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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

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.


  • 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.