Career Impact Awards

The Career Impact Awards were established in 2018 in order to recognize and celebrate the many career partners and career advocates across our campus and community. This event was created because we recognize that having career infused into all aspects of the student experience correlates to overall student success during and after college.  It takes great collaboration on and off campus to help shape post graduate success stories for all students who come from diverse backgrounds, identities, and dreams. Through this event, we wanted to raise awareness around the importance of the ‘career work’ that we all do with students and alumni and recognize the efforts and contributions of those who advocate career for all.

This event also serves as a space to recognize our dedicated Student Employee staff members who serve on campus working to further the goals of the institution and to support university operations.

Nominations are now closed

For the 2021 Career Impact Awards, we have generalized our award categories to simplify the nomination process.

Nominations for both awards will be open from 7:00 am on January 4th to February 5th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Award criteria can be reviewed and submissions can be made, here.

Nominations for 2021 will focus on the following two categories:

  • Career Impact Award – Five winners will be highlighted this year.
  • Student Employee of the Year – We will recognize a winner and runner-up this year. The winner will receive a $1500 scholarship and the runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship.

2021 Award Winners

Student Employee of the Year Runner-Up

Brooke Stieduhar

Administrative Assistant within the Mechanical Engineering Department

“Brooke consistently exceeds expectation, demonstrates good judgement, and has great interpersonal skills that are well beyond her age and years of education.”

Student Employee of the Year Winner

Bailey Dinsdale

ASCSU Student Employee

“In her role at ASCSU, Bailey focuses on collaborating with her co-workers and fellow students on communication and problem solving together to find compromises to ensure that work is completed with the best interests of students and the university in mind.”

Career Impact Award Winner

Dr. Margarita Lenk

Associate Professor – College of Business

“Margarita believes in a world where each person can freely contribute their work, ideas, and perspectives with equal respect, interest, and opportunity. She works tirelessly to help students explore their career and provide professional growth.”

Career Impact Award Winner

Dr. Christie Mayo

Associate Professor – College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science

“As a mentor, she embodies the most fundamental values of transparency, trust, vulnerability, enthusiasm and selfless commitment to impacting not only the careers of students, but also of her faculty peers, staff and leadership.”

Career Impact Award Winner

Dr. Kristina Quynn

Assistant Professor – Graduate School & Director of CSU Writes

“Under Dr. Quynn’s inclusive “guidelines for interaction,” I received dissertation guidance, career writing skills & strategies and a safe atmosphere where anxiety found productivity, support, & camaraderie despite our group’s differences.”

Career Impact Award Winner

Chris Schmidt

Managing Partner – Colorado Marketplace at Deloitte

“We often hear the phrase ‘Rams take care of Rams.’ It is nice to know, that even as alums move into prominent positions at one of the largest professional services organizations, alumni like Chris Schmidt make it a point to do what they can, to help our current Rams succeed.”

Career Impact Award Winner

Dr. Cori Wong

Assistant Vice President for Diversity

“Cori supported me at a time when no one was around to do so. She held my hand through times when I had self-doubt. She made time for me despite her busy schedule. I would not be where I am today without Cori.”

2021 Nominees

Student Employee of the Year Nominees

Adam Sharrah

Anna Bugosh

Bailey Dinsdale

Ben Krueger

Brandon Lowry

Brenna Sydow

Brian Dusek

Brooke Stieduhar

Carolina Orozco

Casey Forest

Delaney Morrow

Emmalyne Axtell

Isha Agarwal

Ivy Smirl

Jacob Maddux Powell

Jazmin Gonzalez

Kylie Larson

Kyrie Craft

Lisa Natasha Nyangao

Litzy Duque

Riley Fischer

Savannah Babish

Tad Trimarco

Career Impact Award Nominees

Allie Stauss

Anna Fontana

Bert Vermeulen

Carol Engel-Enright

Cassidy McClaren

Chris Schmidt

Dr. Arnold Robinson

Dr. Christie Mayo

Dr. Cori Wong

Dr. Ifigenia (Gina) Geornaras

Dr. Kristina Quynn

Dr. Margarita Lenk

Dr. Rickey Frierson

Edward Barbier

Elizabeth Morgan

Erin Reichert

Hannah Ewing

Jazmin Murguia

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Martin

Jeremiah Easley

Justin Sambur

Karen Dobos

Kat Ernst

Kristy Millsapps

Lisa Hackard

Monica Thrasher

Sam Desta

Seth Thomas Davis

BUS 300 Instructors – Theresa Wernimont,

Jenny Morse, Lori Adair, Robert Anderson

For a list of previous Career Impact Award winners please visit: