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Alexis Barnagian

Winter 2013

I am nominating: Alexis Barnagian

Years of Service at Cal Poly: 6

Department: Intercollegiate Athletics

Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer


Why are you nominating this person?  Why do you think he/she deserves the award?

I have had the privilege of working with Alexis the last four plus years and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the STAR Award.   While many throughout campus my not know specifically what Alexis does, all those in Athletics know she is one of the most integral pieces of our operation.  Alexis spends countless hours in the training room caring for student-athletes.   Our training room is the heart and soul of athletics.  Our trainers spend more time with student-athletes than any other facet of our department and I feel extremely fortunate to have someone as passionate and caring as Alexis taking care of our student-athletes day in and day out.  Alexis exemplifies the best that Cal Poly Pomona has to offer.  She is tireless in her love for student-athletes, she doesn’t know what it means to punch a time clock and most important she is looked upon as a friend to many in our department.   She is truly an unsung hero and deserves nothing better than to get recognition for her hard-work on behalf of our coaches, staff and student-athletes. 


In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?

Alexis understands Cal Poly Pomona and the campus community.  Alexis was a volleyball student-athlete at Cal Poly and a 1997 graduate.  She has worked at Cal Poly on two different occasions.  When she returned to Cal Poly in the Fall 2008 after five years working at Division I University of Nevada Reno, she did so with the knowledge and understanding of what Cal Poly Pomona is all about.  Her love and passion for the University has helped contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona community in several ways.  She maintains many relationships with former alumni and helps bridge the gap between players who have played in the past and those who wear the Cal Poly Pomona uniform today.  Additionally, Alexis understands the tradition and success of Cal Poly Pomona athletics and she strives each day to ensure that student athletes are in the best physical shape to continue to achieve that success.   Everyone in our department loves Alexis, this includes our coaches.  Alexis has that rare gift of knowing how to relate to many different people on campus, including the health center, coaches, and administrators all with the goal of providing the best care possible to our student-athletes.  Alexis is a team player and is always willing to step up wherever needed and a significant contributor not just to our department but the university as a whole.


Please select 2 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your best exemplifies:

Student-Centered Philosophy, Passion


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1: Student-Centered Philosophy

There is no doubt that the value Alexis best exemplifies is student-centered.    The health, well-being and success of student-athletes are what drive Alexis.   She spends countless hours in the training room, on the court/fields, ensuring that our student-athletes are able to perform at their highest level.  While Alexis cares tremendously about the physical ailments of our student-athletes, what truly sets her apart is her overall care for the student-athlete as a whole.  Alexis’s genuine concern for the overall mental and physical health and well-being of our student-athletes has proven to be a tremendous asset to our department. While I can continue to praise Alexis for her excellence and dedication on the behalf of our students it is really our student-athletes who can best describe what Alexis means to them.   In recent student athlete evaluations conducted at the end of the fall term our student athletes had this to say about Alexis and the training room.  “Great! Very helpful.  Not only for injuries but for emotional stress!” “Alexis is absolutely fantastic.” “Wonderful training staff.  Amazing group of people who are always will to help.”  Without a doubt our student-athletes recognize that Alexis is working for them both on and off the fields of play. 


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2: Passion

Alexis is passionate about her work and takes tremendous pride in helping student-athletes recover from injuries so that they can get back on the court/field.   I would say that Alexis sees each injury as a challenge that she is going to meet head on to make certain that student-athletes can get back out to contribute to his/her team.  I saw this first hand last year with our baseball pitching staff.  She took so much time and care with our pitchers and you could see her passion and level of commitment to ensure these students were back out on the mound.  This kind of dedication and passion is exemplified every day and is visible by our coaches.  Our coaches have commented several times on how fortunate they feel to have Alexis working on their belief.  Alexis understands the big picture in terms of athletic injuries and her passion and drive to get student-athletes back to competition is what fuels her every day.