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F&A makes changes to award programs

The University Finance & Administration (F&A) Rewards and Recognition (RR) Programs recognize and reward employees for significant accomplishments in customer service and performance.
The objective of the program is to create a culture in which employees and managers value, respect and promote achievement of the organization’s goals. The RR committee received feedback on changes employees would like to see. Those changes were  incorporated  into various programs.

Summary of changes effective July 1
Applause Program
The Applause Program will revert back to its original University Applause Program status. This means that Employee of the Month will be discontinued. All nominations will be accepted without awards attached. Recipients continue to receive an Applause certificate, a copy of the nomination via their department head, and will be recognized in The Catalyst.

PEER Postcard Program
The period changed from calendar year to fiscal year to align the program with the university’s budget cycle. This means that the milestone accumulation started over on July 1. The maximum amount of milestones that have been received to this point will be honored. PEER milestone awards, Applause recipients and Employee of the Month for June will be recognized at the July 16 Employee Appreciation Event.

PEER milestone rewards
Two postcards equal an  MUSC Excellence Mug; six postcards equal a $25 gift card; 12 postcards equal a $30 gift card; 18 postcards equal a $50 gift card; and 24 postcards equal a $100 gift card.
Employees receiving more than 24 postcards are eligible to compete for the Cindy Garmon PEER of the Year Award.
  • PEER of the Year name has changed to the Cindy Garmon PEER of the Year Award. PEER of the Year is dedicated in memory of Lucinda Garmon, former Parking Management employee and member of the RR committee.  To be eligible for the Cindy Garmon PEER of the Year Award, all postcards received during the fiscal year must have been remitted  by June 30. Only those with 24 or more postcards within the fiscal year will be eligible to compete for this award. In the event of a tie, the committee will determine a winner by casting a second vote.
Employee Recognition Program
The Employee Recognition Program was created to provide a unique way to recognize F&A staff for performance/activity which is over and above normal job duties and is based on the five Pillars of Excellence. The Employee Recognition Program is the highest recognition tool available to F&A staff.
The nomination should be written to recognize an employee’s specific action or effort. The narrative should follow the Pillar of Excellence concept identified on the nomination form (People, Service, Quality, Finance, and Growth).
Nominations must pertain to an individual act of achievement, and be as detailed as possible to communicate the impact that the particular action is having or had on employee’s unit, department and university. It is essential that nominations provide explicit detail regarding the employee’s accomplishment.
Monthly award
Employees with qualifying nominations for a preceding month will be recognized at the monthly Employee Appreciation Event and awarded a gift. If a nominee is selected more than once, he or she will be given their selection of an equivalent award in stock thereafter.

Quarterly award
Employee(s) of the Quarter will be selected by the RR committee from eligible nominations received during the quarterly period.
Employee(s) of the Quarter will be announced at the Employee Appreciation Event held the month following the quarter. The winner will receive a letter from the vice president of F&A, a framed certificate and a $50 gift card. Employee(s) of the Quarter are eligible to compete for Employee of the Year.
F&A  sponsors a monthly appreciation event for staff members. The event is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in Room 803, Harborview Office Tower. For information on program rules and details visit

Friday, July 11, 2008
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