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Congratulations to Michael Aguilar of Facilities Management for receiving a Staff Excellence Award! Aguilar, the campus’s elevator inspector and adjuster, is one of three winners from Administration and Finance.

The Staff Excellence Awards are given out each year to nominated employees who have “shown meritorious service, dedication and contributions to the university beyond the requirements and expectations of the job.” This year, 48 employees were nominated for the awards. Recipients receive a certificate and $1,000 plus recognition at the Staff Excellence Awards luncheon taking place on May 23 at the Hilton Hotel.

Aguilar was surprised by Human Resources and Facilities Management representatives during a meeting in the elevator shop where he was presented with balloons and invited to the awards luncheon. Each year, HR works with the employee’s managers to go on site to cheer on and show support for the recipients.

“In receiving this award, I feel that my work has not gone unnoticed and feel appreciated,” Aguilar said. “I was caught completely off guard. I was expecting to have a meeting with management, so to have them come in cheering and with balloons was a complete surprise to all of us. We knew one of us had won something, but I never expected it to be me. It was nice to have management present the award.”

Aguilar will become eligible to receive the Charles F. McElhinney Distinguished Service Award. Also receiving recognition from Administration this year are Ann Pino from Human Resources for Staff Excellence and Pat Sayles from Business Services for the McElhinney award.