Friday, February 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 93



Staff award nomination deadline extended

Nominations accepted until Feb. 16

By Brandon Moeller
Daily Cougar Staff

Benefits-eligible UH staff members can still receive nominations from their fellow co-workers, faculty and students for the University's Staff Excellence Awards.

The deadline for the nominations has been extended through Feb. 16.

The awards given each year recognize those non-teaching employees who strive to perform outstandingly for the University beyond the requirements of their job.

Employees who have previously won a Staff Excellence Award are eligible to be in the running for the C.F. McElhinney Distinguished Service Award. It is the highest award attainable for staff members; winners receive a plaque and $2,500.

The six Staff Excellence Award winners will be honored at the award ceremony and luncheon at Lynn Eusan Park on May 22 and will receive a commemorative certificate along with $1,000.

All regular full-time non-teaching employees with at least three years of University service are eligible for nomination, regardless of job classification or level.

Linda Biddle, a representative in the UH office of Human Resources, said the office has only received a handful of nominations so far, but usually receives 40 to 50 nominations a year.

"Anytime you recognize an employee, it's an incentive for them," Biddle said. 

After the nominations have been gathered, an anonymous committee appointed by UH President Arthur K. Smith chooses six Staff Excellence Award winners and one McElhinney Award winner, Biddle said.

Last year's McElhinney Award winner was Gerald Davenport, director of the Cooperative Education Program in the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

Last year, staff awards went to Nancy Clark (Donor Relations director from the Office of Development), Paul Edwards (Facilities Management lead locksmith), Charles Henry (business administrator for the College of Pharmacy), Sandra Jackson (secretary from the UH Law Center) David Potts of University Media, and Barbara Ward, receptionist from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

Potts no longer works for the University.

Ward, who has been at the University for more than 23 years, considers the award a high point of last year.

"To receive that after working so hard is an honor," Ward said. "It encourages not only you, but all the people who work in the office around you. Everyone in my office was involved in the nomination process and we all went to the luncheon and had a great time together." 

Henry said the awards help UH maintain its excellence.

"It is one of the greatest honors I've ever received," Henry said. "It inspires those persons who show commitment and shows the University appreciates them. It helps the staff members continue to strive for excellence at the University."

Applications are available online at the Human Resources main page, at

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