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Staff Recognition

Staff Recognition Awards Guidelines and Nomination Information


LSA Annual Staff
Achievement Awards Program

The College of Literature, Science and the Arts established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of the College. The program provides LSA with another opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year.  Three types of achievement-based awards will be presented in January 2016.

 

Robin Sarris Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Robin Sarris retired from the LSA Dean’s Office in 2015, after over 30 years of service to the University. This award was renamed after Robin Sarris to recognize her significant contributions to the University, and to the College. The award is presented to an individual staff member (regardless of length of service) involved in any area of staff work who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.

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Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Kay Beattie retired from the LSA Dean’s Office in 2007, after 40 years of service to the University. This award was established in her honor by former Dean Terry McDonald. Presented to an employee with more than 15 years of service at the University who has exhibited progressive career advancement, taking on increasing levels of responsibility with a significant portion of his/her career in LSA

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Outstanding Staff Team Award

Presented to two or more staff members who function as a team and who have taken on time-limited projects.

 

 

Eligibility

Any LSA employee with a job title in the Career Family Classification System for staff is eligible to receive these awards. Temporary employees, students, and faculty are not eligible for consideration. Please note: an employee is unable to receive the same achievement award twice unless they are a member of a team.  In that case, they will receive a certificate but no monetary award. Eligibility questions should be addressed to LSA HR. Selection of the recipients will be based on the information provided as part of the nomination process.

 

Nomination Process

Nominations are collected in two phases.  The initial call for nominations will require completion of a nomination questionnaire.  The Selection Committee will review all nomination questionnaires, and will then ask for letters of recommendation for only the top candidates.  As in previous years, all nomination materials will remain confidential.  All nominees must be in good standing in the College and have received satisfactory performance reviews.  Nominees must be in an active status when the nominations close.

Criteria

When reviewing nominations, the Selection Committee will look for examples of sustained excellence and strong performance. Consideration will be given to nominees who have made significant contributions or possess special qualities and attributes as outlined below.

Robin Sarris Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Outstanding Staff Team Award

Demonstrated unusual initiative or creativity; offered a novel problem resolution

Must have more than 15 years of service at the University and have exhibited progressive career advancement, taking on increasing levels of responsibility, sustaining noteworthy performance throughout their career

Actively pooled skills, talents and knowledge, with evidence of each member’s contributions and mutual support of each other

Developed innovations that improve work processes and are cost-conscious

Showed willingness to help others achieve their goals

Has evidence of benefits accrued from team’s or work group’s efforts

Showed willingness to help others achieve their goals

Exercised outstanding supervisory or mentoring skills; facilitating the success of others.

Tackled a project or assignment larger than its members’ individual job descriptions

Exercised outstanding supervisory or mentoring skills; facilitated the success of others

Exhibited strong work qualities such as dependability, patience and commitment

Developed innovations that improve work processes and are cost-conscious

Exhibited strong work qualities such as dependability, patience and commitment

Demonstrated a willingness to take on new and/or additional tasks; pitched in when needed

Showed willingness to help others achieve their goals

Demonstrated a willingness to take on new and/or additional tasks; pitched in when needed

Fostered collaboration and cooperation among colleagues

Exhibited strong work qualities such as dependability, patience and commitment

Fostered collaboration and cooperation among colleagues

Demonstrated exemplary citizenship within the College

Demonstrated a willingness to take on new and/or additional tasks; pitched in when needed

Extended extra effort to help others, especially students

Candidates must have sustained outstanding performance evidenced by a history of positive performance reviews.

Nominations for this award must include a statement signed by the Key Administrator or Director/Chair attesting to his/her outstanding performance for the previous 5 years.  This will be verified by LSA-HR.

Fostered collaboration and cooperation among colleagues

Demonstrated exemplary citizenship within the College

Demonstrated unusual initiative or creativity; offered a novel problem resolution

Demonstrated exemplary citizenship within the College

Candidates must have sustained outstanding performance evidenced by a history of positive performance reviews.

Candidates must have sustained outstanding performance evidenced by a history of positive performance reviews.


What the Award Recipients Will Receive

Robin Sarris Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Outstanding Staff Team Award

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

A team cash award (amount based on team size)

Framed certificate for the individual and their department.

Framed certificate for the individual and their department.

Framed certificate for each member of the team and their department.

Recognition at LSA staff recognition event.*

Recognition at LSA staff recognition event.*

Recognition at LSA staff recognition event.*

* The January 2016 LSA Staff Recognition event will also honor employees receiving University Staff Service Awards (for 10, 20, 30, 40+ years of service) by the end of the current 2015 calendar year; individuals who have retired during 2015; and, Staff Spotlight winners over the past year.

 

Nomination Guidelines

All members of the LSA community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are invited to submit nominations for an individual or a staff work group/team working in LSA. (see eligibility criteria)

2015 Selection Committee is comprised of a subcommittee of a member of the LSA HR Council, a supervisor from within LSA, a representative from LSA HR, a representative from University HR, and an administrator from a unit outside of LSA.  The Committee will submit its recommendations to the LSA Dean and the Administrative Director in the Dean’s Office for final approval. Members of the Selection Committee, the Dean, and the Administrative Director are precluded from submitting nominations or letters of support.

Complete the information requested on the nomination form, as well as the questionnaire appropriate for the award.  Letters of support will be requested of only the top nominees in each category.  If requested, each nomination must include a minimum of four (maximum of nine) letters of support. 

Helpful Tips

If you know staff members who perform their jobs in an exemplary manner or work groups/teams that are highly productive and effective, please nominate them for an award. In completing the nomination questionnaire, please:

  • Be specific–give examples and the details of what your candidate or team/work group has done that meets the selection criteria. Every candidate will not exhibit all of the award-winning characteristics, but you should show how your candidate has many of them.
  • Avoid general statements such as: “the nominee has a pleasant personality,” “the nominee is a seasoned professional,” or “the nominee is always helpful.”
  • Include as much qualitative and quantitative information as you can about the nominee’s work and contributions on behalf of the unit/College.
  • If you are nominating a team or work group, be sure to list all members and describe how they work collaboratively for the benefit of the unit/LSA. The nomination statement should explain the importance of team effort to the group’s overall success.

Deadline: The nomination questionnaire must be received no later than October 30, 2015.  Letters of support will be requested for the top candidates in each category, and will be due by November 20, 2015.

The nomination questionnaire is a google form, and may be accessed at the LSA HR website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/facstaff/hr/staffachievement/staffrecognition

Letters of support, upon request, are submitted to:

LSA Staff Awards Selection Committee c/o Kimberly Lewandowski
2120 LSA
500 S. State Street
48109-1382

2015 LSA Staff Recognition Awards

Robin Sarris Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Mark Montague
Research Computing Consultant
LSA Information Technology

Finalists

Ronda Abrigo, Economics
Melissa Eljamal, Organizational Studies
Talisha Winston, Linguistics

 

Outstanding Staff Team Award


LSA Internship Program:

Ben Anderson, Employer Development and Outreach Manager
Rachael Criso, Assistant Director
Elizabeth Pariano, Associate Director

 

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award


Claire Sandler
Director
Science Learning Center

2015 Staff Recognition Awards Program

2014 LSA Staff Recognition Awards

Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Brian Wallace
Student Academic Affairs Manager
Department of Psychology

Outstanding Staff Team Award

Museum of Zoology:
Janet Hinshaw
, Collection Manager (Birds)
Taehwan Lee, Collection Manager (Mollusks) and Assistant Research Scientist
John Megahan, Biological Illustrator
Robbin Murrell, Administrative Specialist
Doug Nelson, Collection Manager (Fishes)
Mark O’Brien, Collection Manager (Insects)
Greg Schneider, Collection Manager (Amphibian & Reptiles)
Cody Thompson, Collection Manager (Mammals) and Assistant Research Scientist

Finalist

Faculty, Lab and Research Faculty Websites:

Ryan Bankston, Senior Systems Administrator, LSA IT
Jessica Darga, Web Content Coordinator, LSA DMC
Josh Simon, Senior Systems Administrator, LSA IT

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award


Jennifer Myers
Director of Academic Services
Residential College

Finalist

Linda Shultes, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Pihlosophy

 

2014 Staff Recognition Awards Program

2013 LSA Staff Recognition Awards

Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Julie Evershed
Language Resource Center

Finalists
Shannon Murphy
, Astronomy
Wayne High
, Afroamerican and African Studies

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Christine Betz Bolang
Physics

Finalist
Faye Portis
, Afroamerican and African Studies

Outstanding Staff Team Award

Nancy Harris
Comparative Literature
and
Anne Hudon
Earth & Environmental Sciences

New Student Orientation Committee, Student Academic Affairs:
Carmela Brown
Margaret Elias
Begoña Garcia
Robert Gordon
Mark Guevara
Marsha Pumroy
Dawn Stupak
Erin Trame
Jessica White

    
Finalists

Science Learning Center Team:
Kelley Emerson
Katie Koch
Barb Oliver
Susan Rinaldi
Joe Salvatore
Claire Sandler

IT Collaboration & Innovation Award

Nancy Herlocher
LSA IT

Kristina Sarrica
LSA IT

Staff Recognition Event Photographer: Dale Austin, Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

2013 Staff Recognition Event Program

2012 LSA Staff Recognition Awards

Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Warren Smith
Physics

Finalists
Sarah Hallum
, Anthropology
Christopher Luebbe
, Student Academic Affairs

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Marlene Moore
American Culture

Finalist
Lorna Altstetter
, History

Outstanding Staff Team Award

Academic Auditors Office, Student Academic Affairs:
Cindy Bourland
Kathryn Cardenas
Lana Naqshbandi
Jo Sousa
Melissa Thompson

IT Collaboration & Innovation Award

Kyle Kwaiser
Biological Station

 

2012 Staff Recognition Awards Program

2011 LSA Staff Recognition Awards

Outstanding Individual Employee Award

Lynne Crandall
Instructional Support Services

Kay Beattie Distinguished Service Award

Virginia Reese
Student Academic Affairs

Outstanding Staff Team Award

English Language and Literature:
Jennifer Catey
Karena Huff
Katherine Teasdale

IT Collaboration & Innovation Award

Center for Global and Intercultural Study Team:
Pardip Bolina
Christopher Klimowicz
Elizabeth Mekaru
Linda Popovic
Sha' Duncan Smith

 

2011 Staff Recognition Awards Program