Outstanding Achievement Awards
The Outstanding Achievement Awards celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff across several awards categories and support Mason’s values and mission. In addition to the HR & Payroll awards, there are awards presented at the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony sponsored by other departments: Environmental Health and Safety Office, Staff Senate, Sustainability, University Life, and Office of Undergraduate Education.
The Outstanding Achievement Awards are held annually in the spring. Nomination forms can either be sent through campus mail or emailed to email@example.com.
*The deadline to submit award nominations is February 25, 2023.*
April 25, 2023
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Human Resources and Payroll Awards
Adjunct faculty members play a crucial role at Mason. They bring expertise, experience, energy, and enthusiasm that enhance the Mason experience for faculty, staff, and students. The Adjunct Faculty Service Award recognizes a member of the adjunct faculty who displays exceptional commitment and service to the university, its mission, and its students. This award is open to up to three adjunct faculty members. Each recipient will receive $1,000.
- The nominee must be an adjunct faculty member who has taught at Mason for at least four semesters
- Contributes to the success of colleagues and complements the department and Mason through their dedication and exemplary service
- Embodies the mission and values of the university community
Mason’s values and mission uphold the highest standards of integrity, civility, and respect for self, our students, our colleagues, and the community at-large. Mason’s faculty and staff should uphold these core values to form a collaborative community for the betterment of all. This award recognizes an individual who is a role model of integrity, civility, respect, and positive behavior. The recipient will receive $1,000.
- The nominee must be a faculty or staff member who has been employed at Mason for at least one year.
- Consistently acts with respect in all interactions and holds themselves personally responsible for their own behavior and actions.
- Promotes positive relations in the campus community by not only being an example to others, but also by encouraging and nurturing good behavior.
- Cultivates and maintains an environment where one’s behavior and words, even in times of conflict, reflects restraint, responsibility, and respect.
This award recognizes individuals whose efforts exemplify the leadership and dedication of David W. Rossell, who retired from George Mason University in 2007 with over 20 years of loyal service. His devotion to the Mason community focused on leadership, teaching and fulfilling Mason’s mission. The recipient will receive $1,000.
- Must be an instructional, administrative or professional faculty who has been employed at the University for at least one year
- Works on projects or initiatives outside the realm of normal duties, resulting in the advancement of the University's mission. Shares time and expertise in service to the University and to the community and puts our students first.
- Displays effort to advance the stature of the department and/or the entire University
- Displays leadership
Employees who provide excellent support are the backbone of Mason; they provide the strength for their department and the University to grow and prosper. They are often the “go-to” person in their department providing excellent customer service and ensuring that the functions and operations of their department run smoothly. Up to 10 Exceptional Support awards can be awarded and each recipient will receive $1,000.
- Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year
- Provides support to ensure that the functions and operations of the nominee's department run smoothly. Contributes to the success of colleagues by sharing applicable knowledge and expertise
- Demonstrates quality customer service to internal and external customers with responsiveness in a timely and appropriate manner
- Gets results by identifying, creating, and implementing innovative solutions to improve the way work is done, making it easier, more efficient and/or less costly
The Goldie and Diane Hattery Award for Excellence honors a Mason Housing and Residence Life or Facilities Management employee for their exceptional service and support to their unit and to Mason. There will be two recipients and each will receive $800.
Criteria for this award:
- Must be a Housing and Residence Life or Facilities Management employee who works in Housekeeping, Janitorial Services, or one of the Facilities Management Services Departments or Shops.
- Must be a classified, wage, or contracted employee with at least one year of employment at Mason.
- Demonstrates excellent customer service and exemplary job performance.
- Goes above and beyond the call of duty.
To nominate someone, submit the nomination form.
This award recognizes individuals whose efforts carry on the work and demonstrate the character of its namesake, the late Margaret C. Howell, who retired from George Mason University in 2002. For 20 years, Margaret performed outstanding, committed service as a valued and well-loved member of the Mason community—beginning as secretary for minority student affairs before retiring as an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Specialist. Both in work as in life, her focus remained on the development of respect, diversity, and individual dignity throughout the University and surrounding community. The award recipient will receive $2,000.
- Nominees must have at least three continuous years of service at Mason
- Nominees should display evidence of work that promotes respect, diversity and individual dignity. Some examples include: providing mentorship for students, faculty or staff; developing programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation; or resolving problems and concerns arising from individual differences
- Nominees’ efforts should show an impact on an individual or group of individuals, George Mason University, and/or the surrounding community
The award is named after Martha J. Reiner, who retired in 2005 after 17 years of quality customer service to the Mason community. She was the recognized goodwill ambassador and "go to" person for her department, who along with her commitment to outstanding customer service skills, worked to recognize others through the development of programs like the Employee of the Month. The recipient will receive $1,000 and an inscribed plaque.
- Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year
- Shows exceptional initiative in "going the extra mile" to provide service to internal and external customers with timely and appropriate follow-up
- Shows responsiveness to the needs of students, patrons or customers to enhance the department and/or Mason’s mission
- Demonstrates improvement of customer service and satisfaction
The Outstanding Achievement Award was designed to recognize individuals for their significant achievements for the betterment of the University and whose actions exemplify Mason’s values. Each recipient will receive $1,000.
- Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year. Classified employees, administrative/professional faculty and wage employees are eligible for this award.
- Accomplished some achievement that resulted in significant benefit to the University, school, institute or department
- Achievement must be a sustained, long-term accomplishment (for at least a one year period) within the realm of the employees’ job
- Nominees' accomplishment must support the mission and values of the university
One of Mason’s values is We Thrive Together, but what does that value look like in action? How do Mason teams actively nurture a positive and collaborative community? Good teamwork is always important, and even more so this year.
The Patriot Pathbreakers Award, established by HR & Payroll and the Staff Senate, seeks to honor two high performing teams who embody the Mason value of thriving together. High performing teams are active pathbreakers, using the individual talents of team members to overcome obstacles and make progress toward the team’s, unit’s, or Mason’s goals. These teams are innovative, adapting their services/processes when necessary to meet the changing needs of the Mason community. The sum of their efforts is a result of communication, teamwork, and team spirit and commitment.
This award is open to two teams and each team member will receive an award certificate and a DoorDash gift card. The teams and their work will also be highlighted in the Mason News.
- Teams must be comprised of Mason employees of any classification and any length of service. Teams do not have to be members of the same department, but must be a group of employees working towards a shared vision.
- The team models active collaboration; they leverage each individual’s strengths and contributions, and demonstrate, mutual respect, inclusivity, and trust. When necessary, these teams innovatively adapt their services or processes to meet the evolving needs of the Mason community.
- The teams utilize effective and positive communication strategies.
To nominate someone, complete the electronic nomination form.
Alumni of George Mason University currently working for Mason are a special group of employees who are proud to call themselves Patriots. Their hard work and contributions to the university community are a reflection of their unique perspectives as former students and current employees. This award pays tribute to this special population of employees.
There will be one faculty award recipient and one staff award recipient. Each recipient will receive $1,000.
- The nominee must be a staff or faculty member who has been employed at Mason for at least one year and must have a degree from George Mason University.
- Makes lasting and unique contributions to Mason to enhance the life for faculty, students and staff.
- Embodies the mission and values of the university community.
Sponsored by the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office.
Nominations will be accepted annually prior to the Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony and the monetary award will be divided between multiple awardees. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an exact deadline.
This award is given to a person or group of employees (department, facilities shop, laboratory, etc.) to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to improving health and safety on campus. Any employee or group of employees may be nominated by a colleague, supervisor, customer or student. The management staff within the Environmental Health and Safety Office will serve as the awarding committee.
The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, recognizes supervisors who most closely meet the criteria in each category.
- Promote collegiality in the department,
- Be receptive to employee ideas and engage them in the department and/or university goals,
- Promote and model a positive work-life balance,
- Acknowledge exemplary performance,
- Be fair in acknowledging exemplary performance,
- Encourage professional growth of classified or non-student wage employees,
- Support the work of classified and non-student wage earners,
- Support innovation in the department,
- Model leadership skills, and
- Promote diversity and inclusion.
Please visit the Outstanding Supervisor Award page to access and submit the nomination form.
Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability
About the Award
The Sustainability Hero Award acknowledges the contributions of individuals and teams who have gone the extra mile to seek creative solutions that have promoted healthy, sustainable living or reduced Mason’s environmental impacts. These are people who understand the significance of promoting a sustainable way of life for not only our staff and faculty, but our students as well, who are the next generation of stewards.
Who is Eligible?
Any faculty or staff member (or teams) whose primary job is not sustainability is eligible for this award. A previous winner is not eligible to receive an award of this type if they have received one in the past three years. The Sustainability Hero Award is issued once per year, during the Human Resources Outstanding Achievement Awards, usually occurring in September or October of every year.
How is the Winner Selected?
The Sustainability Hero award is selected based on the number of faculty, staff or student recommendations received for that person or team and on the level of impact that their actions had on university sustainability (either cultural, operational, or both). If multiple individuals or teams are nominated, the Office of Sustainability staff reserves the right to make the final decision. The winner receives $200 in cash and a certificate of appreciation from the President during the award ceremony.
How to Apply or to Recommend Someone for the Award
Send an email to email@example.com or a team member of the Office of Sustainability with detailed information about the person you would like to see receive the award. It helps to have more than one person recommending someone for this award.
Sponsored by University Life
This award recognizes individuals who exemplify the distinguishing attributes and values of the late Nancy Murphy, who retired from George Mason University in 2012 after 22 years of dedicated and spirited service to the University community. The winner will receive a Mason Bookstore $50 gift card and $250 monetary award.
Nominee is a faculty or staff member who has at least three continuous years of service at Mason
The nominee's efforts have had a positive influence on an individual(s), office(s) and/or the Mason community
- Spirit for all things Mason
- Community building
- Mentoring students and/or staff
- Taking initiative to improve the school/work life at Mason
- Having fun and enjoying life
- Belief in others
About the Award
Named for former Mason advisor Jade Barricelli, this peer-nominated award instills in other advisors the need to continually assess how our work will elevate and improve the advising community at George Mason University, and how we can ultimately improve the academic experience of George Mason University students. The recipient will receive $1,000.
Sponsored by the Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN).
The academic advisor selected as the recipient of this award will have demonstrated their commitment to both the student experience as well as their commitment to their fellow colleagues within the academic advising community, in the following ways:
- Uses and disseminates information about appropriate student support services
- Monitors student progress toward academic and career goals
- Engages in developmental advising (which includes career and life planning)
- Exhibits a mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures
- Demonstrates a caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
- Supports advising colleagues by being dependable and available
- Attends and supports advisor development programs, such as the Mason Advisor Certificate or other advising initiatives
- Adds to the visibility and role of MAAN as an essential resource to the University
- Openly communicates and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff in support of MAAN’s Mission and Vision
Any Mason employee with responsibility for advising undergraduate and/or graduate students (includes Graduate Assistants). Previous winners are not eligible for 5 years after receipt of the award.
The Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award is named for Rick Holt, the "Mason bike dude” who was a trainer in Human Resources and Payroll for 14 years, retiring in 2021. In addition to being an enthusiastic bike commuter, Rick was also a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor (LCI). Rick contributed his expertise on a regular basis through teaching classes, serving on committees, and encouraging the Mason community to try active commuting.
The Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award recognizes a Mason faculty or staff member who is committed to utilizing, promoting, and advocating for the use of active transportation as part of their daily commute life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), active transportation is "any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling.” Commuting by bike or by walking in whole, or in part, encourages health and well-being and contributes to the potential reduction of greenhouse gases if used in place of commuting by car alone or as part of a multi-modal strategy for commuting.
The award recipient will receive $200 and be recognized at the annual spring Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration.
• Nominee must be a University employee for at least one year.
• Demonstrates a commitment to the use of active transportation in their own commute to Mason as well as in their daily life choices.
• Advocates, supports, or encourages others to utilize active transportation modes.
• Engages in a service role for Mason in promoting active transportation to the Mason community and beyond.
- Complete the award nomination form.
- Please attach a brief citation of approximately 65-70 words describing the achievements of the nominee and how they meet the criteria.
- In addition, please consider including several letters of support that describe how the nominee meets the criteria.
- Send this completed form, attached citation copy, and letters of support to: Parking and Transportation, Mailstop 1J6, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28.
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