Employee Awards

Awards Overview

Employees within the Division of Finance & Administration are recognized annually for their service to the Division and the University community. These awards are presented at an annual event hosted by the Vice President of Finance & Administration. You can view a list of previous award winners here.

The Employee Recognition Committee, comprised of the previous year’s award recipients, reviews nominations and selects winners for all awards except the Lean Awards. The Lean Team Member and Lean Project Team nominations reviewed by the Leaning Forward Awards Committee, which makes recommendations to the Lean Sponsors for final selection.

Award Categories:

Who is eligible?

All employees within the Division of Finance & Administration who are seated in regular, half-time or greater positions for a period of one year or more. Eligible employees include Directors, Associate Directors and Assistant Directors for all awards with the exception of the Teamwork Award. Temporary employees and members of the Employee Recognition Committee are not eligible for award nominations.

How to Nominate a Coworker
  1. Identify an eligible coworker. All nominations must be initiated by a current DFA employee.
  2. Choose an award from the available categories.
  3. In 500 words or less, describe how your coworker excels in the award criteria areas. Be sure to include specific examples.
  4. Ask for a letter of support for your nomination from someone outside your immediate work unit (supervisor, customer, vendor, college representative, etc.). Share the award information and criteria with your supporter, and be sure to secure their message before the nomination deadline.
  5. In addition to addressing the specific award's criteria, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment to the division’s values of enhancing diversity, supporting student and employee success, and promoting a culture of respect in working relationships.
  6. Access the online nomination form and complete all sections by 5:00 pm on the deadline date. Late entries or submissions sent outside the online nomination form will not be accepted. Alternative format for submission of nominations, Word form.
Award Criteria


Community Builder ($100 prize)

Regularly provides outstanding volunteer service to the Division, Oregon State University, or their local community through personal involvement in one or more organizations, committees or groups, including but not limited to:

  • Service to OSU or its student organizations, including Commencement, student move in/out days, DFA event committees, safety committees, Faculty Senate, and others.
  • Local government service such as County Board of Commissioners, City Council, school boards, watershed districts, etc.
  • Local non-profit social service groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, United Way, 4-H, SOLV, etc.


Customer Service ($100 prize)

Consistently provides outstanding customer service, going beyond job expectations to help students, faculty, staff and community members. Adds value to interactions with customers, and in return receives appreciative feedback. Characteristics of excellent customer service actions include:

  • Timely responsiveness; friendly, welcoming interactions; resourceful and helpful attitude; delivers more than expected.


DFA All Star ($500 prize)

The DFA All Star is an exemplary employee whose actions or achievements transcend the other award categories. The nominee demonstrates commitment to the University’s core values, including:

  • Accountability – Accepts personal responsibility for actions; is a good steward of the human, fiscal, and physical resources entrusted to the DFA; exhibits reliability and sound judgement.
  • Diversity – Recognizes that diversity and excellence go hand in hand; promotes a welcoming and respectful working environment for all community members.
  • Integrity – Practices honesty, freedom, truth, and is ethical in all actions and interactions.
  • Respect – Promotes a culture of inclusion, collegiality and dialogue in working relationships.
  • Social Responsibility – Contributes to the intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and economic progress and well-being of community members.


Innovation ($100 prize)

Demonstrates an outstanding ability to be innovative in the workplace. Consistently develops and implements creative problem-solving approaches while considering the DFA mission and the OSU Strategic Plan goals. Recipient regularly exhibits characteristics such as:

  • Attention to outcomes and efficient use of resources.
  • Leadership, collaboration and engagement with colleagues.


Leadership ($100 prize)

Shows commitment to the DFA mission and objectives, displays a high degree of integrity in supporting the organization, and offers extraordinary support in the guidance and education of colleagues.

  • Commits to supporting and/or mentoring colleagues.
  • Consistently exhibits a high standard of personal ethics and integrity.
  • Supports their unit or work group by engaging in collaborative problem-solving activities.
  • Maintains a positive attitude and focuses on satisfactory outcomes.
  • Promotes and enhances diversity, and actively welcomes various perspectives.


Lean Team Member ($100 prize)

Participated on an OSU Lean Process Improvement Team within the preceding academic year. Promotes Lean Process Improvement values and methodologies. Demonstrates leadership, enthusiasm and understanding about Lean Thinking. Exhibits a spirit of collaboration and engagement, as well as:

  • Commitment—Shows commitment to a Lean Team Project and the OSU Lean Initiative; enthusiastically shares information about the project.
  • Relationships--Develops respectful relationships with project members and stakeholders; communicates clearly; values diverse perspectives.
  • Engagement--Takes initiative, collaborates, offers ideas and makes productive contributions; motivates and inspires team members; engages in outside learning about Lean techniques.
  • Project Support—Regularly attends work sessions and presentations; provides timely outputs to meet deadlines; volunteers for tasks such as organizing team logistics, preparing notes and documents, etc.


Lean Project Team (gift certificates)

A group of individuals who participated as an OSU Lean Process Improvement Team within the preceding academic year. Promotes Lean Process Improvement values and methodologies. Operates with a spirit of collaboration and engagement, with respect toward novel and diverse ideas. Committed to working as a cohesive team in a respectful environment. Exhibits characteristics including:

  • Commitment—Shows commitment to a Lean Team Project and the OSU Lean Initiative; enthusiastically shares information about the project; ensures engagement with process experts, stakeholders, and customers who are impacted by the project.
  • Relationships—Develops respectful relationships among team members; clearly communicates ideas for understanding by all participants and stakeholders; values diverse perspectives.
  • Engagement—Actively engages in a collaborative problem-solving process; openly encourages all members’ input and ideas; offers group motivation and inspiration; works persistently to overcome obstacles.
  • Project Support—Members regularly attend work sessions and presentations; offers timely response to deadlines and sponsor/stakeholder requests for information; considers the impact of process changes on the entire OSU community; focuses on easy, uniform process design and implementation as well as project goals and metrics.


Oustanding Student ($100 prize)

Demonstrates dependability and a commitment to excellence in achieving unit goals.

  • Works both collaboratively and independently, as appropriate, and seeks ways to improve work processes.
  • Maintains a positive attitude and works well with others.
  • Focuses on detail; performs work accurately, with little or no errors.
  • Is reliable, punctual and self-motivated.


Teamwork ($100 prize)

Outstanding ability to work collaboratively on teams and/or between units. Supports the DFA mission through collaboration, engagement, and responsible stewardship of the University’s human, fiscal and physical resources. Demonstrates qualities of effective group behavior, including:

  • Engages in clear and open communication that encourages trust and respectful relationships among team members.
  • Explores creative, flexible and innovative solutions to work issues and problems.
  • Regularly attends group work sessions; volunteers for shared leadership responsibilities; and supports teams by organizing logistics, preparing notes and documents, etc.
  • Displays a positive attitude within team environments.
  • Values and promotes a diverse range of inputs and perspectives from colleagues.

Award Recipients

Congratulations to all F&A Award Winners!

A special mention goes to everyone who was nominated.  Efforts like yours lead to our ongoing success! Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your deserving colleagues. 

F&A All Star Award Winners: 

2016: Helen Brittain, AMBC Fiscal Coordinator
2015: Ika Fifita, Parking Services
2014: Kevin Christman, Facilities Operations & Maintenance
2013: Itsue Pfund, AMBC & Bill Coslow, Facilities Services
2012: Lisa Silbernagel, Office of Post-Award Administration
2011: Chelle Boswell, AMBC Office Specialist
2010: Justin Fleming, Motor Pool/Business Services and Mac McGuire, Facilities Services
2009: Sue Hall, Business Affairs

 Community Building Award Winners: 

2016: Terese Keller, Environmental Health & Safety
2015: Dwight Brimley, AMBC
2014: Jeff Wiseman, AMBC-Newport
2013: Carol Thurber, AABC
2012: Gabrielle Thompson, AMBC
2011: Van Hunsaker

Customer Service Award Winners: 

2016: Ryan Winklepleck, Specialized Administrative Services
2015: April Cummings, AMBC
2014: Jeff Merth, Budget & Fiscal Planning
2013: Jerie Thorson, Business Affairs
2012: Jennifer Short, Office of Human Resources
2011: Janice Lee-Virnig, Business Affairs

Innovation Award Winners: 

2016: Marie Dobie and Marcia Ward, AABC Human Resources
2015: Tammy Hubert, AABC
2014: Mark Wieglenda, Facilities Operations & Maintenance
2013: Michael Hansen, Budget & Fiscal Planning
2012: Brad Dennis, AABC

Leadership/Mentor Award Winners: 

2016: Lori Fulton, Capital Planning & Development (Leadership Winner)
2016: Chris Holdridge, AMBC Accountant (Mentor Winner)
2015: JoAnne Scheler, AMBC
2014: Andrea Norris, Purchasing, Contracts & Materials Management-Recycling Services
2013: Alex Sims, Business Affairs
2012: Joel Colvin, ASBC
2011: Steve Hoelscher, AABC Finance & Accounting Manager
2010: Henry Alaman, Facilities Services

Teamwork Award Winners: 

2016: Stephanie Smith, Business Affairs
2015: Curtis Flynn, AMBC
2014: Vendor Setup Team (Holly Holloway, Mary Page, Alex Sims, Jonathon Spencer), Business Affairs
2013: Sara Child-Rodgers, AMBC
2012: Valerie Cooley, Business Affairs
2011: Maya Perez, Conference Manager
2010: Linda Bork, HRIS Team/Office of Human Resources
2009: Leigh Larkin, Office of Human Resources

Outstanding Student Award Winner: 

2016: Jason Lemieux, BEBC Student Accounting
2015: Trey Davenhill, AMBC
2014: Kyle Reed, Business Affairs & Silia Sequiera, Capital Planning & Development
2013: Morgan Cameron, AABC
2012: Lindsey Almarode, Business Services
2011: Anthony Newbold
2010: Lindsey Green, Business Affairs/Payroll
2009: Ken Westfall, Training & Professional Development/Office of Human Resources

Leaning Forward Individual Award

2016: Lisa Silbernagel, HSBC
2015: Lori Wolcott, AABC

Leaning Forward Team Award

2016: Integrated Construction Planning Task Force (Anita Azarenko, Brooke Davison, John Gremmels, Kelly Kozisek, Debera Massahos, Nicole Neuschwander, Libby Ramirez, Nicole Real)

2016: Fiscal Policy Process (Mark Fryman, Charlotte Rooks, Lissa Perrone, Karen Meador, Cindy Alexis, Betty Nielsen, Lisa Silbernagel, Tiffany Gillis, Dwight Brimley, Mark Johnson)

2015: New Employee Onboarding Lean Team (David Barnes, Joey Carson, Donna Chastain, Kim Cholewinski, Jennifer Creighton, Mike Dooley, Tammy Hubert, Luke McIlvenny, Cindy Meyers, Kay Miller, Tracy O'Brien, Jenna Reeves, Christina Schaaf, Lori Wolcott)