FM Engagement & Recognition Committee and SPARK Recognition Program

FM Engagement and Recognition Committee

The committee is always seeking new members! Contact the Engagement & Recognition Committee at reach out to one of the committee members if you have questions, feedback, or want to get involved.


Spark Logo

SPARK Program

The Facilities Management Engagement & Recognition Committee developed SPARK, a program for recognition and appreciation of Facilities Management employees. This program is designed to recognize employees who uphold and demonstrate the core values that define Facilities Management.

Our core values are:

We Are; Caring, Collaborative, Experts, Good Stewards, Progressive

A SPARK Award provides a timely way to recognize outstanding employee efforts that demonstrate the core values. When an FM supervisor recognizes an FM employee with a SPARK Award, the FM employee receives acknowledgement and a gift card. Over 500 SPARK awards were given out in 2019! See the links below for a more detailed description of the SPARK program, the award form, examples of SPARK-worthy actions, and FAQ.

If you see a Facilities Management employee exhibiting the above values, let us know! Email:


SPARK Award cards can be redeemed for a $20 gift card. The SPARK in-person gift card exchange has been on hold since mid-March due to COVID-19. Beginning May 1 we created a provisional ongoing process for exchanging SPARK for gift cards. Here's how it works:

  • Supervisors will be given a spreadsheet, with each SPARK card given to an employee recorded in the spreadsheet. Supervisors coordinate with their employees and enter the desired gift card.
  • When a supervisor is ready, they will email the spreadsheet to Christina Miller at, who will issue the appropriate gift cards. Each gift card will have an employee’s name on it, and they will be placed in an envelope. Christina will contact the supervisor to pick up the gift cards. Supervisors must give the redeemed SPARK cards to Christina when picking up gift cards. Christina will stamp the SPARK cards “Expired” and then give the corresponding gift cards to the supervisor. If an employee wants to keep a SPARK card as a memento, the supervisor can take it back with the “Expired” stamp.
  • Gift cards are plastic, and we recommend disinfecting each card upon receipt.

Gift Card Options

  • RamCash (Click on the link to see where on campus to use RamCash)
  • King Soopers (Can use at gas stations and Starbucks kiosks in the stores)
  • Wal-Mart (Can use at Sam's Club)
  • Home Depot
  • Qdoba
  • Starbucks

Committee Members

Adam Anderson, Parking and Transportation
Judy Baechle, Remodels and Construction Services
Mike Dobbins, Computer Services
David Hansen, Landscape Architecture & Master Planning - Card Purchaser
Bradley Hestdalen, Custodial Services
Claude Jaillet, Building Services
Christina Miller, Customer Service - Email Coordinator
Kelly Miller, Capital Construction
Matt Murphy, Custodial Services - ERC Committee Co-Chair and SPARK Sub-committee Chair)
Amy Ouska, Customer Service
Joan Paulsen, Building Services
Karin Rees, AVP Office - ERC Committee Co-Chair and ERC Events Sub-committee Chair)
Mike Rush, Capital Planning and Design - Secretary
Rita Schmid, Building Services 

SPARK Stories!

Interested in reading a few of the SPARK stories shared with the committee? Read the most recent SPARK stories posted online

SPARK Resources

SPARK Program - Approved


SPARK Examples

SPARK Award Instructions

SPARK Training Presentation

SPARK Quarterly Awards

SPARK Annual Award

SPARK Quarterly and Annual FAQ

SPARK Quarterly and Annual Award Winners

Congratulations Dominic Cruz, 2021 Quarter 1 SPARK Award recipient!

Recipient of 2021 Qtr. 1 SPARK Annual Award, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Member

More Opportunities to Recognize FM Employees

Campus Tours for FM Employees

For this program, the Engagement & Recognition Committee partners with FM sections and campus partners to coordinate tours for FM employees. These tours are a way to get to know CSU better and to increase employee expertise about campus, promoting good stewardship of the University. On the tours, many FM sections will highlight their projects and share information about daily efforts.

* Currently tours are on-hold as a precaution for COVID-19. Learn more at:

CSU Employee Appreciation Board

Recognize a group through the CSU Employee Appreciation Board. The Colorado State University Employee Appreciation Board (CSU EAB) mission is to recognize and promote community spirit among faculty and staff. One of the main objectives of the board is the monthly recognition of a work unit. The board collects nominations from across campus and then votes on who to recognize each month with events such as a luncheon, breakfast, or ice cream social. The Engagement & Recognition Committee is happy to help submit recognition for a group—please email us, so we can assist.

CSU Classified Personnel Council

The CSU Classified Personnel Council provides numerous awards for employee recognition.

  • Outstanding Achievement: The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes meritorious and outstanding achievement in job skills and/or service to the University by State Classified employees.
  • Positive Action: The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals, groups, units or departments that have made a positive contribution to State Classified employees at Colorado State University.
  • Educational Assistance: The Classified Personnel Council offers $500 awards to assist State Classified employees furthering their education. Apply for yourself! Awards are given each fall and spring semester.
  • Everyday Hero: The Everyday Hero is an ongoing special program sponsored by the Classified Personnel Council to recognize the day-to-day achievements of all CSU employees (State Classified, administrative professionals, and faculty).

Administrative Personnel Council

The CSU Administrative Professional Council provides numerous awards for employee recognition.

  • Distinguished AP Award: The Administrative Professional Council awards the Distinguished Administrative Professional Award (DAPA) each year – recognizing administrative professionals with continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of outreach, teaching, administration, and/or service at Colorado State University.
  • AP Star Award: created to express appreciation by recognizing the accomplishments of administrative professional (AP) employees who have demonstrated outstanding individual performance at CSU. The goal is to recognize AP’s who make a difference and “shine” in our CSU community. And, anyone can nominate an AP employee for this award!

Recognize Students

Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award through the Career Center: Contact the Career Center at regarding this annual award. To be considered, student employees:

  • Must be enrolled at Colorado State University for both fall and spring semesters as a degree-seeking student.
  • Must have worked or planning to work at least 6 months.
  • Must be either work-study or student hourly employee.

The campus winner is eligible for consideration at the state, regional and national levels.  Additionally, the individual selected to be the CSU SEOTY will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Office of Financial Aid. The winner will be publicly announced during their Career Impact Awards luncheon.

Deb Petersen Outstanding Adult Student of the Year Award: This $500 annual award was established to recognize a student who has, or is currently undergoing, an extra-ordinary amount of hardship (physical, psycho-social, etc.) and yet, maintains a positive attitude and an unwavering spirit in the pursuit of their undergraduate or graduate degree. One recipient is selected per year.