Tina Collins knew something was up when her co-workers were acting a little suspicious. They told her they had a meeting with the chancellor about the Colorado Combined Campaign and they were acting nervous. Collins didn’t think they could be in trouble.
Far from it.
When Collins entered the Chancellor’s Meeting Room on Halloween, she was ambushed – with good news: She was the Employee of the Quarter.
Collins is the assistant to the dean of students. That translates to a woman who wears many hats – a jill of all trades, if you will.
In addition to the duties of running the Dean of Students office, which includes working with the budget, keeping Tamara Moore’s schedule and constant interaction with students who come into the office, she helps coordinate the Reach Your Peak fundraising event, she supports the faculty assembly and works on committees such as the Colorado Combined Campaign.
“What I love about my job is the diversity,” Collins said. “I’m not doing the same tired thing every day.”
“She is one of those amazing individuals who always appears to be relaxed, unhurried, and calm while maintaining an extremely busy and active schedule both on- and off-campus,” wrote Diana Cook, executive assistant to the vice chancellor of student success, in her nomination.
Cook wasn’t alone in her support of Collins – five letters accompanied her nomination. Here are some highlights:
“Although I appreciate all of her professional qualities, I most appreciate Tina’s willingness to help faculty, staff and students, her honesty, and her great sense of humor. She accomplishes a great deal, has fun doing it and has the respect and admiration of her friends and colleagues,” wrote Moore.
“While working in the Office of the Dean of Students is a stressful situation, she continually exhibits a positive and caring attitude toward students, staff, visitors and parents, ” wrote former dean of students Robert Wonnett.
“She epitomizes the true spirit of teamwork and her caring, helpful attitude represents this campus well to all,” wrote Maurin Anderson, vice president, University of Colorado Foundation.
“In many ways, Tina is the perfect employee. She has a great attitude, is a hard worker, and has a strong work ethic. Tina produces quality work, she is professional in her demeanor, yet she will be persistent and will challenge others as she performs her tasks,” wrote Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement.
“Tina is a hard worker who puts all that she has into any challenge that is handed to her, not only in the office of the dean, but whenever anyone needs help,” wrote Diane Alberico, director, Property, Space & Leases, and executive assistant to the vice chancellor for administration and finance.
For someone who gives so much at work, her time away from the office is spent on quieter pursuits. Collins likes reading and is part of a campus book club that meets once a month. “Life of Pi” was the most memorable book she’s read. The latest selection the group is reading is “Chang and Eng,” a fictional account of conjoined twins who were born in the early 1800s. She also enjoys hiking and camping with her husband of 26 years, Dale.
Before coming to UCCS five years ago, Collins was a travel agent. Her favorite trip so far was for her 25th wedding anniversary to Bora Bora. Though she’s looking forward to a trip for an undisclosed upcoming birthday – she and some girlfriends are planning a walking tour of Italy.
“We’ll walk off all the calories we eat,” she says.