Staff Recognition

WE ARE

Nominate staff members for a "We Are!" shoutout in Penn State Today. Find the form and more information about nominations and eligibility here.

POSITIVE PAWS

Staff from all over the Commonwealth can request Positive Paws, branded sticky notes used to encouraged fellow staff members with a short note of thanks, appreciation, or encouragement.

STAFF RECOGNITION AWARDS

The USAC Staff Awards recognize University staff members who go above and beyond their normally assigned job responsibilities, perhaps by resolving a particularly difficult dilemma, being exceptionally creative, or being responsive to the needs of others regardless of status.

 

Information about the Staff Recognition Awards

The University Staff Advisory Council has closed nominations for the 2020-2021 Staff Awards in the areas of morale, leadership and excellence. These nominations, as outlined below, are evaluated on the candidate’s ability to encompass and embody the Penn State Values set forth by the President’s Office.

Eligibility:

  • All full-time staff are eligible.
  • Anyone at the University (staff, faculty and students) may submit a nomination, regardless of level. 
  • Every nomination is considered on its own merit and will be given equal consideration regardless of type or level of staff position held within the university.

AWARDS PURPOSE AND CRITERIA 

Nominators are asked to complete and submit a nomination form along with up to three (3) letters of support and recommendation.  Candidates may be nominated for more than one award; however, they can only receive one award.

Honorees are typically recognized at an Award Ceremony held at Schreyer House, the home of President and Mrs. Eric Barron, in May. However, because of COVID-19 restrictions on in person gatherings, the ceremony will be held virtually this year.

STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Purpose:

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates integrity, respect, and excellence in all aspects of their position.

Criteria:

  • Integrity - Behaves in an honest and ethical manner; demonstrates accountability; identifies problems; gathers facts in order to make ethical decisions.
  • Respect - Embraces an understanding of social norms; embraces all perspectives; shows regard for other’s traditions, abilities and qualities.
  • Responsibility - Demonstrates professionalism; seeks out opportunities for professional development to better understand their role within the organization; works independently.
  • Discovery - Accepting and encouraging creativity and failure when it happens; fosters creativity in problem solving.
  • Excellence - High performing; sees excellence everywhere; takes initiative to make processes/procedures better.
  • Community - Makes outstanding contributions the university community both internally and across other units.

STAFF MORALE AWARD

Purpose:
The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism in order to create a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment for all. 

Criteria:

  • Integrity - Leads with enthusiasm; fosters respectful & cooperative work climate; demonstrates accountability; makes ethical decisions.
  • Respect - Recognizes potential within others; values other’s opinions; practices active listening.
  • Responsibility - Considered trustworthy by peers; acts in an honest, optimistic and ethical manner.
  • Discovery - Encourages people to speak up; encourage creativity. 
  • Excellence - Provides excellent customer service; provide support and guidance to those around them to help make work life better. 
  • Community - Works to create a culture that is safe and inclusive; gets people to coalesce around institutional goals.

STAFF LEADERSHIP AWARD

Purpose:
The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates excellence in leadership and serves as a positive role model for others.

Criteria:

  • Respect - Focuses on the team; listens and learns from others around them; inspires performance; supports others around them.
  • Responsibility - Recognizes natural gifts in team members and works to develop them; works with others to own mistakes and problem solve; demonstrates professionalism.
  • Discovery - Encourages growth among others; creates an environment where failure is part of learning; exhibits resourcefulness.
  • Excellence - Seeks ways to improve methods; practices for the betterment of the unit/college/university; goes above and beyond the job duties to contribute.
  • Community - Establishes relationships both internally and across university units; serves as a mentor; serves on college/dept and/or University committee memberships or service. 

Past Honorees

President Barron Announces Endowment
2019 award recipients were honored at a ceremony and luncheon hosted
by President Eric Barron who initiated a fund to provide a monetary award

for USAC honorees.

2020 Award Honorees

Staff Excellence Award: Deborah Tomazin - Humanities, College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Staff Morale Award: Joan Miller - Division of Undergraduate Studies, Undergraduate Education, University Park

Staff Leadership Award: Kristy Hove - Institutional Planning, Lehigh Valley

2019 Award Honorees

Staff Excellence Award:  Hilleary Himes, Director of Advising, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Staff Morale Award:  Thomas Kell, Laboratory Supervisor, Penn State Harrisburg

Staff Leadership Award:  Jeremy Fisher, Administrative Support Coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture, School of Visual Arts

2018 Award Honorees

Staff Excellence Award:  Corinna H. Fisher, Constituent Programming and Event Officer, College Relations Office, College of Agricultural Sciences

Staff Morale Award: Kristy Bryan, Adviser, World Campus Academic Advising and Student Disability Services

Staff Leadership Award: Jamie Perryman, Administrative Support Coordinator, Stuckeman School

2017 Award Honorees

Maria Rosalba (Alba) Congiu
Senior Financial Analyst, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Cathy Holsing
Director, The Huck Institutes of Life Sciences & Director, Filippelli Institute for e-Education and Outreach

Jill Schulte
Research Project Manager/Team Lead for the Technical Assistance team, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State

2016 Award Recipients

From left to right are Penn State President Eric Barron, Mary Runco, Ann Lalik, Stephanie Chastain, Deborah Sam, and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Basso. Absent from the photo were award winners Allison Shauger and Karen Brewster. 

2015 Award recipients with Susan Basso and President Barron: Caolyn Saona, Karen