Gwendolyn D’Elia, training specialist with Advancement at CU system administration, recently was honored as the 2024 President’s Employee of the Year.
D’Elia received a plaque and $1,000 award, which is presented by System Staff Council, during a Sept. 14 ceremony at 1800 Grant St.
Nine other nominees for the award, given in recognition and appreciation of exceptional job performance, also were recognized, as were many system administration employees who reached milestone years of service during the 2023 fiscal year.
CU President Todd Saliman attended and spoke at the event, as did Felicity O’Herron, vice president and chief human resources officer.
Some of the comments from D’Elia’s nomination and letters of support include:
- “She feels passionate about helping others, whether it be through providing a training, joining a committee, or ensuring others are informed of available opportunities. The CU system and the Office of Advancement are better for Gwen’s contributions and involvements.”
- “Gwen is a beacon of dedication, passion and commitment. Her enthusiasm for continuous learning, innovative problem-solving, and inclusive leadership resonates throughout every interaction. Her profound impact on our team, the Advancement community, and the broader CU network is undeniable.”
- “If anyone has a concern or question in our department, Gwen is happy to chat with you. I personally had something come up last winter that I brought to Gwen, and she promptly ran it up the proverbial flagpole after listening carefully to my concerns. With Gwen, you know she cares.”
The year’s other nominees for the President’s Employee of the Year Award were:
Will Angel, Advancement. “With his unwavering positivity, collaborative spirit and commitment to inclusion and excellence, Will enhances CU every day.”
Faraz Ali, University Information Services. “When Faraz suggests that we adopt a new technology, he clearly articulates and advocates for the overall value that this solution brings to CU. Faraz has the maturity and judgment to not be enticed by the “new and shiny” solutions, but rather to see through the hype and select the best solutions to further our mission.”
Susan Cleveland, CU System Gift Planning. “Her inquisitive nature leads her to constantly expand her knowledge, which allows her to form deeper connections with donors and colleagues alike.”
Emily Davies, University Relations. “Emily’s innovative and creative approach to problem-solving has led to significant improvements in various processes. Her ability to think outside the box and propose unique solutions has had a positive impact on our team’s productivity and efficiency.”
Shayla DeYoung, CU System Gift Planning. “She makes calls fun and productive at the same time. She’s easy to communicate with, and she is a wonderful advocate for her peers. She wants her colleagues to do well, and she regularly speaks up during calls to brag about them for any number of things.”
Crystal DiCino, Procurement Service Center. “In our ever-changing landscape of procurement, Crystal has been one of the most valuable assets the PSC has to translate departmental, legal and compliance changes to both her team members and campus customers in an effort to keep the procurement system functioning and adapting for the future.”
Kristina Mendez, Office of University Controller. “Her cheerful customer-first attitude creates a comfortable atmosphere for employees to share problems and seek answers. She is attentive to the needs of a diverse clientele and communicates sensitively with all.”
Michael Provine, Advancement. “Mike is the guru of the new Salesforce CU Ascend. He finds answers to users’ requests with patience. Also, he rebuilt ODS data base with reporting tables from CU Ascend Database.”
Tricia Strating, Employee Services. “From a customer service standpoint, Tricia’s excellent ability to provide details and direction while she maintains a neutral stance in representing system administration and our campus constituents is invaluable. Tricia’s positive attitude and collaborative style contribute to the customer-centric value of her work.”
Employees recognized with Years of Service Awards were:
Erin Benoy Tilbury