SPARK - an FM employee recognition program

Spark Logo

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

SPARK award cards can be redeemed for a $15 gift card in the Pitkin Conference Room (Facilities North Building) from 10:00am - 11:00am and 3:30pm - 4:30pm every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month. Those dates include:

September 5th, 2018

September 19th, 2018

October 3rd, 2018

October 17th, 2018

November 7, 2018

November 21, 2018

December 5, 2018

December 19, 2018

Gift card options are:

RamCash (Click on the link to see where to use RamCash)

Safeway *

King Soopers *

Wal-Mart (Can be used at Sam's Club also.)


*Safeway and King Soopers gift cards can be used at the gas stations and Starbucks kiosks in the stores.

Have questions, concerns, feedback or want to contact the FM Employee Appreciation Committee, please send an email to :

For more information, see one of the following:

SPARK Program



SPARK Examples

SPARK Award Instructions

SPARK Training Presentation

Other ways to recognize FM or CSU employees

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. Recognize individuals (or even yourself) through:

CSU Classified Personnel Council

The CSU Classified Personnel Council provides numerous awards for employee recognition. See below for award types and submission deadlines.

  • 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.