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The Vanguard: Exemplary Service Award


The Vanguard Exemplary Service AwardThe Exemplary Service Award was established to recognize outstanding employees who have consistently demonstrated exemplary job performance and a commitment to delivering excellent service to students, faculty and staff at Michigan State University.

There are two categories for this award, one for faculty/academic staff and one for support staff. Award recipients will receive $750 and will be recognized during the All-Staff Undergraduate Education Meeting in the spring.

Nominees should have an outstanding commitment to Michigan State University’s core Mission and Values and a proven track record of high caliber service within the unit. When preparing a nomination, please cite specific examples that showcase the individual’s talents and accomplishments.

Please submit your nomination by 5 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2024.

If you would like to check the eligibility of your nominee, or if you have any other questions, please email the awards committee at UGEdAwards@msu.edu.

Please do not notify the employee of their nomination!

Example Achievement Areas

Potential examples of achievement areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Demonstrates exemplary customer service, using respect and conscientiousness.
  • Possesses and utilizes excellent organizational skills.
  • Practices proactive and forward thinking to anticipate the needs of the unit.
  • Promotes productive relationships across the unit and University.
  • Contributes ideas that result in the saving of time or resources.
  • Solves problems with diplomacy, creativity and tact.
  • Promotes equity by welcoming and valuing a diversity of opinions in discussions, demonstrating acceptance of others, speaking up against marginalization and disrespect, and considering accessibility, diversity, and inclusivity in all aspects of job assignments.

Qualifications

  • Nominees must be on the Office of Undergraduate Education payroll as a regular, active employee.
  • Nominees must have been employed by Undergrad Ed for at least three years.
  • Nominators must be employed by or enrolled at Michigan State University.
  • Nominators and nominees must not have a familial relationship.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Award eligibility is limited to once every three years.
  • The eligible employee groups for the Support Staff Awards are APSA, APA and CTU employees.