Staff AwardsIt's important to recognize a job well done, and we make a point to do this with our IANR staff awards. There are three awards that are presented to UNL employees based on nominations of their peers:
Outstanding Employee Award
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Kudos Award
IANR Exemplary Service Award
How nominations work
Recent Award Winners
Clyde Naber, research manager for the Department of Animal Science at UNL, will receive IANR’s 2014 Third Quarter Outstanding Employee Award for managerial professionals.
Naber’s organizational abilities, positive attitude and willingness to adjust to the unexpected are exceptional skills that help serve the needs of 10-12 faculty each semester, wrote a supporter. His hallmark dedication and loyalty mean he frequently stays late or comes in on weekends to assist with events. In his 27 years with the department Naber has taken “great pride in making sure the animals and facilities are presented to the public in a manner that reflects positively on the university.”
Facilities management is another area where Naber excels; the animal science complex houses people, horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and laboratory animals, feed storage and mixing equipment, and waste handling facilities. Each component of the physical plant must function properly to meet the individual needs of each of these species. Naber, the nominator wrote, is extremely skilled in understanding how the different systems are interconnected and is often able to diagnose a problem before a technician arrives.
Naber will receive a cash award, a certificate and lapel pin.
Sheryl Burbach, UNL Extension administrative associate, is the recipient of IANR’s 2014 Second Quarter Outstanding Employee Award. In her day-to-day work, Burbach is responsible for large-scale grant projects, a searchable faculty/staff database, collecting faculty data, and setting up programs and meetings.
In addition, Burbach stimulates ideas on how wellness and technology can fit into everyday office work, and initiates cutting-edge technology so Extension can take the resources of the University to the people throughout the state. For example, Burbach took the lead for Extension at UNL to become the first nationally to provide iPads for educators and to provide training in iPad app testing, setup and distribution. She co-developed one of the first iPad apps to be used by 4-H to share 4-H state fair results, and collaborated on training for Extension staff to try new apps for smartphones and mobile devices. Burbach also took the lead to use Adobe Connect for interactive presentations, workshops and interviews, which saves both time and money. For Extension’s 2013 fall conference, Burbach led the Cloud-sharing of handouts, agendas and speaker notes. She also recently filled a critical role in establishing online learning modules as part of a Department of Defense grant.
Supporters wrote that Burbach is positive, has a true sense of service, and “is one of my go-to people when it comes to learning new technologies.” “She is a ‘technology guru’ always looking for new applications that can help do mundane jobs more quickly, efficiently and with better results.”
Burbach will receive a cash award, a certificate and lapel pin.
Laura Pike, research technologist at the Veterinary Diagnostic Center (VDC), has been named the recipient of IANR’s 2015 First Quarter Outstanding Employee Award. In her day-to day work, Pike is responsible for processing specimens received in the VDC for diagnostic work, disease surveillance, and regulatory testing. Without her reliable results, the multibillion dollar livestock industry would be negatively impacted.
In addition, Pike is the bacteriology laboratory’s safety officer and is responsible for monitoring all procedures conducted in the laboratory to ensure it complies with UNL’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Supporters wrote that Pike is a critical team member in the bacteriology lab, an outstanding teacher and “has the highest degree of quality standards in the laboratory.”
Pike began working in the bacteriology lab at the VDC as an undergraduate student and displayed exceptional competence and reliability, which lead to her being hired as a full-time employee following her graduation. In the years that she has been employed in the lab she has consistently gone above and beyond her required duties on a regular basis.
Pike will receive a cash award, a certificate and lapel pin.
Laura Frey, college relations director for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, is named IANR’s Fourth Quarter Outstanding Employee Award recipient.
Frey’s primary responsibility is student recruitment. Since coming into the position in 2005, her leadership has resulted in a near-decade of growth, with the last four years at an all-time high. Her outgoing personality, flexibility and adoption of new methodologies to reach prospective students, such as integrating social media for recruitment, have proven richly rewarding.
Frey has initiated new partnerships within the campus and with other organizations such as Science Olympiad. Her energy, commendable work ethic and exceptional people skills have established a rapport with students, faculty, administrators, parents and alumni. “She moves effortlessly among all groups and communicates well with each,” a supporter wrote. “The success of CASNR’s recruitment program has been based on the ease and timeliness by which students, parents and alumni interact with the college. This requires that Nebraska citizens have a first-hand knowledge and trust in the College, and for many, Laura is their first exposure. In many ways and for so many people, CASNR and Laura are synonymous.”
Frey will receive a cash award, a certificate and lapel pin.
Outstanding Employee Award ($750)
This award recognizes managerial/professional and office/service employees who on an ongoing basis go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Nominee must be employed permanently (.50 FTE or more in the University) in an IANR department. Employee cannot be on corrective probation. The OEA can be received once every 5 years.
Recipients will be selected 4 times yearly and awards presented in March, June, September and December. Nominations must be received on or before the 1st day of February, May, August and November respectively. Nominations may be carried forward one quarter.
Each recipient will be awarded $750 (less the amount withheld for taxes), plus a certificate, lapel pin, letter from the NU Vice President/IANR Vice Chancellor, and recognition in people news section of this IANR website.
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Kudos Award ($150)
The Board of Regents at its meetings recognizes full-time employees from each of the four campuses for outstanding service to the University of Nebraska. IANR submits a recipient for the Kudos Award on a rotating basis determined by the Office of University Communications.
The intent of IANR is to select for Board recognition outstanding, full-time employees of IANR departments who are considered best among the best.
All past recipients of the IANR Outstanding Employee Award are eligible. Nominees should consistently demonstrate high-quality performance, project a commitment toward excellence in the quality of daily work, inspire a "teamwork attitude," contribute to high-staff morale, and use sound judgment in the exercise of duties (cite specific examples).
IANR Exemplary Service Award ($1,000)
After 5 years, individuals who have received a Kudos award are eligible for the annual IANR Exemplary Service Award. The intent of IANR is to select outstanding employees of IANR departments who have maintained a high level of service and are considered exemplary.
The purpose of this award is to recognize employees for continued outstanding service to the University of Nebraska. Nominees should consistently demonstrate high-quality performance, project a commitment toward excellence in the quality of daily work, inspire a "teamwork attitude," contribute to high-staff morale, and use sound judgment in the exercise of duties (cite specific examples).
Nominations are due by February 1st each year. The award will be presented in April. (Up to 2 awards can be given each year.) Each recipient will be awarded $1,000 ($500 will be provided by the NU Vice President/IANR Vice Chancellor and $500 will be the responsibility of the recipient's unit), a letter from the NU Vice President/IANR Vice Chancellor, and a plaque.
Nomination Instructions and Selection
All IANR Staff Awards require the same nomination materials:
- A letter of recommendation from the nominator. Please include a detailed description of the qualities that you feel prove your nominee is deserving of the award. Include specific examples and quotes from colleagues if available. Multiple letters may be included but are not required.
- A current position description.
Nominations for all three awards may be made by anyone; however, the nomination must be made through and approved by the unit administrator.
- Submit nomination letter of recommendation and position description to the nominee's unit administrator.
- Administrator is to electronically forward materials (as one pdf document) to the NU Vice President/IANR Vice Chancellor's office in care of Mindee Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each nomination is reviewed by the IANR Staff Awards Committee. OEA nominations are reviewed quarterly. Kudos and Exemplary award nominations are reviewed annually in March.
- Contact the IANR Vice Chancellor's Office at 402-472-2871 for questions regarding the nomination process.