Staff award nomination
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
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
Henry said the awards help UH maintain
"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 www.uh.edu/admin/hr/.