Nancy Sampson Named 2016-17 Unsung Hero

Aug. 24, 2017

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DENVER - University of Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes reviewed the 2016-17 highlights and set goals for 2017-18 in her 14th Annual Divisional Address in the Gottesfeld Room of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness on Wednesday. 

Former Faculty Athletic Representative Nancy Sampson was also named the third recipient of the prestigious Unsung Hero Award, presented to the staff member who most influences the organization behind the scenes with a positive attitude, commits true willingness to help whenever needed, sets a leadership example based on a strong work ethic and demonstrates a continuous commitment to excellence.  



"The Unsung Hero is our Division's highest honor and Nancy Sampson is certainly deserving of this recognition," Bradley-Doppes said. "Dr. Nancy Sampson has been a great ambassador for our university and has really contributed to the caring culture we have here at DU. Nancy continually goes way beyond the call of duty in proctoring exams, providing guidance and counseling and making delicious homemade treats for our teams, coaches and staff. She is a caring, compassionate advisor who has helped with everything from advising our incoming students to assisting with our DU graduations. Nancy's love and passion for her DU students, fellow faculty, university staff and DU alumni is incredible. Nancy Sampson is a true example of what makes DU so special." 

Sampson has been helping student-athletes succeed academically and professionally for 45 years since joining the DU business faculty in 1972.  She earned her B.S.B.A. and M.S.B.A. degrees in business administration from DU in 1965 and 1966, respectively, and her doctorate in business administration from Oklahoma in 1971. 

The DU athletics supporter is one of the most visible faculty members on campus. When not teaching, Sampson was attending numerous committee meetings, athletics events or student productions. Sampson was active for 20 years as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and reviews the grades and progress of every individual student-athlete every quarter to ensure their success. The DU alumna also attended many national and conference-level meetings to maintain Denver as a leader by doing things the right way. 

Bradley-Doppes thanked Sampson for her tireless effort to write letters of recommendation, whether for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, athletic conference awards, University awards or even job recommendations. Sampson is also known for her tradition when every new little Pioneer is born into the Division of Athletics and Recreation, they are a lucky recipient of their own blanket. DU's former Faculty Athletic Rep. lovingly personalizes these blankets for each child, a caring act that has touched the lives of so many people for so many years. 

Bradley-Doppes shared her annual report card during her address, recapping a 2016-17 campaign that saw Denver reach new heights with a ninth I-AAA Directors' Cup in the last 10 years, a program-best 35th-place finish in the overall Directors' Cup and a fifth-place men's finish in the Capital One Cup Standings for the second time in three seasons. 

The University of Denver officially began the 2017-18 campaign last Friday with a women's soccer 1-0 win over Air Force. DU's men's soccer and volleyball programs will begin their 2017-18 seasons this weekend.  


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