Colorado State University has amazing employees, and the AP Star Award celebrates those shining stars among us, who make a real impact on their colleagues and communities.
The 2019 AP Star Award winners were announced at this year’s Administrative Professional Celebration on April 2, which included a special thank you from President Tony Frank.
The Administrative Professional Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of administrative professional (AP) employees who demonstrate outstanding individual performance at CSU.
This year’s AP Star Award recipients are:
Research Associate/Lab Manager
Department of Biology, Hoke Lab
Leorah McGinnis is known for running an organized and efficient lab, while also revolutionizing how the public interacts with it. Through social media, McGinnis has created a new stream of communication to the public and has attended an international conference for this new technique. In addition, she is creating a comic book about the lab’s research that will be part of an NSF proposal.
Manufacturing & Process Development Manager
Infectious Disease Research Center
Darragh Heaslip has gone above and beyond over the past year, managing the Process Development team coordination along with his normal manufacturing team for BioMARC. This is in addition to developing technical aspects of contract quotes for both departments, which is paramount for gaining client business. Heaslip is known for his ability to see the best in people and creates a welcoming culture for everyone.
Accounting and Budget Analyst
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Finance Office
Missy Hein has touched every part of CSU by devoting countless hours to help others in the financial realm. Hein assisted CSU in the implementation of eThority and now WebFocus, both of which are system-wide reporting tools that enable CSU to more effectively manage its budget. Navigating uncharted waters with these tools, Hein has guided CSU every step of the way, going well beyond her dedication and day job at CVMBS where she is a treasured leader.
Academic Success Coordinator
College of Liberal Arts
Sarah Wernsing consistently goes the extra mile in advising her students, as well as helping areas throughout the College of Liberal Arts. She restructured an orientation video for incoming students, designed an advising Canvas shell, presented at the New Faculty Orientation, and helps with commencement every semester. With fellow advisor Joanna Doxey, Wernsing proposed, designed, and now teaches a class to help Liberal Arts students transition from college to career.
Undergraduate Academic Adviser
School of Biomedical Engineering
“Deb is awesome!” In addition to this student comment, Deb Misuraca reflects her awesomeness in her work carrying a full advising load, while going the extra mile in student service, supporting fellow AP advisers, and working tirelessly with the biomedical student professional organization. Misuraca collaboratively created an education abroad program where CSU students spend a week building and fitting prosthetics for underserved populations in Quito, Ecuador.
Neely Bucknell O’Connor
Academic Success Coordinator
College of Liberal Arts
In addition to working with the Philosophy Department (where she serves as the primary key adviser), Neely Bucknell O’Connor also works in the Departments of Communication Studies, and Journalism and Media Communication, where she has taken on multiple roles while others were away for extended periods. She has been highly involved with volunteer-based campus committees ranging from advising syllabi to Canvas development to serving as the SSC Campus administrator for her College.
College of Business Career Management Center
As part of the College of Business Career Management Center, Lorie Humphrey has proven herself as a leader, collaborator and team player. She has developed a strong rapport with students, faculty, and staff and contributes to multiple student initiatives. One such initiative was the development, implementation, and launch of a new mentoring software that recruits first-generation students and provides an opportunity for a strong professional mentoring connection. Prior to the piloting of the software, there was a testing phase. CMC staff and the student advisory board devised a testing strategy based on Harry Potter characters.
Program Coordinator, Key Explore Community
Collaborative for Student Achievement
Brian Hayes consistently collaborates with campus and community partners to expand the Key Communities’ network of support. He networks on- and off-campus to find useful resources that can benefit CSU students, even working with GenFKD to explore new ways to educate students about financial literacy. He genuinely wants students to thrive during college and far beyond. Involved throughout campus, Hayes works on freshman move-in, the Annual Community Challenges, the Key Dodgeball tournament and he also advises the United Men of Color Organization.
Heather Reimer goes above and beyond her role in Central Receiving to bring value-added services to her department and CSU. As manager of the student-run bike shop, Spoke, she helps students with their bike-related problems. She recently completed a two-year term as the co-chair of the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee and is a certified instructor for the League of American Bicyclists. Reimer created #RamsRideRight and has elevated the campus-wide need for increased bicycle enforcement by helping CBAC engage police officers in #RamsRideRight.