AP Stars Award – 2018
CSU Health Network
Laurie Borthwick has served as a women’s health care nurse practitioner at the CSU Health Network since 2003. Her colleagues say she is extremely modest and would never ever seek out recognition but she is too important to the university and deserves to be celebrated. She is a quiet leader, an advocate for others, and has tremendous passion for health and well-being. Laurie is respected and beloved by her patients and coworkers for her commitment to providing gentle, compassionate care to young women and transgender persons. She strives to educate her patients about women’s health issues and sexuality in empowering ways. Her patients particularly praise and appreciate her professionalism, care, and listening skills. Social justice is ingrained in her practices as well. Laurie volunteers to educate and assist international students in navigating the complicated American health care and health insurance systems. She is an advocate of transgender rights as part of the Transgender Team. She also has cared for victims of sexual violence and actively supports campus and community efforts to reduce sexual assault. Laurie is truly an AP Star.
Academic Success Coordinator
Academic Support Center and Communication Studies
Ella Bowers has worked as an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts for six years and transmits consistently positive vibes wherever she goes. She gives dynamic encouragement to her students and colleagues. Here is a perfect example of doing more with less: Ella is a 90% time employee with a full caseload of students yet consistently gets positive survey results back from her students saying she is efficient and organized and clearly cares about their needs. She serves on a collaborative committee for Education Abroad, has been a mentor and presenter for NACADA, a national advising organization. She is a leader in the CSU Moms group. She is a major contributor to the Professional Advising Network on campus, and she could now add event planner and co-chair extraordinaire to her resume because she just organized an entire conference for Colorado and Wyoming advisors that CSU hosted last week. She shines. She is a star among us.
Software Development/Research Associate
Center for Environmental Management Military Lands
Amy Burzynski was hired as a Research Associate and quickly demonstrated her willingness and ability to excel in duties within her job description and well beyond. In addition to the excellent technical spatial and tabular data analysis she performs as her official duties, she has taken on learning Python and is now the Software Development Lead. She established workgroup best practices, and on her own initiative and time, completed a CSU Online Project Management course using the employee study privilege, and has been instrumental in independently developing and implementing time tracking tools that her supervisor now uses to evaluate progress and allocate tasks. This software also makes project status and progress more transparent to all team members which increases efficiencies. She is active in reaching out to other units on campus for information sharing, collaboration, and proposal development and is amenable to job sharing with colleagues. She utilizes a moderately flexed schedule to make her morning swim team practice. In just a short time, Amy has made a huge impact in her department!
Annual Fund Director
Terry Hemme has demonstrated consistent, exemplary performance throughout his time at Colorado State. He is a bridge builder within Athletics and across campus, particularly in their partnership with Constituent & Gift Information and the CSU Foundation. Terry was instrumental in bringing in the Brick Campaign for the new, on-campus stadium. His additional efforts increased funds raised and donors engaged for Athletics. He has made the ticket purchasing process significantly more streamlined and donor-friendly. In addition, Terry has designed creative and innovated ways to engage donors with limited resources such as free stadium tours and field access during games. His goal is to provide memorable experiences for alumni and community members. Terry is praised for his commitment to demonstrating work-life balance. There are long inconsistent hours working in athletics and he makes sure the staff he oversees take time for themselves when the sport seasons change. Terry and his family can be seen at many game days all together proud to be CSU Rams.
College of Business Career Management Center
Kelly is widely regarded as the indispensable, methodical, organized, flexible, and multi-dimensional individual that makes the department strong. It is no wonder that she is extremely well liked by the students and crucial to the activities of the staff of 10 who need her assistance with budgeting, financial forms, complex reporting, and maintaining the facility. With scarce resources, Kelly is a master at stretching department dollars. She is extremely budget conscious by shopping for best prices and finding more economical ways of doing things. She will reuse, recycle, repurpose or reclaim everything! She has also used the employee study privilege to better herself. What makes her stand out for her team is that Kelly is particularly aware of and sensitive to the needs of underrepresented populations of students on campus and ensures that everyone is welcomed, well-served, and comfortable. Given her office’s proximity to student daily traffic, students often stop in when in crisis. Kelly has been a key player when the office was confronted with several serious situations involving students and mental health crises. She has quick instincts, a calm demeanor, and acts promptly with students in need. Kelly Mapes is inclusive, accessible, and friendly and she’s an AP Star.
Research Computing Adminstrator –SR. RA
Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering
Shaila Parashar joined the CSU community in 2001 as a UNIX administrator with the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. She is a calming and supportive presence for all clients, and staff. She resolve issues with ease, and has been known to sit for hours with clients so they feel comfortable with changes to their research clusters in the data center. You can see her service in so many ways on this campus. She was a fantastic representative on APC for four years. She serves as the liaison between her College and Academic Computer Networking Services. She’s also a member of the campus-wide security committee, a representative on the Faculty Staff Activity System technical team, and holds proud membership in the Feminist Fight Club. In addition, Shaila is a mentor to student supervisors in ENS. The people who work with her say she’s always there with a smile and a willingness to go well beyond what is required. As a Systems Group Manager, Shaila supports her employees in their goals to pursue additional educational opportunities and to utilize alternative work schedules. Due to this change and support, one staff member was able to attend classes to earn his EMT certification. Shaila understands the value of family and taking time away from work and is known to help friends and others in her community when food or assistance is needed. Shaila’s work is something she takes pride in and she sets a wonderful example for others to follow at CSU.
Assistant District Forester
CSU Forest Service
Andrew Schlosberg has been working for the Colorado State Forest Service Woodland Park District for over 27 years. Andy demonstrates a willingness to go above and beyond with the Colorado State Forest Service in his work with the Woodland Park Field Office and Colorado Springs Utilities, one of the State’s largest agency partnerships. Through this role, Andy strives to implement the mission of serving the public, improving and maintaining forest health through wildfire suppression and planning post-fire mitigation/utilization of prescribed fire in the Pikes Peak Region. Colorado Springs Utilities is charged with managing hundreds of thousands of acres of Colorado Forests to provide clean drinking water to over half a million people. Without Andy’s hard work, knowledge and dedication, the health of the forests on the watershed would not be what it is. Andy works diligently to keep abreast of always changing IT, and other computer programs to be able to aid and assist his fellow foresters and staff in the area. He takes great pride in helping his co-workers get their job done. His selflessness and commitment to teamwork has made him the District’s go-to guy for questions. A father of two children and a husband of 30+ years, he understands and prioritizes the importance of work-life integration into each day.