On April 14, Chancellor Dorothy Horrell presented the University of Colorado Staff Council 2017 Service Excellence Award to Connie Amen, assistant dean of the Business School.
The Service Excellence Award is given annually to recognize and reward staff members who have provided outstanding and sustained volunteer service to their campus, community/civic/professional organizations, and the university as a whole through active involvement in staff events, community engagement opportunities, committee work, social advocacy projects and diversity initiatives. The honor includes a $1000 stipend.
Chancellor Horrell delivered the following remarks at a luncheon honoring Amen and two other recipients from CU Boulder and University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
It is my pleasure to present the Service Excellence Award to Connie Amen, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Human Resources in the CU Denver Business School.
Connie has been with CU Denver since 2007 and exemplifies the spirit of service that this award honors.
For a decade, she has contributed her time and talent in service to the Business School, the CU Denver campus as well the CU system.
Connie was originally hired as a manager, and quickly rose through the ranks. She and her small team manage operations for the entire Business School, with 75 faculty, 60 lecturers and 60 staff members. Her fellow colleagues call her the glue that holds the Business School together.
She dedicates much of her free time to ensuring her colleagues are supported.
She organized a school community fund to support members of the Business School though both milestones and hardships. For instance, Connie sends flowers on behalf of the university when someone from her department has a baby.
She manages donations, keeps track of funds and handles the logistics of these gestures.
Recently, the son of a faculty member experienced serious burns and was hospitalized in the ICU. Connie spent hours organizing a plan to prepare meals for the family so they could spend time at the hospital with their son.
Connie’s efforts are not limited to the Business School. She has volunteered across the campus and with the CU System office on a special task force to assist HR in resolving payroll issues.
No detail goes unnoticed when Connie is on a project. When the HR taskforce needed a bigger room to meet, she arranged for a space within the Business School and even brought in video conferencing technologies in order to facilitate remote trainings.
Connie leads a busy life, but she has somehow managed to volunteer extensively on campus and off campus. Service is clearly in her genes. Her son is currently serving in the military overseas in a remote area. When she heard that many of her son’s fellow service members were homesick, Connie created care packages that were distributed among the soldiers in her son’s group. Her thoughtful donations were filled with all the comforts of home, like peanut butter and socks.
Connie is the kind of woman who puts people first, and this university is a better place because of her efforts.