SPARK - FM Engagement & Recognition Program

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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
We Are Collaborative
We Are Experts
We Are Good Stewards
We Are 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: fac_employee_appreciation@mail.colostate.edu

Got SPARK?

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 fac_employee_appreciation@mail.colostate.edu, 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
  • Cinemark
  • Scheels Sporting Goods

SPARK Stories!

Interested in reading a few of the SPARK stories shared with the committee? Read the most recent SPARK stories posted online. We update the stories monthly to highlight FM employees who enact our FM core values.

SPARK Resources

SPARK Program - Approved

SPARK FAQ

SPARK Examples

SPARK Award Form

SPARK Award Instructions

SPARK Training Presentation

SPARK Quarterly Awards

SPARK Annual Award

SPARK Quarterly and Annual FAQ

SPARK Quarterly and Annual Awards

Congratulations Roy Rodriguez, the Quarterly SPARK award recipient for the first quarter of 2020 AND Kim Stitt, the Quarterly SPARK award recipient for the second quarter of 2020!

Recipient of 2020 SPARK Annual Award, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Committee Co-Chair

Roy is pictured in the top photo and Kim is pictured below. They are with the Associate Vice President of Facilities Management and the Engagement & Recognition Committee Co-Chair!

Recipient of 2020 SPARK Annual Award-2nd Quarter, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Committee Co-Chair

FM Employee Recognition Committee

Contact the Engagement & Recognition Committee at fac_employee_appreciation@mail.colostate.edu. Always feel free to chat with any of the committee members if you have questions, feedback, or want to get involved. The committee is seeking new members!

Committee Members

Adam Anderson, Computer Services
Judy Baechle, Remodels and Construction Services
Cameo Banks, Mechanical Trades
Aaron Buckley, Parking and Transportation Services
Julia Innes, Landscape Architecture & Master Planning
Claude Jaillet, Building Services
David Jimenez, Building Services
Christina Miller, Customer Service
Kelly Miller, Capital Construction
Amy Ouska, Customer Service
Joan Paulsen, Building Services
Dimitri Poppeliers, Maintenance Engineering
Karin Rees, AVP Office - Committee Co-Chair
Mike Rush, Capital Planning and Design
Rita Schmid, Building Services - Committee Co-Chair
Dana Schoonmaker, Mechanical Trades
Mike Shortall, Space and Mapping
Vince Soderquist, Parking and Transportation Services
Jared Warnock, Outdoor Services

More Opportunities to Recognize FM Employees

Recognize Student Employees

The deadline to nominate outstanding student employees for the annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award was February 7, 2020. Please keep this in mind for next year! If you have any questions, please contact the Career Center at studentemployment@colostate.edu.

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.

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: https://www.fm.colostate.edu/tours.

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!
  • 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.