Month: July 2018


Residence Life Professional Staff of the Month

School: Colorado State University Region: IACURH
Nominee: Ginny Durakovich Nominator: Mustafa Anwar

On-Campus Population: 6039 Chapter Size: 30

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Earlier this month, I made the hardest transition of my life by moving to Colorado State University to work for University Housing as an Assistant Residence Director (ARD) for Edwards Hall, our 415-co-ed, residence hall comprising leadership, study intensive, and two academic learning communities. This transition challenged me in more ways than one, but I don’t think I could have gotten through it without the support of my newest supervisor.

Ginny Durakovich is the Residence Director (RD) here at Colorado State for Edwards Hall, and I have been blessed to call her my direct supervisor. Since meeting Ginny, I found myself more supported than I could’ve possibly imagine. She has taken this month to make sure I am doing okay, checking in frequently on my mental health, as well as advocating for my selfcare for my cohort as new paraprofessionals. She has also taken time out of her schedule to help me grow accustomed to Fort Collins, CO, something I was struggling with when I arrived. Through our conversations and dialogue, I found extraordinary support from Ginny.

While maintaining her responsibilities as a CSU RD, Ginny also serves as the Co-Chair for the Student Staff Training Committee. This past month, Ginny has worked incredibly hard to finalize all preparations for the student staff two-week training that will begin at the end of July. Other staff members in University Housing have noticed this and could not be more grateful.

Shirl Portillos, one of CSU’s Assistant Directors for Community Development in University Housing, Ginny’s direct supervisor, shared, “While there are a lot of folx who serve as a chair or co-chair for student staff training, Ginny has had the unique challenge of creating and implementing student staff training as we merge our Residence Life and Apartment Life departments into one department called University Housing. Ginny has introduced our staff to new communication methods in order to delegate student staff training responsibilities and provide everyone with up to date training information. Ginny also worked with our returning student staff to provide them a professional development opportunity through co-presenting with professional and graduate staff during student staff training.”

Jacque Summers, another CSU RD, shared, “She has been incredibly patient and overly helpful answering questions and accommodating the needs of 18 different staffs. She has stepped up to educate herself at ACUHO-I regarding how she can continue to make the training experience for our students a better one.”

Lauren Schulman, CSU’s Coordinator for Selection, Training, and Development, shared, “Through a roller coaster of student staff training planning, Ginny has been optimistic, open-minded, and ready to try new things. She has been innovative and incorporated her own voice whenever she could, ensuring student staff were front of mind. Her work has a huge and positive impact on those around her!”

Finally, Stephanie Zee, CSU’s Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion shared, “Ginny has done an amazing job organizing and keeping people in the loop for student staff training, which is not an easy task when she has her own job responsibilities to consider as well.”

As her direct supervisee, I could not be more impressed and grateful for the time and dedication Ginny has given to me, our department, our future student staff members, and herself this past month of July. She has truly cultivated a future for Colorado State University Housing. It brings me both great honor and pleasure to nominate Ginny Durakovich for the National Residence Hall Honorary’s July Residence Life Professional Staff of the Month Award.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-07-28 11:16:19

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