By Andy Gilmore l University Communications
AURORA, Colo. - Seventy-four CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus faculty members were honored for 25 years of service to the University during a reception last week in the Trivisible Room at the Anschutz campus.
(Photo: Honorees, on left, Alan Seay, MD, professor, Pediatric Neurology, and Randall Cohrs, PhD, research professor, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine)
University Chancellor Don Elliman led the tributes to the "amazing group" of individuals who have been at the university long enough to witness the "transformation and consolidation of the institution." Elliman continued by noting that "faculty are the lifeblood of an institution" and joked that although the university couldn't stretch the budget to give each one a gold Rolex, the institution is very grateful for their continued standard of excellence.
Many of the 74 honorees were able to attend the ceremony and were rewarded with a medal to commemorate their achievement.
One of the attendees was Brenda J. Allen, PhD, associate vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, who described the wealth of opportunities and options that the university has provided her over the last 25 years.
"From being recruited as an assistant professor to now being at the executive level is pretty awesome," she said. Allen believes the institution has changed a lot over the last 25 years by conscientiously striving to keep up with change, "whether the change is through programs, technologies or initiatives.
"The university's commitment to our over-arching mission of education is part of why I'm still here," Allen said.
After collecting his medal, Randall J. Cohrs, PhD, professor, School of Medicine Department of Neurology, praised the culture of collaboration at the university. Cohrs said when colleagues from out of state visit the Anschutz Medical Campus "they just love it here.
"This campus is a beautiful place, it's up to date, it's still new, and it's very inviting," he said. "I wouldn't move back. When I find something good, I stay with it."
The 74 faculty recognized for 25 years of service:
College of Architecture and Planning
College of Arts & Media
School of Dental Medicine
School of Education and Human Development
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Joseph (Ken) Ortega
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Medicine
College of Nursing
Colorado School of Public Health