Star Award

The Star Award:

1. Is available to all employees – faculty and classified employees, management, and supervisors.
2. Anyone can nominate an employee for the award.
3. The award will travel from one winner to the next.
4. Awardees will receive recognition and documentation of being Star Award recipients.

Please fill out form below to nominate a CMC employee for exemplary acts of service.


January 2019
Jared Zwicker
Fiscal Services Accountant
For being the glue that holds Copper Mountain College together, and for going above and beyond in all areas of the college.

February 2019
Cathy Inscore
Library Specialist
Recommended for the award by Sandy Smith and Sara Hutson in the Foundation for assisting a student who was dealing with the suicide of a family member.

photo of Joshua Torres and Jane Abel

May 2019
Joshua Torres
Program Assistant – Student Success Center, was recognized by Jane Abell for his positive attitude and going the extra mile in supporting students and staff at the SSC and ACCE East. He is always there to answer questions, listen, and help students with a friendly smile and calming presence when they need assistance.

photo of Cris Kauffmann and Jeff Cummings

June 2019
Cris Kauffmann
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/President
Jeff Cummings recognized Cris for her diligence in staying through to completion of a project on a day she was dealing with personal challenges. Cris often makes personal sacrifices to make sure the college meets its deadlines.

August 2019
Brian Benton
Maintenance Worker
Tom Wilkinson
Skilled Maintenance Worker
The College had a sharp increase in Natural Gas usage and cost. Tom and Brian tracked down the reason for the increase. They determined through a malfunction of our heating system that the gas-fueled boilers were continuing to run through the spring and summer months. Catching this will save the College thousands of dollars. Additionally, they installed the new sliding TV’s in 8 classrooms across campus. This saved roughly $8,000 in installation costs that the IT department could then use to buy additional TVs.

January 2019
Christina Eastin
Educational Support Specialist
For seeing Copper Mountain College through a time of transition by covering 1, 2, or 3 jobs at a time.

photo of Jacob Kevari Award star award

March 2019
Jacob Kevari
Dean of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
The Star Award is presented to Jacob for his excellent work in preparing the campus for the accreditation visit while also serving as the Interim CIO.

photos of Cathy Itnyre and Eva Kinsman

May 2019
Cathy Itnyre
Social Sciences Faculty
Nominated by Eva Kinsman:
Cathy has spent hours after her busy work day making and baking dozens of homemade cookies for our female and male basketball teams to enjoy as they travel to each of their away games. Cathy has been a positive and involved faculty member for many years, always going the “extra mile” in support of students and CMC.

photo of Lynda Burns star award

June 2019
Lynda Burns
Sr. Admission & Records Specialist and School Certifying Official for Veterans
Gracie Shadowen recommended Lynda, for collecting funds from multiple faculty and staff for the Bowl-A-Thon which raised money for student scholarships, completing rush and regular transcripts for students while a co-worker was out on leave, making sure Veteran students are on the right path to complete their degree or certificate, trying to make sure every single student she encounters has the correct information and is able to move forward, and supporting other staff by asking about certain issues and taking care of them.

Photo of employee with award

September 2019
Natalia Valdez
Natalia was nominated by Meredith Plummer, Cathy Inscore and Ellen Baird for the excellent quality of her work, her enthusiasm for her job, her beaming smile and warm personality which inspire others to emulate her good cheer.

January 2019
Professor Leann Christiansen
For leadership in the math department, committees, including Basic Skills. Also for her determination to always see projects through to completion, and for reaching beyond silos to ensure good communication.

photo of Summer Grenzow Star Award

April 2019
Summer Grenzow
Student Support Specialist
Summer consistently goes out of her way to help students with whatever they may need to be successful at CMC. For example, Summer frequently uses our lab to help students complete the FAFSA. Her high-touch approach to serving students and her willingness to learn new things is very appreciated.

photo of Cassie Nafziger and Jane Abell

June 2019
Cassie Nafziger
Cassie was recognized by Jane Abell for her role with the Transfer Center and exposing student to various colleges, universities, and cultural outings through college visits and trips. Also for her work in spearheading and coordinating Basic Skills Boot Camp this year.

photo of Gina Bost receiving star award

July 2019
Gina Bost
Office Support Specialist
Nominated by Dr. Heather Gilmore: Gina goes above and beyond. She does it with a smile and never gets bothered when she is feeling overwhelmed. She truly cares about each one of us faculty. I was having a bad day with my disability and she helped me bring my materials for class to my office. Gina has a heart of gold. I’ve never met anyone who truly cares deeply for her co-workers as she considers her family. She shows compassion to so many. I have witnessed her give, give, give, while enjoying doing for others. She is the epitome of the STAR award.

The following individual deserves special recognition for exemplary acts of service on behalf of the students and mission of Copper Mountain College.

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