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Employee Council

EOTM 2011: DECEMBER

Ryan HopkinsRyan Hopkins
Employee of the Month for December 2011

Those nominating Ryan said:

Ryan Hopkins, CWU’s December Employee of the Month, is coordinator for Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) and oversees the Climbing Wall and Challenge Course operations. According to his nominators, “Ryan has consistently served the department and students throughout his seven years with OPR. He selflessly puts students and coworkers first and exemplifies the qualities of a Student Affairs professional. “Since Ryan has joined the recreation team, he has enhanced student-centered programs, including the state-of-the-art Climbing Wall, a learning center that introduces people to climbing; sought and received funding to design, build, and operate the Challenge Course; and has taken Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals from a glorified raft rental outfit to a fully functioning and diverse program that includes outdoor trips, white water and kayaking, training and certifications, upgraded equipment, the Outdoor Adventure Film Series, and the Outdoor Educational Speaker Series that addresses important topics including avalanche survival and water safety. “In all of this, Ryan continues to be innovative and forward thinking. Never one to rest on past success, Ryan is a key component to our department’s ability to reach across perceived barriers and create exciting and new collaborations with our academic colleagues.”