Presidential Staff Recognition Awards

Award winners, 25-year employees to be honored at 2015 Staff Recognition Ceremony Thursday, March 5

2015 SMU Staff Recognition CeremonyThe SMU Staff Association honors outstanding employees with its 14th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A reception precedes the ceremony at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address.

Winners of the 2015 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards will be honored during the event. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

Staff members to receive special recognition include:

  • Erich Heise, Parking and ID Card Services, Business and Finance
  • Amit Kumar, High-Performance Computing, Information Technology
  • Toni Nolen, IT Services, Fondren Library Center
  • Darrah Rippy, Academic Scheduling, Office of the Registrar
  • Julie Wiksten, Associate VP for Operational Excellence, OE2C

>  Learn more at the Staff Association homepage: smu.edu/smusa

Nomination deadline for Staff Recognition, Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Awards extended to Feb. 6, 2015

UPDATE: The SMU Staff Association has announced an extension of the deadline for staff award nominations to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

Originally published Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

The SMU Staff Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

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 will be presented at the 2015 Staff Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Each Presidential award includes a $1,000 cash prize, and each carries unique criteria:

  • The Gretchen C. Voight New Employee Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with SMU for 1 to 3 consecutive years.
  • The Continuing Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with the University for 4 or more consecutive years.
  • The 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.”
  • The 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.”

> Review the criteria for the Presidential Staff Recognition Awards

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.

> Learn more about Loretta and about the award bearing her name

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.

Find lists of past Presidential and Hawkins award winners

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 Darrah Rippy, SMU Box 181. Mark all nomination materials confidential.

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

SMU’s 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Thursday, March 6

SMU Staff Recognition Ceremony 2014 invitationThe SMU Staff Association presents its 13th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address.

Winners of the 2014 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards will be honored during the event. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

>  Learn more at the Staff Association homepage

Nominations now being accepted for 2013 SMU staff awards

UPDATE: Nomination deadlines for all 2013 staff awards have been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Find links to award criteria and nominating materials in this post.

Originally published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

The SMU Staff Association is now accepting nominations for the University’s 2013 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award. This year’s deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

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 will be presented at the 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6. Each Presidential award includes a $1,000 cash prize, 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.”

> Review the criteria for the Presidential Staff Recognition Awards

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.

> Learn more about Loretta and about the award bearing her name

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.

Find lists of past Presidential and Hawkins award winners

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 Darrah Rippy, SMU Box 181. 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

SMU’s 2013 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Tuesday, Feb. 12

SMU Staff Recogntion Ceremony 2013 invitationThe SMU Staff Association presents its 12th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2013, in McFarlin Auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address.

Winners of the 2013 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards will be honored during the event. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

>  Learn more at the Staff Association homepage

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

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.

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.

Save the date: SMU’s 2012 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Feb. 16

The SMU Staff Association has scheduled its 11th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in McFarlin Auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

The Staff Association is accepting nominations for the 2012 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and for the 2012 Presidential Recognition Awards through 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Find detailed criteria and nomination forms at the Staff Association website.

2009 Staff Recognition Award nominations due May 8

Nominations are being accepted for 2009 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards through 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. The 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.

Four of the $1,000 awards will be presented, each with unique criteria:

New Employee Excellence Award
Continuing Excellence Award
Outstanding Leadership Award
Innovation Award

Award winners will be announced at the 2009 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic on May 21. For more information, contact Rebecca Sampson, 214-768-3311.

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