2020 Ablaze Award Winners

The university’s employee awards program was created in 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of the university’s faculty and staff in a variety of areas including teaching, research, and service to others.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the April 15 awards ceremony; however, the university created a memorable video recognizing employees for their extraordinary contributions to the University.

Ablaze 2020 Awards
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Award Recipients

Phoenix Spirit Award
Jake Morrow
Curriculum and Assessment Manager

Exemplary Service to Others Award
Jorge Velazquez
Maintenance Technician

Mary Vollaro
Associate Professor and Mechanical Engineering Department chair

Exemplary Service to Others Award
Academic Technology and Support Services Department

Award for Excellence in Teaching
Reinaldo Sanchez-Arias
Assistant Professor of Data Science and Business Analytics

Award for Excellence in Research
Grisselle Centeno
Professor of Data Science and Business Analytics

Pinnacle Award
David Calhoun
Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Safety Services