May 24, 2022
Staff Senate Awards recognize VCU team members for outstanding service
Recipients represent “the hard work and extraordinary achievements of staff.”
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Twelve Virginia Commonwealth University employees were recognized for outstanding service at the annual VCU Staff Senate Awards for Excellence on May 19.
“The awards provide the deserved exposure and recognition of the hard work and extraordinary achievements of staff, which continue to make VCU the great place it is today,” said Saher Randhawa, president of the Staff Senate. “VCU knows that recognition is an important factor in maintaining a great workplace.”
The genesis for the awards can be traced to 2013 when the Staff Senate asked Ken Hudgins, operations specialist at the VCU Operations Center and a member of the senate, to represent the organization on a newly formed committee. He learned that very few awards were designed to recognize staff, so over the next few years a series of awards were developed. The awards focus on six key areas: integrity, diversity and inclusion, new employees, staff advocacy, career achievement and customer service.
Coworkers and staff submitted nominations for the awards, and two winners were selected in each category.
“Your coworkers and associates contributed many positive experiences in support of your nomination,” Hudgins told the audience at the ceremony. “All of us here agree: You have made a lasting impression with your accomplishments and outstanding attributes. We appreciate the fact that you have excelled far above what VCU ever expected of you.”
The Professional Integrity Award
The award is for an individual staff member who promotes and exemplifies VCU’s ethical standards. The employee demonstrates respect, honesty, excellence, responsibility and accountability, stewardship and compliance.
School of Education
The Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award
The award honors someone at the university who promotes diversity and inclusive excellence. The person shows a commitment to the diverse communities at the university.
School of Pharmacy
Department of Psychology
The Benchmark Award for New Employees
The award is given to an employee at VCU or VCU Health who has served less than three years. The winner shows promise in a field and has made a large impact on the VCU community.
Department of Health Administration
VCU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
The Guiding Star Award for Career Achievement
The award is given to an employee at VCU or VCU Health with 25 or more years of service. The winner is not in a senior leadership position but has dedicated most of their career to the university.
School of Medicine
VCU Police Department
The Executive Award for Staff Advocacy
The award is given to an employee who has contributed to the advancement, benefit and well-being of VCU and VCU Health staff. They are extraordinary employees who view staff as valuable members of the university.
VCU Police Department
The Exceptional Customer Service Award
The award is given to an employee who promotes and exemplifies excellent customer service both internally and externally. It is for employees who work well with customers and have a natural ability for customer service.
Residential Life & Housing
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