Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award

Call for 2016 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 25, 2016. 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 25, 2016. 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 2015 Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Awards
Academic Division Awardees
Lynda Birckhead, Senior Director of Finance & Administration for the President, Office of the President
Bucky Crickenberger Lead Electrician, Facilities Management
Sarah Doran, Chief of Staff and Director of School and Departmental Relations, Student Financial Services
Charles R. (Russ) Manley, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Medicine
Eric Newsome, Outreach/Webmaster, Materials Science & Engineering

Medical Center Awardees
Karen Hill Bagley, Licensed Practical Nurse, Renal Services, Lynchburg Dialysis
Thomas Epps, Health Unit Coordinator, 5 North
Margie Kellison, Registered Nurse Clinician, Infusion Center, Emily Couric Cancer Center
Virginia Lee Kelly, Registered Nurse Coordinator, Gastroenterology Clinic (Digestive Health Clinic)
MaryKate O’Hear, Registered Nurse Clinician, Newborn Intensive Care Unit

U.Va.’s College at Wise
Rue Gembach, Office Manager in the Office of the Chancellor