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
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.
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 Jaimie McGowan, 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.