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NC State University Awards for Excellence

Program Overview

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The NC State University Awards for Excellence is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees.

The Awards for Excellence commence each year when all colleges and business units across campus select employees to be recognized as Awards for Excellence recipients. In addition to receiving eight hours of paid time off and a $250 check from the respective college or business unit, recipients are also honored at the NC State University Awards for Excellence ceremony, where five individuals receive special distinction as recipients of the NC State University Awards for Excellence.

The five recipients of the NC State University Awards for Excellence receive an additional eight hours of paid time off, a check for $250, and an engraved award plaque. The NC State University Awards for Excellence recipients are also submitted for consideration for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence, which is the highest honor awarded to a State employee.

 

Eligibility

The NC State University Awards for Excellence recognize the meritorious accomplishments and contributions of individual employees.

Active SPA employees, including law enforcement and cooperative extension employees, working at least 30 hours each week (0.75 FTE), are eligible to be nominated for the NC State University Awards for Excellence. Active EPA employees, excluding executive administrators and faculty in the JCAT 100 and 200 categories, working at least 30 hours each week (0.75 FTE), are also eligible to be nominated for the NC State University Awards for Excellence.

Temporary employees, retirees, and positions classified as executive administrators and faculty in the JCAT 100 and 200 categories are not eligible for the NC State University Awards for Excellence. Examples of temporary employees include, but are not limited to, graduate assistants, house officers, postdoctoral scholars, and student workers. Groups or teams are also ineligible for the NC State University Awards for Excellence.

All Awards for Excellence nominations require the approval of the nominee’s manager. Nominees will be disqualified in the event of any active or pending disciplinary actions or in the event of documented disciplinary actions within the preceding 18 months.

Award Categories

The NC State University Awards for Excellence recognize the meritorious accomplishments and contributions of individual employees.

The NC State University Awards for Excellence recognize the notable contributions that are above and beyond an employee’s normal job responsibilities. These meritorious achievements or accomplishments should be so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

Awards for Excellence candidates should demonstrate excellence in their departments or divisions, the NC State campus community, the State of North Carolina, or the lives of others.

Eligible employees may be nominated in only one of the following award categories:

Customer Service: This category recognizes a candidate who provides exceptional service and creates a positive customer experience which continuously exceeds expectations and improves customer experiences.

Efficiency and Innovation: This category recognizes a candidate who has made a significant contribution in improving the effectiveness of a service or program resulting in new or improved innovations, efficiencies, or cost-savings.

Human Relations: This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution toward enhancing the quality or morale of the workplace or toward enhancing the public image of a department or division, NC State University, or state government.

Outstanding State Government Service: This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates an unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and contributes significantly to the advancement of state service to the citizens of North Carolina.

Public Service: This category recognizes a candidate who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteerism or through implementing community or public service projects.

Safety and Heroism: This category recognizes a candidate who demonstrates outstanding judgment or courage in an emergency or who displays heroic actions to prevent or minimize physical injury or the loss of life or property.

Spirit of North Carolina: This category recognizes a candidate who exemplifies the state motto "To be, rather than to seem." This award category is reserved for exceptional circumstances and for accomplishments and achievements of the highest caliber.