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Deadline this Friday, Jan. 31, for Innovation & Impact Award nominations

2013 UCOP Innovation & Impact award winners

Award winners (from left) Betty Taylor, Larry Salinas and Brandi Schmitt were among those who received Innovation and Impact awards in 2013 for service above and beyond.

The deadline has been extended, but don’t wait to recognize your colleagues for service above and beyond.

The Office of the President Innovation and Impact Award program, which began two years ago to recognize employees and/or teams of employees for exemplary service, is open for 2013 nominations.

Any OP employee can submit a nomination for any level of staff (except the Senior Management Group). If you’re wondering whether you can submit an Innovation and Impact Award nomination for an employee who also received a STAR award, the answer is yes. Employees can be recognized under both programs, and the Innovation and Impact Awards is another opportunity to celebrate their great work.

The final deadline is 5 p.m., this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, and nominations are invited for individuals or teams in three categories:

  • Advancing the Mission recognizes leadership in efforts that serve the good of UC and/or UCOP. The impact may be monetary, organizational, process-oriented or technological.
  • Commitment to OP Culture and Principles recognizes commitment to upholding UCOP’s principles of community and inclusion, promotion of service in the environment or contributing to improvement in morale.
  • Connecting with the Community recognizes volunteer efforts and service in a nonprofit community-based organization, resulting in meaningful impact on the community or its residents.

Full details and guidelines on how to submit nominations are available on the OP Innovation and Impact Awards website. Note that there are separate forms for individual and team nominations.

A selection committee will deliver a list of recommended awardees for final approval to UC President Janet Napolitano. The committee will include representatives from among last year’s award winners as well as OP Local Human Resources, which oversees the program.

Mark your calendars now; presentation of this year’s awards will take place at the semi-annual Service Award Milestone ceremony on Tuesday, April 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Elihu Harris State Office Building. Refreshments will be served.

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