CE Staff Member Honored for Making a Difference
We are thrilled to announce Jennifer Burnham, the Special Programs Manager for Continuing Education, received the University’s Marinus Smith Award earlier this month. She was recognized for her work acting as a liaison between the university and an undergraduate international student studying at CU-Boulder for one year as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program.
The nomination, submitted to the CU Boulder Parents’ Association by the student’s father states, “I have to say that Jennifer Burnham is the best. Our student received very good reception and support. Jennifer is an example of professional conduct and humanity.”
Jennifer’s role in Continuing Education is to help nontraditional students navigate complicated processes on campus, such as academic advising and course enrollment, so they can focus on their studies. However, she also acts as a counselor to her students, helping them integrate on campus, balance jobs and extracurricular activities with their academics, and troubleshoot day-to-day challenges, such as roommate conflicts and cultural differences.
While honored by the recognition, Jennifer sees what she did as routine work. “My job is to stand in service to students who often go unsupported. We stand up for them in every possible way so they can succeed,” she said.
With Jennifer’s support and guidance, her student thrived on campus this year and will head home with a wealth of knowledge and positive memories of his time at CU-Boulder.