Exemplary Service Award

In recognition of outstanding employees who maintain a high level of exemplary service to the University of Nebraska

About: Up to two Exemplary Service Awards are presented each year to University of Nebraska–Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources employees. This is a career award that recognizes and rewards employees who have made significant and sustained contributions to the University during their career. It focuses on staff members who contribute to the essential work of IANR at the highest level of excellence.

Award:  $1000

Eligibility:  Permanent IANR office/service or managerial/professional (.50 FTE or more) with 20 or more years of service to the university. Employee cannot be on corrective probation. 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.

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Nomination Instructions

The full nomination packet should be submitted electronically via "NOMINATION FORM" link below and include;

  • Letter of recommendation; the nomination packet must include a letter of recommendation from the nominator. The letter should include a detailed description of the qualities which make your nominee deserving of the award, including specific examples and quotes from colleagues when available. 
  • A current position description

Nominations can be made by anyone, however, the nomination will be submitted through and approved by the unit administrator. All nominations are due October 1 .


Past Awardees

Exemplary Service Award
Year Recipient Department
2020 Marilyn Weidner Entomology
2019 Rex Nielsen Panhandle Research and Extension Center
2019 Rebecca Vogt Agricultural Economics
2018 Jeri Cunningham Entomology
2016 Nancy Wagner IANR Business and Finance
2016 Sharon Holman Panhandle Research and Extension Center
2015 Rosalee Swartz Agricultural Economics
2014 Barry Shull IANR Vice Chancellor's Office
2013 Murd Holland IANR Vice Chancellor's Office
2011 Michael Overturf USMARC
2010 Thomas McAndrew Agronomy & Horticulture
2009 Leonard Wit Agronomy & Horticulture
2008 Linda Arnold IANR Vice Chancellor's Office
2008 Rosanna Johnson IANR Media
2004 Jeanne Andelt Nebraska Forest Service
2004 Charlene Wendt Agronomy & Horticulture
2003 Daniel Schaaf West Central Research & Extension Center
2002 Vicky Kobes Animal Science
2002 Pat Smith IANR Finance & Personnel