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Employee Recognition

Nomination forms for the Recognition Program can be downloaded here.

Recognizing, celebrating, and rewarding employees’ exceptional performance is an important way that Messiah University strives to cultivate a culture of excellence and to be a place where people love to work. In addition to the many ways that our employees informally thank each other, Messiah University has established a new formal recognition program, designed specifically to acknowledge administrative and staff employees, which has several elements:

Thank You Program

The first element is the Thank You Program. This program, which is managed by Human Resources, gives any employee the opportunity to recognize another employee by requesting that a thank you message be sent to a colleague, along with a candy bar, via Campus Mail.

This is an excellent way to provide “on-the-spot” recognition for an employee assuming extra duties during a crunch time, an employee delivering good work under tight deadlines, an employee who demonstrates an especially good attitude during a trying time, an employee who provides excellent customer focus, etc. Simply email Human Resources with the thank you message you would like to send, and Human Resources will put the message with a candy bar into Campus Mail.

Pride in Performance Award

The second element of our recognition program is the Pride in Performance Award. This award is a means for the University to promote excellence and to provide visible recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance.

Eligible Employees

All full and part time administrative and staff employees are eligible to receive Pride in Performance Awards. Independent contractors, student employees, and temporary employees, either those employed by the University or from an agency, are not eligible to receive an award. Prior recipients are not eligible to be considered for a Pride in Performance Award until three subsequent award years have passed. Six awards will be given each year.

Criteria

The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus, and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Award Amount

The Pride in Performance Award is a cash award of $200. (All awards are considered taxable income and will be reflected on the employee’s income earning statements.)

Recommending for the Award

All full and part-time administrative and staff employees, as well as full time faculty members may recommend an employee for a Pride in Performance award. Temporary employees and adjunct faculty members may not submit a nomination. Nominations will be solicited each year in early spring with due dates announced in the Intercom and mass email. A committee comprised of the prior year’s award recipients, chaired by a member of the Human Resources department, will review the nominations and submit recommendations for President’s Cabinet review by late-March. President’s Cabinet will then vote to select each year’s class of recipients. Awards will be given out at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

Team Falcon Award

This award is a means for the University to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or university-wide goals.

Eligible Groups

Eligible teams include units, departments, task forces, and committees or other cross-departmental work groups.  The team may be comprised of part-time or full-time staff, administrative and/or faculty employees.  Team members recognized must have had significant involvement in the accomplishment of the project, process or initiative.  Generally, teams will consist of 3 to 10 individuals.  One team will be recognized each year.

Criteria

  • The Team Falcon Award is used to recognize a work group based on the following criteria:
  • The team made a significant contribution towards achievement of a strategic goal
  • The team exhibited innovation, creativity and excellence
  • The group fostered a team environment that promoted communication, trust, cooperation and respect for differences.

Award

Each member of the team recognized will receive a distinctive commemorative gift.

Recommending for the Award

Any employee can recommend a deserving team. If presented by someone other than the division vice president/provost, the recommendation should be submitted to the division vice president/provost as soon as a team is considered but no later than due dates announced in the Intercom and mass email. Division vice presidents/provost are encouraged to solicit recommendations that cross functional boundaries. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those teams that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. Information on the teams will be given to Human Resources, and Human Resources will prepare a file for President’s Cabinet to review by late-March of each year. President’s Cabinet will then vote to select the team to receive the award. Awards will be given at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

President's Award

The final element in the Messiah University employee recognition program is The President’s Award. This award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. For example, the award could be for an employee who uses initiative and creativity to resolve a serious problem, situation or conflict. It could also be given to recognize an exceptional achievement or to recognize an employee’s successful improvement/re-design of a significant process resulting in greater efficiency or cost savings for the University.

Eligible Employees

All full and part time administrative and staff employees are eligible to receive President’s Awards. Independent contractors, student employees, and temporary employees, either those employed by the company or from an agency, are not eligible to receive an award. Two awards will be given each year.

Criteria

The President’s Award is used to recognize an employee who has accomplished something exceptional and particularly noteworthy. As such, the award should be tied to the specific and exceptional action or achievement rather than awarded for a situation that is consistent with expected performance.

Award Amount

The President’s Award is a cash award of $500. (All awards are considered taxable income and will be reflected on the employee’s income earning statements.)

Recommending for the Award

Recommendations will be received from the campus community and from each division’s management team. A recommendation should be submitted online as soon as an employee is considered but no later than due dates announced in the Intercom and mass email. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those candidates that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. Those names will be given to Human Resources, and Human Resources will prepare a file for President’s Cabinet to review by late-March of each year. President’s Cabinet will then vote to select each year’s class of recipients. Awards will be given at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

Road to Reconciliation Award

This award was designed to recognize employees who demonstrate a leadership role related to reconciliation beyond the expectations of their positions, and who have met one or more of the following goals. The employee has:

  • Improved the quality of life and/or served as an advocate for underrepresented groups at the University
  • Championed recruitment and retention efforts aimed at improving diversity at the University
  • Planned and implemented change related to issues of cultural intelligence
  • Educated the Messiah community toward intercultural awareness and appreciation of an increasingly diverse Messiah community
  • Actively contributed to a reconciliation process, thereby fostering a stronger community

Eligible Employees

All full and part time administrative and staff employees are eligible to receive President’s Awards. Independent contractors, student employees, and temporary employees, either those employed by the company or from an agency, are not eligible to receive an award.

Criteria

The Road to Reconciliation Award is based on the following criteria:

  • The ways in which the nominee exhibited cultural intelligence in leadership.
  • The effort, work and creativity that was needed for this achievement.
  • Any hurdles or difficulties that were overcome in reaching this achievement.
  • The ways this achievement has had a positive impact on the University community in relation to reconciliation.

Award Amount

The Road to Reconciliation Award is a cash award of $500. (All awards are considered taxable income and will be reflected on the employee’s income earning statements.)

Recommending for the Award

All full and part-time administrative and staff employees, as well as full time faculty members may recommend an employee for the Road to Reconciliation award. Temporary employees and adjunct faculty members may not submit a nomination. Nominations will be solicited each year in late winter with due dates announced in the Intercom and mass email. President's Cabinet will review the nominations vote to select the recipient late-March. Awards will be given out at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

Celebrating the commitment of our employees is a cherished tradition at Messiah. We gather annually each spring to applaud employees who have reached significant service milestones and to honor our retirees.

Service Milestone Recognition

Longstanding commitment to the University is celebrated at our annual Service Awards Reception in May. Faculty, staff, and administrators who have reached service year milestones are honored and receive an accompanying awards catalog from which they can select a gift to their liking.

Criteria

Employees who meet the following criteria are recognized:

  • Full-time and part-time employees
  • Employees who will reach a significant service year milestone (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) on or before September 15th of that year
  • Employees who are re-hired by the University will be credited with service years earned prior to an approved break in service
  • Temporary or occasional assignments are not considered when calculating service years

Honoring Our Retirees

Employees who are retiring from the University are also recognized at the annual Service Awards Reception in May. Faculty, staff, and administrators who meet the retirement criteria receive a gift based on their number of years of service to the University.

Criteria

(for determining service award eligibility only and not benefits eligibility)

Employees who meet the following criteria are recognized:

  • Employee is at least 55 years of age
  • Employee has voluntarily terminated employment after at least 10 years of full- or part-time employment
  • Employees who are re-hired by the University will be credited with service years earned prior to an approved break in service
  • Temporary or occasional assignments are not considered when calculating service years

 

Employee Memory Book 2020

Please take a moment to view the Employee Memory Book 2020 so that we may all celebrate together the people who have such an important place in our hearts.

President's Award

Todd Allen 2020

Todd Allen

Vice President for Diversity Affairs

Dr. Todd Allen arrived at Messiah in July 2017 to serve as Special Assistant to the President and Provost for Diversity Affairs and Professor of Communication. During the past three years, Todd has forged an impressive network of relationships with faculty, staff, students and regional community leaders. He leads our diversity and inclusive excellence strategic planning efforts and emphasizes Christ-centered values, hospitable campus climate, and increasing compositional and educational diversity. In addition to his on-campus work, Todd provides visionary leadership and coordination for the annual Returning to the Roots of the Civil Rights Tour. In August 2020, Todd was promoted to Vice President for Diversity Affairs in recognition of the importance and breadth of his responsibilities.

Kristen Slabaugh 2020

Kristen Slabaugh

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Slabaugh has worked tirelessly for the department of nursing and for the benefit of the University’s first doctoral program. Over the last 18 months she has written every doctoral course while teaching and implementing most of the courses. She has worked in cooperation withDr. Fenstermacher to write the first self-study for the accreditation process for the DNP program in the fall and spring of the 2019-2020 academic year. Kristen has been instrumental in preparing the department to proceed with the initial accreditation visit for this first doctoral degree offering at Messiah. She is always available to colleagues who seek out her opinion (or help with IT issues), advises all of the doctoral students, and has written policy manuals for the program while maintaining a practice as a nurse practitioner.

 

Pride-in-Performance Awards

Di Cashman 2020

Di Cashman

Administrative Assistant for Development

Matthew Fenton 2020

Matthew Fenton

Director of Athletics Communication

Patrick Groft 2020

Patrick Groft

Plumber

Kevin Ogden 2020

Kevin Ogden

Director of Campus Wellness and Recreation

Ashley Ringquist 2020

Ashley Ringquist

Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Grad Program in Nursing & Clinical Coordinator

Michelle Shellenberger 2020

Michelle Shellenberger

Administrative Assistant for Alumni & Parent Relations

 

Road to Reconciliation Award

Jean Corey 2020

Jean Corey

Director, Center for Public Humanities

Jean is well known for implementing programs that simultaneously serve student learning, the development of Messiah University's strengths in inclusive excellence and cultural intelligence, and the needs of the Harrisburg community in all its diversity. Her commitment is manifested in many ways, including the efforts she puts in to recruit and retain students in our Hoverter program and the regular attention she gives to matters of inclusive excellence and diversity in the programming associated with the Center for Public Humanities and the Department of English.Under her leadership the Center has truly become a center for public humanities, working to take the humanities from Messiah University into the City of Harrisburg in a variety of ways. The Poetry in Place program has become a central means by which Jean engages 5th graders in the city in understanding the city's history in all its racial and cultural complexity. The program itself engages our Public Humanities Fellows in tutoring students alongside guest poet/mentors from the community. The results have worked seamlessly with other projects such as our CIC grant for Public Engagement, culminating in a play performed at multiple city high schools to celebrate Black history month. The play built on research done by Public Humanities Fellows and by our Digital Harrisburg project to imaginatively address forgotten elements of Harrisburg's history and their relevance to the present. Jean also works to engage with inclusive excellence in her development of students, having shifted the Public Humanities Fellows program from one that was primarily focused on traditional humanities research to one in which Fellows consistently engage with diverse residents of our broader community and work alongside community partners, developing their own skills and cultural intelligence in the process. Messiah University has received multiple dividends from Jean’s work: Our reputation in the Harrisburg area community has been enhanced; we have developed strong community partnerships with multiple churches, schools, and other organizations; and, perhaps most importantly our own engagement with inclusive excellence and reconciliation has been persistently and publicly addressed.

 

Team Falcon Award

Heather Barto, Leah Clarke & Rebecca Grodkiewicz

Heather Barto 2020 Leah Clarke 2020 Rebecca Grodkiewicz 2020

Over the past year, the preparation for the re-accreditation of the graduate counseling program required an immense team effort. The CACREP site visit during the first week of February 2020 went extremely well with the site visit team making specific note of our program, the institution and the preparation. Ultimately the work resulted in the highest accreditation possible. Not surprisingly, the graduate counseling program has grown significantly since its beginning 10 years ago and will continue to attract motivated and talented students to Messiah, build connections with the community, and train competent professionals.

The members of the Occupational Therapy Program include (left to right):

  • Heather Barto, Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Leah Clark, Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Rebecca Grodkiewicz, Administrative Assistant for Graduate Program in Counseling

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