After 31 years with Oregon State University, Valerie Cooley has finally retired from the OSU ID Center, but those seeking new IDs still see her smiling face as she’s stayed on to help with the transition to new leadership. Her tireless work, extending even beyond her retirement date was honored April 10 by PFLA, who presented Cooley with the “Our Hero” Award.
In her three decades at OSU, she’s handled the tremendous growth of the student body and staff population, helped lead the move from the Memorial Union to Kerr, as well as an organizational move from Student Affairs to Business Affairs, and even tackled the conversion from use of Social Security numbers to generated ID numbers.
“There are probably very few students or faculty in the OSU community that have not been welcomed by you with your warm smile and wealth of knowledge when they arrived at the ID Center,” nominators wrote of Cooley. “You and your small staff have successfully provided 24/7 support for resident students, and employees that use door access cards at all times of the day and night. OSU is definitely a better place as a result of your dedicated and tireless career.”