Employee Recognition and Service Awards
Throughout the year, NC State employees are recognized for achievements, accomplishments, and service.
- Service Awards Program
- Retirement Chairs
- Retirement Certificates
- University Awards for Excellence
- Pride of the Wolfpack Awards
- Staff & Faculty Appreciation Day
- John R. Larkins Award
- NC Thinks Program
The Human Resources (HR) department administers the Service Awards Program. Our staff fulfill a vital role in the teaching of the brightest students, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff and leading the way with ground-breaking research. NC State values the importance of recognizing the contributions and commitment of its community. This program is designed to provide recognition to employees for their years of service and commitment to the university and the State of North Carolina. Read more
Staff and faculty who retire after having worked for at least the last twenty years at NC State University receive a marvelous retirement acknowledgement from the University: an engraved captains' chair OR rocking chair with the University’s seal.
Who is Eligible?
Staff and faculty who have served for at least the last 20 consecutive years in a benefits-eligible position at NC State University prior to their retirement are eligible.
How do I Order & Receive My Chair?
- The Retirement Chair order form is provided by the NCSU Benefits office and is submitted at the time same the retirement paperwork is turned in to the Benefits Consultant. You will have your choice of a rocking chair or captain's chair.
- Chair orders are processed in the actual month of retirement and are shipped directly to the address provided by the retiree.
Contact your designated Benefits Consultant
As a token of appreciation, departments may wish to present a retiring employee with a certificate signed by the Governor of North Carolina and NC State Chancellor. To be eligible, retiring university staff and faculty must have at least 10 years of state service. Retirement certificates are automatically ordered by the HR-Benefits Office each month for retiring employees. Please contact the Benefits Office at: 919-515-2151 if you have questions.
The University Awards for Excellence program is designed to reward the accomplishments and achievements of permanent NC State employees.
Across the NC State campus, up to 50 employees (32 SPA and 18 non-faculty EPA) are selected as college/unit awardees. These awardees are then submitted to a University Award for Excellence selection committee to determine five University-level winners (4 SPA and 1 EPA). As a reward, winners of college/ unit awards are granted 8 hours of time off and a $250 check provided by the college/unit. University-level winners are granted an additional 8 hours of time off and a $250 check.
And the Winner Is... Learn more about our 2012 University Awards for Excellence winners!
The last Staff and Faculty Appreciation day was Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Click on the link above to see more information about the 2013 event. Plans are being made for the Staff and Faculty Appreciation day.
The John R. Larkins Award is presented each year to a North Carolina state government employee who best exemplifies the deeds of John R. Larkins in human and race relations in the workplace and community. The award recognizes state government employees who are committed to equality for all, are dedicated to serving North Carolina citizens, and promote social responsibility in racial and ethnic relations.
Nominees must be permanent North Carolina state government employees with a minimum of 2 years of service. A panel selected by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Committee will judge each entry. The John R. Larkins Award recipient will be announced at the annual State Employees' Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance Program and John R. Larkins Award Ceremony.
To learn more about this honor, visit the Office of the Governor web site at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/.
NCThinks is North Carolina’s premier tool for rewarding state employees for providing innovative solutions to pressing organizational challenges. For over 30 years, the state of North Carolina has paid cash incentives to state employees whose money-saving suggestions are approved. Now more than ever, this is the best time to participate because everyone is a winner:
Look who benefits:
Taxpayers: NCThinks saves North Carolina taxpayers money by promoting government efficiency.
Leaders: As a strategic suggestion system, NCThinks benefits leadership by supporting the attainment of organizational objectives.
Managers: Managers have a means for recognizing and rewarding employees.
Coordinators: With the new automated suggestion system, coordinators enjoy a lighter workload and streamlined suggestion process.
Evaluators: The new Administrator Handbook provides instructions written especially for evaluators.
State Employees: NCThinks acknowledges the creative effort of state employees.
The suggestion system complements and does not replace the normal process of solving problems carried out everyday by employees and their managers. The suggestion system is a method to stimulate improvement beyond standard responsibilities. The main criterion for determining that an idea and its suggester are eligible for an award is that the employee suggests something which is not normally expected in the performance of his or her duties or for which the employee does not have the authority to implement. Learn more online at: http://www.ncthinks.nc.gov/
For questions or assistance with any of these programs, contact the Benefits Office, 515-2151