Award Winners

Judea Franck
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Judea is an associate director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – a job which requires her to raise funds to support College priorities. Beyond raising well over $1 million in support of the College over the past several months, she has shown such passion and determination in elevating the College’s work to new heights. One specific example was her work over the past six months in leading an effort to produce an outstanding film documentary that showcases CSU’s unique equine strengths. She worked tirelessly with a volunteer group, professional staff members in equine sciences and equine orthopedics, the university’s marketing and public relations team, and several key faculty to achieve a vision she shared with a special donor who funded the project. Many in the College doubted this documentary project would come to fruition given the many players involved an the complications that come with artistic film projects.

The documentary is not only exceptionally well done, but it captured the attention of Governor John Hickenlooper, who is the narrator. It will be premiered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s I-MAX theater on Feb. 18 to a sell-out crowd that will include President Frank and Governor Hickenlooper. The marketing team is so pleased with the final product that plans are also underway to air the documentary on Rocky Mountain PBS. Such an accomplishment that brings pride and prestige to CSU simply would not have happened without Judea’s vision, drive and talent in bringing together so many professionals at CSU.

Paula Moffett
Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Paula is a Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) at CSU. Paula is a critical staff leader at the ERL and is an outstanding, effective and engaging teacher, researcher and clinician who is expert in managing and evaluating stallions.

She teaches at a level that is understood by undergraduate students, but also can delve very deeply into the intricacies and details on the biology of the stallion and more advanced behavioral management of stallions for PhD students, veterinary residents and visiting veterinarians and scientists. She interacts exceedingly well with clients and visiting participants at the ERL Short Courses who often comment on her positive attitude and interpersonal skills.

The ERL lost the main office/laboratory/examination building in a devastating fire in July 2011. Every computer, all diagnostic equipment, all supplies and all laboratory manuals were destroyed. Paula has been the ‘rock’ of the ERL, offering stability and support to CSU staff and has been the point person for clients who lost valuable genetic material in the fire. With limited laboratory facilities and equipment, Paula kept the clinical services, teaching efforts, and research programs of the ERL stallion program moving forward through the many difficult months that followed the fire and as the ERL literally ‘rose-up’ from the ashes. Paula always maintained poise, professionalism and a sense of humor in the dark times that followed the fire and emerged as a leader for the entire unit.

Kyle Oldham
Residence Life
Within a housing program of 5300 students, Dr. Kyle Oldham’s responsibilities include leading the student leadership program, serving as the primary advisor to the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Chapter. He is also responsible for the training and development of 180 Resident Assistants. Additionally, he supervises three Residence Directors who serve as masters level staff members working in the residence halls.

Because of Kyle’s leadership role with RHA/NRHH, they experienced significant growth and development. RHA/NRHH transformed into a highly regarded organization on campus and in the region. The RHA/NRHH Executive Board members seek Kyle’s guidance and rise to challenges through his active advising. He serves as an aspiring role model through accountability, leadership development, and inspiration.

Kyle created a student leadership vision within our Residence Life department. He drew connections between the student staff positions and the student leadership in the residence halls. This vision formed a foundation to realize our mission of creating global citizens and striving for engaged communities.

Pat Rastall
Pingree Park Mountain Campus-Housing and Dining Services
Pat Rastall (Director) has poured his heart and soul into our unique mountain campus Pingree Park for over 30 years, but never was it more evident than this past summer during the High Park Fire. By June 12, when official evacuation orders were given, it was clear this would be a season to remember. No sooner had the reality of the Pingree Park closure set in when the request came to use Pingree as a spike camp for hot-shot firefighters battling the southwest portion of the fire. With the blessings of the Public Safety Team and his supervisors Pat rallied our staff to return from afar and serve in the community-wide effort to support the firefighting personnel. He then worked tirelessly for the next month with very little time off to successfully oversee the Pingree side of the spike camp operation. In the end, all of the firefighting personnel left Pingree with fond memories of a hospitable, friendly staff, tasty, plentiful food and a beautiful place to re st their wary heads, in short, the ideal spike camp.

If you know Pat well, you can recite some of his mantras like “know your limits”, and doing more with less is definitely one of them. When Pingree gets something “new” chances are it’s lived a long useful life elsewhere on campus, only to find itself given a second chance at Pingree. Whether it be an up-cycled (read elevation gain) piece of kitchen equipment or “gently trod upon” carpet from one of our dining centers, Pat will take it and find a way to make it last another 20 years.

With his big personality, expertise in outdoor education and team building, Pat has touched the lives of many an AP through their visits to the Pingree ropes course, taking the classes that he teaches or participating on the expeditions he has led over the years. His contributions to the AP community are distinct and form the foundation of his CSU legacy.

Marla Roll
Assistive Technology Resource Center
Marla’s willingness and effectiveness in building profitable collaborations beyond Occupational Therapy have surpassed expectations. Since its inception, the ATRC’s mission has been to provide CSU students and employees with disabilities equal access to technology in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Relative to this mission, Marla has implemented a grand vision. Thus, her leadership – campus and community wide – has provided many people with disabilities access to assistive technologies that make their “doing” of vital life activities possible.

Marla has developed fruitful collaborations with CSU faculty and administrative professionals from the Academic Advancement Center, Adult Learner and Veteran Services, Center for Community Partnerships, Hartshorn Health Services, Institute for Learning and Teaching, Morgan Library, Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of the General Counsel and Resources for Disabled Students. Her collaborations in the wider community are impressive, too.

For example:

  • Marla’s leadership was evident December 4, 2012 when the Faculty Council endorsed the accessibility guidelines for electronic and information technology, which she developed with Jason Johnson from the Office of General Counsel and Diana Prieto from the Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Marla collaborated with Mike Palmist and TILT staff to develop, Accessibility by Design, a website that helps students and employees implement these guidelines
  • Marla’s collaborations with Merinda McClure and Lindsey Wess improved accessibility and usability of Morgan Library, including incorporation of universal designs for learning in its classrooms
  • In collaboration with the Poudre River Public Library District, Marla developed a service learning project that resulted in one district library acquiring a wide range of assistive technologies.

Anne Ulrey
Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands – Fort AP Hill Virginia
Every moment Anne is at work she is productive, and she often works thorough lunch, into the evenings, and takes work home. Her work is always high quality. Anne has the unique ability to look at a challenge from different perspectives to derive the optimal solution. She is consistently positive, proactive and has a grounded attitude that is respectful of others. She is very well respected at Fort A.P. Hill, the Society of American Foresters, and the Department of Defense forestry community. She doesn’t seek attention or boast; it’s just the way she believes one is supposed to work. Because Anne embodies what it means to be a professional, she is one of the “go-to” people at FAPH and a key factor in the Forestry Department’s successes. It is no wonder she is a part of several interdepartmental teams. One recent example that demonstrated her ability to work with and lead others from different departments was the Integrated Wildland Fire Management Plan (IWFMP).

The FAPH Forestry Department is short staffed with a budget that is often insufficient. Undaunted, Anne continually seeks ways to do more with less, always asking how we can get the information we need in the most cost effective way. With Anne’s leadership, we are constantly improving our work flow. At the risk of hyperbole, Anne probably accomplishes what 2-3 average employees do.