Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award

Call for 2015 Nominations

This program gives members of the University community the opportunity to honor employees who have shown exemplary service and commitment to the University. It is the highest honor for staff at the University.

Three University selection committees have been established to determine award recipients for the Academic Division, Medical Center, and College at Wise. The committees make their selections solely from the information contained in the nomination packet. It is very important that complete information be provided in the nomination. Each recipient will be publicly recognized and receive an engraved gift, as well as a $1,000 cash award. This award is exclusive of any other pay action or any other potential monetary recognition through routine departmental programs such as Rewards and Recognition. Detailed information will be sent to honorees and their departments closer to the event dates.

Nominations must be received in University Human Resources, 914 Emmet Street, Box 400127 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015. Nominations may be submitted to tdd3v@virginia.edu.

Nominations are limited to currently employed, non-probationary, salaried University Staff, Classified Staff, and Medical Center employees in good standing. (This program does not apply to faculty.) Any member of the University community may submit a nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Selection Criteria Guidelines:
The Committees consider outstanding contributions to the overall mission, objectives and values of the University, which have enhanced internal and/or public regard for the services provided by the University and/or Commonwealth. Service contributions may be in the form of service to students, patients, or other clients of the University, service to management, service to fellow employees, or service to the community.

Nomination Guidelines:
Nomination Guidelines: When making a nomination, please be sure to include thorough and specific information. The nomination packet must be typed/word processed and should be as detailed as possible. (It is suggested that the nomination narrative be at least one typed page in length.)

Assembling and Submitting the Nomination Packet:

  1. Nomination Information Sheet
    This form must be completed and submitted with the narrative.

  2. Nomination Narrative
    A digital or paper document that supports the nomination.

Some points to consider are:

  1. The degree to which services exceeded the expectations of the position.
  2. The period of time over which the contribution(s) occurred, as well as the current/recent contribution(s) forming the basis of the nomination.
  3. The approximate number of persons benefited by the contribution and how.
  4. The ways in which the contribution enhanced the University’s image or improved service.
  5. The positive influence the nominee made upon others.
  6. The influence the nominee had on improving work methods, productivity, decreased costs, etc. for the University and/or the Commonwealth.

Return the Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award nomination packet to: University Human Resources, Box 400127, 914 Emmet St, Michie South, NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015. Nominations cannot be accepted after this date. Nominations also may be submitted via email to AskHR@virginia.edu.

If the nomination packet is not complete, it will not be forwarded to the selection committees.

Winners of the 2014 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Awards

Academic Division Awardees

Jeffrey Baker, Information Technician and Operations Manager, Graduate Programs Office, School of Medicine
Justin Callihan, Chiller Plant Engineer, Facilities Management
Sharon French, College Information Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences
Kevan Holdsworth, Coordinator for A/V Services, Miller Center
Oris Smith, Housekeeper, departments of Surgery, Environmental Services and Urology, School of Medicine

Medical Center Awardees
Raymond Cook, Specimen Technician, Specimen Support
Laura Grigsby, Patient Care Assistant, Emily Couric Cancer Center
Amy Pennington, Therapy Assistant, Transitional Care Hospital (TCH) Physical Therapy
Sally Sargeant, RN, Clinician II, Pediatrics, Northridge
Becky Swartz, RN, Continuum Home Health

U.Va.’s College at Wise
Jessica Necessary, administrative assistant for the Visual and Performing Arts Department

Governor’s Awards
Names of award recipients are customarily forwarded to the Commonwealth as entrants for further recognition through the Governor’s Awards. Information regarding Governor’s Awards will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Note: In honor of Leonard Sandridge’s many years of dedicated service to the University of Virginia and as an avid champion of U.Va.’s staff, in 2010 the annual Outstanding Contribution Award was renamed as the Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award. Through the generosity of Douglas W. DuPont, the award’s yearly stipend is funded in perpetuity.