Claudia Ryan, public safety operations manager at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, recently was named employee of the quarter in recognition of her professional and personal skills.
In her letter nominating Ryan, Josephine Benavidez, director of the precollegiate development program, said Ryan "possesses exemplary interpersonal communication skills in a consistent and honest manner. Claudia approaches daily issues and problems in a refined manner, gracious and helpful at the same time."
Ryan's supervisor, Jim Spice, director of public safety and chief of police, praised her excellent organizational skills, people skills and dedication to the department and to UCCS.
Ryan supervises two student employees and two state classified employees. She is responsible for various department of public safety projects, including all department human resource paperwork, campuswide background checks, department finance and accounting control, maintenance issues, police records and campus crime report statistics.
But Ryan minimizes her individual contributions. "I'm like everybody else. I have good and bad days. Some days you shine, others, you trip up. But you keep going. You do your job and try to help people along the way."
"I'm grateful for the award," she added, "but the people in this department are dedicated, hard workers, and we're a team. So it's everybody's award, not just mine."