President’s Award for Staff Achievement

Nominations

All members of the USC community are invited to submit nominations for the annual President’s Award for Staff Achievement. President Nikias presents the award each year to a current, full-time staff member who has made outstanding contributions to university life, enhanced morale, and demonstrated an enthusiastic Trojan spirit. The winner is honored at the Staff Recognition Luncheon held each spring.

Nominations for the 2015 award open in October 2014. The official call for nominations and deadline information will be posted at that time. 

2014 President’s Award – congratulations to Anthony Rodriguez

Watch how Anthony discovered he won:

Meet Anthony:

See highlights from the 2014 Staff Recognition Luncheon:

Recipients from previous years

How to nominate a staff member for the award

Determine if your nominee is eligible

  • Staff (not faculty)
  • Full-time (not part-time)
  • Currently at work (not on leave, retired or terminated)
  • At least 10 years of USC service

If you have questions about the eligibility of your nominee, contact Diane Schrader.

You may nominate more than one candidate.

Gather letters of recommendation

Nominations cannot be considered without supporting documentation (recommendation letters). You may submit an unlimited number of recommendation letters from individuals both within and outside USC.

The most persuasive letters are just a few paragraphs that use concrete examples or anecdotes to demonstrate how nominee:

  • Contributes to university life
  • Improves experiences for students, faculty, staff, alumni or community members (although nominees need not have direct contact with all of these groups)
  • Goes “above and beyond”
  • Enhances morale at USC
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for and commitment to the Trojan Family

Other supporting documentation (articles about the nominee, photos, etc.) is also invited.

The more “evidence” you provide, the stronger your nomination.

Complete nomination form

When you have gathered your supporting materials, complete this fillable PDF nomination form, and save the completed form on your computer.

Submit all materials

You may submit by:

  • Email—send a copy of the completed form and scanned copies of all supporting material to Diane Schrader
  • Fax—print completed form, and fax (along with all supporting material) to (213) 821-4560
  • Interoffice mail—print completed form, and send (along with all supporting material) to Diane Schrader at MC 0704
  • Hand delivery—print completed form, and drop off (along with all supporting material) for Diane Schrader at CUB 2nd floor reception desk

Consider enhancing nomination next year

All nominees are automatically carried over for one year, so your nominee will be considered for two consecutive annual awards. You do not have to submit new nomination materials for the second year, but you are welcome to submit additional recommendation letters if you desire.

FAQ

Who’s eligible?

Current, full-time staff members with at least 10 years of USC service.

Who’s not eligible?

Faculty, student workers, part-time staff, staff with fewer than 10 years of USC service, former staff, staff on leave, retirees.

Can I nominate more than one candidate?

Yes.

I think my colleague was nominated previously. Can I submit a new nomination?

All nominees are automatically carried over for one year, so your nominee will be considered for two consecutive annual awards. You do not have to submit new nomination materials for the second year, but you are welcome to submit additional recommendation letters if you desire.

If your colleague was nominated prior to last year, a new nomination must be submitted for him/her to be considered. If you are not certain whether your candidate was nominated last year, contact Diane Schrader.

How do I put together a successful nomination?

Select nominees who always go above and beyond; who make a tangible difference in the work environment; who make working at USC a pleasurable experience; who are proud members of the Trojan Family.

The most persuasive nominations include concrete examples that illustrate the worthiness of the candidate, and anecdotes help your nomination stand out!

What has distinguished previous winners?

Here are a few phrases from the recommendation letters supporting previous winners:

  • Exemplary work ethic
  • Passion for the job
  • Genuine and selfless concern for others
  • Always reliable
  • Vast knowledge of field
  • Influential in field
  • Cheerful
  • Pleasure to work with
  • Unparalleled loyalty
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Inspirational
  • Aspires to excellence
  • Demonstrates good judgment
  • Leads by example
  • Empowers others to succeed
  • Diplomatic and tactful
  • Trail-blazer
  • Professional
  • Dedicated
  • Efficient
  • Enthusiastic Trojan
  • Loves USC

These are the types of qualities that the President’s Award for Staff Achievement seeks to reward.