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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 2014, UIC honored over 1,600 employees for years of service. We were thrilled to honor six employees for celebrating 40 years of service, two employees for 45 years of service and one employee who retired with 50 years of service to the University.
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 2015 Employee Recognition Award Ceremony and Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 10 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, INSPIRE and Luminary Awards, Janice Watkins Award, and campus accolades of the Woman of the Year and UI Health's Class Act and Academy Award. Service Year Recognition honorees will include those celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of eligible service to the university.
2015 Award Recipients
In October 2015 we will display the names of those recipients of Service Year Recognition Awards, 5 through 55 years of service, the UIC Award of Merit, CAPE Award, INSPIRE Award,Janice Watkins Award, Woman of the Year Award, & UI Hospital & Health Sciences System’s Class Act Award and Academy Award.
The 2014 Employee Recognition Award Ceremony and Reception will be photographed by UIC Photo Services. Photos can be viewed and purchased after December 1 at http://photo.lib.uic.edu. Look for “Events in 2014/Employee Recognition Ceremony.”
The Employee Recognition Award Ceremony will recognize Award of Merit recipients, CAPE recipients, INSPIRE and Luminary award recipients,Janice Watkins Award recipients, and UIC service honorees with 25 years or more in five increments. Additional campus awards recognized are the Woman of the Year and 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 all UIC campus staff members who exhibit service, commitment and dedication. Award recipients receive $2,500 and a memento gift. The included links will outline the nomination instructions, process, and past recipients, and the newly updated policy
2015 Award of Merit Application and Instructions (PDF)
2015 Award of Merit Eligibility and Nomination Process (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 members. 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 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 INSPIRE Awards recognizes individuals who consistently, and over long periods of time based their every action on UIC’s Core Values: Integrity, Nurture, Service, Pride, Intellect, Respect, and Excellence. An annual UIC Luminary Award is also given to the INSPIRE candidate who represents the pinnacle of service to the campus and its constituents.
INSPIRE Award Instructions and Nomination Form
INSPIRE Award Past Recipients
UIC INSPIRE Policy 705
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 Woman of the Year Award is an annual award sponsored by The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW) which honors a woman who consistently works on women’s issues beyond the call of duty and who is an exemplary role model. The award criteria includes providing service to women at UIC while on the job, responding to issues affecting women, and offering service to women through voluntarism and public support of women’s programs. A committee of CCSW officers and former award winners make the final selection from among the nominees. Winners are honored with a reception officiated by the Chancellor and a cash award of $1,000. The Woman of the Year recipient is recognized at the annual UIC Employee Recognition Ceremony held each November.
The Chancellor's Commitee on the Status of Women
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
UIC Faculty Awards
Researcher of the Year Award
VCSA Contact: Dr. W. Clarke Douglas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding New Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Outstanding Contributions to Student Success Award
Nursing Contact: Maria Nehmer, email@example.com
Annual Nurses Week Awards
Friends of Nursing Award
As provided throughout this page, below is the complete list of UIC Human Resources Employee Recognition policies 702, 703, 704, and 705 as updated in February 2015. 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 INSPIRE Award Policy 705
UIC Human Resources Policies Webpage
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Fortier, Special Events Facilitator
Marilyn Sommer, Special Programs Coordinator
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