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The Employee Recognition Awards Program’s intent is to recognize employees that strengthen the Facilities Management team through remarkable contributions and performance.

Nomination Forms

2023 Award Event Winners


Alton Brown and Silvia Benavides won the Customer Service Award. Alton and Silvia were chosen for their attitude and work ethic in performing duties beyond their scope to ensure students and colleagues spaces they work were clean, neat, and well cared for.

The Safety Award went to Ben Kunka. Ben is recognized for ensuring safety of his colleagues by taking initiative to lock out a truck with a safety issue.

Sherrie Delk was presented with an award for Collaboration and Teamwork. Sherrie is recognized for her positive, supportive attitude in helping colleagues navigate important accounting issues they encounter. 


Sheffield Lawrence was awarded for Customer Service for his work ethic and stepping up to help a coworker in need when understaffed.

The Safety Award was given to Crystal Magallon for preventing a serious fire when she noticed smoke from a bag of rags while on break. She removed the items from the break room and hosed them down, preventing serious injury to coworkers and damage to the building.

Phillip Thomas received the award for Collaboration and Teamwork for work ethic and responsibility in a position where he was the only 3rd shift employee for a year. Phillip often worked late and acts as the key trainer for new employees.


Awards will be given for Customer Service, Safety, and Teamwork and Collaboration.
Individual nominations may be submitted by any UNC Greensboro faculty, staff, coworker or
contractor. Students may not submit nominations.

It will be the responsibility of Facilities managers, supervisors, and the committee
members to promote the Employee Recognition Awards Program throughout Facilities and
the campus community.

Note: All award categories are individual nominations. Team efforts will be recognized publicly at the Awards Event. Certificates will be awarded in these instances per review of
the committee

The following will be given to each award winner:

  • Framed Certificate of Recognition
  • Notation in Campus Weekly/Facilities Operations newsletter
  • Gift card

The committee will consist of representatives from each area or shop within Facilities. The committee is made up of both volunteers and appointments totaling 11 people including the chair. Area and Shop representatives will serve 3 year terms, with no more than 50% of the committee rotating
during a calendar year. New terms shall be consistent with the beginning of the calendar year.

Committee Responsibilities: The Employee Awards Committee is charged with the following duties. The chair of the employee awards committee will be responsible for working with the appropriate
departments or individuals to assure the following:

  • Funding from AVC of Facilities is requested to cover the cost of the recognition awards and ceremony.
  • The appropriate personnel are contacted to make arrangements for the awards
  • The committee shall review and rank nominations for the following awards:
    o Customer Service Award
    o Safety
    o Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Create and award certificates to the successful nominees during the awards event.
    The Selection Form will include comments and recommendations submitted through
    Nomination Forms. Nominees will only be identified by a number given by the chair or
  • Nominations are accepted from any UNC Greensboro employee or contractor.
  • Nomination forms including a short narrative are submitted to the chair via web,
    email or hard copy.
  • Nominations should be submitted by May 15th for the June awards.
  • Nominations are forwarded to the nominee’s immediate supervisor for review and
  • Nominations are compiled onto a ballot form by chair or designee.
  • The Employee Awards Program Committee shall review and rank nominations.
  • The committee chairperson tallies the nominations and presents committee
    recommendations to the nominee’s Department Director for review and approval.

Details about each award and What WINNERS Demonstrate:

This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate remarkable positive and professional interaction with fellow employees as well as the university community.

  • Must be a permanent full or part time Facilities employee including Facilities Operations, FDC, EH&S, Sustainability or HUB.
  • Should have no disciplinary actions recorded within the last six months.
WINNERS Demonstrated a combination of the following:
  • Building Commitment- going the extra mile and demonstrating pride in work and/or demonstrating leadership and accountability.
  • Communicating Effectively – politely and diplomatically setting clear service
    expectations, providing consistent and accurate information to the client,
    volunteering value added services/information, and/or keeping clients apprised of
    waiting times for provision of service.
  • Demonstrates creativity or resourcefulness in assisting customers

This award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions by University Facilities
employees in establishing and maintaining high standards of occupational safety and health
activities and achievements within the university

the criteria
  • Must be a permanent full or part time Facilities employee including Facilities Operations, FDC, EH&S, Sustainability or HUB.
  • Should have no disciplinary actions recorded within the last six months.
  • Must have no accidents (with exception of Band-Aid cases) recorded during period.
WINNERS Demonstrated a combination of the following:
  • Demonstrating significant improvement over previous conditions.
  • Making an extra effort to improve or correct a specific aspect of safety within the
  • Employee properly uses all personal protection and safety equipment.
  • An individual who keeps their work environment neat, clean and safe.
  • An individual who stands out and leads by example by practicing good safety

This award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions by Facilities employees who
have worked together in an exceptional manner to perform an assigned task. This employee
has performed beyond the scope of their regular day-to-day job duties and responsibilities.

the criteria
  • Must be a permanent full or part time Facilities employee.
  • Should have no disciplinary actions recorded within the last six months.
WINNERS Demonstrated a combination of the following:
  • Solicited the input of others who are affected by plans or actions.
  • Listened to all points of view.
  • Found areas of agreement when working with conflicting individuals or groups and
    built consensus.
  • Identified and pushed for solutions in which all parties benefited.
  • Demonstrated concern for treating people fairly and equitably.
  • Gave credit to and recognized others who contributed.
  • Kept all relevant individuals and groups informed and up-to-date.
  • Readily got cooperation of others for whom he or she had no direct supervisory
  • Took into account the university as a whole when making or recommending