Friday is deadline for nomination of President's Employee of the Year

By Staff

ystem Staff Council is soliciting nominations for the fourth annual President's Employee of the Year Award.

The 2010-2011 award will be presented to a system administration employee in recognition and appreciation of exceptional job performance. An award of $1,000 (subject to payroll taxes) will be presented to the winner at a recognition reception hosted by System Staff Council on Oct. 22.

All system administration classified and professional exempt staff may be nominated for the award; however, temporary employees, student workers, university officers, the HR director and recognition committee are ineligible.

Nominations are accepted from fellow staff, faculty or students who have first-hand knowledge of the nominee's performance. The nominee's supervisor must provide written approval of the nomination.

A letter of nomination and two or three additional letters supporting the nomination should be sent electronically to Lisa Landis, HR director, at (confirmation of receipt will follow). Each total submission should not exceed six pages. Nomination letters must describe why the person deserves to receive the award.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

A successful nomination letter should include the following information:

  • Performance: Describe the traits that make the nominee personally and professionally successful. How does his/her performance serve as an example to others? How does s/he show accountability and pride in job duties/processes? What does s/he contribute to the daily operation of the unit?
  • Customer service: How is the nominee responsive to and supportive of customers and colleagues? In what way does the nominee show respect for colleagues and customers, including those with different opinions, skills, and objectives?
  • Teamwork: In what way has the nominee acted to bring others together into a cohesive unit, or demonstrated a willingness to take action within a team framework? How is his/her willingness to share time, energy and knowledge for the benefit of the unit or customer demonstrated?
  • Leadership: How has the nominee demonstrated leadership?
  • Excellence: How is the nominee's willingness to go the extra mile demonstrated? How does s/he contribute to the greater CU community?

The HR Director and the recognition committee will consider all nominations and make a determination based upon the criteria listed above.

Excellence in Leadership Award nomination deadline approaching

The Office of Employee Learning and Development requests nominations for the second annual Excellence in Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) lecture and luncheon Nov. 5.

The award recognizes a graduate of the ELP who has shown exemplary leadership at the University of Colorado. Nominations should demonstrate leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organization, departments or teams
  • Projects, programs or research
  • Fiscal management or fundraising
  • Student instruction

All ELP graduates who currently work at CU are eligible to be nominated for the award. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

For a list of all program graduates and details about the award, go to A nominator must be a CU employee who has worked with the nominee. The selection committee consists of representatives from each campus and system administration.

Nominations must include a completed nomination form (posted at the website); the form and any supporting material must be sent to the Employee Learning and Development office by e-mail to

Nominations are due Friday, Oct. 1.

To read about last year's winner of the award, Barbara A. Gaddis, Ph.D., click here.