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Award Descriptions

Empowerment

Graduate Assistant/Student Award of Excellence
The Graduate Assistant/Student Award of Excellence will recognize a graduate student who has gone above and beyond expectations or honors a special, unique or extraordinary effort they made within an assistantship or position. He, she or they demonstrates strengths in areas such as instruction, advising and assisting students, research, innovative tech development and creative activity, and outreach and/or service to the University, community and/or profession. Nominees must be a graduate student in good standing with the University and employed by a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

Student Employee Award of Excellence
The Student Employee Award of Excellence will recognize an undergraduate student employee who has gone above and beyond expectations or honors a special, unique or extraordinary effort he, she or they have made within a student employee position. He, she or they demonstrates strengths in providing quality customer service, exhibits a positive attitude, has dedication to their office, unit or department, and has made a positive impact on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

Transparency

Student Success Award
The Student Success Award is presented to a staff member or group of staff who transforms and nurtures our students into the leaders of our community and beyond. These individuals or groups are a leader in the development of a dynamic and diverse culture that facilitates learning and engages students. Nominees strive to make procedures, services, facilities, programs, and/or the general collegiate learning environment in order to enhance student success. These individuals or group show their willingness to create a positive, active, and inclusive learning community.

Accountability

Outstanding Assessment Award
The Outstanding Assessment Award is designed to provide recognition to an individual or department who has demonstrated a commitment to utilizing assessment in order to encourage student success at the University of Houston. Recipients of this award will serve as models for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services with regards to assessment in terms of innovation, methodology, collaboration, and willingness to make improvements based upon assessment results.

Diversity

Diversity Award
The Diversity Award is presented to a staff member or group of staff that promotes the acceptance and celebration of differences and helps to build and environment of inclusivity. Diversity includes all aspects of human difference including: race; culture; ethnicity; religion; age; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; and ability. Nominations for individuals or groups whose jobs do not routinely provide opportunities to address these issues, but who have made a significant effort to do so, are especially encouraged.

Inclusion Award
The Inclusion Award is presented to a staff member or group of staff that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and beyond by continually promoting an environment of inclusivity, and culture of respect among the campus community. Through their work, the staff member or group of staff consistently foster a welcoming and positive environment where members of the campus community can engage, learn, teach, and develop cultural competence.

Innovation

Excellence in Programming
The Excellence in Programming Award honors a staff member or group of staff members who work to create, support or strengthen an environment of collaboration, communication, and community across the Division. This award strives to celebrate innovation in action, not only the creative idea, but also the impact that practical application of the idea has made on creativity in the use of resources to include people, budgets, technology and fiscal and environmental responsibility. A successful nominee will have demonstrated the ability to take the initiative in developing a new or enhancing an existing program to meet the changing needs of the students, Division, or University.

DSAES Outstanding Committee Contribution Award
The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Standing Committees has three standing committees: Professional Development, Assessment, and Marketing Communications Committees. This award recognizes the dedication, hard work and commitment of members or committee. This individual or committee has gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of a division activity, program, event or initiative that is managed by one of the Division committees.

Collaboration

The Ambassador Award
The Ambassador Award honors a staff member or group of staff who has brought significant recognition to the University of Houston and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. He, she, they or the group is known and has been recognized as a leader in their professional field, or has received recognition for their contribution to the discipline in some substantial and significant way, thus serving as a model for Student Affairs staff/office/departments everywhere.

Friend of the Division Award
The Friend of the Division Award recognizes a faculty member or lecturer who has participated in co-curricular activities or a staff member from any division outside Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. Nominees should have in some way contributed to the overall advancement of our Division.

Service

Tier One Customer Service – Individual Award
The Tier One Customer Service Individual Award is presented to a staff member who exceeds expectations and anticipates needs of all who they interact with. The individual is knowledgeable of campus resources, departments, and programs to be able to assist any who need support. This individual displays an attitude that makes the customer feel important, provides a positive and empathetic response, keeps promises and commitments, as well as adds value to the experience. This individual continuously seeks opportunities to innovate and improve Tier One customer service.

Tier One Customer Service – Departmental Award
The Tier One Customer Service Department Award is presented to a department that consistently demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the customer experience. Additionally, this department epitomizes the Division’s Customer Service Standard, which states that, staff engage customers with an ethic of care in a manner that demonstrates courtesy, attentiveness, active listening, proactive problem-solving, and patience while executing the functions of their job. It is expected that staff across the division possess cultural sensitivity and awareness of our diverse customers.”

Cougar Spirit Award
The Cougar Spirit Award recognizes a staff member or group of staff that best exemplifies the true "Cougar" spirit of the University, Division, and Community. The individual or group’s "spirit" is demonstrated through positive attitude, acts of University loyalty, teamwork, creativity, and cooperation. He, she or they are the "Heart of UH," demonstrating integrity, respect and dignity of all individuals, and concern for the welfare of others. His or her life serves as a model that demonstrates what it means to take pride in the University of Houston.

Division Professional Awards of Excellence

Outstanding Administrative Assistant/Support Staff Award (Transparency)
Requires Supporting Nominations

The Outstanding Support Staff Award is presented to a staff member who has been in the Division for a minimum of three years.  This staff member should portray a collaborative and dedicated approach to promote the University’s and Division’s mission and is essential to the success of the department or office. This individual accepts responsibility, respects other’s time, and possesses a high degree of integrity.  Nominees for this award must have joined the Division before January 1, 2014.

Outstanding New Professional Award (Empowerment)
Requires Supporting Nominations

This Outstanding New Professional Award is presented to a staff member with less than two years of service within the Division, and who is new to the professional field. This staff member also demonstrates exemplary performance promoting/addressing Critical Issues and Student Success Initiatives of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. This individual is one who has exemplified quality work and has made a significant impact on campus life, exhibited work beyond expectations, and developed outstanding relationships with students. This staff member is one who has demonstrated outstanding leadership through a willingness to help others and developed strong working relationships through collaboration with other departments within the Division. Nominees for this award must have joined the Division after January 1, 2015.

Outstanding Professional Award of Excellence (Combination of Values)
Requires Supporting Nominations

This Outstanding Professional Award is presented to a staff member who has been in the Division for a minimum of three years.  This award recognizes service, dedication, and contributions to the University beyond the requirements and expectations of the job. Characteristics of an employee’s performance which contribute to excellence include: superior job performance and a high degree of proficiency in their areas of responsibility; outstanding personal traits such as dedication, loyalty, reliability, courtesy, honesty, and initiative; continuous demonstration of service concepts necessary to support the Department, the Division and the University; initiative in making improvements to work methods, standards, or operations; or developing new programs, services, or cost savings which enhance or support the department of the university; and the ability to work cooperatively as a member of the work team.  Nominees for this award must have joined the Division before January 1, 2014.