Lincoln Employee Appreciation & Recognition

Our efforts in achieving the university’s strategic goals are only possible through the dedicated and exceptional service of our staff.

Appreciation is an essential part of how we create community, and we would like to take every opportunity to highlight those staff that makes our university’s success possible during the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony.

The program recognizes employees whose contributions go “above and beyond” the day-to-day responsibilities of Lincoln community members. We owe them our thanks daily. To express our thanks, we have a team of senior leaders and special event planners committed to creating and implementing various employee appreciation and recognition programs and events throughout each year.

All of our appreciation events and programs will meet one of the following goals:

  • Honor the dedication, commitment, performance and exhibited LU core values of faculty and staff Recognize faculty and staff with significant service anniversaries
  • Celebrate the Lincoln University community that makes the institution successful
  • Support our effort to become and remain an employer of choice We invite you to attend these events and enjoy part of what will become our Lincoln tradition and culture.

Events

Human Resources sponsors or supports several annual events to recognize and reward employees. Some examples include:

  • President's Winter Party for all faculty & staff,
  • Service Anniversary Breakfast,
  • Faculty/Staff Institute,
  • President’s Fish Fry,
  • Employee Appreciation Day in March, and
  • Faculty Awards Ceremony.

Nominations

  • The nomination period for 2020 has closed. Award recipients will be announced on Friday, September 18, during the virtual Staff Recognition and Awards Ceremony. See Daily Bulletin for the Zoom link. 

Employee Awards

The employee awards offered by Lincoln University are detailed below. Read about the 2020 employee awards. Click on any award name below for complete award details. 

Anyone may submit a nomination for the first three awards, however, the recipient will be chosen by cabinet members only. 

  2020 Award Winners

Core Values Award

The Core Values Award recognizes and rewards individuals who live the University’s mission and is a role model exemplifying all of the Core Values – Respect, Responsibility, and Results.

  • Non-exempt Staff Category
    • Kathleen ClarkDepartment Assistant, Mass Communications Department & LU AFSCME Union President
    • "Kathy has served the University, faculty, and staff for over 38 years and continues to respect every member of our community, and strives to make a positive difference. She works with members of management to achieve results that reflect a commitment to her AFSCME membership and the University."
  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Jackie McNeil, Executive Assistant, Division of Academic Affairs
    • "Jackie is required to communicate with a wide variety of individuals, units and constituents both in and outside of the university. In each of these instances she is consistent in her dealings with people as she is courteous, respectful, patient, and intent on offering expert service and outcomes."

Culture of Belonging Award

The Office of Institutional Equity sponsors The Culture of Belonging Award to recognize staff who advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. This award is presented to staff members who go beyond expectations to create and support an open, inclusive, welcoming, and equitable workplace environment for all members of the Lincoln community.

  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Rev. Frederick T. Faison, Ed.D., Associate Vice President, Student Success, Health & Wellness, & University Chaplain

Community Partnership Award

The Community Partnership Award has been created to honor the valuable partnerships that exist on and off Lincoln University's campus and to celebrate community efforts that advance human understanding and public citizenship.

Willowdale Chapel - Jennersville and Kennett Square CampusesPastors Larry Redmond and Johnny Johnston

"The Willowdale Chapel has rendered exceptional outreach and engagement within Lincoln's community through its supportive partnership with Lincoln University.  The Chapel has provided volunteers from its congregation to help with our student move-in process for many years.  The members of Willowdale Chapel's Jennersville campus also join the students of Lincoln University each year for a Sunday church service at the Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel, entitled Lincoln Love Sunday with Willowdale Chapel."


Lincoln Lion Exemplary Performance Award

The annual Lincoln Lion Exemplary Performance Award is a staff honor, recognizing staff members who have made significant contributions to the University's pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service.

  • Non-exempt Staff Category
    • Maxine Cook, Department Assistant, Health & Wellness
  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Lyndsay Raymond, Associate Director, Student Life & Development

Teamwork Recognition Award

The Teamwork Recognition Award recipient goes out of their way to help team members even if it is not technically their responsibility. Teamwork involves one or two or more employees who share common goals and work in concert to assess a situation, plan a solution, or resolve a problem.

  • Individual Category
    • Nancy Weigel, Lab Manager, Biology Department
  • Team Category
    • Administrative Units Assessment Committee
      • Nancy Evans, Project Manager and Classroom Technology Specialist, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
      • Jacob Mullins, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Internal Relations / Deputy, Title IX Coordinator, Department of Athletics & Recreational Services
      • Annie Phanthayoum, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Information Technology
      • Lynn Powell, Director of Purchasing, Division of Finance & Administration

Thought Leader Award

The Thoughtful Leader Award recognizes an employee who brings out the best in others. The award recipient also "lives "the values of Learn, Liberate, Lead” at Lincoln University.

Marc R. ParteeChief of Police and Director of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety

"Chief Partee has gone above and beyond in an attempt to make the Department of Public Safety a better department, and he has greatly succeeded at doing do. He has also made the university a safer environment, especially in the time of the pandemic. Due to Chief Partee’s COVID-19 management plan, he has worked tirelessly on over the summer, taking little to no time off for himself."


Peer Recognition Award

The Peer Recognition Awards provide the opportunity for faculty and staff to acknowledge and express appreciation for staff co-workers who make a difference in everyday work life.

  • Non-exempt Staff Category
    • Diane Smith, Department Assistant, Department of Languages and Literature Department
  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Catherine Rutledge, Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Customer service is defined as a series of activities intended to improve the level of customer satisfaction. At Lincoln, customer service means that a focus on positively impacting students' overall educational experience and internal and external stakeholders' interactions with University offices and programs.

  • Non-exempt Staff Category
    • Yolanda Echevarria, Department Assistant, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Nicola Larkin, Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Office of Financial Aid

Game Changer (Innovation) Award

Recognizes an employee who proactively developed, implemented, or tried a new work method, system, or creative solution to address a problem or issue. This award has been created to recognize staff — whether they've been at Lincoln for a few weeks or many years — who bring fresh ideas to their work, inspire a spirit of innovation, and take a bold approach to accomplish their work.

  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Brian Bernas, Audio Visual Technician, Office of Information Technology

President’s Award for Excellence

The President's Award for Excellence, the highest-level award, has been created to provide recognition for staff members who embody the spirit and mission of the institution and personally honor them for their effort and contribution to the Lincoln Community.

  • Non-exempt Staff Category
    • Annie Phanthayoum, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Information Technology
    • "Annie Phanthayoum was nominated for this award because of her work ethic, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the University. Annie will take the time to help anyone who reaches out. She is always kind and respectful in how she engages with everyone and completes work that deserves to be recognized."
  • Exempt Staff Category
    • Sgt. Tamarkius Roby, Director / Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Veterans Affairs
    • "Sgt. Roby embodies the spirit and mission of the institution and deserves to be recognized for his efforts as a change leader and contribution to the Lincoln Community.  Sgt. Roby played a key role in preparing the campus for New Student Orientation, student move-in day and served as an operations leader on the LU COVID-19 Taskforce."
  President’s Award for Excellence

Description

The President's Award for Excellence has been created to provide recognition for staff members who embody the spirit and mission of the institution and personally honor them for their effort and contribution to the Lincoln Community.

Criteria

To be nominated for the President's Award for Excellence, the individual must excel at one of the strategic themes:

  • Theme One: Build a Culture that Supports Student Success
  • Theme Two: Enhance Academic Quality and Achieve Operational Excellence
  • Theme Three: Develop Strategic Partnerships to Leverage Resources and Assets
  • Theme Four: Strategically Align Resources to Support Institutional Priorities
  • Theme Five: Tell the Lincoln University Story

Eligibility

Two President's Award for Excellence recipients will be honored: one exempt staff member and one non-exempt staff member. Employees must be a Lincoln employee (non-faculty) and must have completed at least two years of continuous full-time service in the department for which he or she works.
The President, the Executive Leadership Cabinet, assistant and associate provosts, assistant and associate vice presidents, executive directors, all levels of deans, academic department chairs, and full-time faculty are not eligible for this award.

Selection

Because this is the highest-level award, cabinet members will have the opportunity to nominate up to three individuals from their respective divisions. A cabinet-level selection committee will forward the top five nominees with the President for review and final selection.

What Recipient Receives

The recipients will receive a $1,500 stipend and a commemorative plaque.

  The Culture of Belonging Award

Description

The Office of Institutional Equity sponsors The Culture of Belonging Award to recognize staff who advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. This award is presented to staff members who go beyond expectations to create and support an open, inclusive, welcoming, and equitable workplace environment for all members of the Lincoln community. These staff members speak up as an ally when they see unfair treatment and puts diversity and inclusion principles into practice in their everyday work—regardless of the work they do.

Lincoln is committed to creating an inclusive workplace founded on a culture of respect. Nominees support colleagues in feeling welcome as their authentic selves and empower all members of the community to contribute and participate fully. Nominees who are supervisors go the extra mile to create a culture of belonging in their teams and the larger organization.

Criteria

Ways in which Lincoln employees can promote a culture of belonging and inclusivity include:

  • Promoting an inclusive workplace by inviting diverse viewpoints, encouraging collaboration, and modeling appreciation and respect toward colleagues. (Respect)
  • Taking the lead, regardless of their job title or level, to help others feel that they belong at Lincoln. (Initiative)
  • Making exceptional efforts to promote a workplace environment free from bias and discrimination, where all individuals are valued. (Inclusion)
  • Embracing the importance of cultural sensitivity in the workplace and actively working to resolve conflicts if cultural differences arise (Cultural Competence)
  • Addressing areas of need and committing to progress and achievement—not because their job requires it but because it is the right thing to do. (Judgment)
  • Aiming to involve and incorporate others; establishes high standards for personal conduct. (Integrity)
  • Being receptive to new ideas, information, backgrounds, and experiences. (Vision)

Eligibility

Two 2020 Culture of Belonging Award recipients will be honored: one exempt staff member and one non-exempt staff member. Winners must be full-time regular staff members.

Selection

These nominations will go directly to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). The OIE committee will review the nominations present the recommendation to the Award Selection Committee. The OIE committee will consist of Title IX Deputies and HR's Director of Labor & Employee Relations.

What Recipient Receives

The recipients will receive a $500 stipend and a commemorative plaque.

  Community Partnership Award

Description

The Community Partnership Award has been created to honor the valuable partnerships that exist on and off Lincoln University's campus and to celebrate community efforts that advance human understanding and public citizenship.

 

Criteria

Award recipients are selected based on their initiative, leadership, and involvement in projects that embody the spirit of genuine partnership and benefit the overall community.

For this award, the successful community partner should have displayed significant effort, made a meaningful contribution, and have supported the Lincoln University community. This could be demonstrated through the following:

  • Working in collaboration with a department, division, or student-related programming to enhance its mission, vision, or goals;
  • Provided support in programming or event planning; and
  • Provided human (volunteers) or financial resources to develop successful programming.

Questions to be answered by the nominator:

  • Describe the collaboration between the community partner and Lincoln University.
  • In what ways has this partner contributed to program(s) or event(s) benefitting the Lincoln University community?
  • How has this community partner gone above and beyond expectations?

Eligibility

The Community Partnership Award will be given to an external community service organization or agency, community-based organization, department, or contracted LU vendor for outstanding community work in partnership with Lincoln University. The Community Partner (either on-campus or off-campus) should have provided assistance and support to a Lincoln University student organization or programs and events that support student success.

  • Previous award recipients are not eligible for consideration for this award cycle;
  • Self-nominations are not accepted;
  • Staff in the Office of Community Service and Engagement and student organizations are not eligible to receive the award;
  • Community Partners must be nominated by a university student, faculty or staff member; and
  • If there is no community partner nominated, the award selection committee, in consultation with the Office of Community Engagement, reserves the right to identify a deserving community partner to recognize.

Selection

Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, or student and forwarded to the committee. The Staff Recognition and Rewards Committee will serve as the award selection committee.

What Recipient Receives

The recipient of this award will receive a commemorative plaque and complimentary tickets (up to 2 tickets) to attend Lincoln University's first home football game hosted in the fall semester.

  Lincoln Lion Exemplary Performance Award

Description

The annual Lincoln Lion Exemplary Performance Award is a staff honor, recognizing staff members who have made significant contributions to the University's pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service.

Criteria

Staff members are recognized for:

  • Overall performance and accomplishments that regularly and consistently far exceed performance expectations, reflecting a high level of service, dedication, conscientiousness, compassion, and applied skill;
  • Handling a high impact or critical situation which had important consequences for a department, Lincoln University or the community; and
  • Developing or improving processes that resulted in significant productivity and/or cost-savings improvements.

Eligibility

Two 2020 Lincoln Lion Exemplary Service Awards recipients will be honored: one exempt staff member and one non-exempt staff member.

What Recipient Receives

The recipients will receive a $250 stipend and a commemorative plaque.

Submit a Nomination

Submit a nomination through the Qualtrics webform. 

 

  Teamwork Recognition Award

Description

The Teamwork Recognition Award recipient goes out of their way to help team members even if it is not technically their responsibility.
Teamwork involves one or two or more employees who share common goals and work in concert to assess a situation, plan a solution, or resolve a problem.

Criteria

Teamwork at Lincoln can be exhibited in the following ways:

  • Building effective collaborative relationships across different divisions, departments, or groups;
  • Committing to common goals based on open and honest communication while showing respect, concern, and support for others;
  • Enacting significant changes, modifications or approaches that measurably improve work productivity, efficiency, and quality;
  • Developing an innovative process or procedure that measurably positively impacts the University community;
  • Achieving measurable improvements in interactions with all customers;
  • Proactively seeking different perspectives, breaking down silos and communicating the "why" behind decisions; and
  • Recognizing every member's contribution to the team.

Eligibility

Two awards are given for teamwork:

Individual Award

The first teamwork award honors a single employee who is an extraordinary team player and:

  • Holds a position lower than the level of Associate/Assistant Vice President;
  • Has not received any formal disciplinary action or performance improvement plan within the twelve months before the nomination date; and
  • Has not received the award within the previous two years.

Team Award

The second teamwork award honors a team of employees who:

  • Use their complementary backgrounds and skills to achieve a common goal as a whole;
  • Create a team environment that promotes cooperation, communication, trust, and respect for differences; and
  • Value team success over individual success.

What Recipient Receives

The team and individual staff members will be presented with recognition certificates and invited to a catered event with the cabinet members at the ICC.

Submit a Nomination

Submit a nomination through the Qualtrics webform. 

  Peer Recognition Awards

Description

The Peer Recognition Awards provide the opportunity for faculty and staff to acknowledge and express appreciation for staff co-workers who make a difference in everyday work life.

Criteria

Perfect Addition Award

Consistently exemplifies the University's mission and core values of integrity, collaboration, respect, and high-level customer service; been with University at least one (1) year.

Hall of Fame Award

Consistently exemplifies the University's mission and values of respect, responsibility, and results; employed by Lincoln University for at least three (3) consecutive years as a regular full-time employee.

Below are a variety of ways peers can demonstrate great work at Lincoln University, and for which they can be recognized:

  • Good Citizenship – Promoting positive morale through actions of good spirit
  • Collaboration / Helping / Mentoring – Leading others through partnerships
  • Creativity – Honoring the creative problem solver
  • Going Above and Beyond – Modeling superior service
  • Make it Happen – Relentlessly resourceful and productive
  • Working diligently behind the scenes
  • Going Green – Providing outstanding contributions toward campus sustainability

Eligibility

Regular full-time Lincoln University staff members are eligible. Two 2020 Peer Recognition Award recipients will be honored; one exempt staff member and one non-exempt staff member.

What Recipient Receives

Each honored recipient will receive a framed recognition certificate and Lion Reward Bucks valued at $75 to be redeemed at the University's Campus Store.

  Outstanding Customer Service Award

Description

Customer service is defined as a series of activities intended to improve the level of customer satisfaction. At Lincoln, customer service means that a focus on positively impacting students' overall educational experience and internal and external stakeholders' interactions with University offices and programs.

Criteria

Ways in which staff demonstrate customer service include the following:

  • Delivering courteous and prompt service;
  • Taking personal responsibility for resolving customer concerns;
  • Striving to exceed customer expectations;
  • Anticipating the needs of those served and offering proactive and flexible solutions;
  • Valuing constant improvements by measuring and tracking customer satisfaction;
  • Creating strategies to help serve customers more efficiently; and
  • Valuing the importance of delivering high-quality service to both internal and external customers.

Eligibility

Two 2020 Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients will be honored; one exempt staff member and one non-exempt staff member.

What Recipient Receives

The recipients will each receive a $250 stipend, an engraved plaque, two complimentary tickets to Lincoln's first home football game of the fall semester, and access to the Lions Stadium VIP booth.

  Thoughtful Leader Award

Description

The Thoughtful Leader Award recognizes an employee who brings out the best in others. Nominees mentor or coach colleagues, especially those less experienced or newly hires, with exceptional skill.

The Thoughtful Leader Award is presented to a Lincoln staff member who consistently demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to their employees and the Lincoln workplace. Strong nominees create an environment that develops, empowers, engages, challenges, and motivates their staff and colleagues with a result of greater productivity, effectiveness, and a sense of belonging. They are problem-solvers and act with foresight and professionalism. These individuals also "live" the values of Learn, Liberate, Lead at Lincoln University.

Criteria

A Thoughtful Leader nominee at Lincoln should exhibit the following attributes:

  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic and helps employees to strategize and determine priorities; looks for opportunities to take initiative and/or exceed expectations. (Initiative)
  • Takes on the tough challenges; produces results under challenging circumstances and changing environments; prioritizes professional development for self and staff; looks for opportunities to grow employees' skills and knowledge. (Growth)
  • Inspires staff to work more efficiently and effectively; appreciates the value of feedback; an ambassador for the University as a great workplace where everyone can be their authentic self. (Vision)
  • Promotes an inclusive work culture; supportive of work/life integration for all employees; supports participation in University events and programs. (Inclusion)

Eligibility

All Lincoln University staff members are eligible.

What Recipient Receives

One recipient of the Thoughtful Leader Award will receive a $1,000 stipend to be redeemed for a relevant professional development course or seminar and a commemorative plaque. The award recipient's home department may utilize additional funds, if available, to supplement the remaining balance of the selected professional development course or seminar. If departmental funds are not available, payment of the remaining balance of the professional development opportunity will be the responsibility of the award recipient.

  The Game Changer Award (Innovation Award)

Description

Recognizes an employee who proactively developed, implemented, or tried a new work method, system, or creative solution to address a problem or issue.
Innovation and a creative approach are vital to higher education; therefore, it is imperative to recognize and reward innovation throughout the organization. This award has been created to recognize staff — whether they've been at Lincoln for a few weeks or many years — who bring fresh ideas to their work, inspire a spirit of innovation, and take a bold approach to accomplish their work. Nominees can work in any position or area on campus. A Game Changer could be a colleague that the nominee worked with on a project or from their unit, a manager, an employee. Individuals may self-nominate. This award shows that innovation flourishes at Lincoln!

Criteria

A Game Changer nominee should possess these essential skills for success:

  • Shares knowledge and information. (Communication)
  • Demonstrates innovation, creativity, and informed risk-taking. (Judgment)
  • Creates environments in which employees have the freedom, tools, or resources to challenge the status quo, push boundaries, and achieve growth; uses mistakes as opportunities for learning. (Growth)
  • Seeks advancements in products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas. (Innovative)
  • Finds innovative solutions; sees new possibilities; takes new ideas from concept to reality. (Vision)

Eligibility

All Lincoln University staff members are eligible.

What Recipient Receives

The award recipient will receive a $250 stipend, certificate of recognition, and the option to receive:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the first home football game of the fall semester; or
  • A complimentary lunch coupon to be redeemed at one of the available campus dining facilities.
  Core Values Award

No nominations will be accepted for this award in fall 2020. This award was given at the 2020 Faculty & Staff Institute. 

Description

The Core Values Award recognizes and rewards individuals who live the University’s mission and is a role model exemplifying all of the Core Values.

Criteria

Any regular staff employee, exempt or non-exempt, who live the University’s mission and is a role model exemplifying all of the Core Values.

Eligibility

Two (2) award recipients will be selected:

Any regular full-time staff employee, exempt or non-exempt in good standing.

Core Values

Respect: to consider every member of the community worthy of high regard.

Responsibility: to be willing to answer for one’s conduct and fulfill obligations; and to choose for oneself between right and wrong.

Results: to work diligently to achieve desired outcomes.

What Recipients Receive

  • $500 (net) cash award (two awardees)
  • Keepsake item
  • Acknowledgement of awards at the Faculty and Staff Institute held in the fall semester
  • Photograph and notivr in the LU Daily Bulletin
  2019 Award Winners
Award Name Unit Awardee
Sniff and Scurry Award Institutional Advancement Shari Burruss
Sniff and Scurry Award Biology Anna Hull
Sniff and Scurry Award Information Technology Franks Nnani
Sniff and Scurry Award Public Safety Antonio Ortega
Sniff and Scurry Award Purchasing Lynn Powell
Sniff and Scurry Award Undergraduate Admissions Delia VanSant
Collaboration Recognition Award Institutional Effectiveness, Research & Planning Turan Gonul
Collaboration Recognition Award Health Science Yvonne Hilton
Collaboration Recognition Award Office of the Comptroller Jen Lucas
Collaboration Recognition Award Athletics Darrell Mosley
WOW Recognition Award Information Technology Damaris Colon
WOW Recognition Award Financial Aid Theresa Hammond
WOW Recognition Award Academic Affairs Laura King
WOW Recognition Award Athletics Caprice Love
WOW Recognition Award Campus Store Nancy Minor
WOW Recognition Award Academic Support Shirley Quillin
Student-Centered Recognition Award Mass Communications Brandi Berry
Student-Centered Recognition Award Office of Dean of Students Maxine Cook
Student-Centered Recognition Award Office of the Registrar Jason Dick
Student-Centered Recognition Award Athletics Kisha Middleton