School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) colleagues Casey Washburn (photo left) and Meredith Lopez (photo right) are the most recent recipients of the “Let Your Light Shine” award from the CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus Exempt Professional Assembly. Honorees for this award are selected based on nominations from peers and colleagues at the university.

Multiple nominations for Meredith Lopez, academic advisor, described her as “a model of professionalism who always is pleasant to work with. She values students and is genuinely there for them as her main objective.” One nominator wrote, ”She is always the first one that steps up to the plate to take on projects to better improve the department. She values keeping everybody on the same page and shows great support for her co-workers. Even with all this work, Meredith even finds time to be a member of the Disability Committee.” Her nominators described her as “extremely knowledgeable” and willing to share information.

Lopez is the honoree for September 2012.

SEHD Data Manager Casey Washburn, also garnered glowing comments from colleagues. “Casey is somebody who plays such a vital role in the School of Education and Human Development,” wrote one nominator. “She is a person who is very adaptable and for a job that consists of scheduling courses, handling student issues, organizing and completing complex tasks related to program development she is able to play that role nicely.” Another noted, “Casey has a high level of quality and commitment to her work. Knowing how challenging technology could be at times, Casey is the type of person that will sit down one-on-one with her co-workers to make sure they are all on the same page and understand how the system works.” In addition to her work style, one nominee remarked about how “her job performance is surpassed only by her sunny disposition –making it a pleasure to work with her.”

Washburn is the honoree for October 2012.

Both Lopez and Washburn will be recognized in person during an upcoming meeting. They’ll each receive a certificate of recognition and a $100 gift card.

“These two individuals have demonstrated strong dedication and work ethic deserving of these awards both at the University and outside the institution,” said Danny Felipe-Morales, Exempt Professional Assembly chair. If you have an amazing co-worker that you believe also should win this award, I encourage you to please nominate him/her.” Here’s a link to the form by ‘Let Your Light Shine’ Employee of the Month form.

Nominees for this award are individuals who are respected by their colleagues for what they bring to the work as well as their contributions to the greater community. The program started earlier this year to honor University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus employees who deserve special recognition for their outstanding efforts, which benefit both the University as a whole and those who come in contact with these individuals in the line of their duties.

Any exempt professional on staff at a director level or below who has been employed with the University for at least one year and is not a current member of the Exempt Professional Assembly Board can be nominated.

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