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Staff awards nomination deadline is Friday

(April 19, 2004)--It's time once again for UTSA staff members to submit nominations for the UTSA Staff Excellence Awards. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. April 23.

"I encourage supervisors and managers to take the time to nominate those staff members who you believe are deserving of this recognition and honor," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

The goal of the Staff Excellence Awards is to honor outstanding UTSA staff across the tri-campuses who demonstrate excellent work performance.

Five Staff Excellence Awards will be presented for emerging leadership, dynamic leadership, teamwork, extraordinary initiative and overall excellence. Read descriptions of the awards below. Download the nomination form (Word document).

The awards are:

  • The Rising Star Award
  • The Leadership Award
  • The Team Spirit Award
  • The Extra-Mile Award
  • The Order of the Roadrunner Award

A monetary award of $1,000 will accompany each Staff Excellence Award.

This year's ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 28 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02). The ceremony will include employee service awards and recognition of last year's retirees.

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UTSA Staff Excellence Awards Descriptions

  • The Rising Star Award
    The Rising Star Award will be awarded to a newcomer who has less than three years of service with the University and who has made significant contributions throughout the year to his or her area, or to the university community. This individual has innovative ideas and has made creative contributions. They have a demonstrated record of improvement, have progressed through cooperation, taken initiative, are self-directed and have a take-charge attitude. This talented employee has volunteered to assist when and where needed. Individuals recognized in this category are considered emerging leaders within the university community.
  • The Leadership Award
    The Leadership Award will be given to a staff member who has demonstrated strong leadership skills throughout the year, has served as a role model for his or her colleagues and has promoted the university's goals through actions and job performance. Other qualities include: leading by example and having a positive influence with their peers and the department. This nominee has made presentations, served on committees and volunteered for campus activities. This award seeks to promote and encourage commitment to UTSA and its goals at all levels.
  • The Team Spirit Award
    The Team Spirit Award will be awarded to an individual or group* who has fostered cooperation with fellow employees internal and/or external to their department. This individual's actions have had an impact or benefit to UTSA and the community. This nominee has managed a team effort and contributed to the morale of the work group. Other qualities to look for include accepting responsibility and demonstrating a positive, can-do attitude. The award recognizes the value of collaboration in meeting the needs of the UTSA community.
    *Recipient(s) of this award may be either an individual or a group of individuals.
  • The Extra-Mile Award
    The Extra Mile Award will be bestowed upon an individual who has taken the initiative to contribute to the success of UTSA through his or her outstanding contributions at work. They see and understand the big picture; they are flexible, exhibit motivation and accept responsibility. This individual has improved the efficiency of the department through creativity and innovation. They have tackled a problem and looked for a solution. This award recognizes an individual who has set an example by leading the way.
  • The Order of the Roadrunner Award
    The Order of the Roadrunner Award will be given to an individual who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to UTSA and the achievement of its goals through his or her actions throughout the year. This is the highest honor that a UTSA staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the UTSA community. This individual has improved their work environment by increasing productivity and/or efficiency. They have motivated co-workers to do their best and instilled pride in UTSA. They are service oriented; they display extraordinary creativity and innovation. This leader is reliable, dedicated and committed to the UTSA goals, and they set and meet their own goals.

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