College Awards

2012-13 College Awards and Retirees

Friends of the College

Thomas Gunkel, CEO of Mortenson Construction

Tom Gunkel and Mortenson Construction have been longtime supporters of the Department of Construction Management. Last fall, Tom announced Mortenson’s commitment to the construction of a new lab in Guggenheim Hall which will be named the Mortenson Center for Virtual Design and Construction. The lab will allow students access to the latest technology in preparation for their future careers in the construction industry. Mortenson also supports the Department by hiring our students, and matching gifts to CSU from the many alumni employed at Mortensen.

Amy Parsons, CSU Vice President for University Operations

In her role overseeing university operations, Amy leads many initiatives that are intricately tied to our success. We have benefitted tremendously from our collaborations with facilities management and recognize her support of efforts to build and renovate spaces in our College. Campus security, another set of activities that Amy oversees, is phenomenal on this campus and we truly appreciate the visible and supportive presence of CSUPD in our buildings. And, we especially applaud Amy’s significant efforts toward the Commitment to Campus program and partnering with our programs – these efforts support faculty and staff across the university.

Ned Sickle, General Manager of the Hilton Fort Collins

Ned contributes to the university and community at a high level. He spends both time and resources furthering the education of hospitality management students and fostering the careers of alumni as they move through the John Q. Hammons system. Ned is a guest speaker for our classes and cheerfully helps students with projects. He is involved with various initiatives around Fort Collins, including the Hand-Up Cooperative for job seeking low-income adults. He always helps with a smile on his face. Ned has been a tremendous partner for the College for many years and we greatly value his friendship.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards

Outstanding Teacher Award

Brian Tracy, Associate Professor
Department of Health and Exercise Science

Brian is a respected and beloved teacher, regularly receiving outstanding course evaluations from his students. Among other courses, Brian teaches Neuromuscular Aspects of Human Movement, which he developed early in his career. Complex information comes to life in the classroom due to his unique and effective teaching methodology. For example, he demonstrates the physiology of fine motor control when he asks a student to aim an archery bow with a laser pointer toward an apple balanced on his head. His contagious enthusiasm is balanced with a genuine and patient teaching approach.

Outstanding Advisor Award

Brian Butki, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Exercise Science

Brian ranks among the most effective advisers in the College. He is always available to students and encourages them to come to him for both long-range planning as well as immediate problem-solving. Brian has a thorough understanding of University policies, academic requirements, and resources. He has become well-versed in the intricacies of working with intercollegiate athletes as an adviser, which has earned him several accolades from the CSU athletics department.

Scholarly Excellence Award

Deborah Fidler, Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Over the past ten years, Debbie has been committed to studying children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, authoring more than 50 publications. She has advanced several key areas of developmental research and the interplay between genetic influences and the environment in the development of behavioral phenotypes. Recently promoted to professor, Debbie is setting a standard for the department and mentoring others to reach the same level.

Outstanding Engagement Award

Susan Baker, Associate Professor/Extension Specialist EVNEP and SNAP-Ed
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Susan has established herself as one of the premier national experts in nutrition education and training. Her focus is on the use of para-professionals in educating limited resource populations on improved nutrition. She has been a superb leader of both the Colorado Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP, and the Colorado Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP-ED. Last year, Susan was asked to assume the position of Director of SNAP-ED because of her outstanding work with Colorado EFNEP.

Superior Faculty Service Award

Stephanie Clemons, Professor
Department of Design and Merchandising

During the past 24 years that Stephanie has been a faculty member at CSU, she has provided instrumental guidance in establishing the Interior Design program as a recognized national leader in educating students. Stephanie’s professional service has brought prodigious recognition to the Department. She has served as President of the Interior Design Council and on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Interior Designers. She is also a celebrated Fellow for both the American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Design Educators Council, two leading professional organizations in her field.

Superior Staff Service Award

Sarah Barrett
Department of Human Development and Family Studies

As the finance and operations coordinator, Sarah exhibits excellent organizational skills, a quick response time, initiative, and decisive problem-solving abilities. In addition, her leadership, budgetary, and managerial skills extend well beyond her job description. Working in the Department for five years, Sarah is a warm and supportive colleague who brings out the best in her coworkers. She is an innovator, a leader, and a doer; Sarah is truly an aspirational model for all.

Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Juyeon Park, Assistant Professor
Department of Design and Merchandising

When Juyeon joined the Department in 2008, she brought apparel product design and development perspective to the program. She has introduced technology into her courses to advance students’ critical thinking skills, which is invaluable as they pursue careers in the global apparel manufacturing industry. She has also created a partnership with Pearl Izumi, which brings professional feedback on product development and has led to wonderful student internship and job opportunities with Pearl Izumi, Adidas, and Spyder Active Sports.

Tenure-Track Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award

Carla Lopez del Puerto, Assistant Professor
Department of Construction Management

Carla has made outstanding contributions to the scientific and academic communities through her creative research. Her projects include construction safety culture evaluation and intervention training programs dedicated to helping vulnerable populations. Carla has the highest grant productivity in the department and one of the highest publication rates – a model for a faculty member at a land-grant institution. Carla’s research has a direct impact improving lives in the construction workforce.

Outstanding Senior Award

Amy Smith
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Amy has a 4.0 GPA and is an Honors student with a nutrition major and gerontology minor. In addition to her course load, she has participated in a variety of research projects, and has taken on leadership roles in the Student Nutrition and Fitness Club, and Peer Mentor Program in the department. Amy is also the student liaison to the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association. She has shared her passion for nutrition as a volunteer at the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center and Early Childhood Center, as well as at the Health District for Northern Larimer County, Mountain Vista Nursing Home, and Elderhaus, among others.


Nina Simmers, College of Applied Human Sciences

Nina served as assistant to three deans in the College since she joined the staff in 2007 – Dean April Mason, Interim Dean Nancy Hartley, and Dean Jeff McCubbin. She is a graduate of CSU in sociology and anthropology. Nina joined the staff of CSU in 1998 following a career as a social worker focusing on child protection and then for almost ten years as an administrator with IBM. She previously worked in administrative support with Sponsored Programs, Dean's Office for the College of Agricultural Sciences, Off-Campus Student Services, and Campus Activities.

Pat Kendall, College of Applied Human Sciences and Food Science and Human Nutrition

Pat began in the department in 1974 and served as extension specialist and professor until she joined the College as associate dean for research in 2009. Pat procured millions of dollars in federal grants and has numerous publications and research articles. Her research includes development of nutrition education interventions for chronic disease prevention, and development of consumer food-safety programs. Pat also wrote the weekly nutrition column published around the state for 30 years. She has shown outstanding leadership serving on state and national organizations and panels. Her support for the College includes gifts to the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center as well as student scholarships.

Mike Cole, Construction Management

Mike Cole began working at CSU in 1990 as a research associate in the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety where he assisted in the development of training curriculum and conducted surveys and laboratory projects. While conducting his work with NCVECS, he joined the Department of Construction Management in 2005 as an instructor for the surveying course, teaching lectures and labs and maintaining the department’s surveying equipment. Mike’s years of experience working with automotive engines and mechanics made him a valuable asset to CSU and the programs for which he worked.

Norma Bulera, Design and Merchandising

Norma retired in December after 18 years at CSU. She had been an administrative assistant for the Department since 2008. Most recently, Norma provided support to the graduate program and assisted all DM faculty. Norma’s warm presence and cheerful demeanor always set a friendly tone for students, staff, and faculty. She worked diligently until her retirement including the organization of DM’s curriculum history as well as their electronic files. Norma often provided home-made food for Department functions that is greatly missed. She is now happily getting her house in order, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Amy Tamlin, Design and Merchandising

Amy began working at CSU in 1973 as a work study student. She joined the Department in 2000 as an accounting tech responsible for financial matters, but has given generously in facilitating teaching, research, and outreach in design and merchandising. Her loyalty, care, and concern for the Department’s development and welfare have been very much appreciated and we wish her a wonderful retirement after 30 years of service to CSU. Her absence will be felt acutely by all.

Molly Eckman, Design and Merchandising

Molly joined the department in 1992 and has been a leader in the area of defining the concept of social responsibility for the disciplines of textiles and apparel. Her research has been the basis for development of case studies in India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Turkey to teach courses about a wide range of industry topics related to socially responsible production of apparel. She is the recipient of the College’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alumni Association Best Teacher Award, among others.

Sherry Nash, Food Science and Human Nutrition

From 2007-2012, Sherry served as the administrative assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). Just prior to her retirement, she worked in the main department office where she was responsible for administering the department Procurement Card program. She was also relied on to advise staff of appropriate travel policies and procedures, and manage those as well.

Shirley Perryman, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Shirley served as an extension specialist in the department for ten years before her retirement last fall. She was especially known for writing the monthly nutrition column since 2006 which she said was one of her favorite parts of her job. The column appeared in the Denver post and other publications around the state. In addition to the news column, Shirley was also an ambassador to the Strong Women, Strong Bones program which had an effective impact on preventing osteoporosis in older women.

Bob Fetsch, Human Development and Family Studies

As a professor, Bob has been a passionate supporter of the land-grant mission, uniting the needs of communities with the expertise of the university. He is well-known for his work in Agra-bility, which promotes independence and success in agriculture for people with physical disabilities and other challenges. Bob’s passion for helping others led to 27 funded projects totaling more than 2 million dollars. Bob has been a wonderful colleague and mentor to students over the past 26 years at CSU. He is continuing his grant work into retirement.

Kris Worl, Human Development and Family Studies

Kris has been the friendly and welcoming face for the Department for five and a half years. During that time she made a positive impact on students, faculty, and staff through her work in the main office. Her attention to detail and her willingness to help everyone were appreciated by all. While we will truly miss her stories of travelling around the world, we are excited for the opportunity she now has to embark on many more adventures in her retirement.

Donald Venneberg, School of Education

Don received his Ph.D. in education and human resource studies at CSU and has been working for the past seven years in the Organizational Performance and Change program. He has advised and taught students in courses on campus, at a distance, at the CSU Denver Center, and the Colorado National Guard headquarters. He has extensive experience in public administration, having served more than 18 years in the U.S. General Services Administration. His research has been in global and national workforce development trends and policy.

Jim Banning, School of Education

Jim has spent the last 35 years at CSU. He served as vice president for student affairs before joining the School of Education as a professor of research methods. He is a sought-after advisor of graduate students and won the College’s 2009 Outstanding Advisor Award and the 1997 Outstanding Teacher Award. He teaches qualitative research. Another aspect of his teaching and research includes campus ecology, the study of interrelationships between people and the university environment. He has served as editor of journals related to campus ecology and has authored many publications.

Rich Feller, School of Education

Rich has been professor of counseling and career development since 1980. As an international consultant, author, and presenter, Rich is well-known in the field. He has served fast food at McDonald’s to study youth employment, co-produced a video in Sudan on famine relief, and co-authored a career development program used by more than 20 million students. Rich is a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and serves as the president of the National Career Development Association.

Nancy Gerardi, School of Social Work

Nancy was the director of field education for the School of Social Work since 1998, where she helped guide and increase the number and type of field placements available to students. She developed video interviews to help BSW students understand the field placement process, and she was known for helping students narrow the focus of their options and find placements that are a good fit.