SPARK - FM Employee Recognition Program

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SPARK Program

The Facilities Management Employee Recognition Committee has developed 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. Since the beginning of the program in October 2017 to May 2019, supervisors have given out approximately 480 SPARK awards!

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


SPARK award cards can be redeemed for a $15 gift card every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. Look for Employee Recognition Committee members in the Pitkin Conference Room, Facilities Management North, from 10:00–11:00 a.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates

December 18, 2019

January 8, 2020*

January 22, 2020*

*Because of the New Year's Day holiday, SPARK card exchanges will occur on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for the month of January.

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 or find the stories on the bulletin board in the north entrance of Facilities Management North. We update the stories monthly to highlight FM employees who enact our FM core values.

See the links below for a more detailed description of the SPARK program, the award form, examples of SPARK-worthy actions, and FAQ.

SPARK Resources

SPARK Program Proposal - Approved


SPARK Examples

SPARK Award Form

SPARK Award Instructions

SPARK Training Presentation

SPARK Quarterly and Annual Awards

Recipient of first SPARK Quarterly Award, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Committee Chair and Member

Congratulations to our SPARK Quarterly Award recipients ­­­­­­­­­­­Jasmine Hatten (first quarter drawing), Frank Vigil (second quarter drawing), and Kelly Miller (third quarter drawing). They are pictured with the Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, as well as Employee Recognition Committee representatives!

Recipient of second SPARK Quarterly Award, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Committee Chair

Recipient of third SPARK Quarterly Award, AVP of FM, and Employee Recognition Committee Co-Chairs

Learn more about the SPARK Quarterly Awards.

Learn more about the SPARK Annual Award.

Or check out our FAQ: SPARK Quarterly and Annual FAQ

FM Employee Recognition Committee

Contact the Employee Recognition Committee at Always feel free to chat with any of the committee members if you have questions, feedback, or want to get involved.

Committee Members

Adam Anderson, Computer Services
Judy Baechle, Remodels and Construction Services
Cameo Banks, Mechanical Trades
Aaron Buckley, Parking and Transportation Services
Jamie Cardenas, Building Services
Julia Innes, Planning
Claude Jaillet, Building Services
David Jimenez, Building Services
Ken Luna, Building Services
Christina Miller, Customer Service
Kelly Miller, Capital Construction
Amy Ouska, Building Services
Joan Paulsen, Building Services
Dimitri Poppeliers, Maintenance Engineering
Karin Rees, AVP Office
Mike Rush, Design
Rita Schmid, Building Services 
Dana Schoonmaker, Mechanical Trades
Vince Soderquist, Parking and Transportation Services
Jared Warnock, Outdoor Services

More Opportunities to Recognize FM Employees

Thank a Colleague

Each day, through small and large gestures and actions, our colleagues affect us for the positive and contribute to the success of our work environment. Though they may be “just doing their jobs,” they clearly make our lives easier, better, and happier and we are grateful for it. Publicly acknowledge a Facilities Management coworker, FM employee, or FM group for their effort, support, or accomplishment in our quarterly newsletter. Any CSU employee or campus partner can submit a note of appreciation. Send your email to for inclusion in an upcoming Facilities Focus issue, and thank your colleagues for their continued presence within FM.

Campus Tours for FM Employees

For this program, the Employee 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. 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 Employee 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.