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UIC has a long and cherished tradition of recognizing its employees for outstanding merit and years of service. UIC Human Resources works in conjunction with academic and administrative units and affiliated University organizations to honor these achievements at the annual Employee Recognition Award Ceremony held each fall.
In addition to service and merit recipients honored at the Employee Recognition Award Ceremony, numerous awards for faculty, research, and individual department achievements are awarded throughout the year by various University units and organizations.
Each November is Employee Recognition Month at UIC. This special time of year includes departmental ceremonies as well as campus wide programs, planned for the purpose of honoring our faculty and staff. In addition to campus wide and individual department merit awards earned for outstanding achievements, UIC honors its employees for years of service beginning at five years and continuing after each five year increment. In 2015, UIC honored over 1,900 employees for years of service.
The Employee Recognition Award Ceremony, held each year at the UIC Forum, is the official start of Employee Recognition Month. This campus wide program serves to publicly recognize work and community accomplishments which in turn help to build morale and motivate our employees. Employees with 25 or more years of service are honored here each year, along with various campus wide merit awards. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a reception will take place for all to visit and congratulate the recipients being honored. All members of the UIC community are welcome to attend.
The 2016 Employee Recognition Award Ceremony and Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at the UIC Forum. We anticipate over 700 UIC employees and guests to attend the event to honor this year’s recipients. Those awards to be recognized include the Award of Merit, CAPE Award, Janice Watkins Award, and campus accolades of the UI Health’s Class Act and Academy Award. Service Year Recognition honorees will include those celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of eligible service to the university.
2016 Award Recipients
In October 2016 we will display the names of those recipients of Service Year Recognition Awards, 5 through 50 years of service, the UIC Award of Merit, CAPE Award, Janice Watkins Award, & UI Hospital & Health Sciences System’s Class Act Award and Academy Award.
The 2015 Employee Recognition Ceremony and Reception photos were taken by UIC Photo Services and can be viewed and purchased at http://photo.lib.uic.edu. Look for “Events in 2015/Employee Recognition Ceremony.”
The Employee Recognition Award Ceremony will recognize Award of Merit recipients, CAPE recipients, Janice Watkins Award recipients, and UIC service honorees with 25 years or more in five year increments. Additional campus awards recognized are the UI Health awards Class Act and Academy Award.
Service Recognition Awards recognize Academic Professionals and Civil Service employees and faculty for years of service to UIC in five-year increments starting with 25 years of service. Departmentally, employees are recognized for every 5 years of service.
UIC Service Year Policy 701
The Award of Merit recognizes outstanding Academic Professionals and Civil Service employees. It is a university-wide honor available to UIC campus staff who exhibit service, commitment, and dedication. Award recipients receive $2,500 and a memento gift. The included links will outline the nomination instructions, process, past recipients, and the newly updated policy.
2016 Nomination Form and Instructions (Fillable PDF)
Award of Merit Past Recipients (PDF)
UIC Award of Merit Policy 704
The Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE Award) was established in 1988. It recognizes the demonstrated excellence of Academic Professional staff. It encourages their professional development and indicates the institution’s high regard for the contributions of this key segment of the university community. The CAPE award is based on peer review broadly selected from the ranks of the Academic Professionals throughout campus. The CAPE Selection Committee is a standing Committee of APAC and is chaired by an APAC member. The Selection Committee is made up of Academic Professionals from both the east and west campuses which may include past CAPE recipients. UIC faculty, Academic Professionals, Civil Service employees, and students can nominate a deserving Academic Professional for the award. In 2014 there were six recipients of the CAPE Award. Honorees receive memento gift, a $1,000 permanent increase to the individual’s salary, and a $2,000 one-time cash award.
UIC CAPE Policy 702
The Janice Watkins Award recognizes exceptional Civil Service employees for their distinguished service to the University. Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the design for the award is based on three interlocking components signifying the unity of faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The award is a token of gratitude from the university and is awarded to Civil Service employees who exhibit a pleasant, warm demeanor and provide willing assistance to others and perform duties with diligence and dedication. The nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, or students familiar with the nominee’s activities.
Staff Advisory Council
UIC Janice Watkins Award Policy 703
The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System honors employees throughout the year through the Class Act Award program. Hospital guests and staff may nominate UI Health employees who continuously contribute to the delivery of world class patient care; regularly show good judgment and initiative; go above and beyond performance expectations; is a role model; demonstrates a willingness to become more efficient and effective when providing patient care; and exemplify the UI CARE behaviors. The Academy Award recipient is selected by the employee recognition committee from the year’s Class Act recipients and the selected recipient will be The Employee of the Year. This employee’s identity is announced at an annual dinner held in honor of the year’s Class Act awardees.
UI Health Employee Recognition Webpage
Researcher of the Year Award
VCSA Contact: Dr. W. Clarke Douglas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, email@example.com
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding New Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Special Recognition Awards
Outstanding Program Innovation Award
Nursing Contact: Joanne McEldowner, firstname.lastname@example.org
updates coming soon
As provided throughout this page, below is the complete list of UIC Human Resources Employee Recognition policies 702, 703, and 704 as updated in May 2016. See the UIC Service Year Policy 701 for details about recognition eligibility.
UIC CAPE Year Policy 702
UIC Janice Watkins Policy 703
UIC Award of Merit Policy 704
UIC Human Resources Policies Webpage
General Email: email@example.com
Rebecca Fortier, Special Events Facilitator
Marilyn Sommer, Special Programs Coordinator
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