I am nominating: Sonia Campos
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 16
Department: Athletics, Athletics
Position: Assistant to Director
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?: Sonia has a heart for CPP, the students and community! She is the type of employee any business should fight to keep. Sonia gives 110%, has a huge heart for CPP and is great at helping to keep order throughout the Athletics Department. Sonia is fiscally responsible, yet still keeps an active eye towards spending money when appropriate to get a bigger bang for the buck! Additionally, I have observed Sonia's ability to maintain confidentiality, discern appropriate information to convey and loyalty which are often difficult attributes to find in employees.
Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies: Student-Centered Philosophy, Interconnectedness, Passion
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1: Sonia loves the students and wants to see them succeed. She treats each of them with respect and brings an upbeat, positive energy wherever she is. Sonia has student workers that really enjoy working for her, and she is great at managing them within an environment where the unexpected is the expected.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2: Sonia has been with CPP for over 16 years and is well known throughout the campus. When people speak about Sonia, the words, "oh she's a sweetheart" are not uncommon. Sonia is known as a team player and is always willing to help other departments and does what she can to promote collaboration. For example, with Matt's Run, we were initially advised we didn't have something needed, but Sonia took it upon herself to go the extra step to see if she could locate the item for the committee--and did! In an environment where so many of us are resource short and trying to juggle multiple positions, it is great to work with someone who doesn't settle for second best and puts in that extra effort to help make CPP the great university it is!
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3: Sonia couldn't work the hours she does if she wasn't passionate about her position, CPP, and doing a great job. I have often had to contact Sonia on the weekend for various things at the school for our athletic games--she always answered her phone and with a cheerful attitude helped me out.
In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?: Everything stated above explains Sonia's contribution to CPP. As a former Director/Manager of large private companies (DIRECTV, Disney) that has hired many employees, it becomes obvious as who the performers are--those with great work ethic, passion for their work, and respect and integrity in the way they conduct themselves. Sonia is one of these employees! Sonia is a pleasure to work with and is committed to CPP's success!