Employee of the Quarter focuses on helping students succeed

Amanda Allee, assistant dean of students, pauses near the #SmartMoveUCCS rolling billboard, a VW Bug.

Amanda Allee, assistant dean of students, did not hesitate when asked what she likes about working at UCCS.

“The people,” Allee, the second-quarter 2017 Employee of the Quarter, replied. “I know it’s a cliché but it’s true. The people here are where I draw my personal and professional support.”

Examples of her collaborative approach are easy to find. On the eve of opening convocation Aug. 16, Allee got her first disciplinary case for the semester – students smoking pot in a residence hall, a violation of university policy. While the Dean of Students Office will handle the counseling of the involved students, Allee depends on her relationship with residence hall staff to handle the initial response.

“No day is ever the same, that’s for sure,” Allee said. “But, at the heart of it all, I’m always helping students. That’s consistent.”

Sabrina Weinholtz, left, presents Amanda Allee with her Employee of the Quarter award.

Allee joined UCCS nine years ago, working first in the Office of Student Life as a graduate assistant while completing a master’s degree in education. She joined the Dean of Students Office five years ago and recently completed a Ph.D. in education while balancing the demands of a busy office. She continues as a part-time lecturer in the College of Education’s student affairs in higher education program.

While her job requires her to respond to student problems, her efforts to prevent issues drew praise from her supervisor and colleagues. Allee oversees a Respect on Campus program designed to reduce violence against women. She also leads the #SmartMoveUCCS campaign focused on reducing drunk and impaired driving. Allee wrote the initial grant application for the program, now entering its third year, and manages details ranging from ad placements to giveaways designed to encourage students to think before driving impaired. She is also credited with the Clyde’s Cupboard program which provides food to needy students. During Mountain Lion Week, about half of the freshman class will hear from Dean of Students Office staff about topics as alcohol and drug use and sexual violence prevention as well as available campus resources.

“Amanda does not hesitate to take up an opportunity to get involved on campus if the moment presents itself,” Steve Linhart, assistant vice chancellor, Dean of Students Office, said. “Through her active participation in the campus community, Amanda has developed and maintained countless relationships with many students, faculty and staff.”

While Allee’s work week can be all-consuming, she finds time to spoil her dog, Chip, a four-year-old shih-tzu, as well as dabbling in acrylic painting. She also recently began kickboxing, which she described as a “great stress reliever.”

In recognition for her efforts, Allee received a certificate, a day of administrative leave, $100 stipend, three months of free and reserved campus parking and a $40 voucher at the UCCS Bookstore.

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