Staff Council

Making a Difference Staff Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient will receive $500.

This year’s categories are:

  • Above and Beyond
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Legacy Award
  • Outstanding Leader
  • Rookie Award
  • Serving Others
  • Unsung Hero


All regular full-time and part-time staff are eligible. Award recipients will receive $500, after taxes. Past recipients are not eligible again until five years after their award year and are listed on the Staff Council page.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must be no more than three single-spaced pages. Nominators should prepare a letter that provides specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments. Winners will be chosen based on examples of the category criteria. Nominations are limited to single individuals. No team or group nominations.

Statements of Support Criteria

We recommend nominators collect up to three letters of support from other colleagues, clients and members of the community to strengthen their nomination. Please note – support letters need to be no more than one page each.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards and asks that you follow these steps:

  1. Download the nomination form (individuals only, no team or group nominations)
  2. Create your nomination letter
  3. Collect your statements of support (no more than three letters)
  4. Email all documents as one PDF file


Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 to Jennifer Biekkola (Alumni House) or email the complete nomination packet to

Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered.