Call for Nominations

Nominations are being sought for Extension's Awards of Excellence in the categories below. Send the completed form to extensionawards@unr.edu by the deadline, which is COB Monday, March 28, 2022.

Awards Categories

  • Support Staff
  • Program Staff
  • Administrative Faculty
  • Academic Faculty
  • Supporter
  • Excellence in Nevada Extension Team Award

Awards Criteria

The following criteria will be used to determine the awardee in each category.

Support & Program Staff

Purpose of Awards

  • Recognize outstanding staff who exemplify the University's standards for excellence and innovation.
  • Acknowledge those whose efforts have inspired and supported the performance and achievement of others.
  • Reward employees who show exemplary individual achievement, contribution and performance in their jobs and other related duties beyond their own offices.

Eligibility

  • All currently employed support and program classified, county and student staff, full- or part-time.

Criteria for Awards

The criteria for these two awards closely mirror those described for the University-wide awards for staff, including the Wolf CubAnnual Distinguished Classified Employee and Classified Employee of the Month Awards.

The rationale for matching the criteria of these University awards with our awards is that our awardee will subsequently be nominated for all three of these University awards, and our nominees will be nominated for Employee of the Month awards throughout the year.

The criteria are:

  • Role model for others.
  • An asset to the staff of his/her department.
  • Concern for the University-at-large and its goals.
  • Positive attitude towards fellow employees, faculty, students and the public.
  • Positive attitude towards work (availability, cooperation, courtesy, friendliness).
  • Quality of work (productivity, accuracy, timeliness, creativity, initiative, dependability, punctuality).
  • Excellence in innovation and initiative (ability to creatively tackle projects with enthusiasm and accept and carry out additional responsibilities beyond regular job assignments).
  • Professional development, awards received and community service activities (attendance at workshops, classes, lectures, committee and/or volunteer work).
  • Outstanding contribution to support the educational mission of Extension.

Administrative Faculty

Purpose of Award

  • Recognize exemplary administrative faculty who have consistently excelled in leadership.
  • Demonstrate the value that administration places on faculty commitment to committee service, recognize and reward exemplary faculty service on Faculty Senate, University committees and Faculty Senate committees.
  • Recognize exemplary administrative faculty who have consistently excelled in their position and have demonstrated a significant impact at the University.

Eligibility

  • All currently employed administrative faculty, full- or part-time.

Criteria for Awards

The criteria for this award draws from those described for the University-wide awards for administrative faculty, including the University Foundation Administrative Faculty of the YearUniversity Foundation Innovative ImpactOutstanding Supervisor and Faculty Senate's Outstanding Committee Service Awards.

The rationale for matching the criteria of these University awards with our award is that our awardee will subsequently be nominated for all of the University awards for which the awardee is competitive. Our nominees will also be nominated for University awards as appropriate.

The criteria are:

  • Outstanding contribution to support the educational mission of Extension.
  • Contributed to and demonstrated a commitment to the University's core purpose and values.
  • Positive attitude towards fellow employees, students, the public and work (availability, cooperation, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and presence).
  • Support for the campus community in ways that exceed expectations and result in unexpected positive outcomes that support the University's mission.
  • Demonstrated a substantial contribution to the nominee's field of expertise, a consistent commitment to professional development, exceptional leadership ability and character as well as a performance that is above and beyond the scope of assigned responsibilities.
  • Significantly improved customer service or increased customer satisfaction for specific University customers and/or significantly improved a work process, technology or have significantly increased the efficiency of an operation or unit.
  • Demonstrated an exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication and cooperation among colleagues and University constituents.
  • Record of outstanding or long-standing service to the University as demonstrated through actions or level of participation (may include service on Faculty Senate and/or one or more University or Faculty Senate committees).

Academic Faculty

Purpose of Award

  • Recognize, reward and celebrate outstanding outreach, teaching, research or creative activities.
  • Demonstrate the value that administration places on faculty commitment to committee service, recognize and reward exemplary faculty service on Faculty Senate, University committees and Faculty Senate committees.
  • Recognize outstanding contributions to international programs, program development, academic and global research or international research and teaching.
  • Recognize an individual or group from the University community who exemplifies by word or deed that use of force is not an acceptable means for settling disputes.

Eligibility

  • All currently employed academic faculty, full- or part-time.

Criteria for Award

The criteria for this award draws from those described for the University-wide awards for academic faculty, including the Distinguished Outreach FacultyF. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished TeacherPaul and Judy Bible Teaching ExcellenceGlobal EngagementThornton Peace PrizeOutstanding Researcher and Faculty Senate's Outstanding Committee Service as well as the APLU's Excellence in Extension and the USDA's Regional Teaching Awards.

The rationale for matching the criteria of these awards with our award is that we will help our awardee through the nomination process of these awards for which our awardee is competitive. We may also help our nominees to be nominated for these awards as appropriate.

The criteria are:

  • Outstanding contribution to support the educational mission of Extension.
  • Significant record of excellence in outreach, teaching, research or creative activities (overall impact, sustained contributions, collaboration fostered) that have brought recognition to the University.
  • Prominence in their field (sustained external funding, awards, recognition, request for speaking engagements, development of online programs and resources, publication of scholarly work).
  • Demonstrated innovation (partnerships, funding, program delivery), teamwork (within and outside of Extension, with the University), cultural sensitivity and appreciation for diversity.
  • Record of outstanding or long-standing service to the University as demonstrated through actions or level of participation (may include service on Faculty Senate and/or one or more University or Faculty Senate committees).

Supporter

Purpose of Award

  • Recognize individuals or groups whose exceptional efforts have furthered the educational mission of Extension.

Eligibility

  • Individuals must not be employed by Extension or the University on any funding source.

Criteria for Award

The criteria for this award draws from those described for University-wide awards for friends of the University, including the University Service and Silver and Blue Appreciation Awards.

The rationale for matching the criteria of these University awards with our award is that our awardee will subsequently be nominated for the University awards for which our awardee is competitive. Our nominees will also be nominated for University awards as appropriate.

The criteria are:

  • Significantly enriched the advancement of the University.
  • Contributed to the University's reputation as a leading institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated partnership, support, dedication, commitment and service to the University.
  • Outstanding contribution to support the educational mission of Extension, including contributions to the success, expansion, enhancement or promotion of Extension educational programs for the benefit of the people of Nevada.

Team Award

Purpose of Award

  • This award recognizes the excellence of an Extension team in performing the work of Extension research, technical assistance, and outreach education.

Eligibility

  • The team members should include at a minimum two of the award category classifications (i.e., support staff, program staff, administrative faculty, academic faculty, and/or supporter) for team efforts that occurred during the last three years.

Criteria for Award

This award will honor outstanding effort, encourage workplace creativity and innovation, and celebrate the achievements of Extension professionals. Describe how the team has excelled in an area of programming and how they are making significant contributions to the state.

The criteria for this award draw from those described for the National Cooperative Extension Awards offered by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The criteria are:

  • Justification of need (include formal process identifying the need and how team effort was created to meet the need).
  • Description of activities conducted within the past 3 years to meet the identified needs and evidence of excellence related to those activities.
  • Documented high impact on the intended audience in the interest of the public good, including assessment of the program indicated by economic, social, and/or environmental impact.
  • Demonstrated team innovation regarding partnerships established, funding acquired, and educational program delivery.
  • Evidence of how this team collaboration has led to success beyond what could be accomplished individually, and evidence of sustainability of efforts.
  • Demonstrated conveyance of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for diversity.

Awards Nomination Form

Administrators, faculty, staff and/or students may use the form prepared by the Associate Director's office to nominate candidates for an award. Contact Cindi Kay Morehead to receive a copy of the form. Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominations must include specific examples of how the nominee has met the award's purpose, eligibility and criteria requirements.


Awards Sponsors

The Extension Awards of Excellence are sponsored by Interim Director and Associate Dean Bill Payne.


Awards Committee

The awards committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations on awards. Members are:

  • Aurora Buffington, Chair
  • Lindsay Chichester
  • Macy Helm
  • Wendy Hanson Mazet
  • Zoraida Caldera

Past Award Winners

2021

  • Lindsay Chichester, Award of Excellence for academic faculty      
  • Kim Higgins, Award of Excellence for administrative faculty           
  • Felisa Mandujano-Torres, Award of Excellence for program staff 
  • Michelle Davis, Award of Excellence for support staff       
  • Chef Michael Ty (Chefs for Kids Foundation), Award of Excellence for supporters of Extension

2020

  • Amilton de Mello, Award of Excellence for academic faculty          
  • Crystal Momii, Award of Excellence for program staff       
  • Keith Larson, Award of Excellence for support staff           
  • Registered Dietitian Christina Saheb (CCSD), Award of Excellence for supporters of Extension

2019

  • Brad Schultz, Award of Excellence for academic faculty      
  • Olga Ilchuk, Award of Excellence for administrative faculty            
  • Millicent Braxton-Calhoun, Program Award of Excellence for staff              
  • Lana Caddel, Support Award of Excellence for staff           
  • Master Gardener Henry Malen, Award of Excellence for supporters of Extension

2018

  • Candie Kevan, Award of Excellence for support staff
  • Susan Lednicky, Award of Excellence for program staff
  • Sarah Wright, Award of Excellence for administrative faculty
  • Bill Evans, Award of Excellence for academic faculty
  • J.B. Lukemberry, Award of Excellence for supporters of Extension
  • Christopher Johns of Chefs for Kids, Award of Excellence for foundation supporters of Extension
  • Katherine Hepworth, Award of Excellence for University faculty without an Extension appointment

2012

  • Tatiana Gouem – Support Staff
  • Anne Lindsay – Faculty
  • Dale Hildebrandt - Supporter

2011

  • Chad Waters - Support Staff
  • Jessica Angle - Program Staff
  • Staci Emm - Academic Faculty
  • Sonya Sistare - Administrative Faculty
  • Heather Graham-Williams - University Faculty not paid by Extension
  • Tom Baker - Supporter

2010

  • Imelda Espejo - Support Staff
  • Pete Mangum - Program Staff
  • Sue Donaldson - Faculty
  • Margret Ferrara - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2009

  • Leo Audet - Support Staff
  • Deb Cobb - Program Staff
  • Mary Wilson - Faculty
  • Mae Gustin - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2008

  • Jennifer Mescher - Support Staff
  • Sue Lednicky - Program Staff
  • Jill Ukeiley - Faculty
  • Emma Sepulveda Pulvirenti - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2007

  • Martha Barajas - Support Staff
  • Olga Soto- Program Staff
  • Clint Ulrich - Faculty
  • Shernaaz Webster - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2005-2006

  • Don Emerson - Support Staff
  • Lisa Houser - Program Staff
  • M.L. Robinson - Faculty
  • Karen Kopera-Frye - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2004

  • Melody Richards - Support Staff
  • Crystel Montecinos - Program Staff
  • Sally Martin - Faculty
  • Judy Strauss - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2003

  • Denetta Quackenbush - Support Staff
  • Lee Ann Kendreck - Program Staff
  • Matthew "Matt" Leone - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2002

  • Marcia Moffitt - Support Staff
  • Deborah Cobb - Program Staff
  • Greg Wilson - Faculty
  • George "Gus" Hill - University Faculty not paid by Extension

2001

  • Penny Jenkins - Support Staff
  • Barbara Toston - Program Staff
  • Bill Kvasnicka - Faculty

2000

  • Vicki Agao - Program Staff
  • Lena Johnstone - Support Staff
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