Tradition of Excellence Award

Since its inception in 2003, a representative committee of staff members and Human Resources administer a staff recognition program that is a special “thank you and handshake” with public recognition for significant contributions.

Criteria:

To qualify, an individual or team should demonstrate outstanding behaviors or produce exceptional results, either within a single department or across the University, in any of the following categories.

Character:

  • Create a positive, supportive, and inclusive place for employees and students to work and learn.
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership and role modeling by providing a sense of purpose, vision, and mission to achieve goals.
  • Invest time and interest in coaching and mentoring to influence others positively and build consensus around organizational values and objectives.
  • Actively participate in Lehigh community service.

Job Performance:

  • Provide quality customer service, both in front and behind the scenes. “Go the extra mile” to provide service to internal and external customers with timely and appropriate follow-up and responsiveness and demonstrated improvement of customer service and satisfaction.
  • Get results by identifying, creating, and implementing innovative solutions to improve the way work is done, making it easier, more efficient, and/or less costly.
  • Contribute to the success of others by sharing expertise and knowledge.

Team Focused Contribution:

  • Serve on a department or University team or committee and contribute to its success.
  • Work on a special project with successful outcomes.
  • Participate in broad efforts outside the realm of assigned job duties to improve the University community.

Eligibility:

All full or part-time Lehigh University staff -- nonexempt, exempt, and research staff members (excluding student and wage employees, leased employees, and affiliated organizations) may be nominated for individual or team awards.

Process:

Anyone may nominate an individual or team. This includes staff, faculty, students, alumni, visitors, and vendors. All nominators must identify themselves. Anonymous nominations will not be considered. A nomination form will be distributed and available on the Human Resources Web site. Nominations may be made on a rolling basis and awards will be announced in April and December.

Committee:

The committee is comprised of representative staff from across the University. They are:

  • Grant Hittinger, Chair (Library & Technoology Services)
  • Carla Kologie (College of Education)
  • Gene Lucadamo (Center for Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology)
  • Pat Mann (Provost's Office)
  • Mary Jo McNulty (Human Resources)

The committee is chaired by Grant Hittinger (Library & Technology Services). The committee will administer the program and determine the award recipients.

Award:

Recipients will receive the following:

  • A congratulatory letter from the VP or Dean of their stem.
  • A check in the amount of $150 net
  • A certificate
  • A medallion inscribed with the Lehigh Tradition of Excellence graphic.

Colleges and stems may decide to have a plaque with the names of award recipients from their area. Information on how to order and maintain such a plaque will be available through Human Resources.

Tradition of Excellence Award Recipients

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