Francine Olivas-Zarate, program assistant for the Department of English, was chosen Staff Council Employee of the Month. Although she is somewhat new to UC Denver, she has worked with the State of Colorado system for 23 years, including the Colorado Department of Transportation, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and now on the Denver Campus.
Her nominators said:
- "She is new to UCD, but stepped right up to the plate as if she had always worked here, which isn’t easy in a department with 60 faculty."
- "She is exceptionally organized and is often seen as a ‘go to’ person when others need her guidance. She is a great listener and has a warm smile for everyone that she greets."
Olivas-Zarate says she loves every minute of her job: "It's like going from one home to another." She added, "Winning the employee of the month was so awesome, it makes me feel that all of my contributions all of these years have finally meant something, and someone recognized me for all of it."