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Karen Fa'alafua

Fall 2012

I am nominating: Karen Fa'alafua

Years of Service at Cal Poly: 4

Department: Admissions and Outreach, Admissions and Outreach

Position: Admissions Analyst


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

I am nominating Karen, my co worker because of her dedication to her position and the students she assists on a daily basis. Though I am her co worker and not her lead I witness on a daily basis the support she gives to all in the office as well as the students she serves. She has taken on new responsibilities in the last several months and not only does she do it with grace and humor she is always there to assist the analyst with questions never afraid to help get the work done.  I have witnessed first hand how she will champion those she feels have been wronged or not been treated fairly. When asked she is among the leaders in our area always willing to go out of her way to give assistance where needed or to bring a smile to someone who needs it or to lift a spirit that needs lifting.  Please consider her for this award she would wear it with humility and humor are commodities we can never get enough of.


Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies:

Student-Centered Philosophy, Integrity, Passion


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:

She always treats the student with respect whether she is calling them for more information or delivering bad news you can count on Karen to always be respectful and sensitive.  She works with the student appealing their admissions decision and her being tactful and informative are crucial to this position. All the qualities I have mentioned she has in abundance.


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:

If you need the correct answer and the right answer Karen is the one to go to.  In her work she is not always after the quick answer or solution she wants the right answer. Having observed her in meetings taking copious notes and in the office interacting with other staff you know she wants all the information possible to perform her job with excellence.


Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3:

Nobody in the admissions and Outreach section of this University doubts her passion. She speaks up with her views questions and knowledge when appropriate. She is humble but very respected in our office, never boastful and always there with humor that sometimes we desperately are in need of.  There is no doubt she loves her job, respects her  co-workers and students and while at work give them all 120 per cent of her energy.


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

She cannot go anywhere on campus without staff or students stopping and saying hello.  She is known for the enthusiasm she gives to her position everyday.  We all have are strengths and weaknesses but she is there to not only overlook some flaws but be there to strengthen those weaker around her.  Karen in short makes everyone better in our office she builds morale and makes everyone a little better at their job by bringing enthusiasm and a

strong work ethic to all around her.  I have seen her communicate with many other staff in other depts and she definitely gives off the persona of someone student centered with knowledge and enthusiasm.