Milestones and Kudos – June 2017

Milestones

Chris Wright, 1 year

Brittany Habben, 5 years

Quinha McBride, 5 years

Ron Krell, 25 years

On-the-Spot Award Winners

We are excited to announce the recipients of the University Advancement On-the-Spot Award:

Jerick Flores
Jerick has done an exceptional job in managing a once-in-a-lifetime project, the Old Main Bell renovation. He embraced the challenges of this project in working with atypical populations: bell refurbishment companies, CSU Facilities, ASCSU, historians, and the construction company, to name a few. The final outcome has been a tremendous unveiling of CSU's oldest artifact, raising the profile of the Alumni Association, and bringing attention and publicity to the new Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center. Jerick handled each step of the project with sensitivity and professionalism, and it was so appreciated. I hope Jerick can take pride in his involvement for a lifetime!

- Senior Leadership, Alumni Association

Haley Katz
Haley Katz has continued to approach her role as the leader of the membership program within the Alumni Association with creativity and a "can-do" attitude. This past year has been no exception, and the leadership of the Alumni Association nominates her for this award for her above-and-beyond efforts. Two efforts stand out this year – the creation of a sketch video to expose our alumni to the values of membership, and the introduction of the app for all alumni. We are so grateful that Haley saw a need and incorporated the management of both projects into her already-full plate. The results of the sketch video were immediate, with a direct impact on our membership numbers and a great response from our current donors. The app will hopefully change the way our alumni stay connected and engaged with the University for years to come, as the opportunities continue to present themselves as a great tool for not only the Alumni Association, but the entire University. We are so grateful to have Haley on the team and appreciate the opportunity to recognize her outstanding accomplishments this past year! 

- Senior Leadership, Alumni Association

Brooks Phillips and the Guest Relations Team
Recently, I found out that the father of a friend of ours had misplaced his registration information for the 125 years of football event that weekend. Our alumnus, Don Reichert, played football in 1951 and 1952 and is a passionate fan. Although he is not able to attend many games in person, he watches the games every weekend. Being invited to this event meant so much to Don.

After hearing from his daughter, Jana, I updated Athletics and Events on the situation. In the meantime, the event registration had closed. Brooks and his team worked with his daughter to get Mr. Reichert registered and on track for the event that Saturday. The turnaround on this was less than a day.

This action needs to be recognized, because it is at the heart of what events should do: connect people to their passions. Brooks and his staff jumped in and followed up on a personal level to ensure that Don and Jana were taken care of. When I talked with Jana, she said that the attention she received “made her day.” The University now has a new friend.

- Bryan Carney

Sean Wheeler
There are dozens of examples where Sean has come to our team's rescue. One recent example perfectly illustrates his "above and beyond," collaborative, get-it-done approach. A former football player who now lives in Florida asked if there was any memorabilia in the Hughes Room (at Hughes Stadium) that did not have a home in the new stadium. This alumnus is a major gift prospect, and getting him something from his days as a student-athlete would be a big step forward in cultivating his gift.

I reached out to Sean to see if he could help. Sean then reached out to Doug Max to see if there was a plan for the Hughes Room memorabilia and, if not, if we could take some items for this donor. Doug was open to us taking a look but would need to escort us to Hughes. As scheduling proved to be difficult, Sean kept me updated on his progress and any time the plan got delayed. When Doug asked us to check back in a few weeks, Sean was the one who followed up and kept this moving, making sure it didn't get lost in the shuffle.

The icing on the cake was when Doug called Sean unexpectedly to say he was going over to Hughes, and we could go take a look later that day. Given the short notice, the timing didn't work for Karen Dunbar (the primary manager on this donor), nor for me. Sean knew that we needed to take advantage of the opportunity to get into the Hughes Room, as the donor would soon be visiting campus from Florida, and we didn't know the next time we'd have access to the Hughes Room. With Karen and me unavailable, Sean volunteered to go over with Doug himself. He found two PERFECT photographs, and even hand-delivered them to our office!

There was no reason for Sean to go out of his way for us, except that he is an exemplary campus partner who proves over and over again that he's willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Between gaining both permission and access, this was no small task. We couldn't have possibly gotten it done without him.

- Amanda Giacalone

For more information about the On-the-Spot Award, please click here. We encourage you to nominate a colleague or supervisee!