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Outstanding Staff Award

Posted on June 5, 2017

Wendy Lopez
Department of Human Development
Outstanding Staff Award

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Wendy Lopez
Department of Human Development
Outstanding Staff Award

When asked for feedback on the Department of Human Development (HDEV), the many students in the major state that the number one asset in the department is its administrative support coordinator Wendy Lopez. That’s just one reason why she is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award.

An alumna of CSULB, Lopez has worked in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) since 1999 in numerous positions and for HDEV since 2007. Her combination of congeniality and efficiency, collaboration and cooperation, make her a strong asset for the department and the university.

HDEV has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, with the number of full-time faculty more than doubling and the number of declared majors increasing from 200 to more than 800. Despite the numbers, however, “There isn’t a student in the department that Wendy has not met with, advised, and/or counseled at some point during his or her time at CSULB,” according to HDEV Assistant Professor Emily Schryer.

Through it all, Lopez has remained her kind, efficient, gracious, upbeat self. In addition to assisting students and performing her regular duties which include scheduling, budgeting, hiring and event planning, Lopez has also served as a mentor to new CLA staff members.

“Beyond her work ethic and productivity, Wendy’s upbeat attitude is a principal force in maintaining a positive atmosphere in the department. Faculty members unilaterally appreciate her office management and ongoing support. For students she is often the public face of the department,” said Department Chair Carl Fisher. “Wendy’s enthusiasm for her job, and for doing it well, is unparalleled in my experience. I have never known a staff member so deeply woven into the fabric of an academic department.”

In addition to her dedication to work at CSULB, Lopez also finds time to volunteer in her community. Most notable is her work with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, for which she has volunteered for many years with a focus on fundraising for an after-school program.

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