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Peer Recognition Awards

Do you know a special UNC-Chapel Hill staff member (permanent, full or part-time) who deserves recognition? The Employee Forum’s Recognition and Awards Committee invites you to nominate them for a Peer Recognition Award!

For those who are not aware, the University Managers Association (UMA) recently merged with the Employee Forum. Following that merger, nominations for their Manager of the Year award and the Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development (OELD) award will be accepted during the Employee Forum’s peer recognition award nomination process.

Nomination statements are limited to 500 words, and we recommend drafting them in a word document separately and pasting them into Qualtrics to avoid the system timing out. Please note that if you’d like to submit additional nominations, you will need to reload the survey and make a separate submission for each nomination.

* Last year’s winners are not eligible to win the same category as the previous year. However, previous award winners are eligible to be nominated under a new category the following year if they meet the specified criteria and are eligible for the same award they won in future years, just not in consecutive years. Previous nominees who did not win are eligible to be re-nominated for the same award in consecutive years. *

Nominations closed Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

The Forum will recognize winning nominees at the Employee Forum’s full body meeting in June.

Award Categories

AwardDescriptionAward Amount
Community Award: 3-Legged StoolNominees should be individuals who inspire creativity; promote harmony and partnerships within the University community; inspire teamwork, cooperation, and participation; demonstrate new approaches to current processes; encourage, mentor and build bridges; form alliances to work collectively; or any other significant community building activities.
$100 (1 award per year)
Manager of the Year Award
Previously awarded by the University Managers Association
This award is given to a permanent full-time manager with two or more years of University service who has distinguished accomplishments throughout their University career, both within and beyond their normal job responsibilities, or has accomplished something specifically within the past twelve months that has been of major significance. The specific accomplishment cited may be within or beyond the nominee’s primary area of responsibility. $100 (1 award per year)
Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development (OELD) Award
Previously awarded by HR via the University Managers Association
Given annually to a supervisor or manager who actively facilitates the participation of staff members in learning activities. An eligible supervisor encourages employees to attend classes and programs that are relevant to the employees’ professional development, and the University wants to recognize supervisors who support a more engaged, productive workforce. Both SHRA and EHRA managers who have had at least one year of continuous University service are eligible for nomination. $100 (1 award per year)
Overton Leadership AwardHonoring the memory of Jackie Overton, beloved Forum Chair; honoring individuals who lead their unit and the University through involvement in staff issues, committee work, teamwork and professional development of peers; nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, inspire and involve others, and work to ensure their impact is long-lasting. Nominee does not have to be a supervisor to be awarded.
$100 (2 awards per year)
Pinnacle AwardThis is a prestigious award that recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. Nominees should be individuals who are on a path of continuous learning through professional development. Nominees should also have proposed a new idea and moved the idea toward implementation and is constantly creating a supportive and inclusive environment.
$100 (2 awards per year)
Professional Excellence AwardThis is awarded to individuals who demonstrate exceptional execution above and beyond assigned duties, foster supportive interactions within their department and among campus departments, and exhibit exemplary engagement with the broader community. Nominees should exemplify outstanding dedication and contributions, showcasing collaborative efforts and impactful connections both within and beyond the university environment.
$100 (4 awards per year)
Staff Member of Year: Hall of FamerThis accolade is meant to recognize individuals who consistently exemplify the University's core values of integrity, collaboration, respect, and high-level customer service. Nominees for this award should have dedicated at least 5 years of service to the institution.
$100 (2 awards per year)
Staff Member of Year: Perfect AdditionThis award honors individuals who consistently embody the institution's missions of integrity, collaboration, respect, and high-level customer service. Nominees for this award should have been with the university less than 2 years, demonstrating exceptional dedication from the outset of their tenure.
$100 (2 awards per year)

2023 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Patrick PreudhommeCarolina Housing
Hall of FameSummer MontgomeryBiology
Hall of FameKim SpurrCollege of Arts & Sciences
Overton LeadershipJamila LunsfordComparative Medicine
Overton LeadershipCathy "Coop" Roberts-CooperCarolina Housing, Residential Learning
Perfect AdditionBecca GillisonCarolina Housing
Perfect AdditionJulianne HallChemistry
PinnacleJane McDanielMedical Student Education
PinnacleAdam ShireyHealth Sciences
Professional ExcellenceVaughn BookerITS - Education Technologies
Professional ExcellenceJudy OwenFrank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Professional ExcellenceChris PendergrassCarolina Performing Arts
Professional ExcellenceMichelle SongSocial Medicine
Professional ExcellenceSloan ThompsonSexual Assault Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services

2022 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Rob BirrenkottSchool of Law
Staff Member of the Year: Hall of FamerRyan NeveEarth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences
Staff Member of the Year: Hall of FamerPam MorrisonSchool of Pharmacy
Staff Member of the Year: Perfect AdditionChristopher DaleyRenaissance Computing Institute
Staff Member of the Year: Perfect AdditionCrystal WuArts Everywhere
Professional ExcellenceKimi YinglingInnovate Carolina
Professional ExcellenceAli RamirezStudent Affairs, Dean of Students
Professional ExcellenceStephanie FormanHealth Policy & Management
Professional ExcellenceSusan PedersenGlobal Health & Infectious Disease
Overton LeadershipLogan BrackettBiology
Overton LeadershipDr. Valerie TanAllied Health Sciences
PinnacleDr. Jennifer DeNealEthics & Policy

2021 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Jeffrey FuchsUniversity Bands, Music
Hall of FameMelissa HobgoodGillings School of Public Health
Hall of FameJoyce LoftinHistory
Overton LeadershipDr. Shauna HarrisSchool of Education
Overton LeadershipKatie ThornsvardGillings School of Global Public Health
Perfect AdditionCalvin GrantChemistry
Perfect AdditionMandy MeltonChemistry
PinnacleAnna EngelkeApplied Physical Sciences
PinnacleEbony JohnsonInstitute for Arts & Humanities
Professional ExcellenceMegan BrockettSchool of Medicine
Professional ExcellenceTimothy BlackmonSchool of Nursing
Professional ExcellenceMegan WhitakerCarolina Performing Arts
Professional ExcellenceJessica WilkinsonKenan Institute for Private Enterprise

2020 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Jackson SzetoSchool of Medicine Clinical Skills Center
Hall of FameJacquelyn GistUniversity Career Services
Hall of FameJanette GoinsTraCS Institute, School of Nursing
Overton LeadershipShannon EubanksPolitical Science
Overton LeadershipBrandon WashingtonEqual Opportunity & Compliance
Perfect AdditionKayla GardnerAllied Health
Perfect AdditionMark WampoleInformation Technology Services
PinnacleToska CooperInjury Prevention Research Center
PinnacleStephenie McIntyreUniversity Career Services
Professional ExcellenceJarveal BakerHonors Carolina
Professional ExcellenceTyler HandfingerUniversity Development
Professional ExcellenceClare LorchCarolina Community Garden
Professional ExcellenceYesenia Pedro VicenteThe Graduate School


2019 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Beverly GarciaCenter for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Hall of Fame: Staff Member of YearRoman TadesseSchool of Dentistry
Hall of Fame: Staff Member of YearAngelica FigueroaUniversity Advancement
Perfect Addition: Staff Member of YearErin KelleyArts & Sciences Foundation
Perfect Addition: Staff Member of YearMariel EavesLGBTQ Center
PinnacleVivane LanosOffice of the Dean of Students
PinnacleJaci FieldAthletics
Overton LeadershipDawna JonesOffice of the Dean of Students
Overton LeadershipTerry BrewerBuilding Services
Professional ExcellenceMelissa GreenAllied Health Services
Professional ExcellenceTeri SmithSchool of Public Health
Professional ExcellencePriya KearneyKenan-Flagler Business School
Professional ExcellenceKatherine CresanteAllied Health Services



2018 Peer Recognition Award Winners

Community Award (3-Legged Stool)Baskin CooperArts & Sciences Information Services
Back OfficeDeveda EubanksComparative Medicine
Back OfficeCheryl GerringerWorkforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement
Back OfficeCorey SandersGillings School of Public Health
Big BuddyCheryl StoutTransportation & Parking
Big BuddyGloria ThomasCarolina Women's Center
Call of DutyCatherine KronkInstitute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
Call of DutyMaria RomanoCraniofacial Center
Call of DutySherryl SeigfreidInformation Technology Services
CongenialityManny Coker-SchwimmerSheps Center for Health Services Research
CongenialityRobin KingSchool of Nursing
CongenialitySarah WackerhagenFrank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Customer ServiceShaketha EdwardsSchool of Medicine
Customer ServiceAngie KingAthletics
MilestoneKathy DuttonAthletics
MilestoneRodney MorrisAthletics
RookieErin EdwardsSchool of Medicine
RookiePatricia HarrisSchool of Education
Self-ImprovementDawn O'NealSchool of Nursing
Unsung HeroRhonda BeattyCarolina Center for Public Service
Unsung HeroTimothy BlackmonSchool of Nursing
Unsung HeroNate HiltonAthletics