STAFF RECOGNITION AWARD 2017CAP | CAP Sep 17, 2018
Mike Harring, information technology manager for the College of Architecture and Planning, has been named outstanding staff member for 2017. He was nominated by three students, a staff member, and the urban and regional planning faculty, who wrote: “Our primary reason for nominating Mike Harring is to formally acknowledge the excellence of his work in the College, as well as his amiable and patient approach. Faculty and students in our department depend on Mike's expertise to carry out every part of our work - from the smallest AV problem to the most complex technical task. There are two main ways in which Mike shines: (1) Mike is excellent at his job. Our College's computer labs, plotters, classroom AV systems, and faculty computers are reliable and because they are reliable, they serve everyone, in big and small ways, every day. (2) Mike is a patient problem-solver and a pleasure to work with. He runs a complex, buggy system that would drive most people up the wall, yet he is always professional.”
Nominators noted Mike’s professionalism, helpfulness, calm, patience, friendliness, good humor, willingness to help, and sensitivity to sleep-deprived people who are stressed. Comments included:
- “He stays late, making time for students even though it interrupts his work…and always doing so kindly and professionally.”
- “He handles a sizable inventory of IT assets for the college in an extremely competent and professional manner. His student staff is always well trained, responsive and knowledgeable per Mike’s leadership.”
- “He makes the CAP computer lab feel like a community center and asset where you can get help, access great services, and comfortably ask questions and learn.”
Leo Darnell, assistant dean of academic services and extended studies, serves on the board of directors for the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado. Founded in 1994, the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually. Visit the ACE Mentor Program website for more information.
Liz Marsh, academic advisor and CAP special initiatives coordinator, is a columnist for the Colorado Daily. Read her column "Under the Influence" every other week.