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Business Affairs Employee Recognition Awards Programs

Celebrating Excellence is Business Affairs' employee recognition program. It is designed to acknowledge those individuals or small teams working in Business Affairs who demonstrate excellence and live the Business Affairs Guiding Principles every day.

We aim to recognize employees who make significant contributions to the division's mission and vision and who help accomplishment the goals of their department, Business Affairs and/or the university.

Program Components

Business Affairs Guiding Principles Collector Cards

The Business Affairs Guiding Principles Collector Cards (GPCC) were created to increase awareness and understanding of BA’s Guiding Principles, while providing a method for recognizing performance that exemplifies them. The cards feature Rowdy acting out each of our five principles.

  • Anyone who has experienced an act of exceptional service that epitomizes our Guiding Principles can nominate an employee who works in Business Affairs.
  • Nominees are people who have provided a service that goes beyond expectations and made a positive impression. These are outstanding actions that result in the delivery of extraordinary Business Affairs services.
  • Nominate an employee to receive a card by communicating by phone or email with that person’s supervisor and explaining what s/he has done to earn a GPCC. Suggest which Guiding Principle was demonstrated in that person’s action. The behavior should go above what is expected from staff.


Learn More: Employee Overview Leadership Overview

Department Recognition Award Programs

Most Business Affairs department heads have their own programs to recognize outstanding staff efforts. These programs are designed to recognize the unique activities and contributions it takes to achieve progress toward their specific missions.

These programs include: Promoting Excellence in Facilities; HR Shining Stars, UTSA PD Annual Awards; RAVES (Campus Services); BRAVO (Financial Affairs)

When individuals are recognized by their departments for their efforts, the department head may submit the recipient as a nominee for the Business Affairs Celebrating Excellence program. The department head will write an endorsement of the nominee(s), explaining the impact of the nominee's actions and how those relate to the Business Affairs Guiding Principles.

Individual Celebrating Excellence Award Nominations

This quarterly award recognizes individuals working in Business Affairs for exemplary performance that reflects on our Guiding Principles: Create, Partner, Respect, Value, Do the right thing!    

Any Business Affairs staff member, director level or below, is eligible for the award. Nominations are submitted to (see below).

Anyone working within or outside of Business Affairs can nominate a Business Affairs employee. Even people who do not work for UTSA can nominate a Business Affairs’ employee for this award. Complete either the online or printed form below. Read more about the nomination process.

Team Celebrating Excellence Recognition

This program acknowledges the outstanding efforts and contributions of staff members working in teams in the Business Affairs Division. These teams have demonstrated the highest levels of customer service and exemplify the Business Affairs guiding principles: Create, Partner, Respect, Value, Do the right thing!    

Anyone working within or outside of the UTSA Business Affairs division can nominate a team comprised primarily of Business Affairs employee. Nominations for candidates should describe how the team went above and beyond to deliver on the project or program goals and/or delivered extraordinary customer service. Complete either the online or printed form below. Read more about the nomination process.


Celebrating Excellence Award Review

The Celebrating Excellence program committee receives several nominees each quarter. The Celebrating Excellence Program Committee, made up of BA employees from several departments, evaluates each nominee package. They then make a recommendation as to which nominee had the largest impact or the best contribution or demonstration of excellence of those submitted that quarter. That nominee is selected to receive the award. Read about the process.

If you are interested in nominating an employee, please complete the paper or online form and include the name of the employee(s), job title(s) and the department(s) where they work, as well as your name, title and how you may be contacted.

Please send a completed printed nomination form via email to or use the online forms:

Nomination Form Individual
Submit Online
Nomination Form Individual
Printable version
Nomination Form Team
Submit Online
Nomination Form Team  
Printable version


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