IN THE SPOTLIGHT
People Behind the Scenes
Who keeps our university in top shape? It's the People Behind the Scenes! Meet Erin Frazier, Community Relations manager, University Communications.
What is one thing you would like people to know about the work you do?
What I do is so varied that I’m not sure how to answer the question. I work on everything from CU’s participation in the Colorado Combined Campaign to the campus Events Calendar to visits for middle school students. I guess I would like people to know that I’m open to suggestions. My office has had great opportunities come our way because members of the CU or Boulder community have said, “What if we did this? What if we connect these two different programs, these communities, these ideas?” The great thing about working in Community Relations is I have the privilege of working with programs all across the campus, so even if the suggestion isn’t a good fit for my team I may be able to introduce the right people to the right idea.
Well, speaking of opportunities, I joke that “I started in the mailroom,” when I began my career at CU in what is now Imaging Services. That job gave me the chance to get to know people in every department, every college and school, and learn a lot about all of the programs, series, awards – all of the interesting stuff that happens at CU that people want to put in print. What a great education for the job I have now! CU is filled with these kinds of opportunities, whether you’re making the transition from student to employee, making changes in your career, or furthering your education while you work via the Tuition Waiver benefit. We’re surrounded by mechanisms to help us grow and succeed.
What is your favorite activity/interest outside of work?
One of the reasons I switched to working in Community Relations is that it reflected some of my passions outside of work. I enjoy volunteering with local organizations, though I’ve had to cut down my commitments since the birth of my daughter. I’m still serving on Lafayette’s open space advisory board, and I love being involved in these intrinsic planning issues for my community. Being with my husband and daughter, though, is my very favorite way to spend my time away from CU. (Or at CU, when we come to Folsom Field to cheer on the Buffs!)
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