times, I really appreciate your leadership and clarity.
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Kara Duggan, Academic Services Associate/Teaching and Learning Sciences
Nick Cutforth, Department Chair/Professor MCE
You have been an amazing department chair.  You are thoughtful and kind.  You push when necessary and push back when appropriate.  You have led your complicated department to a position of growth and strength.  Thank you for being such a great partner and a great leader.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Jordan Coulter, Continuing Education Specialist, Office of the Registrar

Jordan,

Thank you for helping CPD’s course of 300+ enrollments on short notice! This new course required extra time and effort to ensure that account information was correct, duplicates were merged, accounts pushed into the systems, and that students had a seamless experience.

You stayed positive, determined, and persistent throughout the launch. Willing to share your knowledge base and tips, showed technical competency and provided excellent communication skills.

Thanks again for your help in making this launch a total success, You Rock!

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Anonymous, 
Isabelle Caputo, Associate Director, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Isabelle Caputo was a co-author of a new, national Model Code of Student Organization Conduct released by Dyad Strategies. The new Model Code will be accessible by all Universities and Colleges. It is the first Model Code designed to assist campuses in adjudicating student organizational conduct while preserving student self-governance. It can be found here: https://www.dyadstrategies.com/news/model-code
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Kristine McCaslin, Student Rights & Responsibilities
Camila Angelim, Assistant Director, Daniels Executive Education
Camila is such an inspiration and rock star. Her client instincts are always spot on and she really cares a lot about her work. Her energy and empathy are a constant bright spot on our team.
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Ashley Sodaro, Assistant Director, Daniels Executive Education
The OIE team!, The whole OIE team
I don’t know if I’m allowed to nominate a whole department, but the entire Office of International Education blows me away everyday.  Their commitment to their students, dedication to finding solutions in the midst of COVID-19 complexities, and their energy and excitement to explore new ideas and opportunities is truly inspiring.  I am lucky to work with such a dedicated team of professionals, and the last few months have just highlighted what an incredible group this is.
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Stephanie Roberts, Interim Director
Alex Martinez, Academic Technologist Specialist, OTL

Alex has done over-the-top work with our program by transferring well over 1000 2U asynochrous class videos into Kaltura so our faculty have easy access to them to use on campus in Canvas.  There is NO way we could have made this available to our faculty without Alex!

Thank you Alex for all of your help in this and so many other ways!

YOU ROCK!!

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Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean/Faculty Director, MBA@Denver
Jeff Derksen, Manager, Web Support Svcs

Jeff really is an ambassador for the central Marketing Division.

He is the easiest person to work with and always show empathy and care when troubleshooting issues. He is quick, friendly, and has a great sense of humor.

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Tali Koziol Thomason, Director of Marketing, Communication, and Event
Amanda Carroll, Business Officer, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence

Thinking outside the box, strategic, solution oriented, campus engagement, inclusive,  and just plain delightful to work with are just a few of the reasons Amanda Carroll rocks. Her enthusiasm for attending, volunteering, and supporting campus events, faculty lectures, and guest speakers on campus is contagious. She rallies her colleagues for participation, she exemplifies DU Spirit! During meetings and brainstorming sessions, she always provides a unique and inclusive perspective. Amanda is “hands on” and very supportive of her colleagues, always offering to help out when she notices someone feeling stressed or overwhelmed. She goes beyond offering additional help in the work environment, it extends into her colleagues life outside of work. I have seen her take care of a co-workers dog while they were dealing with a family emergency, offer to help someone move, pick-up or take someone to the airport, and the list goes on and on!

We are fortunate to have Amanda at DU and she adds value to the lives of those  that work closely with her.

Amanda Carroll, you rock inside and outside of DU!

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Susan Schulten, Professor, History Department
You rock because you have such a tremendous capacity to help our majors! In guiding this year’s majors through the first class in the capstone, you have been patient, enthusiastic, kind, and knowledgeable. You continue to inspire students even in the most difficult circumstances and I am so grateful for your hard work and unflagging enthusiasm!
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Carol Helstosky, Chair, History Department
Carol Ericson, Academic Counselor/Learning Effectiveness Program

Carol is an exceptional counselor in the LEP.  She cares deeply for her students and goes above and beyond to find solutions to some very difficult circumstances.

She is positive, upbeat and a shining star in her students’ lives.

I can’t say enough about her enthusiasm, caring and problem solving!

I think Carol is an excellent candidate for this award!!

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Diane Heidel, Academic Counselor/Learning Effectiveness Program
Jen Velarde-Menary, Assistant Director of Marketing
Jen has been a “go-to” person for not just me, but everyone in our department! She is great to brainstorm ideas with and is just the best team member!
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Justin Holman, Associate Director, Internal Operations
Brianna Johnson, Program Manager/Living & Learning Communities

Brianna,

You are one of the kindest people that I know, and it comes through in everything that you do. Your ability to support and listen to others is unparalleled, and your suggestions and advice are always thoughtful and insightful. On a day to day basis, you find ways to breathe life, creativity, and compassion into the LLCs. The connections that you grow and nurture on campus and in the community are meaningful and truly move our department forward. I can’t express how incredible of a leader you are–you are encouraging, motivational, and always follow up and check in. I could go on and on, but just know that you are appreciated beyond what words can express. THANK YOU for being you. You are integral to the success of these programs and the culture of our office.

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Alex Parsons, Program Coordinator, Living & Learning Communities
Kelly Flaherty, Teaching Associate Professor, Mathematics
One of the most challenging problems in online teaching is how to keep students engaged. More generally, it is difficult during the covid epidemic to keep majors connected to their home departments and to DU. Dr. Flaherty is the organizer of the Math Club, a social and professional club for math undergraduates. She revived the club last year and continues to organize (online) activities during the 2020 Spring quarter. For instance, about 30 students participated in the math trivia game organized 2 weeks ago. This might prove to be an important part of student retention, particularly for  E-STEM students (STEM students from underrepresented groups) that actively participate in the Math Club.
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Petr Vojtechovsky, Professor and Chair, Mathematics
Nick Galatos, Professor, Mathematics
Prof. Galatos was an early adopter of smart pens at the Department of Mathematics and he had the foresight to suggest smart pens for all math faculty before the covid epidemic hit. This allowed me, the department chair, to act quickly and purchase smart pens for all math faculty. Nearly all math faculty are now using smart pens in their online teaching and it became a crucial tool in our instruction which depends heavily on explanations, drawings, etc. Furthermore, Prof. Galatos has created a very interactive course that incorporates peer-grading and other sound pedagogical practices.
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Petr Vojtechovsky, Professor and Chair, Mathematics
Ryan Talmage, Interim Director/Enterprise Risk Management
Your willingness to quickly fill out all the necessary forms for your summer tuition waiver really helped with tuition bill testing.
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Janet Burkhardt, Director/Student Financial Services
Patrick Orr, Sr. Director, Experiential Education
Patrick has stepped up and helped countless faculty, staff and students pivot to working remotely and best utilizing the technology needed and available. He has walked faculty through the Zoom process as well as managed the back-end of many programs/courses just to ensure they are delivered with the best quality. And that is not even part of his job. He is just being helpful. It’s had a huge impact during this time and we all appreciate the support!
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Kate Dillon, Director, External Relations
The UCOL Student Support Staff, Student Support
All of the Student Support staff have not missed a beat while going remote during this time of uncertainty. They are always super responsive and ready to assist at all times. They Rock! : )
Chris Heriza, Enrollment Manager/ Academic Advisor
Rachel Rogers, Assistant Academic Director
We are lucky to have you on the team.  You continue to prove what an amazing hire you are, and knock it out of the park with Centura 🙂 Thank you!
Leadership
Solution Seeking
Bobbie Jo Kite, Academic Director
Alex Robinson, assistant director of financial aid
You step forward to help students and families as we recruit a class with intensity in these times. You guided dozens of families through weekend virtual visits to address their financial aid questions. You share leadership with your colleagues to find solutions to the relentless hard work. Your significant contributions of calmness and diligence lead us to a happier place as we move ahead. You make DU a good place for students and your colleagues. Thank you!
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Housing & Residential Education Team, Housing & Residential Education (CLIE)
Through COVID, they have held their ground and stayed strong and positive having to help students quickly and efficiently move out of the dorms, do room checks, cleaning, answering calls from angry families, and ensuring the health and safety of those students that remain on campus. The HRE Team has proven they are 21st Century Warriors! and they show up day in and day out fearlessly without missing a beat. Thank you for all you have done for our campus and community!
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Solution Seeking
Brian Schreckinger, Director, Community Commons (CLIE)
Nathan Rudibaugh, assistant director of financial aid
You lead with calm optimism. In the midst of a storm people trust your patience and your experience. You step forward to solve the difficult changes during these extraordinary times. You take special care with each student and family you encounter. You plow through enormous amounts of work, including the time-consuming and puzzling work of appeals. You jumped into the weekend session for incoming students. There’s so much more. Your competence, wisdom, and hard work make DU a special place to be for our students and for your colleagues.
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Theresa Ahrens, Director of Communications
Theresa has always prioritized fostering a team environment on the Communications Team. She demonstrates compassion and caring about not only our professional aspirations but our personal wellbeing. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, Theresa has stuck up for all members of her team, regardless of where they are on the org chart, advocating for their work and their interests. She works to get us accurate, up-to-date information about university policies that may affect us and is always open, honest, and transparent. I’m so grateful for her!
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Anonymous, 
Karen Shaw, Planned Giving Development Director
Karen epitomizes the Pioneer spirit. She is a natural leader, charismatic, knowledgeable and decisive. She steps in wherever she is needed, finding creative solutions to different challenges. Karen is incredibly caring, and always stands up for the under represented. She helped secure donations for the food pantry, quietly collecting food donations and delivering them to the pantry. She’s a fearless feminist, calling out inequities and standing up for females at all times. She builds community within and outside of the University, supporting and nurturing those communities. Karen spent countless hours outside of work mentoring, teaching and encouraging me to navigate the complexities of higher education. I have learned a great deal from Karen, and she continues to inspire me with her passionate empathy and professional excellence.
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Valerie Appelbaum, Development Director, STEM
Casey Kite, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provosts/ Office of the Provost
Casey. Thank you for all of your help with scheduling and flexibility you demonstrate with the various projects we in HRIC have been a part of. It is really appreciated and always patient with changes to meetings, projects, etc., whether it has been around Faculty on-boarding, or this new You Rock! Award. Thank you!
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Ken Pinnock, Director People Development/HRIC
Josie White, Athletics
Thanks for your engaging presence and proactive leadership as we navigate COVID-19!
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Julie Campbell, Athletics
Angel Field, Athletics
Thanks for your support!  You go above and beyond to promote Athletics every day!  You also are a great friend and colleague.
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Leadership
Julie Campbell, Athletics
Jeanie Tischler, Assistant to the Director – School of Art & Art History
Jeanie is truly an instrumental member of SAAH. She grows our community by being an open door to help us all with the processes that are necessary to keep the department running. She cares for every staff member’s success and well-being and demonstrates this daily through the information she shares and availability to meet with SAAH staff when we have questions. She also cares deeply about DU’s students and especially our SAAH student workers, making sure they are doing well and feel supported in their roles. Jeanie puts in so much hard work, and I would really like her to know what a valuable member of our team she is.
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Nessa Kerr, University Art Collections Manager/SAAH
Erica Elvove, Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Erica goes above and beyond to facilitate conversations that support transparency and connection. Now more than ever, good

communication is what keeps us grounded and makes us effective as we navigate constantly shifting realities. Erica is always available to help us assess these emerging contexts and encourages us to keep diverse perspectives in focus.

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Erin Flynn, Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Lorne Fultonberg, Writer/MarComm
Lorne is a fabulous partner for Daniels in MarComm. He is a terrific writer and always covers any Daniels-related people or events with excellence. We always know his stories will be compelling and accurate. He’s easy to collaborate with and available for questions and additional emails. We really value our partnership with Lorne and think he’s a wonderful asset to Daniels and DU. The University is lucky to have such a talented writer and colleague on staff!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Nicole Militello, Senior Media Relations Specialist/MarComm
I can’t imagine how many calls Nicole is getting from the media these days, but I know it’s a huge number! She’s getting DU placed in media outlets across the nation, which is a huge benefit to the University. She’s worked so seamlessly with me and Daniels to coordinate on media requests when needed. She also has been kind to reply to non-media requests as I needed help with our media monitoring system. Nicole is responsive and so delightful to work with.  I appreciate her professionalism and extra effort!
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Solution Seeking
Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Jon Stone, Media Relations Manager/MarComm
I can’t imagine how many calls Jon is getting from the media these days, but I know it’s a huge number! He’s getting DU placed in media outlets across the nation, which is a huge benefit to the University. He’s worked so seamlessly with me and Daniels to coordinate on media requests when needed. I know he’s juggling work with his kids at home, being a full-time teacher and dad too. Yet, he’s responsive and always available for a quick phone call or email. I appreciate his professionalism and effort!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Camila Angelim, Assistant Director of Business Development/Executive Education/Daniels
Camila is amazingly positive and upbeat every time I see her in meetings. She worked with her team to very quickly get several webinars up and running for C-suite individuals as COVID-19 hit. I see her often post on social media about the events Executive Education is offering. Despite being remote for weeks, she is  responsive, engaged and looking gorgeous on her social media videos! She’s an asset to Daniels and DU!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Maimalle Her, Financial Aid Advisor, Financial Aid
You’re a rock star because you began your tenure at DU in a hectic time for our office and division, and that was before COVID-19! You’ve adapted flawlessly to remote work, and always ensure you check in, whether it’s to further your understanding of complex situations or to understand the overarching rationale in our profession and our work. Thank you for your tenacity, excellent memory, and exceptionally positive attitude!
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Roger Lane, Assistant Director, Financial Aid
Ashley Sodaro, Assistant Director/Executive Education/Daniels
Ashley worked with her team to very quickly get several webinars up and running for C-suite individuals as COVID-19 hit. She did an amazing job marketing these, often getting more than 300 attendees on each zoom webinar. I do not know how she juggles everything she does, while also being a full-time mom now with daycares closed. Yet, she’s responsive and engaged, somehow doing both well. She’s an asset to Daniels and DU!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Shawn Reid, Athletics and Recreation

Thank you for your leadership over the last few months. These are difficult times and your positive attitude and commitment to our department has been amazing.

Remember, life is not about the set backs, its about the comebacks.

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Jesse Badder, Associate Dirctor of RWC Programs / Athletics and Recreation
Amy Rask, Athletics and Recreation
Amy – Thank you for your dedication to providing our students with healthy activities to do during the COVID 19 crisis. Your work is outstanding and I cant wait to see what you come up with in the future.
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Jesse Badder, Associate Dirctor of RWC Porgrams / Athletics and Recreation
Janet Yenter, Assit. VC, Alumni Engagement/ Advancement
Janet is a consistent steady hand in our ongoing fast-paced and often hectic Engagement world. Her leadership is always consistent, supportive, and encouraging. I couldn’t imagine our team’s success without her and am thankful everyday for her selflessness and dedication to our work.
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Anonymous, 
Daniels Office of Communication, Marketing, and Admissions Team, Daniels Office of Communication and Marketing
Your entire team is always behind the scene moving things forward and managing the processes and systems that most of us never see. You represent our students, Daniels, and the University quite well!
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Karen Gross, EA to the Dean, Daniels
Ashely Sodaro, Ass Director, Executive Education
Ashley is working tirelessly to be the amazing teammate that she always is as well as providing new and impactful content for our alumni and business community through Exec Ed’s new webinar series. She is always involved, available and doing so with a small child at home to care for as well! She rocks!
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Kate Dillon, Director, External Relations
Roger Lane, assistant director of financial aid
You rock because you accomplish volumes of work, because you care about the important details more than anyone, because you solve problems, because you have stepped in during these most challenging times to lead your colleagues in addressing the overwhelming email volume while somehow still handling all the other tasks we must accomplish. You rock because you care about families and students and because you’re a good steward of the University’s resources. Thank you!
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Lisa Westendorf, Office of Financial Aid
You did an amazing job creating a website and communication plan for CARES Act awards in a very short amount of time.  Great work!
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Solution Seeking
Janet Burkhardt, DIrector/Student FInancial Services
Lisa Westendorf, associate director of financial aid, communications
In a regular month in spring you manage hundreds of communications to tens of thousands of prospective and current students. You solve technical problems from the large to the small. You always think of ways to make it clearer to students and families how they can navigate the world of college affordability including all the current graduate and undergraduate students as well as the many more prospective students. You think of things and solve problems before most of us knew it would be a problem, and you take on the monumental challenges of our new environment with professionalism and skill. Thank you!
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Karen Woodrum, associate director financial aid, systems
Even when week and after week is filled with a plateful of emergency projects that need solutions, you find a way to make it work. Because of your work thousands of students get their aid awards, federal aid is disbursed., we recruit a class in a challenging environment, we create new aid award programs and new distribution methods of emergency funds all because you manage the onslaught of projects to implement every new idea during these difficult days and you keep the regular trains running at the same time. Thank you!
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Lindsay Anderson, Executive Director, Regional Advancement & Volunteer Engagement
Lindsay is an amazing and enthusiastic colleague who continues to show up time and time again for her team and the larger Advancement Communtiy! Her vision and clear direction in supporting our on and off-campus partners and regional staff is something to behold. Lindsay always says “how can I help” and then gets to it! She is an amazing human being to be around and contributes at every level to the success of the DU community! You TOTALLY ROCK! Thank you for who you are!
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Anonymous, 
Kaitlin Wallace, assistant director of financial aid
You lead the advising team with your upbeat outlook and assignments even in the face of the daunting workload and seemingly insurmountable tasks. You jump in to help, you think of new ways to get things done, you reflect and grow, and you help all of us learn. You prepare the numbers and you produce volumes of work yourself. You’re thoughtful and caring about others, and you help students and families every day to make a DU education possible. Thank you!
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John Gudvangen, associate vice chancellor and director of financial aid
Jim Kramer, Athletics

Thanks for all your hard work, long hours and endless budget scenarios.

Thanks for helping us stay competitive.

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Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Daniel Doerr, Director of Graduate Enrollment/JKSIS
Daniel Doerr arrived at the Korbel School a few short years ago in the midst of an enrollment crisis, with declining class sizes and little staffing to correct the situation. Undaunted, Daniel jumped into the task of streamlining of admission and outreach procedures to build up our incoming classes–perhaps the core task of our institution to “keep the lights on.” His dedication, steady-hand, and work ethic have been indispensable for keeping up the Korbel School’s momentum. Daniel works long hours, personally communicates with hundreds of prospective students, engages with faculty for outreach, and does his own deep analyses of enrollment trends. We are deeply fortunate to have Daniel and I am personally grateful for his kindness and sense of humor–it is no wonder prospective students are so responsive to him! Because Daniel “rocks,” the Korbel School also “rocks!”
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Oliver Kaplan, Associate Professor/JKSIS
Alicia Kirkeby, Director of Alumni Engagement/JKSIS
Alicia Kirkeby rocks, and she is also one of the Korbel school’s “rocks,” since she is true pro with deep experience we can always count on her. We have alumni all over the world, and she does a great job keeping in touch and maintaining personal relationships with them. She shares news from the school with our alumni community and plans events for them in the U.S. and around the world (she has even connected me with former students around the world). She has also long assisted with large-scale events at the Korbel school, including the annual Korbel Dinner, and as such she is represents a key part of our institutional memory and provides level-headed advice. Alicia also always has a pleasant, welcoming demeanor–no wonder she is loved by our notable alums such as General George Casey and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as well as by our most recent grads. In short, Alicia is an indispensable part of the Korbel and DU community. For all of these reasons, she isn’t just a rock, she’s a gem!
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Oliver Kaplan, Associate Professor/JKSIS
Stuart Halsall, Athletics
Thanks for the long hours and tireless work!!
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Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Karlton Creech, Athletics

Thanks for your tremendous leadership and for the communication, training and transparency.

Thanks for providing hope and encouragement that we’ll all soon be back to doing the things we love.

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Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Julie Campbell, Athletics
Thanks for your fantastic leadership and taking such great care of our student-athletes!!
Caring
Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Jimmy Pratt, Athletics

Thanks for your engagement,  creativity, patience and innovation during this time.

I’m so thankful and blessed to have two tremendous assistant coaches.

Inclusivity
Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Linas Gaveika, 

Thanks for your engagement,  creativity, patience and innovation during this time.

I’m so thankful and blessed to have two tremendous assistant coaches.

Inclusivity
Melissa Kutcher, Athletics
Erica Larson, Assistant Professor/Biology
Erica has had a simply phenomenal year, with at least six peer-reviewed publications (!) and two major NSF grants: NSF RoL (DEB/IOS) as PI and an NSF IOS grant as Co-PI.  She is also a terrific colleague and mentor to students.
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Anonymous, 
Angel Field, Athletics

Thanks for all your support the last few weeks in helping us recruit this fall’s class. The video, webinar, and coaches’ calls have all made a difference and are greatly appreciated.

You Rock!!

 
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Lisa Westendorf, Financial Aid

I wanted to send you a second “You Rock” because I was so impressed with the webpage you created for CARES. Wow!!! So  impressive, and you even included an FAQ section. You thought of everything!! Very well organized, efficient, well-written, and super impressive – especially considering you developed that in just a couple days.

Many thanks!

 
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Leslie Brunelli, Financial Affairs
Many thanks for your incredible contributions during this crisis. I know you have been working crazy hours to analyze our budgets and to make key decisions to ensure DU’s financial viability. Further, the departments you manage have been running seamlessly and efficiently – they keep DU running! Thanks to you and all of your team for being there for the DU community during this time of need. You rock!
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Corinne Lengsfeld, Provost’s office
I can’t thank you enough for your leadership, efforts, and keen intelligence during this crisis. You have been a tireless, fearless, and inspiring leader. No one else I’d rather be in the trenches with during challenging times!! DU will always remember your contributions and caring approach! Many thanks!
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Nathan Rudibaugh, Financial Aid
Nathan, thanks for all your extra efforts and leadership, especially with the advisors in Mary’s absence. I also know you’ve been involved in other ad hoc projects that have been thrown our way, and I appreciate your contributions. And many thanks for your work serving prospective families. You, Kaitlin, Roger, Alex, and others on the advising team have been rocking it!
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Kaitlin Wallace, Financial Aid
Kaitlin, thanks for all you’ve been doing in recent weeks, especially with Mary out. I know you and Nathan have provided additional leadership in her absence. I also know you’ve helped with a number of projects, including the room/board reversals last month. And many thanks for helping all the prospective families!
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Roger Lane, Financial Aid
Thanks for your extra efforts during the period we’ve been working from home, especially in recent weeks with Mary gone. Your leadership and willingness to take on more is appreciated!
Todd Rinehart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Gohar Tovbis, Information Technology
Gohar – You are a huge asset to the University and IT@DU. During these unprecedented times, you have shown amazing leadership. Your rock because you and your teams have quickly responded to this crisis by helping with the following: reports for the Provost office from Canvas and Banner to make sure all courses that need to be online are published in canvas, creating a page for the adjusted grade opt in/opt out for students, help with the room and board refunds to students, create an application for CARES act and more. Thank you for all the work you do and you absolutely ROCK!!!
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Rohini Ananthakrishnan, Information Technology
Michael Kerwin, Associate Professor/Geography & the Environment

Mike,

The effort you put forth to continue teaching your course while battling illness is beyond commendable – it is laudable! Your full commitment to your students is what makes you an exceptional instructor and colleague.

You Rock!!

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Michael Keables, Chair/Geography & the Environment
Elisha Allen, Program Coordinator
Sees the big picture and consistently works hard to fulfill the University College mission. Also, very good listener 🙂
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Bobbie Kite, Assistant Dean
Josh Davies, Director of IT MCE
Setting up an zoom system for the CADREI group, which supports deans of education across the entire country.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Elaine Belansky, CRSHE Director/MCE
Thinking about our students and getting their feedback and insight on how to structure our courses.
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Karen Riley, Dean MCE
Kate Dillon, Director of External Relations, Daniels
Kate, like many DU employees, is attempting to work a full-time job, while also being a full-time parent. Yet, she’s engaged, on numerous zoom calls, and lining up CEOs for VOE and other needs at Daniels. She’s helpful, responsive and a total asset to Daniels and DU. We’re lucky to have colleagues like Kate!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Bryce Kirchhausen, Program Director for the Denver MBA, Daniels
Bryce, like many DU employees, is attempting to work a full-time job, while also being a full-time parent. Yet, he’s engaged, on numerous zoom calls, handling prospective student interviews and juggling so, so many things. He does it with grace and a smile. DU is lucky to have him!
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Jaleesa McIntosh, Assistant Director of Events at Daniels
Jaleesa, like many DU employees right now, is attempting to juggle a full-time job with full-time parenting and teaching. And yet, she is engaged, on numerous zoom calls, keeping up with events throughout the College and attempting to figure out new event platforms at DU. Her dedication and commitment are admirable.
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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
H.G. Parsa, Professor of Hospitality Management

Parsa has taken numerous media calls on short notice to share his expertise in hospitality management.  He makes himself available on short notice to many outlets and has fostered good relationships with those media contacts. These requests are on top of his other coursework and research, so it’s greatly appreciated. He’s representing Daniels and DU so well in the Denver metro and across the nation. 

Thank you, Parsa!

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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Mac Clouse, Professor of Finance

Mac has taken numerous media calls on short notice to share his expertise on the economy. The DU media team is turning to him and so am I and he’s been available on short notice to do numerous interviews. These requests are on top of his other coursework and research, so it’s greatly appreciated. He’s representing Daniels and DU so well in the community.

Thank you, Mac!

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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Jack Strauss, Professor of Finance

Jack has taken numerous media calls on short notice to share his expertise on the economy. The DU media team is turning to him and so am I and he’s been available on short notice to do numerous interviews. These requests are on top of his other coursework and research, so it’s greatly appreciated. He’s representing Daniels and DU so well in the community.

Thank you, Jack!

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Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications and Operations
Karen Shaw, Director of Development, Planned Giving/Advancement
Karen goes above and beyond as a colleague by serving as an informal mentor and coach to so many of us on the advancement team.  Karen makes her self available as a resource on planned giving, offers advice and guidance and provides encouragement to her fellow fundraisers.  She is so generous with her time and truly wants to help her colleagues.  I have benefited a great deal from her coaching and am a better fundraiser because of her.  I am so appreciative of her assistance, especially since I know this type of support isn’t directly reflected in her metrics.  Karen is a leader whom I admire and is most deserving of the You Rock award.
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Mona Spitz, Director of Development/ Advancement
Dave Thomas, LEP
Dave rocks because he always puts his students first! Students who have graduated in the past few years still reach out to Dave to check in, provide updates, and let him know how much his guidance and mentorship meant during their time at DU.  And there have been several! The work Dave does is meaningful and he is an amazing asset for the university and its students.
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Jess Neumann, Assistant Director, Academic Innovation
Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director, Academic Resources, CLIE
Tonnett is incredible! She has been so caring of staff through this unique time of our lives, checking in with us and sending surprise postcards to our home. Tonnett has done such an impressive job of managing her different roles in multiple departments. She stepped in to lead the LEP when most of our leadership moved on and has done a tremendous job in helping us keep things together and running smoothly for our students during the current chaos…I don’t think there are enough words to describe how grateful I am for her leadership, thoughtfulness, openness, and sense of humor. You rock, Tonnett!!
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Jes Stroope, Academic Counselor, Learning Effectiveness Program
Gloria Miller, 
Gloria has worked tirelessly to move her class to an effective and efficient online learning experience. From the start of the quarter, Gloria was a little nervous about the switch to online but I have seen her work incredibly hard to make a meaningful experience for her students. When we meet, I am consistently impressed by how proficient Gloria is with the new technologies and processes. Her feedback is a consistent help to me as an instructional designer and her ability to connect with students regardless of distance is an inspiration.
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Lindsay Brunhofer, 
Paula Bickel, OGE
The JDP Program Manager has a lot to learn in the best of times, but trying to learn a new job at a distance is even more challenging.  You have been so generous with your time and knowledge to help me get established in my new job.  You rock!
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Rhonda Eaker, DU/Iliff Joint PhD in the Study of Religion
Kaitlin Wallace, Assistant Director, Graduate Financial Aid
Kaitlin, you ROCK because you are always so helpful.  Even in our current remote work environment, you are prompt and cheerful in your responses to my many requests.  Our students are so appreciative!  I know how much work I create for you and that I am undoubtedly your ‚Äòfavorite‚Äô graduate departmental contact 🙂 The work you do is so important and you are GREAT at it!  I could not do my job without you!
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Jennifer, Director, Student Financial Management, SCOL
Andrea Gross, Assoc Director of Enrollment/ University College
Andrea is such a team player and really stepped up recently to help with some ongoing initiatives including the Virtual Veteran’s Lounge, a Master Teacher workshop on COVID-19, and support of the University College Tactical team. I can’t imagine that she has a free minute in her day, but she is a great team player and always makes time to help others and put students first.
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Allison O’Grady, Asst Director of Teaching and Learning/University College
Jes Stroope, LEP Academic Counselor
Jes has continued to show her leadership in LEP during this remote time. She has continued to figure out ways to assess our students’ progress during this quarter with the LEP post-assessment survey that she helped create (she and other colleagues also created the initial assessment). She is also currently creating a survey to send to our students to assess their thoughts related to on-line learning and the LEP program format in the virtual world. Jes practices teamwork by allowing her colleagues to share their input with these surveys/assessments. Finally, Jes helps keeps us all laughing and engaged outside of our work day by planning and hosting social Zoom time together.  She and other colleagues facilitated these gatherings while we were in the “real world” but she has continued to make that a priority during this shelter in place time too. You Rock, Jes!
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Jen Wilson, LEP Academic Counselor
Sarah Mooney, LEP Academic Counselor
Sarah has gone above and beyond to make the remote world a place where our LEP students still feel connected to our program. From the start of this remote work, she and some other colleagues made adjustments to the LEP Canvas Page (which she was a part of creating) to give students additional resources to navigate on-line learning. This page has been a useful tool for students and LEP counselors alike. Further, she has kept the LEP weekly social hour going each Friday to allow our students that want that social engagement with their LEP peers to continue. She joins the group each week and has games and activities planned. Sarah has also figured out how to get our LEP mentors involved with this process so they can continue to build their leadership skills during this remote time. You rock Sarah!
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Jen Wilson, LEP Academic Counselor
Christy Statema, Undergraduate Enrollment

Christy has gone above and beyond over the past 2 months in leading enrollment initiatives to help us meet our enrollment goals. Christy has helped moderate daily virtual events, worked late, adjusted her personal schedule, and even drove all over town looking for supplies at home depot and other places to help us support students in a virtual space. Firsthand, I’ve witnessed her growth in flexibility, adjusting mid-flight, stepping outside of her comfort zone, and sacrificing for DU and the team. All this, without one complaint!

Christy, you are truly a dynamic person and I appreciate the joy and passion your bring to this important work. YOU ROCK!

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Allana Forte, Undergraduate Enrollment
Allison O’Grady, Senior Instructional Support/University of Denver
As a brand new adjunct professor at University College I was a little overwhelmed by learning the University system, Canvas, teaching online techniques, etc.  Allison was with me every step of the way helping me learn, coaching and supporting me, and modeling what a great colleague should be.  Although I have not met a single person from University College in person since I’ve become an adjunct, Allison makes me feel a part of a team!
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Ann Morgan, Adjunct/Environmental Policy & Management
Todd Rinehart, VC Undergraduate Enrollment

Todd leads the UG Enrollment Division with thoughtful and inspirational leadership. A lot has changed over the past 2 months, but Todd’s positive attitude remains. Despite many obstacles, UG Enrollment is defying the odds because of Todd’s guidance, recommendations, support and continued adjustments on both the fin aid and admission side of the house – he is a nationally recognized thought-leader, caring co-worker, resourceful and strategic enrollment manager, a loyal friend. He remains flexible yet resilient as our plans have to change mid-flight.

Todd, in the words of your favorite song, I’m so grateful that you Don’t Stop Believing! Thanks for being a rockstar for our Division. YOU ROCK!

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Allana Forte, Undergraduate Enrollment
John Gudvangen, Associate Vice Chancellor of UG Enrollment
John has led and managed his team to adjust mid-flight, create policy, support current and prospective students in the face of many challenges and adversity. His commitment to DU, students, partners, and his team is unparalleled. A true pleasure to work with, John is caring, passionate, and a dynamic leader who inspires me. John, thanks for being a rockstar! You ROCK!
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Allana Forte, Undergraduate Enrollment
Shanna Pomager, Undergraduate Enrollment
Shanna has gone above and beyond in her role as Director of Visit Programs to transition us to a virtual space. With over 20 programs this month, Shanna has led, managed, and produced programming to ensure all prospective students have the opportunity to “visit” campus. Her leadership, flexibility, and commitment to DU and our team should be recognized!  Shanna, you rock!
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Allana, Undergraduate Enrollment
Darren Moitzfield, Enterprise Application Services

Darren,

YOU ROCK!!

Thank you so much for the constant stream of business insight and technical guidance. As we moved to a work from home model, our methods of transferring knowledge and supporting one another within our team has greatly changed.  I want to recognize that you have made this transition incredibly painless with your support and knowledge. The recent system projects I have implemented in the past few weeks to help benefit the University and Shared Services were realized due to your input and guidance. I sincerely appreciate you having my back, and I am very happy to have a manager that enables me to learn so much.

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Bradley Machan, Enterprise Application Services
Jane Lavery, Scheduling and Catalog Coordinator
Thank you for all of your work and support with scheduling over at MCE. I really appreciate being able to call you for help with all aspects of the C&I and TEP schedule, from contact hours to classrooms.
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Kara Duggan, Academic Services Associate/Teaching and Learning Sciences
Kristal Griffith, Senior Director of Communications, Daniels College of Business
Kristal always goes above and beyond, but COVID has made that statement even truer. She is level-headed when dealing with crisis communications, still checks in with her team throughout the chaos, and genuinely cares (and it shows) about how everyone is doing AND the work we’re producing. I know how busy she always is, and I marvel at how her work product never suffers regardless of how much she has on her plate.
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Randi Eskanos, Director of Marketing, Daniels College of Business
Sarah Johnson/Chris Wera, Health & Counseling Center
Sarah (SJ) and Chris (CJ) spent countless hours getting our health and counseling center “on line” within a short period of time. They went out of their way with phone calls, texts, zoom meetings and emails making sure that everyone was set up and comfortable with our on line platform. They also did all of this with a great “we can do it” attitude which created an overall sense of calmness for the HCC staff. Because of their incredible dedication and commitment to “making it work” the HCC is continuing to provide a wide range of services to our students. They ROCK!!
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Chaney Cook, Health & Counseling Center
Amanda Fudala, Interim ED NCOA and ED of CES
Amanda has demonstrated extraordinary leadership to our NCPA team. No only is she running her own CES team, and acting as interim for NCPA’s ED position, which would already be a huge and incredible task, but now she is doing so under the extra difficult circumstances related to COVID impacts. From the first day she ran a team meeting, we all were extremely excited about her leadership style. Amanda is a person who ensures every person on the room has the space to be heard and speak. She critically thinks through processes and rather than dictating solutions, asks thoughtful questions to guide team members toward making sure the discussions have hit all important points. Amanda created a work environment, fairly immediately, wherein we all felt trusted to be the experts in our field, and felt supported and safe to speak up and have real dialog without fear of being ridiculed of harshly judged. Amanda also approaches all interactions with a level-headed calm demeanor that inspires a sense of grounded confidence in a team. She recognizes hard work and accomplishment where due, and brings out the best in us! I am so grateful to be lead by Amanda for our interim time, and especially during the COVID impacts. I hope that whomever we find as a new ED carries many of the same qualities of leadership style, our team has thrived and stepped up in a new way by being given the space and inspiration to do so that her leadership provides. Thank you Amanda!!! DU is lucky to have you!!
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Meagan Kilcoyne, Assoc. director of Development, NCPA
Garret Glass, Asst. Director of Production Services, Newman Center

While I am sure when Garret became President of the Staff Advisory Council, he knew it would mean extra workload,  However, he could never have anticipated the current situation. 

When SAC members were concerned about the future of DU and their jobs, he arranged for Interim Provost Corrine Lengsfeld to speak to SAC members via Zoom.  He has been available to answer all questions and calm our nerves.  He was also instrumental in pushing forward the new leave sharing policy.  We are lucky to have him as President during these troubled times.

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Jannelle Medina, Administrative asst. NCPA
During this difficult time when all staff are pivoting work due to COVID, many of our grants were at risk and needed to be negotiated, all while a new set of grants were due in our regular heavy grant app season. Additionally, we found a CARES grant to apply for for COVID relief. That all resulted in a time when my position was responsible for completion of around 6 large grants in one week. The work load was very intense, and Jannelle really stepped up to help with narrative creation and work that was well above and beyond her job description to help get the grants completed and out the door on time. Jannelle is often going above her duties as assigned to help the team with heavy work loads. This is especially important to us while we are in search of a new ED and now that our business operations officer is out on maternity leave. Jannelle rocks and deserves serious kudos!!
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Cindy Cragg, Academic Director & Asst Teaching Prof/Communication Management
Cindy has been a leader in the AVP’s initiatives to provide greater support to chairs and unit directors.  As a member of the Chair Advisory Board, she brings a positive attitude, great ideas, an appreciation for the ideas and contributions of others, and a willingness to roll up her sleeves to get stuff done. Her efforts have already made DU better for chairs and unit directors. She totally rocks!
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Carol Helstosky, Department chair/History
As much as anyone can be, you have been on top of the crisis. Department faculty, staff, and students really appreciate your clear and prompt communication. I love that you keep your virtual door open with weekly (online) coffee hours for faculty and a weekly (online) informal get-together for majors. You let us know what we need to do by when, and keep us thinking ahead to anticipate problems, but more important, you always make us feel like valued, cared-for human beings.
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Craig Harrer, Director, Ricks Center For Gifted Children
As we dispersed to shelter in our homes, Craig created ways to wrap his arms around the children, families and teachers of Ricks. He quickly and responsively helped teachers seamlessly develop high quality distance learning, while always keeping the emotional welfare of children at the center of all decision making,  He has tirelessly worked to support the varied needs of each child, family and teacher. His love, support and guidance have helped us all weather the challenges while finding strength and resiliency.  Thanks to Craig, and all of those inspired by his leadership, we will come back from this with renewed appreciation for the value of what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, what we mean to each other.
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Suzanne Pollard, Pedagogical coach
Dr. Terri Davis, GSPP PsyD Director
Dr. Davis is an amazing professional role model and supervisor.  She supports an entire department of students, staff and faculty. She is exactly the type of person and professional we all strive to be.  She is caring but direct, which is a true talent that few people possess. She is an excellent problem solver and one of the hardest workers I know!  She always holds the interest of the community at the forefront of her mind.  She challenges us all to be the best humans and professionals we can be.  I am thankful to know her.
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Kathryn Barrs, Clinic Director-Sturm Center; GSPP
Julie Hanna-Smith, MS, LMFT, Director-Clinical Operations; GSPP
Julie Hanna-Smith rocks for leading an entire department of student therapists and supervisors in the development of a clinical telehealth program in response to COVID-19.  She has done this with amazing organizational and leadership skills.  This will help so many clients who have limited resources and will support the community during this stressful time.  She has managed an incredible amount of work with grace and exceptional time-management skills.  I feel honored to work with her and to see her leadership skills shine during this time! Julie ROCKS!
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Kathryn Barrs, Clinic Director-Sturm Center; GSPP
Richard Colby, Writing Program
As the Assistant Director of First Year Writing, Richard seamlessly guided us through the challenges of shifting our courses online. He typed up extensive notes, a sort of How-to Guide, for how to teach digital ethnographies in online environments. While Doug Hesse remains, of course, our solid leader, Richard stepped up to the plate to assist us.
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David Daniels, Writing Program
Steven McDonald, Associate Professor and Chair / Theatre
Exemplary care, focus, and creative problem-solving during normal circumstances; EXTRAORDINARY care, focus, and creative problem-solving during the pandemic. Generosity, humility, grace, good humor, clear-eyed perseverance, reliability, courage. Our department, our students, our community are very fortunate to have Steven as chair right now.
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Ann Bowar, coordinator / Reiman School of Finance

I would like to give a big shout out to Ann, our department coordinator specializing in student engagement/events/alumni & company relations.  Ann, You Rock!

During this unprecedented pandemic period, Ann has put in great efforts and is very creative in building a virtual community among the department, students, faculty, alumni, and industry experts. During the short transition to everything online and wfh, Ann came up with the idea and has pulled the collective strings to roll out a virtual platform so that students can connect to faculty, alumni and industry expert to get assistance and advice, and for all to connect with each other. We have weekly virtual engagement activities / events, including “DU Stay Connected Webinar” panels, “Career pathway” panels.  Each week, alumni and industry experts join as panelists to share their expertise and advice. Faculty join as moderator to facilitate the conversation and provide their insights.  Here are a few recent webinar events: “Thinking independently in this market”,  “Small Business Decision-Making during the Current Health and Financial Crisis”,    “Equity Analysis Panel”,  “Corporate finance panel”.  

I also would like to give a big shout out to all faculty in Reiman School of Finance and our student Finance club for all the hard work and collective efforts!  Thank you!

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Tracy Xu, associate professor / Finance
Julie Hanna Smith, Director, Clinical Operations/GSPP

She is always immediately available to answer student questions and to listen to their their personal and clinical experiences working with clients and progressing through the program.

She created training materials and an entire manual, with others, that students and supervisors were able to use for telehealth in just a couple of weeks.

She is student-centered and continuously provides leadership for the entire department.

Terri Davis, PsyD Program Director/GSPP
April 2020
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Cate Nichols, Admission Cate has been instrumental in helping our team transition to a remote working environment. In the early days of the campus closure, Cate was still working in the office to print/mail letters; process mail; scan transcripts; etc. In recent weeks, she has been a strong leader for her team, and has helped coordinate their rotating schedules to come to the office to execute essential duties. Her team has also done a very good job continuing credit evaluations by scanning transcripts and with limited monitors and technology from home. Stellar efforts and results! Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Sarah Watamura, Professor, DC/Psych Sarah has been a welcomed inspiration of energy, thoughtfulness, and realness that has influenced so many across campus. I am a better person and faculty by knowing her and being involved in various committees with her! Caring
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Jesse Owen, Professor/Counseling Psych Dept
Jessica Hogan, Manager of Educational Technology Jessica has been instrumental in two on-line efforts I have worked on during the past four weeks. First, she helped organize and coordinate a Zoom webinar that included 15 Americans and an additional 30 people scattered across Europe. The four-hour session that included three guest speakers and questions from the combined student group went without a hitch. Second, she helped me organize and implement a two weekend course, which included 15 DU students plus guest speakers from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Berlin, Germany, Tel Avis, Israel, and Warsaw, Poland. Zoom is a great teaching tool, but there are lots of aspects to using it that need careful coordination and timely response. Jessica provided all of that and more. And the students in both courses enjoyed learning from experts as close as Denver and as far away as Warsaw! Solution Seeking Don Smith, Associate Professor of the Practice, Sturm Collge of Law
Julie Hanna Smith, Director, Clinical Operations Thank you Julie for the countless hours you have spent ensuring that our clinic transitions to a tele-health format, and for your continued care of students and clients. Your incredibly quick creation of the tele-health manual, powerpoint, and availability for students’ questions and concerns has surpassed anyone’s expectations – it truly displays that you care about our GSPP community! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for us. Caring
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Lavita Nadkarni, GSPP
Lindsay Brunhofer and John O’Malley, Lindsay and John hosted a mid-quarter check in for MCE faculty on how we are navigating the online space. The session was well organized, facilitated, and attentive to our particular needs. Wonderful modeling of what an online community could look like while also providing concrete answers to our instructional questions. P.S. the form only allows for one email address; John’s email is john.omalley@du.edu Community
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Hannah Higgins, Admission Hannah’s dedication through this crisis has been admirable. She comes into the office once or twice each week to process mail, deposit checks, scan transcripts, print and mail admission packets/offers, etc. We simply couldn’t execute our key deliverables without Hannah. Further, Hannah manages and responds to the email messages coming into our general account, and during this period, our emails have increased significantly. Further, the questions Hannah has been responding to are not the typical admission questions – she has had to respond to questions about online education; DU’s plans for fall quarter; DU’s rationale for not lowering tuition for online education; Gap year requests; and many other questions related to Covid-19. She has had to develop an entirely new set of responses! Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Alex Robinson, Financial Aid Alex has contributed in many ways during these challenging times. When room and board charges needed to be refunded, Alex was here to manually remove the awards. When we needed people to host financial aid webinars for admitted families, Alex stepped up to give the PowerPoint presentations via Zoom.. He has also helped the admission counselors manage hundreds of merit and need-based appeals, and has been a great source of information for prospective families. His efforts are much appreciated!   Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Stefanie Carroll, Building & Operations Manager/Colorado Women’s College Stef elegantly and quietly provides our building tenants, event guests, staff and various external stakeholders with incredible experiences. She ensures we are represented with a close eye on warmth and connection. Watching her navigate our tenants to ensure each new how COVID might impact their operations and ensuring our strong partnership with them has been a marvel. Also, Stef does a huge amount of work to ensure our HerDU conference is as marrow-sucking as it in fact has become. She is calming for her mates. She is funny, and talented, and super organized, and never diminishing. Not to mention, she was super sick for half of last year and barely missed a trick. I appreciate her every day. We are better for her. Caring
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Tracy Curtis, Executive Director/Advancement
Christine Hood, OTL Christine,

You have not only helped me navigate ALL the nuances of Canvas, Zoom and Kaltura at a time of EXTREME triage, your energy, humor and camaraderie has been a gift. No one is happy about the pandemic, but I’m grateful it caused our paths to cross. Sharing your perspective as a high functioning PhD candidate, as OTL staff extraordinaire, and as just a lovely human being has made this online experience so much less awful. I appreciate you, and all you do! YOU. ROCK. So does your wee dog!

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Sarah Gjertson, Associate Professor, School of Art & Art History
Christy Statema, Admission Christy has performed her regular recruiting/counseling duties in the remote world, but has really stepped-up to help us host virtual visit programs. She is one of our main hosts, facilitating webinars with key departments on campus and the academic colleges to bring campus to our admitted families in virtual ways! A true pro!   Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Allana Forte, Admission Allana has done a tremendous job leading the admission team in their transition to a remote working environment, quickly forming a task force at the onset of closing campus/canceling visit programs to develop our plan to host prospects in a virtual format, communicate and engage with prospective students in new and different ways, and deliver our key programs/procedures. She has been a patient, calm, and inspiring leader for our team, keeping morale and performance at a high level. Simply amazing! Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Dean JB Holston, Dean, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean JB Holston has made significant change to the Ritchie School culture and forward momentum. He has shown more devotion to helping students, personally, than any dean I know of. His leadership brought about project X-cite and resulted in RSECS becoming a member of the Keen network. This focus on entrepreneurship/mindset has benefitted many students.. JB has strongly supported diversity, equity, and inclusion – the first dean I have worked with to do so in a tangible way. He led the creation of our school’s strategic plan, which while not perfect, has helped us to achieve some clarity, focus, and strategy! His push to create new programs has benefited many students as well as the financial bottom line. JB is leaving the Ritchie School in a much better place than it was when he arrived. I feel fortunate to have been able to work with him! Caring
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Scott Leutenegger, Professor, Computer Science
John Gudvangen, Financial Aid John has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing a number of challenges/projects outside his main scope of work – room/board refunds; CARES policies/distributions; transitioning his team to a remote work environment; increased financial aid appeals; increased revisions in financial aid packages; and all while down two staff members. John’s intelligence, patience, and leadership have paved the way for his team to perform under incredibly difficult circumstances. Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Jennifer Quinn, Financial Managment; SCOL Jenny – You have been such a great addition to the SCOL admissions and student services teams. While you are always very responsive, particularly helpful, and a joy to interact with, you have particularly been amazing since the COVID crisis started. I really appreciate how attentive you’ve been to our students in helping them find more funding to manage the crisis. You have also been instrumental in helping the Student Bar Association execute its ideas and financial commitments for the benefit of the law students. Without you, it simply could not have been done, and it would not have been done with such a helpful and joyful person in your position.

As someone who works with students closely, I simply admire how reliable you have been and impacted the students so strongly.

Thank you!

Chris

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Chris Newmwan, Associate Director, Student Affairs; Sturm College of Law
Julie H Smith, Director of Clinical Operations/GSPP Julie H. Smith is an exceptional colleague that demonstrates warmth and compassion with creativity and solutions, that makes her an exceptional leader in the GSPP community. In a matter of days, she jumped right into what needed to be done. She provided a "lets do this" attitude that demonstrated creativity. Her hardwork and thoughfulness around training students and meeting the needs of our community is outstanding. She was key in moving our clinic to 100% telehealth. This allowed for continued support in student training and our ability to continue to support the mental health needs of the community.

Julie’s outstanding work during COVID-19 is no exception. I have known Julie for more than three years and work closely with her as the Director of the Trauma & Disaster Recovery clinic in her role as the Director of business operations. I am inspired by her ability to managing multiple training clinics and over 200 student therapist and provides support to 5 clinical directors. Julie has a sharp mind and is able to develop a strong vision for the clinic and has developed solutions to how we can all work effectively together by outlining and executing the steps needed for us to be successful in our work. She is incredibly perceptive in her ability to read people and solutions, and is often sought out to consult related to the operations of our clinics. I admire her ability to engage in a large amount of complex tasks with such ease and grace, which contributes to being accessible and responsive to the needs of the clinic and to the community at large.

On a personal note, Julie is an incredible colleague. She demonstrates strong working relationships with the student therapists, the staff, and faculty. Her ability to connect quickly with others has been incredibly valuable in marketing our clinics and developing connections with the community that has directly resulted in an increase in referrals.

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Rohini Gupta, Clinical Assistant Professor
Annette Nelson, Administrative Assistant, Regional Advancement Annette has been an amazing and exceptional colleague to work with. Her contribution to the Advancement Team, specifically the Regional Team, has gone above and beyond in supporting our off-campus partners and directors. Her dedication and collaboration has strengthen partnerships across campus in her naturally genuine personality. In addition, Annette has shown and taken on a variety of roles throughout the two years I’ve known her, where she gives no less than 110%. Annette is the kind of person that makes you want to keep motivated in what you’re doing and will support you with no hesitation. I’m beyond grateful for this amazing lady! She’s an all around Rock Star! You go girl! 🙂 Caring
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Kerry Floyd, University College Kerry is a DU staff member that sings in the Lamont Chorale. When we had to transition to online teaching, she took it upon herself to hold my hand, and the hands of my GTAs, through the process of creating an online format for our choirs and guided us through. She even worked with outside organizations to help us use some of their tools and connect them through canvas. She was an absolute life saver, and we are so pleased that she is supporting the choral program not just as a lovely soprano, but as a helpful online mentor. So glad to have her as part of our choral community at DU! Community
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Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Studies, Lamont School of Music
Nashwa Bolling, Financial Aid Nashwa has been a literal rock through the entire Covid-19 process! She has been instrumental in helping develop and implement policies for room/board refunds, federal funding through CARES, adjustments in financial aid awards, and simply carrying out her daily duties in a remote world. She is a major contributor to our success!   Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Gwenda Hansen, Fitness Programs Manager Gwenda has hit the ground running creating virtual fitness programming that has continued to engage students, staff, faculty and the Denver community. Her 10-day fitness challenges has had hundreds of participants and have promoted connection and community during a time that can be very isolating. Her passion and energy are genuine and contagious! Caring
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Karen Riley, Dean, MCE Karen–we are so fortunate to have you as the leader in MCE in these trying times! YOU ROCK! Caring
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Rashida Banerjee, Chair & Professor
Asia Wesley, Student Engagement Coordinator GSSW Not only has she gone above and beyond to be there for the GSSW students, she has been able to successfully do her job while home in addition to assisting her mother in sewing hundred’s of masks for the community, help take care of her brother and, participate in DU communities and seminars regarding diversity all the while getting her masters degree! Asia is a power house of ambition, extremely hard working and constantly perusing what is right. Caring
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Rachel Balows, Admission Rachel leads our communication and marketing efforts, and had to revise/develop an entire new virtual visit webpage, as well as multiple new communications to promote/support our many virtual programs. She has kept prospective students engaged and informed in this new virtual world. Incredible contributions! Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Aleesha McDowell, Faculty Support Manager and Program Coordinator for the Center on American Politics Aleesha has continued to inspire creative and innovative approaches to completing Faculty Support’s working during these challenging times. Aleesha has also continued to share her optimism and concern for employees throughout the law school. Caring
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Vince Gonzales, Academic Programs Assistant
Lisa Westendorf, Financial Aid Lisa has done an outstanding job in revising financial aid communications to address the Covid-19 challenges, including communications for emergency funding programs like CARES. She has kept the website updated, and written/delivered new email messages to keep students informed of next steps/new funding opportunities. Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Matthew Eschenbaum, DevOps/Sys Admin Matt has been spinning up DU websites for launch over the past three years and he has tirelessly migrated all of du.edu over the course of two days to a new hosting and security platform while launching new sites simultaneously. Matt is a team player and learned new hosting code after being an expert in our old hosting environment. Matt also launched a content syndication system this winter to automate content delivery and updates on the web. Prior to that, he was working nights and weekends to manually ensure du.edu had up to date content and safeguard du.edu from crashing. Matt certainly rocks! Community
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Jessica Kibble, Director of Operations/MarComm
Emily Hemming, Executive Education Program Manager You successfully preserved client relationships and moved all custom programs for March through June either online or pushed out till next fiscal year. You had to re-do ALL the work you had already done. You worked tirelessly without complaint to innovate and work with faculty to re-build and re-imagine countless programs. You were calm, professional, and made sure our clients and faculty were supported and received excellent customer service. You ROCK! Caring
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Tamie Walker, Director of Finance and Operations
Shanna Pomager, Admission Re-designed and transformed the admission visit experience from an in-person/campus-based to a virtual platform. Shanna has worked tirelessly to offer daily info sessions and webinars, including presentations/panels from every undergraduate college, and many key departments on campus who serve students (residential life, career center, Honors, etc.). She has put DU in a position to meet our enrollment goals in the most challenging environment we’ve ever faced! Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Karen Woodrum, Financial Aid Has been going above and beyond to get financial aid adjustments posted on students’ accounts, and helping big-time behind the scenes to coordinate financial aid revisions and new federal funding policies. Todd Rinehart, VC Enrollment
Brianna Johnson, Program Manager/Living and Learning Communities Brianna,

You helped our LLC department make a quick switch to online teaching, assisting LLC faculty directors and program coordinators to continue our high-touch program even with technically distant means (ZOOM!).

One of the most amazing things you did was to help Dr. Don Sullivan, faculty director of our Env. Sust. LLC and your students, have the most engaging learning experience "on their way to class" a few weeks ago. Your web-based scavenger hunt, which took me a good 30 minutes of learning and bushwhacking the net, was the most creative, informative and creative online teaching experience I’ve had in a long time. I was so impressed and so excited to know our students have your creative mind and tenacity to create such a fun and engaging way to learn about the topics that would be covered in the class that day. Nice work!!!

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Linda Olson, Exec. Dir/Learning Communities and Civid Engagement
Erica Wright, Community Relations Program/PLP You just completed our PLP application process for bringing in our newest class of leadership students for Fall 2020 with great finesse! It was your first time and there was no one in our office who had done the background tech work around making this work well either. You overcame great electronic/technical challenges at this time of COVID-19 and you helped us great what I believe is a well-rounded cohort for next year. Thank you for your persistence and great attitude through all of this! Leadership Linda Olson, Director/Pioneer Leadership Program
Janet Burkhardt, Student Financial Services Janet,

You rock! Thank you for helping me identify why my DMBA students were suddenly being reported in a single cohort code, and especially for correct the problem student by student for all FY20 terms. I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into this not to mention the speed at which you did it.

Thank you!

Leanne Bokinskie

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Meaghan Burns, Master teacher Meaghan ‚Äúrocks‚Äù on so many levels…

She has impeccable organization and delegation skills and is generous with her time, knowledge and support. Under her her patient leadership, we have learned new technology, provided meaningful and authentic connections with our students & families. We’ve remained a confident team of teachers through this whole ordeal due to her humor, honesty and candid reflections.

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Holly Kugeler, Associate Teacher
Amy Biro, Kindergarten Teacher at the Ricks Center You are such an amazing inspiration on all levels! You are engaged with families, teachers, admin, and (of course, most of all) students! Teaching kindergarten via distance learning is truly a novel task, and you have embraced it with open arms and a positive outlook. A mere "thank you’ will never be enough to convey the gratitude for all that you do.

You ROCK!

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Other – Everything you do is a great example of a growth mindset!
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Karen Riley, Dean/MCE Karen, you rock! Because even with your busy schedule with all things Dean-related, you found time to be a guest speaker in my class. You are an awesome teacher and my students learned a lot from you.

Thank you!

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Jeanine Coleman, Clinical Associate Professor/MCE
Kathleen Guerra, Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish/Languages & Literatures Kathleen is our second-year language coordinator and she deserves this award in recognition of her leadership and hard work. She designed our online courses this quarter and helped us solve many issues with Zoom and Canvas. Thank you, Kathleen! Well done! You rock! Community
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Zulema Lopez, Teaching Professor of Spanish/Languages & Literatures
Karen Riley, Dean/MCE Karen, you rock! Because even with your busy schedule with all things Dean-related, you found time to be a guest speaker in my class. You are an awesome teacher and my students learned a lot from you.

Thank you!

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Jeanine Coleman, Clinical Associate Professor/MCE
Jesse Owen, Professor/Counseling Psychology Jesse is exceptionally generous in his mentorship of junior and mid-level faculty and in his advocacy within our department and college for faculty and staff. He has offered support to myself and countless others related to research, grant funding, teaching, and advising. He has held countless service positions within the College, officially and unofficially. Further, he is exceptionally humble, approachable, considerate, and kind for a world-renowned scholar, with over 140+ publications and several millions of dollars in grant funding. In short, Jesse is a critical member of our DU community, and we are fortunate to have him as a colleague and leader at DU. Caring
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Brad Machan, Business Analyst II/ IT Brad you always do high quality, amazing work, for the Shared Services division! However, as of late you have done extremely beneficial things for the University as we navigate unknown territory during a national disaster by creating a way to code "emergency" pay in Pioneertime. This has allowed employees who aren’t working hours a way to still receive pay per University rules. You are creating and putting into place very complicated and intricate systems in Pioneertime that will enable employees to donate and also be a recipient of vacation hours for the new leave share program pilot. All things that benefit the University and employees as a whole! You have done all of this in very efficient and timely manner and I want you to know that you seriously R-O-C-K! I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you in Shared Services and I am certain you are appreciated by the University as a whole in your efforts to make these initiatives easier on us all! Community
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Shaunda Norman, Director, HR Services in Shared Services
Michelle Hanson, Associate Registrar/Registrar This person has been such a supportive boss not just during the covid crisis, but way before that as well. Michelle’s colleagues can feel confident coming to her with new ideas and problem solving and Michelle has always had open ears. She is a very active member in the DU community serving on a few committees including SAC, and the Office of the Registrar Engagement Committee. Michelle is also a huge team player, stepping up during times when the Registrar was especially short handed, helping with tasks that are not normally in her daily duties. Michelle is always there for her employees and tries to keep everyone on the team feeling included in the tight knit family in the Registrar. Michelle, you rock!!! Community
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Brittany Evans, Web Specialist/Athletics & Recreation Brittany,

You have worked so hard over the past several weeks launching the Virtual Recreation web page, not to mention working on the new site and many other projects! Your diligence and thoughtfulness for your co-workers AND the community we are working so hard to inspire has not gone unnoticed!

It is an honor to be working with you! Just wanted to share my appreciation!

~Gwenda

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Gwenda Hansen, Fitness Programs Manager/Athletics & Recreation
Matt Pickler, Office of Graduate Education Matt…you’re just the best. I am always grateful to be on your team, but particularly since going remote, and I just want to say thank you for helping me think through things, thank you for checking my work, thank you for having grace and compassion for me when I mess something up and you have to help me fix it (or fix it yourself sometimes), and thank you for the million other things you do to make OGE’s tech and systems run smoothly. If I could attach my Drake meme here, I would, but I can’t, so I’ll just say it: You da you da best. Caring
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Emma Lawless, Office of Graduate Education
David Boocock, Mgr, Digital Content Strategy David Boocock rocks because he carries the weight of the digital world on his shoulders. When things go south, he’s on the job. He is a problem-solver without compare. He possesses a great many different areas of expertise and brings them all to bear on his work at DU. He is a Captain Picard in a world all too full of Kirks. Creativity
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Anthony Lux, Content Experience Manager, Marcomm
Ashley Haliko, Executive Director of Development Strategic Superstar! Rebecca Berg, Director, Alumni Engagement
Scott Hallam, Golf Superintendent/Division of Athletics and Recreation During this response time, Scott has been a bedrock. He has worked long days, managed a skeleton crew, and kept the DU Golf Club in good shape for the high volume of play that we have had. He is caring for his fellow team members, offers support and guidance, and has turned a challenge into an opportunity. Thank you. Caring
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Stuart Halsall, Deputy AD, COO/Athletics and Recreation
Julianne Toce, Assistant Director of Student Engagement You have made the graduate assistantship application and hiring so much more streamlined and painless this year. While transitioning to a new job, your continued commitment has been incredibly appreciated and much-needed.

Really enjoy working with you!!

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Rachel Riley, Assistant Director of Admissions
Jeanie Tischler, School of Art and Art History Jeanie has been the heart and soul of the School of art and art history ever since I was a student. Now as her colleague I’ve come to realize just how indispensable a resource she is for faculty, students, and fellow staff. Her caring and warm demeanor, willingness to problem solve and share information, and dependability have been crucial for getting our department through the fallout of COVID-19. She has been a constant for everyone. Jeanie rocks! Caring
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Lauren Hartog, Administrative Assistant/Vicki Myhren Gallery
Dakota Burton, Graduate Assistant, Fraternity & Sorority Life/Office of Student Engagement Dakota is always willing to help and go the extra mile where needed. She works ahead on projects and is always prepared to take on a challenge. Dakota provides valuable feedback and insights on issues as she sees them and is not afraid to speak her mind. Dakota is a great example of being an inclusive leader, I believe she truly cares about the well-being and success of others. Dakota has proven her knowledge, skills, and abilities throughout the last two years in her position with little direction at times. Dakota, you rock! And I really hope you know that! Caring
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Joseph Espinoza, Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life/Office of Student Engagement
Carol Harp, Business Officer/CLIE Carol has been a rock within Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence for many years. She has so much institutional knowledge and takes the time to share that with others who may be new to their role or to a specific project. She is kind with the people she works with, always offers a helping hand, and doesn’t expect anything in return. She represents the best of the University of Denver and I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t have a nice thing to say about her. She has been with the University for over 25 years and is serious about the work she does. Ever since I started working at DU I have noticed how helpful she is and how everyone always stops to say hello to her – even people who haven’t worked at DU for years! They come by just to see her, and that really says something about her as a person and about her connection to the DU community. Carol rocks! Community Anonymous,
Kate Ross, Denver Campus MSW Director Kate is just a joy to work with. She offers great insight and care for how best to support our students and how to welcome all our prospectives students. She is creative and always student-focused. Thank you! Caring
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Leslie Hasche, GSSW, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Stephanie George, MSW@Denver Program Director, GSSW Stephanie has shared so many great innovations and ideas for how to create community for students, faculty, and staff in an online world. She does all this while still extending extra support to our MSW@Denver students as they cope with the impacts of COVID-19. Caring
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Leslie Hasche, GSSW
Aneesha Bharwani, Assistant Dean of Field Education, GSSW Aneesha is remarkable! Her quick and clear innovations to our field education for remote learning during COVID-19 and for alternative field plans has been student-centered and creative. She is such a leader in field education for social work on a local and national level! Caring
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Leslie Hasche, GSSW
Andryn Arithson, Director of Business Operations. Newman Center for the Performing Arts Andryn is an incredible leader, and is exceptionally good at making sure her team remains positive and focused. Andryn is courageous, no-nonsense and level-headed, and she is an inspiration to us all. Her leadership skills were put to the test these past 6 weeks, what without an Executive Director to help guide her, but she never skipped a beat – all while 8 months pregnant! I can’t image the stress she endured, and I’m glad she is home now and can take some time to settle in with her new family. Caring
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Francisco Chacon, Adjunct Faculty Francisco rocks because he was able to develop an amazing and thoughtful online course practically overnight all while feeling ill! His first class was so thoughtful and caring. Gave personal insight on himself, put the students at ease over online learning, provided them with outreach opportunities DU has available and threw in some fun too! Francisco has consistently received top evaluation ratings from the students showing it isn’t just me who notices what a caring, creative and sincere instructor he is. DU is lucky to have such a wonderful instructor. Francisco rocks! Caring
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Lora Hacker, Assistant Director
Candace Rusk, Enrollment/Student Services Candace rocks because she has an exceptional ability to connect with our students. Her caring, sincere and supportive nature has allowed her to develop close and lasting relationships with all of the students she advises. During this difficult time, Candace has shown that she has what it takes! When told all undergraduate advising was moving to online ZOOM meetings, Candace said "I can do this and I will do this!"

She dropped her comfortable paper and pencil system, grabbed her computer and she did it! Within a week was up to speed on all online advising systems as well as ZOOM and is once again thriving at connecting with our students. She has embraced her virtual advising meetings as well as her new online systems. She never faltered and was able to quickly pivot to meet the needs of her students, for that I am so proud of her. Candace rocks!!

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Lora Hacker, Assistant Director
Ingrid Tague, CAHSS Deans Office Dear Ingrid,

Thank YOU for being the person I want on every committee that does anything ever. While this may not what you want….I deeply appreciate the thought and commitment and contribution you bring to every project I ever work on with you.

I don’t know how your are a solo associate dean in such a big unit AND you manage to bring your A game to all you do. But you DO! And I appreciate you and love working with you.

So this is an award to say YOU FUCKING ROCK!

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Kate Willink, Office of the Provost
Lora Hacker, Assistant Director Ops, Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management Lora rocks because she is a role model for creating a caring and supportive community. I feel comfortable contacting Lora anytime I have a concern or need assistance. She always has an open door or is able to schedule a Zoom meeting to have a discussion or help me with resources to carryout my job effectively. Lora is very compassionate and an excellent listener. In the department, Lora is invaluable to the efforts of all faculty and operations that work to enhance an environment for student learning. She does not like to be in the spotlight, but her work "behinds the scenes" is so very important, and she does an excellent job. Caring
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Francisco Chacon, Adjunct Faculty, Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
Laurie Ivey, GSPP You may be new to the team, but you have seriously stepped up in so many thoughtful and impactful ways! I am so grateful to be collaborating with you on field placement activities that include complicated COVID oversight and adjustments and your willingness to take the lead on the strategic planning group is seriviously deserving of a YOU ROCK! AWARD! Community
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Gwen Mitchell, Assistant Professor
Michael Gonzales, Support Specialist | Digital Media Services | Information Technology I would like to shine the spotlight on my colleague, Michael Gonzales. Michael’s work ethic at DU merits recognition for exemplary service. He’s been extremely helpful with my computer needs both on campus and working remotely and those of the faculty I work with. He deserves to be recognized. ¬†

Michael demonstrates:

Problem Solving. He demonstrates creative and innovative resolution to problems or challenges in the department and/or at the university. He contributes significantly to the I.T. needs of myself and the department and is always supportive.

Thank you for this opportunity to honor and recognize my colleague for a job well done. 

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Erika Watt, Administrative Assistant | Department of Languages and Literatures
Greg Storch, Assistant to the Chair | Department of Languages and Literatures I would like to shine the spotlight on my colleague. Greg’s performance at DU merits recognition for exemplary service. He stepped into his new role with vigor, enthusiasm, and creativity and deserves to be recognized. Greg demonstrates

1) Leadership. He shows initiative and sets the pace in a team environment.

2) Problem Solving. He demonstrates creative and innovative resolution to problems or challenges in the department and/or at the university.

3) Teamwork. He contributes significantly to team approaches and is always encouraging and supportive.

Thank you for this opportunity to honor my colleague for a job well done.

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Erika Watt, Administrative Assistant | Department of Languages and Literatures
Todd Wells, Teaching Assistant Professor/Chemistry and BIochemistry Todd is putting enormous and very creative effort into developing on-line labs for the students in Chemistry of the Elements. He is creating videos of the experiments that students cannot do because they are not in the labs. His work was mentioned with gratitude on the DU parents facebook page. Caring
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Sandra Eaton, Chair/Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dan Fischer, IT Dan Fischer is AMAZING! He has been working steadily on the very complex Zoom problem I had for some time, reaching out to Gohar and others to get alignment with multiple systems. Along the way his patience with me in explaining the details of the issue and teaching me more about zoom was over the top! We’ve met on screen and tested several things and each time I learned more about Zoom through his patient explanations. Now, the problem is finally CORRECTLY fixed and my zoom account now works the way it should have always worked. THANK YOU DAN!! YOU ROCK! Carol Caring
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Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean/Faculty Director MBA@Denver
Barbe Ratcliffe, Executive Director/OLLI Almost overnight, Barbe transformed what was to be an extensive, OLLI spring schedule with classes across the Metro area, to an online program offering over 80 class options to seniors. She and her team had to pivot from their original plan on all fronts and the initial registration proves it was the right decision. Congratulations to Barbe and the entire OLLI team for their quick action an hard work and for making these classes available so that lifelong learners can stay connected during this difficult time. Caring
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Lynn Wells, Director/Enrichment Program
Joe Angleson, Associate Professor, Biology This has been a really trying past few weeks for all of us and a trying time during which nobody would have ever volunteered to be Department Chair. I can’t even imagine how much work it is right now and how many unexpected things all of the Chairs have to deal with. I am nominating Joe for this award because during all of this chaos, he has really supported the Biology faculty during our normal day-to-day crises and the new crises related to COVID. As an example, I submitted a NSF grant last week and when I submitted my PRA form I expected it to take a few days for him to get to it given that I’m sure he’s overwhelmed – he did it within an hour, which amazed me. He also successfully negotiated our 2 new faculty positions during all of this, which is really amazing and sends us update emails about important issues we need to know about. He has also repeatedly reinforced to faculty that we need to care for our students and be kind and understanding, which i think is an important message for all to hear right now. Caring
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Shannon Murp-hy, Associate Professor, Biology
Rachel Lim, Student Advisor, Lamont School of Music In my role as Lamont’s Associate Director for Academic Affairs, I supervise Rachel Lim, Lamont’s Student Advisor. I want Rachel to know that she rocks for all the hard work she does to help advise every student at Lamont, especially during this very difficult quarter. Rachel shows great leadership in how she has designed a system that allows her to keep expert track of everyone’s progress towards completing their programs, covering infinite levels of detail across five undergraduate majors, seven master’s programs, and numerous certificate and artist diploma programs. And when students reach out for extra help or are in crisis, she makes sure that everyone has the information they need to make the best choices for their situation, and helps students advocate for themselves when they run into red tape. Rachel goes so far beyond expectations it’s impossible to put into words! Leadership Jack Sheinbaum, Associate Professor, Lamont School of Music
Brittani McClendon, Sr Mgr, Markting & Comm, Office of Graduate Education Brittani has taken incredible ownership and creative initiative to help move the DU Research and Scholarship Showcase online. We had to make this pivot on short notice, and it required that we jettison about 6 months of planning, and redo the whole thing on about a month and a half’s notice. There’s no way we would be as close as we are to pulling this off without Brittani’s leadership and knowledge of the media environment as well as the DU environment. Brittani rocks! Creativity
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Kate Tennis, Assistant Teaching Professor, Korbel School of International Studies
Amanda Thompson, Administrative Assistant Amanda is the glue that keeps us together, despite our working remotely. She sets up team Zoom lunches, sends messages of support and encouragement and generally sees that we all feel supported. Personally, she keeps me on task for important, but perhaps not quite so urgent, items that need to be taken care of. For that I am most grateful! Amanda, YOU ROCK!! Caring
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Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean, Faculty Director, MBA@Denver
Kenny Metcalfe, Assistant Director, Enrollment Services and Academic Advising Kenny is the perfect steadying force for our students, He is available at nearly any time to speak with students via Zoom or phone to answer their questions with accuracy and care in this time of great uncertainty. He does so with professionalism, accuracy, and timeliness. Our students know that if Kenny has given them direction they can count on it. Kenny, YOU ROCK!! Caring
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Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean, Faculty Director, MBA@Denver
Nicole Wilhite, Assistant Director, MBA@Denver Nicole pivoted immediately after DU closed the University, realizing this meant that over 100 of our students would not be able to attend our scheduled March (and then June) immersions. She notified all of the students, explained how she would take care of each individual’s particular circumstance, got any payment refunded and scheduled all the replacement immersions for future dates. She completed this in less than a week! She takes customer service and the student’s experience with our program to heart! Our students LOVE Nicole. Nicole, YOU ROCK!! Caring
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Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean, Faculty Director, MBA@Denver
Federica Bologna, Assistant Director, Analysis & Operations At this particular, somewhat difficult time, business still continues. Federica provides the accurate data we use to make important decisions. Recently, she did an analysis that helped to reconcile a discrepancy in enrollment that was tedious and time-consuming but needed. I can always count on her to do an accurate and thorough job in solving problems. Thanks Federica, YOU ROCK!! Solution Seeking Carol Johnson, Assistant Dean, Faculty Director MBA@Denver
Rachel Walsh, Associate Professor of Italian/Languages & Literatures Rachel has been working tirelessly to find creative solutions for a myriad of issues in ways that are equitable and inclusive, all while keeping a sense of humor and a warmth that I deeply appreciated in these extraordinary times. I know that her students delight in her as a teacher and advisor, and I also know that her colleagues including myself are profoundly indebted to the leadership she is showing as she takes on the departmental chairship. You Rock, Rachel! Caring
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Orna Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor of Japanese/Languages & Literatures
Ramona Beltran, Social Work Ramona has been so incredibly welcoming and held space for Native women on campus to build community. She is one of the most inclusive people I have met at DU, and I am super happy she is here. Caring
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Sophia Cisneros, Physics Sophia has been so incredibly dedicated and passionate to creating space in STEM for students of color to feel comfortable, and to encourage Native students to be a part of STEM departments and classes. If they are intimidated, or having problems outside of class, she helps support in whatever way needed. She rocks! Caring
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Chris Nelson, Education Chris has fought tirelessly for the Native community at DU–she is the faculty sponsor for the Native Student Association, and she does an awesome job helping guide Native students at DU. Anonymous
Angela Parker, History Angela has helped create more space for Native studies as well as helped the administration understand how important it is to support Native students at DU. She creates community for the Native community by being inclusive and always being open to talking, visiting and making Native students, faculty, and staff feel comfortable. Caring
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Michele Hanna, Social Work Michele has been the Faculty of Color chair this year (and for a really long time–I just got here so not sure when she started!), and has done an amazing job of bringing new faculty into the fold. She has brought us together for check-ins as the COVID-19 crisis has been going on, and is always supportive and thoughtful. Thank you Michele! Community
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Kelly Fayard, Anthropoloy
Marilyn Hughes, Manager, Financial Aid Marilyn goes out of her way to encourage needy students to apply for financial aid. She takes an active interest in their studies, their activities, and their families. She keeps in touch with them as they navigate their lives at DU. High-need students often feel lost when they first come to DU. Marilyn helps them feel at home here. She helps them see a path to graduation, and she helps them overcome obstacles – regardless of whether the obstacle is a bad grade, a too demanding job, or lack of money. Students turn to Marilyn for emotional and financial support and she never lets them down. Caring Sharon Lassar, Professor and Director, School of Accountancy
Kathleen E. (KED) Davisson, Teaching professor KED developed and delivered a new 2-credit hour course on Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Students are fearful of the future of work because they hear how RPA and AI will displace workers. In this course students learn how to automate business processes and, most importantly, they learn how to think through each step in a business process, diagram the process, and streamline the process. They learn how RPA enhances the jobs they will hold because they will spend more time thinking critically and problem solving while leaving mundane and routine tasks to the computers. This course builds programming and analytical skills along with confidence and optimism. Creativity Sharon Lassar, Professor & Director School of Accountancy
William Cloud, GSSW William spent his entire spring break preparing his two courses for online teaching. He was creative, open to learning through formal OTL trainings and meetings with GSSW faculty and staff. I am so grateful for how much he gave to continuing the meaning fully learning for our students. Caring
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Leslie Hasche, GSSW
Akio Correll, Senior Instructional Designer I get almost daily emails from appointed and adjunct faculty that Akio has helped with the transition to emergency remote/online teaching. With that, these emails all end with some kudos to Akio, such as "Akio is Amazing". Creativity
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Leslie Hasche, GSSW
Debbie Gaylinn, Director of Graduate Student Affairs/Korbel Debbie is absolutely central to the life of the Korbel School–she is the glue that holds everything together! She exemplifies professionalism, creative problem solving, and compassion. These attributes always mark the way she works. But during all of the upheavals around the Covid-19 crisis she has gone way above and beyond the call of duty. She supports all of us 24/7 and has enabled the school’s faculty and students to thrive during these difficult times. Caring
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Ilene Grabel, Distinguished University Professor/Korbel School
Daniel Doerr, Director of Enrollment/Korbel School Daniel has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Korbel School during an exceedingly difficult time. He is truly dedicated to the mission of the school. He is tireless, creative, and is an incredible problem solver. He performs all of his work with incredible grace, humility, and positivity, and he has developed new outreach strategies to support the school by reaching out to communities that have not been engaged with Korbel previously. Caring
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Ilene Grabel, Distinguished University Professor/Korbel School
Rachel Epstein, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research/Korbel Rachel always performs all aspects of her job with maximal professionalism and care for others. But during all of the chaos of the coronavirus she has been extraordinarily supportive of all members of the Korbel community and has worked tirelessly to nurture faculty and students while recognizing and enabling our work in every way possible. Caring
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Ilene Grabel, Distinguished University Professor/Korbel School
Courtney Niebrzydowski, International Travel Risk Analyst Courtney’s job as the international travel risk analyst for DU is already one of the most challenging on campus, but COVID has only made it harder by requiring her and her team to make some really difficult decisions. She’s been part of so many conversations with our unit and those across campus and always manages to remain thoughtful, calm, and creative. She is tasked with thinking about the safety component of international travel, but has still been able to remain compassionate to the loss the students and faculty are feeling in postponing or cancelling international experiences. Courtney, you rock, and we’re all so grateful for you! Caring
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Megan Reilly, Leadership & Global Program Manager, Daniels College of Business
Laura Santerre-Lemmon, Director, Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic/Psychology Laura Santerre-Lemmon, PhD is leading the charge on moving our Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic to tele-assessment in the midst of this pandemic. Child neuropsychology is one of the most challenging fields to consider moving online. I’m so proud of Laura and our clinic who have been finding creative solutions to meet the needs of families while protecting the integrity of our field as a whole. Laura has converted our clinic to telehealth procedures and trained PhD students in a new skillset in record time. She has been recognized as a local leader in this space as our colleagues at other institutions realize how fast DU has adapted and seek her consultation on best practices. I see many ways that her leadership on teleassessment will continue to expand the offerings of our clinic to meet the needs of underserved communities, particularly students in rural communities in Colorado. As we know, this pandemic is magnifying inequities in educational opportunity. In the face of this enormous challenge, I am proud that our clinic is continuing to provide evidence-based guidance to families about how to best support their children’s learning and mental health needs. Thanks to Laura for her incredible effort! – Lauren McGrath & Michelle Rozenman Creativity
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Lauren McGrath, Assistant Professor/Psychology
Grace Warner, PC/UAP Grace, thank you for being willing to take this project on with me! I hope you are able to use your creative side 🙂

I also appreciate that you were willing to learn something new with IR, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t always easy.

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Casey Kite, EA/Provost
Rachel Petitgout, Program Manager/Center for Professional Development Rachel stepped up during a tough time. Although she was planning to take on additional tasks when our Associate Director went on maternity leave, we did not expect to be working remotely during that time. Rachel looks for new ways to serve our non-credit students and led the effort to enroll more than 300 students in a virtual course we built and launched in less than a month. Rachel’s can-do attitude and enthusiasm are catchy, and she is proving to be a solid asset to CPD! Creativity
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Renae Jacob, Executive Director/Center for Professional Development
Laura Santerre-Lemmon, DCN Director, CAHSS Dept. of Psychology Where to begin…. Laura has always been a very generous colleague and mentor. In recent weeks, however, she has gone WAY above and beyond to get our assessment process ready for conversion to telehealth. The number of hours she has spent and amount of effort she has expended to ensure our trainees and supervisors are ready for high quality tele-assessment is just staggering. Our clinic’s ability to conduct assessments during COVID-19 would be entirely stymied without Laura’s incredible leadership. Through it all, she has remained positive, collaborative, and kind – which are signature traits of hers regardless of the curveballs thrown her way. Community
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Jill Holm-Denoma, Clinical Professor, CAHSS Dept. of Psychology
Will Simmons, Enrollment Manager/University College Will has just gone "live" with advising in the past week and is doing a great job! He has been training so hard the past couple of months and it is finally paying off. As his coworker and someone who started the same day, it is so encouraging and rewarding seeing him succeed. Seeing where he started and where he is at, he has shown that hard work gets you where you want to be! Great job Will! Leadership Katelyn C Phillips, Enrollment Manager/University College
Joe Angleson, Chair/Biology It is difficult to be a leader during these uncertain and challenging times. Joe has successfully completed two greatly needed hires this quarter and has been attentive to faculty without spamming us with unneeded correspondence. His efforts as chair are appreciated. Community
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Allison O’Grady, Learning Design Experience Team, UCOL Allison motivates excellence: she is always on tap to help, her competence is undeniable, her cheerfulness is forever infectious, her modesty is real and as a sparkling, caring human being, she is the sort of person DU thrives on.

My connection? She selflessly enabled this (very) old professor to gain competence to teach on-line in a week. She uniquely knew what her "student" needed.

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Jeff Bowen, Associate Teaching Professor, Management
Lynett Henderson, Clinical Associate Professor/GSPP Lynett is an incredible colleague who has a gift for bringing people together. She excels at finding and nurturing common ground between people who would benefit from knowing one another and working together. For instance, she’s currently helping the Dept. of Psychology, GSSW, GSPP and MCE coordinate resources! She also is SUCH a hard worker who cares immensely about putting in the time to make the DU brand shine around campus and in the broader community. On an interpersonal level, I appreciate her apt metaphors and timely humor. How lucky we are to have Lynett at DU! Community
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Jill Holm-Denoma, Clinical Professor
Ingrid Tague, Associate Dean of CAHSS Ingrid has done an amazing job of adapting quickly to the chaos of this pandemic. She has organized effective support systems for online teaching, for student support, and for faculty support throughout CAHSS during this time. She has been responsive and transparent in helping to guide department chairs through a quickly-changing set of circumstances, and is always there to help faculty, staff, and students find solutions in a time of near-panic. I know she is working overtime and I want to recognize her efforts! Caring
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Hava Gordon, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor of sociology Not only has Jared been proactive in sharing online teaching tips with his colleagues during this stressful pandemic, but he has gone the extra mile to lead a group of students in a thoughtful independent study about teaching and learning during a pandemic, in addition to carrying his regular load of teaching. JARED ROCKS! Caring
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Hava, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jill Holm-Denoma, Ph.D., Clinical Professor / Psychology Dr. Holm-Denoma is the Director of the Department of Psychology’s Center for Child and Family Psychology (CCFP). She was meant to be on sabbatical out of the country from Winter-Spring 2020. As soon as we learned that campus was restricting operations due to COVID-19, Dr. Holm-Denoma jumped into action in order to ensure that administratively, clinically, and legally/ethically, our doctoral students had processes and supports in order to continue seeing their CCFP clients remotely. Dr. Holm-Denoma had to create new processes quickly, efficiently, and without precedent from other programs to make this happen. It is noteworthy that while many clinical psychology Ph.D. programs stopped services for their clients on a moment’s notice and with little support for their clients, the CCFP clients did not experience a disruption in their care, which was critical given the increased stress our clients were under. Moreover, our doctoral students felt supported and learned new skills during a difficult time. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Holm-Denoma’s tremendous leadership (some of which occurred while she was out of the country!). Caring
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Michelle Rozenman & Lauren McGrath, Assistant Professor (Rozenman) & Associate Professor (McGrath) / Psychology
Hava Gordon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology & Criminology Hava is being recognized for being an awesome chair and guiding us through this pandemic with great patience, support, and understanding. This is no surprise, however, as it is the same approach she has taken in her three years as department chair. I want to say, "Thank you, Hava, for your tireless efforts. You ROCK and have only 69 days to go before you are finished with your term. Hang in there! Caring
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Lisa Martinez, Professor of Sociology
Apryl Alexander, SQL/GSPP I should send Apryl dozens of individual You Rock! awards for all the greatness she shares with her colleagues, students, and the community. Please take this one to equal hundreds. I’m continually astounded by all you do and the values you stand for. Thanks for advocating for so many, particularly in the hardest of times. Caring
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Tracy Vozar, Clinical Assistant Professor/GSPP
Amanda Fudala, Executive Director Amanda sits on many committees including the Covid-19 response committee. She recently stepped in as an interim Executive Director of the Newman Center while continuing her already demanding role as Executive Director of Conference & Event Services.

I don’t know how Amanda does all that she is responsible for while keeping a calm demeanor and leading her team with empathy and energy. She recognizes that the new work environment effects us all differently at different times, has compassion for our family obligations, while supporting and encouraging our projects, goals, and growth.

She is an amazing example of leading from the heart AND the head.

We are lucky to have her!

Leadership Anonymous,
Amanda Fudala, Conference & Event Services Thank you for being an amazing leader for our team during these strange and crazy times. We all appreciate your guidance and ability to help us all remain calm, cool, and collected while we make our way through the COVID-19 disturbances affecting CES.

You are the best!

Leadership Anonymous
Sam Valliere, Assistant to the Chair/Management Sam has been doing unbelievable work to make sure the department keeps running during the pandemic. She cares about everybody – students, faculty, staff and community – and has helped us a all stay positive and productive! You rock, Sam! Caring
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Anonymous
Chiara Piovani, Associate Professor/Economics Professor Piovani has long been extraordinarily successful in the classroom as is clear from her teaching evaluations (both in an absolute sense and also strikingly in comparison with those of other faculty in the Economics department). She has also maintained an active and internationally recognized research profile despite a heavy teaching and advising burden (and little in the way of financial support for research in terms of support for hiring research assistants, attending conferences, and the lack of a research culture in the economics department). She also brings great credit to DU through her work as a regular consultant to the United Nations (on gender related research). I have had the opportunity to hear first hand from students about Prof. Piovani’s dedication and support (since I teach courses at Korbel that many students from the economics department also take). Caring
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Ilene Grabel, Distinguished University Professor/Josef Korbel school of Int’l Studies
Leslie Hasche, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor/GSSW Leslie has shown outstanding leadership during the COVID-19 transition to having all courses online. Given the number of courses that GSSW offers across (4) different MSW programs, and the number of adjunct instructors (not to mention clinical faculty and tenure track faculty), it is amazing to see a colleague handle the quickly changing landscape with such grace. She not only managed the transition within GSSW, but was also a constant voice of reason and thoughtfulness across DU and nationally across social work education. Caring
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Anonymous,
Kirsten Norwood, Assitant to the Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Kirsten has served so many folks here in CNSM, first in Biological Sciences and now for the College. She humbly takes on any and all challenges from trying to keep clean restrooms in the buildings, to organizing the Spring picnic and Holiday Awards Celebration. She bridges communications between departments and the Registrar to make sure our class schedules are set up correctly all the while dealing with demanding faculty around where the "have" to teach. She is the glue for NSM and deserves to know that her daily actions are recognized and extermely appreciated. Thank you for all you do! Caring
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Nancy Sasaki, Teaching Professor
Amy Phillips, Professor of Teaching Amy is an incredible professor who pushes her students to work hard and inspires them to be great. She is also an amazing colleague, sharing her knowledge and expertise, and mentoring others (like me) even if it is not really part of her job. Last Friday she had 2 student advisees present their amazing portfolios. We had 3 students presenting and all 3 spoke highly of Amy’s impact on their learning experiences at DU. She truly forms great bonds with her students all while maintaining high standards. She is able to maintain this even in these difficult times over an internet connection. Not only is she a great colleague and professor, but on top of all of this, she is highly involved providing service to our DU community. She is the embodiment of our Daniels Values. I look up to her and work hard every day, looking up to her as an inspiration of what I can achieve with my students. Caring
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Gisella Bassani, Teaching Assistant Professor
Paige.Baltzan, Teaching Assistant Professor Paige is a professor who inspires her students. Even while on leave she takes on projects with students like the Daniels Distinction. Last Friday her student advisee presented a wonderful portfolio all under Paige’s guidance. These are difficult times, but the presentation was strong, upbeat, and showing our true Daniels Values. It was clear from the presentations that day (we had 3 students presenting in our department) that she had clearly made a strong impact on all 3 of the students throughout their Daniels academic career. She is also a great mentor to newcomers like me and inspires me every day to become a better professor. Caring
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Gisella Bassani, Teaching Assistant Professor
Sara Chatfield, Assistant professor, Political Science Sara has been tremendously helpful to her colleagues going into this Spring 2020 online-only environment. Having participated in many teaching development workshops, and learned to deploy many excellent strategies of student engagement in those trainings, Sara has helped the rest of us "up" our game in online-only classes. She has been willing to have her awesome Canvas course shared with all Department faculty, including adjuncts and VTAPs. She has shared her Qualtrics survey for mid-quarter student feedback too. And she’s been doing all of this collegial support with a two year old at home, and no child care! Caring
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Lisa Conant, Chair and Professor, Political Science
Julie Morris, Biology, Julie always takes time to help me figure out big and small class issues, canvas issues, or just listens when I need to vent. I am SO grateful to have her as a colleague! Caring
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Debbie Gale Mitchell, Assistant Teaching Professor, Chemistry
Julie Morris, Biology, Julie always takes time to help me figure out big and small class issues, canvas issues, or just listens when I need to vent. I am SO grateful to have her as a colleague! Caring
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Debbie Gale Mitchell, Assistant Teaching Professor, Chemistry
Alex Martinez, OTL Alex did a great job helping faculty get ready for online teaching this quarter. Scott Toney, Teaching Associate Professor/ Business Information and Analytics
Andrea Stanton, Associate Professor, Religious Studies We have a group of faculty on campus who are also mothers called the academic mamas. Andrea has become our unofficial leader and without her, the group probably would have died through neglect. All of us are so busy, especially now, and keeping a group together like this is challenging. However, Andrea is wonderful about keeping the group together, scheduling meetings for us to get together (e.g. lunches), and helping us to advocate for other mothers on campus. She is a true leader. Caring
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Shannon Murphy, Associate Professor, Biology
Anna Sher, Professor, Biology Anna is an amazing mentor to all of the women in Biology. We do not have an official mentoring program and after several women failed to get tenure in Biology, Anna took it upon herself to start mentoring regularly. At first there were very few of us (me), but now we have a strong group of women in the department and all of whom are succeeding (3 of our assistant professors have won huge research awards in the past few years). Anna makes us feel like we’re a valued member of the group and she’s our biggest cheerleader. Caring
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Shannon Murphy, Associate Professor, Biology
Tracy Vozar, Director, Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty For creating the ‘Daily Dance Party"! What an innovative, timely, energetic and important way to give back to kids, families, and the community. Your reach is broad. Thanks for being one of GSPP’s gifts. Community
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Laurie Ivey, Psy.D Field Placement Director
Linda Ziembko, Systems Analyst/GSPP Linda has been incredibly helpful keeping us accredited and moving us online for teaching and competencies exams. She is also refreshingly modest and happy to work behind the scenes and let others take credit. Linda is an unsung heroine at the GSPP! Caring
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Jenny Cornish, Professor/GSPP
Sam Valliere, Assistant to the Chair/Management Sam makes the Management Department run smoothly. She is calm and caring, even when facing the myriad of small crises that come up frequently. She is personally helpful to me when I have a problem and don’t know where to turn. I don’t know what we’d do without her. Caring
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Bud Bilanich, Asst Teaching Professor/Management
Aimee Hamilton, Department Chair/Management In the absence of a Management Department Chair, Aimee has stepped up and taken the reins. She has done an incredible job leading the department this year, and through the current Covid 19 crisis. She has created an even stronger sense of community in our department. Community
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Bud Bilanich, Asst Teaching Professor/Management
Kate Willink, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs For walking the walk. I’m continuously impressed by your commitment to your work and ability to push through the often restrictive nature of higher ed. to not just tap the community to generate ideas, but to implement them on realistic timelines. I feel privileged to be a small part of it. Thank you! Community
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Stacy Pinto, Clinical Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
Meredith Corley, Assistant to the Chair If there is one person who makes the world go round behind the scenes, it is Meredith.

I can’t even recall the many times she helped me out (I just say Pioneerweb and trying to find anything in the faculty tab, she is a wizard). Not only is she very good at what she does, she also is endlessly patient with all student concerns, caring listener, and a friendly, and true help for any concern. Whenever a student of mine or I have a question or concern and I do not know what to do, she would be my first stop (and more often than not resolving the problem at hand right away).

In sum, she is truly fantastic to be around and should be recognized for what she does.

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Kerstin Haring, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Daniel Pittman, Assoc. Prof of the Practice Dr. Pittman (or Dr. Dan 😉 ) is a fantastic example of how to continue caring for students and deliver outstanding classes, now online.

Every single one of my students I talked to said without any doubt, they would (or already did) sign up for another class with him.

With his colleagues, Dan is one of the best help and inspiration for online teaching and master of tricky and creative Canvas settings, and he is always there to help.

Dr. Dan should absolutely be recognized for his efforts, care for students and colleagues, sense of community, and inclusivity he is demonstrated every single day.

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Kerstin Haring, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kathie Novak, Assistant Teaching Prof/Management In the transition to online, Kathie stepped up and took on an additional section when our adjunct was unable to take on what was originally assigned. She herself was new to online teaching, so no doubt this was a tremendous undertaking for her. This was a great example of organizational citizenship behavior. Caring
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Aimee Hamilton, Interim Chair/Management
Gabby, Marketing She holds EVERYTHING together when it seems like it’s ALL falling apart! And she makes you feel like it’s no big deal and she’s happy to do it. She ROCKS!!! Caring
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Melissa, Marketing
Carla Hase, Assistant Director/GSSW Carla provides excellent support to all the students, adjunct field faculty, and agency partners in the Four Corners program. She provides thoughtful solutions to problems and has great clinical skills in navigating complex situations. She always does this with grace and a sense of calm. Caring
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Aneesha Bharwani, Assistant Dean for Field Education/GSSW
Leslie Hasche, Associate Dean/GSSW Leslie has done the work of ten people Рgetting all classes online, dealing with student issues, making policies, managing the schedule, and more. She does this all while being supportive of everyone else and their needs. She does this with confidence and reassurance. I don’t know how she’s not completely exhausted physically and emotionally. Thank you for being a pillar of strength. When this is all done, please take a month long vacation. Community
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Aneesha Bharwani, Assistant Dean for Field Education/GSSW
Juliana "Juju" Lucena, Psychology Juju Lucena has had to adapt her work most significantly as her usual responsibilities involve in-person contact with students, faculty, staff and clients in the Psychology department as well as other currently paused activities (ordering, mail). Juju has maintained an upbeat and open approach, learned a range of new skills and software, provided the spirit of support that her position involves even when the traditional opportunities are not available – including to individuals outside the department. Caring
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Sarah Watamura, Professor & Chair, Psychology
Daniel Storage, Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychlogy Dr. Storage has been exceptionally responsive and supportive in the transition to online teaching. Just prior to COVID closure, he offered a session on teaching with a number of relevant resources. He quickly became integrated as a peer support person and provided support to colleagues across campus. He has been welcoming to prospective students in his online courses, generous with his materials, and flexible to changing teaching needs in the department. An all-around awesome team player! Caring
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Sarah Watamura, Professor & Chair, Psychology
Leslie Hasche, Associate Professor/Graduate School of Social Work Leslie is our Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Even before COVID-19, Leslie had shepherded GSSW through challenging moments including substantial changes to our curriculum in service of students and program affordability, the re-organization of important processes including student advising, as well as the to day ups and downs that come with her role. She works tirelessly and without complaint, often behind the scenes, to keep our students, staff, and faculty well-engaged the learning process. She somehow also makes the time to help problem-solve with others and offer supports and an empathetic ear when needed. I am in awe of her level-headed leadership, patience, and kindness — and in this very challenging moment in time, my gratitude for her can not be easily put into words. Caring
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Jennifer L Bellamy, Professor/Graduate School of Social Work
Robin Tinghitella, associate professor/biological sciences She has had a series of impressive accomplishments with regard to funding her research this quarter, including at least three NSF grants, a Morris Animal Foundation grant, and two supplements for a previous NSF grant. Plus, as a teaching superstar, I have no doubt that her students are well taken care of this quarter. Other -Scholarship and Teaching Anna Shere, Professor/Biological Sciences
Cindy Cragg, Academic Director/Assistant Progessor Cindy is a fantastic Director and stands as a model to others! I am lucky to work with her 🙂 Solution Seeking Bobbie, Associate Professor
Stephanie Roberts, Internationalizatoin Stephanie has worked non-stop on international issues, beginning when we had to recall our students from abroad and now shifting to think about what to do with our fall term study abroad students. She is optimistic and hard working and truly solutions focused. A model of graciousness among colleagues. I appreciate her greatly. Caring
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Jennifer Karas, VP Academic Affairs

 

March 2020
Awardee
They rock because:
Nominated by
Emma Lawless
Staff, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment CRM & Systems
Emma is a pleasure to work with. She never bats an eye at the requests we have and always offers the most comprehensive solution to our challenges. She is amazing with SLATE and always goes above and beyond – anticipating what we may need next.
Tali Koziol Thomason
Director of Marketing, Communication, and Events/RSECS
Amanda Fudala
Staff, Exec. Director/CES
A BIG THANK YOU for stepping in as Interim Executive Director of the Newman Center during a very demanding and challenging time. Your incredible contribution, support and dedication is truly appreciated!
Diane Roth
Ass’t Director – Events/ Newman Center
Leslie Hasche
Faculty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Leslie,
You have an amazing ability to see the big picture and to track the details. You lead meetings with focus and are always prepared. Your leadership sets an example for everyone else. You are dedicated, focused, and realistic. You consider who needs to be included and are ethical every step of the way. You seek solutions and create realistic timelines for how to accomplish tremendous strategic goals. You fiercely represent others, and care about the needs of students, faculty and staff every step of the way. YOU ROCK!
Kate Ross
Director Denver Campus MSW Program
Barb Hurtt
Faculty, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Barb is doing a great job with her courses this term, but this extra recognition is for her selfless use of her time helping colleagues in the Department quickly learn how to use the many online resources that were necessary to make this term work. Barb worked through Winter finals and ‘spring break’ and even into the term helping other faculty.
Joe Angleson
Chair, Biological Sciences
Julie Morris
Faculty, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Julie is doing a great job with her courses this term, but this extra recognition is for her selfless use of her time helping colleagues in the Department quickly learn how to use the many online resources that were necessary to make this term work. Julie worked through Winter finals and ‘spring break’ helping other faculty.
Joe Angleson
Chair, Biological Sciences
Kristin Andrud
Staff, Lab Director, Biological Sciences
I heard some positive unsolicited feedback from a student in one of your labs. The student said that your lab on “Microbial murders” was very fun and that he learned a lot. Thank you for all of the work you are doing to create great learning opportunities in these challenging times!
Nic Ormes
Associate Dean, NSM
Adrienne Gonzales
Administrator, Director/CWLC
Nothing has been easy as the first-year language program has transitioned to the CWLC, but our fearless leader has taken it all in stride. She has led us with commitment, intelligence and compassion through this process filled with ambiguity and changes. Adrienne has managed to protect her faculty and staff from many hassles as she pushed forward and she has managed to make us feel appreciated and valued. We are excited for our new opportunities ahead. She is an exceptional director and we’d all like her to know that we appreciate her incredible efforts on our behalf. Our sincere appreciation, Emily, Maha, Miho & Terri-Jo
Terri Woellner
Teaching Professor / Languages & Literatures
Stephanie Roberts
Staff, Interim Director, Office of International Education
Stephanie has been a courageous, compassionate, and devoted interim leader for the OIE during a time of much uncertainty and change. Her remarkable encouragement and advocacy over the last eight months have guided us through navigating our robust COVID-19 response, strengthened OIE relationships with many partners across the university, and affirmed the value of our unit’s impactful work. As we continue to envision the future of education abroad, Stephanie’s resilience, empathy, and kind spirit will remain an inspiration for her team.
Krystal Booker-Reusch
Program Coordinator, Office of International Education
Cherie Stribling
Staff, Strategic Sourcing Manager
Cherie rocks because of her can do spirit and her willingness to adapt and work with others. She is someone that I has an infectious positivity, which is so needed right now. She is a true team player and I am grateful to have her on our team!
Stephanie Greenberg
Procurement Contract Administrator
Kate Rice
Faculty, Adjunct instructor / Languages & Literatures
Kate is an adjunct instructor whose guidance during the transition to remote teaching made a world of difference in our elementary French program. She has great ideas, excellent pedagogy and a true love of the profession. Her willingness to share and to take extra time to help the direction of our program this spring has made an important and impactful improvement to what we do.
Terri-Jo Woellner
Teaching Professor / Languages & Literatures
Elizabeth WIllis
Faculty, Visiting Teaching Professor
Elizabeth has been teaching with us for a few years and she has helped to shape our program in important ways. Her teaching and her sense of caring for her students, our students!, is exemplary. We were very fortunate to have had her on our team here at DU!
Terri-Jo Woellner
Teaching Professor
Kara Traikoff
Faculty, University Academic Programs

Kara has lead free guided meditations over the past couple months. These meditations benefit many people inside, and outside of the DU community. This opportunity creates exceptional community through Kara’s teaching of mindfulness, and meditation practice.

THANK YOU KARA!

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