Recognition & Engagement Spotlight

Career Milestone Awards

2017 Recipients to be recognized Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Career Milestone Awards Program is designed to recognize employees for their years of service to the University of Memphis. Staff employees are eligible for recognition during their fifth year of service and faculty during their tenth year of service. Subsequent recognition occurs thereafter in five (5) year increments. Each year, the Department of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Engagement will sponsor the Career Milestone Awards Ceremony for all staff employees where they are presented with a milestone award in appreciation of their years of service to the UofM. Faculty recipients are recognized in their college/school and presented their awards by their respective Dean.

For access to our current Career Milestone Awards recipient listing, please visit this link.

 

Excellence Awards

Presidential Award
Presidential Award Winner 2017

The Presidential Award is the highest award given at the University for staff employees.  Honorees are recognized for the lasting impact made on the University through community outreach, outstanding service excellence, and support of strategic initiatives, while maintaining exemplary performance. Criteria for this award may include one or several of the following. 

  • Support: Demonstrates above and beyond commitment to the support of the students, faculty and staff.
  • Stewardship: Demonstrates a high level of care and responsibility for the well-being of the University and its resources for the benefit of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Innovation:  Possesses leadership abilities and embraces creative initiatives, resulting in a positive impact to the University and the surrounding community.
  • Teamwork:  Works as a partnership builder while nurturing an environment of camaraderie and collaboration.

TIAA Excellence Award
The TIAA Excellence Awards recognizes employees throughout all University Divisions for a variety of exceptional efforts and contributions to the University of Memphis. Primarily, this award honors employees who display one or more of the following:

  • Consistently performs job responsibilities at a level above and beyond normal expectations.
  • Exhibits an exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues and university constituents.
  • Exhibits a high degree of personal ethics and integrity.
  • Has clearly earned the respect of colleagues.
  • Exceptional contributions to their department’s level of service satisfaction.
  • Significant contributions to the efficiency of an operation or unit.
  • Significant contribution to student success, directly or indirectly.


The University of Memphis is proud to partner with TIAA, the sponsor of the TIAA Awards. TIAA has been around almost 100 years as a financial services organization helping customers reach their financial goals, and we are excited and thankful for their partnership and support. For additional information on TIAA, visit https://www.tiaa.org/public.

2017 TIAA Award Recipients

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LaGerra Williams, Development
Kimberly House, Athletics
Karen Smith, Academic Affairs
     
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Ralph Koroly, Information Technology
Mary Earhart-Brown, Research
Monique Udell, External Relations
     
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Julia Rhodes, Student Affairs
Kristil Davis, Business & Finance
Mary Ann Dawson, President's Area
     

Download the event program to view the complete list of nominees>>

View photos from the award ceremony>>

Community Service Outreach Award

Community Service Outreach Award 2017The University of Memphis Community Service Outreach Award recognizes and honors exceptional individuals who make volunteerism and community service a way of life. This award will be given to an individual who exemplifies service excellence in volunteering, exhibits a sense of caring and responsibility for others, and partners with citizens to assist in building relationships for the betterment of the community. The award recipient will also be someone who makes selfless and extraordinary contributions, in addition to those associated with their normal job duties for the betterment of the University, local community and beyond. Listed below are some of the recognition criteria to consider:

  • Gives freely and unselfishly of their time to community activities
  • Inspires others to serve and act as a role model
  • Has a positive impact on building partnerships between the University, local community projects and programs
  • Improves the lives of others.


To be eligible for any of these awards, staff employees must have at least one (1) year of continuous employment in a regular position at the University and not have documented performance deficiencies on file within the past 24 months. Recipients must not have been a previous recipient of an Excellence Award.  Multiple nominations for one individual will not guarantee that individual will be the award recipient in a given category.

Please click here to view the 2016 recipients.

 

Harriet R. Montgomery
Customer Service Excellence Award

The Harriet R. Montgomery Customer Service Excellence Award was established through the University of Memphis Foundation with contributions provided by the generosity of the University community upon Harriet R. Montgomery's retirement in recognition for her many years of service to the University of Memphis. This award recognizes University staff members who consistently demonstrate a commitment to the highest levels of customer service excellence. Each month, the University community has an opportunity to nominate colleagues from a specific division/area of the University. The monthly recipients are then recognized at a celebratory event during the following fiscal year. The nomination form, which includes a statement of support, must be submitted to the Department of Human Resources, Employee Relations & Engagement via the online portal by the established deadline.

NOMINATION FORM

Award Eligibility and Selection:

The employee (nominee):

  • Must have been employed by the University for a minimum of one (1) year in a staff regular position.
  • Consistently maintains a professional and friendly attitude with both internal & external customers.
  • Demonstrates that he/she takes time to listen and understand the customers' needs.
  • Gives the customer the information he/she needs, not just what the customer asks.
  • Is thorough and follows-up with customers in a timely manner.
  • May be eligible for this award once every five (5) years.
  • The monthly recipient will be selected by a committee of peers based on the merits specified on the nomination.

2017-18 Recipients

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July 2017
Brenda Butler
Bursar's Office

Business & Finance
August 2017
Kathy Johnson
Space Planning
Academic Affairs
September 2017
Jessie Dickert
Student Leadership
Student Affairs
     
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October 2017
Patsy Krech
College of Arts & Sciences
Academic Affairs
November 2017
Haneefah Holden-Muhammad
HR Workforce Management
Business & Finance

December 2017
Athletics
     
     
January 2018
Academic Affairs
February 2018
Information Technology
March 2018
Business & Finance
     


April 2018
Academic Affairs
 

May 2018
President
(includes President's Office,
FIT, Legal, Audit, OIE),
Development,
External Relations,
and Research
 

June 2018
Academic Affairs

 

Please click here to view the 2016-17 recipients.

Tiger Spotlight

In support of our continuous efforts to embrace a culture of recognition awareness, this online certificate affords all fellow Tigers the opportunity to "spot" outstanding service throughout the University. Employees may be "spotted" when any of the following characteristics are observed or demonstrated:

  • Consistently making a significant and positive impact within their department, by fostering the mission and goals of the University
  • Excellence in overall work performance
  • Making a personal effort to "go the extra step"
  • Consistent commitment in providing expert service to internal and external customers
  • Serving as a role model through positive interactions with customers

To "Spot" a U of M employee today, visit this link!

 

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Program

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation.

The program is intended to expose children between the ages of 8-18 to the importance of what a parent or mentor does during the work day, show them the value of education, and provide them an opportunity to envision and discover the power and possibilities available for a successful future.

The students participate in an interactive learning program where they have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the daily tasks performed at work by their parents or mentors. We promote and celebrate the opportunities that girls and boys will discover during this event by being a part of this unique educational experience.

For additional information on the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, visit http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org or contact the Department of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Engagement at 901.678.2603 or via e-mail at emprelations@memphis.edu.