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Gretchen Anderson

Spring 2013

I am nominating:

     Gretchen Anderson

Years of Service at Cal Poly:



     Admissions and Outreach


Admission Counselor

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

     Gretchen continually displays the highest quality of service to every student she works with. She is thorough in her counseling methods, provides exemplary follow up to both students and staff, and delivers information with the kindness and empathy that every student and family desires.


When Gretchen has completed her workload, she often helps her colleagues without having to be asked.  She sets an example of an employee who is a strong member of the Cal Poly Pomona team and is concerned with the success of the entire team.

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


Gretchen has worked hard to ensure that all students, both prospective and current Cal Poly Pomona students are given every opportunity possible to succeed here on campus through her advisement and student advocacy.  When I am out in the field representing Cal Poly Pomona, Gretchen is my most requested counselor because of her integrity, quality of delivery, and her ability to work well with both parents and students.  Many students return to our office to let her know, and to let ME know the positive impact she has had on their lives and on their ability to make it to and through the college experience.

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


Student-Centered Philosophy






Richness of Diversity

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

Student Centered Philosophy-

Gretchen is always thinking of what is in the best interest of the student.  When she is working with students, she often uncovers “stumbling blocks” that may be affecting the students’ chances of coming to Cal Poly Pomona.  She is one to offer students options for next steps-whether those steps are here at Cal Poly or somewhere else.  Gretchen is fully concerned with student success.

Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:


At times the Admissions Process can be daunting for any professional.  Gretchen is one of the staff members that I have come to rely on in ensuring that processes are running smoothly and identifying potential glitches that could cause a student to be disadvantaged in the process.


I call her “the conscience of the department” and I am extremely pleased to have her on my staff.