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.