This award is for a person/team who is not involved directly with patients, e.g. One could say Xxxx is “doing her job” but what “makes a difference” is the way.
My nominee brings strong assets to his/her role and our group is incredibly fortunate to have him/her as our administrator.
First, s/he is dedicated and hardworking. S/he is extremely organized and focused on continuously learning and developing best practices to manage routine activities both efficiently and effectively. S/he brings a positive high energy and a personal touch. When I began my term as chair, s/he had developed processes and procedures over the years for managing our department that thoroughly impressed me. This brings consistency, as department chairs rotate, and helps each of us to start our term running, rather than scrambling to orient ourselves.
S/he brings true professional attributes to Ross and genuinely cares about delivering excellent quality work. S/he strives to integrate both an understanding of the big picture strategy and goals (for the school, for the department), as well as attention to details. Many times over the last few years, I have approached him/her on a non-standard matter with only a vague idea in my mind of what we needed or wanted to do. S/he took the initiative to figure out what the area needed with minimal guidance from me, and then delivered on the task as well. S/he also always goes above and beyond the call of duty in pursuing excellence. For example, in supporting our department retreat, s/he collaborated with the departmental committee as a team member and found creative ways to support the vision of the event with regards to the venue. The event received rave reviews by all and helped build the culture of our department.
My nominee easily develops and fosters relationships with faculty, doctoral students, and our guests. S/he actively participates in meetings and events; his/her participation enables his/her to understand the departments’ implicit needs and initiate ideas to support our efforts. S/he is terrific in welcoming our new faculty members and doctoral students, helping them adjust to the Ross School and Ann Arbor more generally. Likewise, our guest speakers and recruiting candidates encounter high quality facilitation of travel and accommodation, a welcoming personal hello, and we get rave reviews from them.
I highly recommend my nominee for a Ross Staff Recognition Award. S/he is motivated and positively engaged, serving as a true inspiration.
This employee truly deserves recognition for his/her work over the past year. S/he has tackled the largest project our department has seen with a confident, graceful determination. S/he was eager to manage a mammoth project and quickly set about educating him/her-self about all aspects of the project – above and beyond what his/her job scope required. S/he has unquestionably become the 'go-to' person for anything regarding this project due to this effort. His/her knowledge of the project is well past comprehensive – s/he knows the information intimately. This mastering of the project and everything related to it has been a huge asset to the team as we muddle our way through. The employee has been able to explain things clearly for the team – even as s/he is learning it – and has kept the project moving forward.
Though s/he makes it look effortless, this employee has spent countless hours learning the project inside and out. Despite the huge personal investment s/he has made in the project, s/he is always quick to give credit where credit is due. Whenever s/he is called out for his/her amazing work on the project, s/he makes it clear that it is a group effort, never wanting to take all the credit. Speaking even more to his/her team spirit, s/he is always collaborative – never wanting to step on toes or make decisions alone. S/he understands the collaborative nature of the project and works to make sure that people feel included and have a say, while still staying firm and on-track.
Through this incredibly stressful time, s/he can still be heard laughing often. S/he always tries to stay upbeat, look for positive outcomes or compromises in difficult circumstances, and focus on the good. This employee has been amazing to watch in action this year. S/he has tackled every challenge that came his/her way and has helped everyone around him/her do the same.
In your introduction, tell a little about yourself and how you know the person you' re recommending. From there Reasons to Nominate Someone for an Award.
The Employee Awards Committee wants to help you prepare the best award nomination possible. So we’ve asked former nominators and winners if we could share their nominations with you. Please find a winning nomination for the Administrative Staff Award as well as one for the Team Award.
Learn more about the awards and how you can submit a nomination here. Nominations are due Friday, April 6!
A. I would like to nominate Chris Hahn for the Administrative Staff of the Year award for the exemplary leadership he has shown in becoming the Dean of Perth Campus. Chris has successfully transitioned from the role of Chair to Dean and has had an enormous yet quiet impact in his role by leading a reinvigoration of the students, faculty and staff and general happiness at the Perth campus.
Chris is a tireless advocate for the skilled trades and apprenticeship programs offered at the College. Over the course of the last few years, we have worked with Chris to organize, host and attend a vast number of skilled trades’ related events and always notice that he tries to attend the events and where ever possible he actively participates by staffing a table, providing tours or giving presentations to visitors.
Whether working with internal or external groups, Chris looks to find the best outcome for all involved and truly exemplifies the core values of the College.
Chris Hahn has and continues to take an active role in the success of all of the students he oversees. He welcomes them through orientation and class visits in the first few weeks or school, sharing his favorite study tips and encourages them to collaborate with each other and support each other through the program.
A. Chris brings a considered and thoughtful approach to leadership but equally a willingness to learn. Not one to be rushed, I have both interacted with him and observed him working with peers, faculty and direct reports. He takes the time to listen and make sure everyone is included in the conversation then returns with a thoughtful and inclusive decision. Yet when it is time take the initiative, he does with gusto and determination. His honesty, friendly and considerate nature a qualities that make him a natural leader.
He always sees the good side of people and encourages other staff members to do the same. Chris has an open door policy and has time for everyone who comes to his door and he works tirelessly well beyond a normal work week.
In the two years since Chris has assumed the position of Dean, his affable nature, clear insight and guiding vision has garnered the respect and admiration of staff, students and the community alike. Students feel more welcomed, involved and self-assured of their success. Staff at all levels feel more supported, respected, engaged and confident of the Campus’ future growth. The community has become more enriched by the diversity and inclusivity of programs which were a result of meaningful consultation with a broader range of stakeholders.
A. In understand the depth of the challenges Chris faces with the enrolment at a regional college, he has made it his mission to engage the Perth community and surrounding area. He tirelessly promote the campus at every opportunity. During the Festival of Small Halls initiative, he took it upon himself to attend all of the events in order in the local area like Clayton, Balderson etc. to promote Algonquin College and program offerings, often times at expense of his free time.
Chris leads by example. He does not shy away the tough challenges. For Strategic Enrolment Management, he has work tirelessly to both raise his level of knowledge of a complex problem but has taken the time to bring his colleagues with him in the journey so that all will benefit.
I cannot express within the limits of this short description all of the attributes that Chris Hahn possesses to qualify his nomination for Algonquin College’s Administrative Staff Award. Rest assured that the list would be too exhaustive. If I had to distill the description to its essence, it would include those tangibles: intelligence, vision, tact, diplomacy, leadership, decisiveness and responsibility. However, of greater importance would be the list of intangibles that make up the fabric of a true leader of any organization: caring, respect, humility, commitment, dedication, humor, honesty, integrity, empathy, transparency, hard work and resiliency.
During his tenure Dean Hahn has established a renewed and reinvigorated spirit of cooperation and collaboration. He has captured through effort and consensus building the imagination of many who envision now a brighter and more stable future for the Campus and the community as a whole. It is without hesitation and with much pride that I support Chris Hahn’s nomination for Algonquin College’s Administrative Staff Award.
A. I would like to nominate the Automated Grade Entry folks for the Team Award.
The implementation of this college-wide initiative was highly effective and smooth. What was my favourite part? The experience was devoid of complaints! It is my hope that this will become the model for other college-wide initiatives. The automated final grade entry project has been, without a doubt, the smoothest roll-out of any college-wide initiative I can recall. It was so smooth that it was almost a non-event; it was very refreshing that the Department Academic Chair was not gating to the implementation.
Communications, both internal and external, can be indicative of effective teamwork. The “team” consisted of twenty-six (26) participants. Including the User Acceptance Testers (UAT), that would have pushed it to over eighty (80). The team demonstrated their advocacy by constantly soliciting feedback and it felt like they really listened to the end users.
A. This accomplishment has all the hallmarks of effective teamwork and very much focused upon the end user community. For example, in my department, the former process required entering the grades six times! The current process has reduced this to two times. Grades are now less prone to error and are available quicker with less effort. This accomplishment is undoubtedly due to the collaboration between four (4) areas of the college. That is not to mention over 60 faculty, support and admin from across the college who participated in the pilots for the early releases and provided feedback, which was critical for it being ready for college-wide implementation in 2015-fall. The very effective consultation and resulting feedback was converted into release-by-release improvements and a near flawless roll-out last semester. Faculty, Support Staff and Admin love it.
A. Saying that the implementation / roll-out went relatively smoothly might be a bit of an understatement. From the first release, the application was user-friendly to the point of being intuitive. For most users, the only needed instruction was, “Enter / approve final grades on ACSIS”. For a small minority, a second needed message was, “If you forgot your ACSIS password, please contact ITS @ 5555”.
Innovation often manifests itself in the details. As the chair, another aspect I appreciated was the default format of the spreadsheet download; it did not require any modification to run Evaluation and Progression (E&P) meetings.
A. What was my favourite part? The experience was devoid of complaints! It is my hope that this will become the model for other college-wide initiatives. The automated final grade entry project has been, without a doubt, the smoothest roll-out of any college-wide initiative I can recall. It was so smooth that it was almost a non-event; it was very refreshing that the Department Academic Chair was not gating to the implementation.
I would like the broader college to join me in celebrating the accomplishments of this team. Their significant contribution bodes well for success of future automation exercises.
Learn more about the awards and how you can submit a nomination here. Nominations are due Friday, April 6!
Central European Startup Awards is a circuit of the world-renowned Global Startup Awards, the largest independent startup-ecosystem competition started in 2012, covering over 60 countries in 7 regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Our mission is to find, connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide and to fuse them together on a global entrepreneurial network, creating a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships, investment opportunities, and commercial exchange.
For the sixth year now, we invite nominations from the 10 participating countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria. Anyone from anywhere in the world can nominate their Startup Superheroes from any of the participating countries.
This year you can compete and nominate someone in 16 categories: Startup of the Year, Best Newcomer, Best Social Impact Startup, Best IoT Startup, Best Fintech Startup, Best AI/Machine Learning Startup, Best Blockchain Startup, Best Smart City Solution, Best Health Tech Startup, Female Role Model of the Year, Founder of the Year, Investor of the Year, Freedompreneur of the Year, Best Accelerator or Incubator Program, Best Coworking Space and Best Software Development Partner
Please mind that you can apply or nominate someone to multiple categories in parallel.
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Writing an award nomination for someone is quite the tricky task, as you have to be Don't just say your nominee is outstanding – prove it!.
Being asked to write a nomination letter is an honor. Someone thinks your opinion is valuable. Of course, before you make a recommendation, you need to ensure you truly believe this person is deserving of the award since you’re putting your name behind the recommendation. Chances are if you’re being asked, though, the person is fairly sure you’ll have good things to say, which means the next step is to write a letter that gets results. This is fairly simple, just requiring a little honesty about your relationship to this person and why you think he’s deserving of the award.
Before you write the first word, put some time into getting the background on the award and the candidate. Try to research the history of the award. What type of people generally win? If there’s a published list of criteria, review it and note areas that fit your nominee. Take a look at the list of past recipients and look for qualities you may be able to highlight when you write your own letter.
Once you have that information, start your letter. In your introduction, tell a little about yourself and how you know the person you’re recommending. From there, you can segue into describing all of the reasons the nominee deserves the award, pulling in as many facts as you can. In addition to facts and figures about the ways the nominee has helped others or furthered organizations, mention personality characteristics that make her deserving, including her passion for helping others or her lifelong commitment to her chosen profession.
Over the course of your career, you’ll make plenty of friends and associates. The person who worked for you or served as your boss in your first job could contact you down the line to ask for a recommendation. This long-term networking can pay off should you ever need a favor in return. By following through, you’ll strengthen those professional relationships, which can only pay off for your own career. Perhaps the best reason to nominate someone is that you’re likely giving someone who deserves it a boost. If this person works in your own industry, this benefits that industry as a whole, which will help you in the long run. If you’re recommending a former student or friend who isn’t connected directly to the work you do, you’re still ensuring a deserving person is acknowledged for his hard work, and this always sets a good example for others.
I'm honored to nominate Sarah Brown for the Manager of the Year Award. I've worked with Sarah for twelve years, and have always found her to be efficient, great with customer service and a positive asset in employee relations. Her recent success in training at-risk youth is just one example of the great work she's done for this company.
Sarah is a true team player, as evidenced by the fact that she's trained more employees who have gone on to our management team than anyone else. She's had the highest retention rate in her division for five years running, out of the entire Northwest sector. Her people respect Sarah's leadership and show it by producing higher quotas than 79 percent of the rest of the company. I couldn't think of another person more deserving of this award than Sarah Brown, which is why I'm pleased to nominate her for Manager of the Year.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Staff Community Service Award! See below for how you can nominate someone today!.