News Release| Outstanding Staff 2011; Cal State L.A.

July 5, 2011

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Galyean recognized for unwavering dedication to Cal State L.A.

South Pasadena resident honored as CSULA’s Outstanding Staff

Los Angeles, CA – Recognized for her unwavering dedication to helping students and faculty, Suzanne Galyean (South Pasadena resident) was recently named Cal State L.A.’s 2011 Outstanding Staff Award recipient. Galyean, administrative support coordinator for CSULA’s Department of Communication Studies, was selected from among 31 nominations by colleagues, faculty and students.

Described as “a grand master black belt on GETLA (Golden Eagle Territory web portal), providing any and all assistance to faculty and students far beyond the call of duty,” Galyean has been a staff member at CSULA for 15 years.

As noted in a nomination letter, “This employee makes an outstanding effort to not allow her output to be compromised by the daily steady pattern of endless office distractions, phone calls and foot traffic. She is such an effectively resourceful and reliable independent worker that supervisor’s direction is rarely called for.”

Another praised Galyean as possessing “exemplary skills and the capacity to upgrade, adapt, and increase skills in an effective and timely manner so as to keep pace with changing technologies, policies and procedures.” 

Galyean, who received her master’s degree in Art from CSULA, previously worked in the University’s Department of Technology as an instructional support staff member in photography. While working toward her degree, she also served as a student assistant in the Department of Art and in the former Creative Media Services office on campus.

For her professionalism, thoroughness, efficiency, and personal care, she was named as one of 10 “Distinguished Women” by the University’s Cross Cultural Centers in 2003.

In receiving the Outstanding Staff Award, Galyean said, “I was really surprised with the award.  The phrases read from the nomination could also apply to many other staff [members] who I could not operate without! I guess my particular contribution is the blend of information I acquired during my years as a student, combined with the training and contacts I’ve made as an employee.”

In addition to monitoring faculty and student services and coordinating events and lectures within her department, Galyean offers assistance at satellite ceremonies and receptions at Honors Convocation and Commencement almost every year.

At the annual Staff Awards Ceremony, Galyean was presented season passes to the Luckman Theatre, a cashier’s check from the CSULA Federal Credit Union, and a designated parking space on campus.

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