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Excellence Award

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Academic Staff Excellence Award is given annually to a member of the non-instructional academic staff who has excelled in performance and service. Excellence in performance is the primary criterion for the award, but outstanding service to the University community and beyond enhances a nomination. Academic staff who are eligible are non-instructional staff who hold at least 50 percent appointments and have not received the award in the past five years.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Academic Staff Excellence Award is given annually to a member of the non-instructional academic staff who has excelled in performance and service. Excellence in performance is the primary criterion for the award, but outstanding service to the University community and beyond enhances a nomination. Academic staff who are eligible are non-instructional staff who hold at least 50 percent appointments and have not received the award in the past five years.

Criteria:

  • The person should demonstrate service that consistently and substantially exceeds quality expected in the position.
  • The person should exhibit performance that consistently and substantially demonstrates ability and willingness to work positively and effectively with others.
  • The person should demonstrate performance of ability and willingness to manage changes in work. They should also demonstrate an innovative approach to the job and improve productivity and quality of work assigned.
  • The person should demonstrate performance that has resulted in important and significant contributions to their department and the campus, and has furthered UWL’s mission. Performance should result in becoming a distinguished member of his/her profession campus wide, system wide, statewide or nationally.

Nominating procedure:

  1. Nominate a fellow UW-La Crosse academic staff member
    1. Nominations may be made by academic staff, classified staff, faculty or students.
    2. Nominations must be submitted no later than 5 pm on April 11th.
    3. Nominations must be submitted electronically here.
  2. Those nominated will be sent a UWL Academic Staff Excellence Award Nominee Information Sheet.
    1. That information sheet must be returned to the ASC office or via email by 4pm on April 25th.
  3. The selection committee may solicit more information from colleagues of those nominated.
  4. The selection committee will forward its recommendation to the Chancellor.
  5. All nominees will be notified of the recipient.

The award recipient will receive the following:

  • $750, funded by the UWL Professional Development account, for professional development of the recipient's choice. The recipient must use the funds within one calendar year of receiving the award and may also apply for additional funds through the UWL Academic Staff Professional Development Committee.
  • A feature story about him/her will appear in the Campus Connection and other outlets. The recipient might also be considered for UW System publications highlighting academic staff.
  • News releases about the honor will be sent to local media and the recipient's hometown, upon the recipient's consent.
  • Recipients also will have their names added to a plaque recognizing yearly recipients, currently on display outside of the Chancellor's Office.

ASC Selection Procedures:

  • The call for nominations will be announced in the Campus Connection, email and a video message. Complete nomination information, including the link to the nomination form, will be distributed to all non-instructional academic staff members who hold at least 50 percent appointments.
  • The UWL Academic Staff Professional Development Committee, as appointed by the Academic Staff Council, will select the recipient. Committee members are not eligible for the award.
  • When the committee has made its recommendation, it should forward the person's name and the rationale for the award to the Chancellor. In the event that the committee does not elect to submit a candidate for the award, the committee should document its reasons for withholding the award and submit this documentation to the Chancellor.
  • All documents received on behalf of nominees shall become official records of the UWL Academic Staff Professional Development Committee. The committee chair will submit letters to nominees’ and recipients’ personnel files to indicate they were nominated for and/or received the award.

1994 - Mary Torstveit
1995 - Grace Smith
1996 - Chris Bakkum
1997 - June Reinert
1998 - Jim Jorstad*
1999 - Dianne MorrisonLarry Ringgenberg
2000 - Jon HagesethSara Slayton
2001 - Bradley Quarberg
2002 - Nelda ManterLori Petersen
2003 - Deon Nontelle*, Joel Chilsen
2004 - Jan Von Ruden
2005 - Marcia Johnson-Sage
2006 - Diane Schumacher
2007 - Janie Spencer*
2008 - Hong Rost
2009 - Sue Wrobel
2010 - Deb Veglahn
2011 - Karla Stanek
2012 - Carla Burkhardt
2013 - Mo McAlpine
2014 - Terry Wirkus
2015 - Maren Walz


*Recipient of the UW System Board of Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award the following year.