Employee Recognition

Staff members are honored and recognized throughout the year for achieving various lengths of service, as well as for service excellence when going above and beyond their regular assignments.

For more information on the following awards, visit Employee Recognition from the Office of Human Resources.

Length of Service Recognition

Staff members who have dedicated many years of service to Northwestern are those whose knowledge, expertise, and mentoring is sought out, and they deserve gratitude and recognition. Northwestern staff members receive a gift for every five years of continuous service. At the monumental milestone of 20 years of service, and every five years thereafter, staff members are recognized publicly at the Staff Service Recognition Luncheon held annually.

Employee of the Year

Each year a committee will review all submitted nominations and select seven finalists for Employee of the Year. From those seven finalists the committee will then select one Employee of the Year winner, which is announced at the annual Staff Service Recognition Luncheon each May.

2014 Winner
Donald Hlinsky, Information Technology - Telecommunications & Network Services

2014 Finalists
Karen Allen, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences - Chicago Field Studies
Joseph Boes, Feinberg School of Medicine - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Barbara Ferry, Feinberg School of Medicine - NUCATS Institute
Kathleen Melody, University Library - Business and Finance
Benjamin Polancich, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences - Administration
Daniel Young, Feinberg School of Medicine - Center for Global Health

Please take a look at the Employee of the Year page on the Human Resources website to view the current winner, 2014 finalists and a list of past winners.

Service Excellence Awards

For times when “thank you” just isn’t enough — when a staff member went above and beyond the call of duty to complete a task or meet a goal — there’s the Service Excellence Award. Any member of the University community may nominate an employee for the award. The supervisor reviews the nomination form to confirm that the award is deserved. A staff member may be recognized numerous times, even in a single year, and many have been.