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2012 Innovation & Impact Awards seeking nominees

The Office of the President Innovation and Impact Awards program, inaugurated last year to recognize employees and/or teams of employees for exemplary service, is now open for 2012 nominations.

Any OP employee can submit a nomination for any level of staff except the Senior Management Group. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Dec. 5, and may be for individuals or teams in three categories:

  • Advancing the Mission recognizes extraordinary leadership resulting in the accomplishment of significant goals or work efforts that serve the good of UC and/or the Office of the President. The impact may be monetary, organizational or process-oriented as well as technological.
  • Commitment to OP Culture and Principles recognizes demonstrated commitment to upholding UCOP’s principles of community and inclusion, promotion of service and stewardship in the UCOP environment, and dedication to making positive change in morale and other areas.
  • Connecting with the Community recognizes individual volunteer effort or active service in a nonprofit community-based organization resulting in a meaningful impact on the local community or its residents.

“The awards last year were a big success and spotlighted some impressive efforts by our staff on behalf of the university and the people of California,” said John Fox, executive director of UCOP Local Human Resources, which oversees the program. Eighteen awards were given — to six individuals and two teams — out of a total of 38 nominations representing a wide range of achievement from across UCOP.

“Managers and supervisors are reviewing accomplishments as part of the annual performance review process right now,” Fox added, “and these awards are a great opportunity to recognize staff for their outstanding contributions.”

There are separate forms for individual and team nominations, which are available along with complete guidelines on the program website. Each nomination should provide specific information about the individual or team, the impact they made and the reason they should be recognized.

A selection committee will deliver a list of recommended awardees for final approval to UC President Mark Yudof. This year’s awardees will be recognized at an OP-wide event in January 2013.

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