CU Can-Do Award


The CU Can-Do Award recognizes teams across CU Denver, including consolidated units that serve both Denver and Anschutz, for their demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. CU Denver employees have great ideas every day that not only save the University time and money, but also improve student, staff and faculty experiences, making CU Denver a place where people want to work and learn.

CU Denver faculty and staff are invited to nominate a departmental team or a cross-functional project team that fully implemented innovations within the last six months to enhance University performance by creating efficiencies, improving customer service, or otherwise making CU Denver work better. Let's recognize CU Denver teams for having a CU Can-Do attitude, for seeing an opportunity for positive change and working together to action.

Group that received the inaugural CU Can-Do Award
The Office of the Registrar received the inaugural CU Can-Do Award on April 30, 2019

Selection Process

The selection committee will be a rotating group of diverse individuals representing various units across campus. The committee will review nominations every few months on a rolling basis to select one or more winners. The exact number and frequency of awards will depend on the number and quality of the nominations; however, we anticipate making the award at least four times per year.

FY21 Selection Committee:

  • Erica Manuel, Bursar’s Office
  • David Fassnacht, Office of the Registrar
  • Kaylene McCrum, Human Resources
  • Kodi Saylor, Auraria Library
  • Sarah Buller, Office of Strategic Impact


Winning teams will be surprised with a POP UP PARTY by the Chancellor and/or Provost and presented with a certificate and the CU Can-Do Award, a traveling trophy that each winning team will cherish, embellish and pass on to the next winner. Winners of the CU Can-Do Award may also be entered to win a CU Innovation & Efficiency Award, which are presented annually by the CU System.

Nomination form

Previous Winners

  • Office of the Registrar
  • Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • Human Resources
  • Safe Return Team