Nomination deadlines extended for 2012 SMU staff awards

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award

Nomination deadlines extended for 2012 SMU staff awards

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

This post was originally published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

The nomination deadlines for SMU’s 2012 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award have been extended for one week. Nominations for all awards will now be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

The Presidential Staff Recognition Awards “recognize the contribution and excellence of staff employees to SMU,” and the nomination and selection process is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

The awards include $1,000 cash prizes, and each carries unique criteria:

  • New Employee Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with SMU for 1 to 3 consecutive years.
  • Continuing Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with the University for 4 or more consecutive years.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, given to a staff member who supervises 1 or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”
  • Innovation Award, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

The Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award is presented by the SMU Staff Association to permanent full-time employees “who have exemplified the qualities and characteristics of Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins as a member of the University community by demonstrating integrity, productivity and devotion to SMU and family.” The award was endowed by Dallas E. Hawkins II to honor his mother and her life as well as to benefit the university she served as a staff member from 1924 to 1961.

Hawkins Award nominees must have been permanent, full-time SMU staff employees for at least 5 five years as of the month of the nomination deadline and be in good standing with the University. The award includes a cash prize of $1,500.

Students, supervisors, employees, co-workers and colleagues are welcome to submit nominations for all awards. Honorees will be named at the 2013 Staff Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Send Presidential Staff Recognition Award nominations to SMU Human Resources, to the attention of Rebecca Sampson, SMU Box 232. Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award nominations may be sent to Staff Association President Abigail Smith, SMU Box 335. Mark all nomination materials confidential.

> Download Presidential Award criteria and nomination forms from SMU Human Resources
> Find Loretta Hawkins Award criteria and nomination forms at the Staff Association homepage

December 17, 2012|News, Save the Date|

Five staff members receive awards at 2012 Recognition Ceremony

SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Cyndi Heath, Cindy Gautreaux, Patricia Ann LaSalle, Niraj Bhagat and Tommy Newton at the 2012 Staff Recognition CeremonyFour exceptional SMU staff members received 2011 President’s Staff Recognition Awards during the 2012 Staff Recognition Ceremony in McFarlin Auditorium. The honors recognize individuals who have shown outstanding performance, commitment, and ability.

In addition, the Staff Association presented the 2011 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award to Tommy Newton, director of recruiting in Meadows School of the Arts. The award was endowed in 2005 by Loretta’s son, Dallas E. Hawkins II, to recognize and reward outstanding performance among University employees.

This year’s President’s Award recipients are:

  • Cyndi Heath, certified medical assistant in the Memorial Health Center, received the President’s Award for New Employee Excellence, given to an individual who has been with SMU for one to three consecutive years.
  • Cindy Gautreaux, project coordinator in Central University Libraries, received the President’s Award for Continuing Excellence, given to an individual who has been with the University for four or more consecutive years.
  • Patricia Ann LaSalle, associate vice president and executive director of public affairs, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, given to a staff member who supervises one or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”
  • Niraj Bhagat, manager of information systems and environmental health and safety in the Office of Risk Management, received the President’s Award for Innovation, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

The event also honored the following staff members who celebrated their 25th SMU anniversaries this year:

  • Carol Baker, Central University Libraries/Fort Burgwin Library, SMU-in-Taos
  • Steve Collins, Head Coach, Women’s Swimming
  • Patricia Feldman, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
  • Janelle Hampton, Registrar/Academic Services, Perkins School of Theology
  • Sam Ratcliffe, Central University Libraries/Jerry Bywaters Special Collections
  • Billy Townsend, Special Events/Facility Services
  • Michael Washington, Mail Central

Left in photo, SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored the winners at the 2012 Staff Recognition Ceremony (left to right): Cyndi HeathCindy Gautreaux, Patricia Ann LaSalleNiraj Bhagat and Tommy Newton.

February 23, 2012|For the Record, News|

Recognition ceremony kicks off 2012 Staff Development Day Feb. 16

2012 SMU Staff Recognition Ceremony invitationThe SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) will present achievement awards and recognize outstanding University employees during its 11th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in McFarlin Auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address. SMUSA will present the 2012 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

The recognition ceremony will be followed by an afternoon of special events honoring Staff Development Day. Activities include:

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  • A docent-guided tour of the Meadows Museum Permanent Collection, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Meadows Museum
  • “Landscaping with Drought-Tolerant Plants,” presented by Ann Allen, University horticulturist, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, 115 Embrey Building
  • A docent-guided tour of The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, 3-4:15 p.m., Meadows Museum
  • “Tuition Benefits and You,” presented by Valerie Parker, Human Resources, 3-4:15 p.m., Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, 115 Embrey Building
  • Spring Bloom Cooking Demonstration, a chef demo and Q&A presented by Claire Florsheim and Kyle Wilson, RFoC @ Lee, Umphrey Lee Center

Register online for the event of your choice. For more information, visit the SMU Staff Association homepage.

February 15, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

2010 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Feb. 4

(Originally posted Jan. 26, 2010.)

SMU Staff Association logoThe SMU Staff Association will present its 2010 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and President’s Awards at its 9th annual Staff Recognition Ceremony Feb. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. A reception will be held at 10 a.m., with the ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m.

The event also honors the following staff members who celebrated their 25th SMU anniversaries in 2009:

Ken Collins, Bridwell Library
David M. Davis II, Southwest Graduate School of Banking
Tara Emerson, Division of Music
Betty Friedrich, DeGolyer Library
José Guadalupe Garcia, Facilities Management and Sustainability
Olivia Holguin, Human Resources-Total Compensation
Pat Kriska, B.B.A. Programs
Linda Umoh, Bridwell Library
Sandra Setnick Zucker, Science Information Center

SMU community members earn one Wellpower Spirit Point for attending.

Visit the Staff Association online

February 2, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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