Awards & Recognition

Awards and recognition programs create a positive work environment, improve employee morale and motivate high performance. At the University of Notre Dame, we strive to create a culture of appreciation and celebration through our various awards and recognition programs.

Our programs are currently designed to:

  • Align with Core Values and organizational goals
  • Present a memorable and meaningful experience for the recipient
  • Provide consistent guidelines across the organization
  • Attract, develop, empower and retain individuals
  • Integrate with our performance culture

Presidential Awards

Presidential Achievement Award

The Presidential Achievement Award has been designed to reward and recognize individuals for their significant achievements to the betterment of the University and whose actions exemplify Notre Dames Core Values.

Eligibility

Any regular staff employee, exempt or non-exempt.

Selection Criteria

Nominees typically will have accomplished a significant achievement in one or more of the following areas: an improvement in productivity, creative solution to a significant problem, break-through effort that resulted in extraordinary innovation or improvement, contribution that significantly impacted the Universitys long-term success or suggestion that resulted in a reduction in cost.

All nominees are expected to positively demonstrate the University’s Core Values (Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, Leadership in Mission and Leadership in Excellence).

Award

  • $1,000 (net) cash award
  • Keepsake item
  • Acknowledgement of awards at the Service Recognition Dinner and Presidential Awards to be held in May
  • Photograph and article in ND Works

2014 nominations have closed.

Presidential Values Award

The Presidential Values Award has been designed to reward and recognize individuals who live the University’s mission and is a role model exemplifying all of the Core Values.

Eligibility

Any regular staff employee, exempt or non-exempt.

Selection Criteria

Any regular staff employee, exempt or non-exempt, who lives the University’s mission and is a role model exemplifying all of the Core Values.

Award

  • $1,000 (net) cash award
  • Keepsake item
  • Acknowledgement of awards at the Service Recognition Dinner and Presidential Awards to be held in May
  • Photograph and article in ND Works

2014 nominations have closed.

Presidential Leadership Award

The Presidential Leadership Award is designed to recognize any regular staff supervisor, exempt or non-exempt staff supervisor for their outstanding servant leadership.

Eligibility

Any regular staff employee who supervises staff.

Selection Criteria

The Presidential Leadership Award will recognize a regular staff supervisor, exempt or non-exempt, who demonstrates and lives the principles of servant leadership: building community; orienting goals and achievements in line with the University mission; exhibiting strong stewardship of institutional resources (time, talent, financial); and developing a shared vision of institutional excellence. This award is for an individual who’s own performance is exemplary but is also an effective leader of people. Finally, nominees are expected to positively demonstrate the University’s core values (Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, Leadership in Mission and Leadership in Excellence).

This nomination will be submitted by the employees of this supervisor and approved by his or her immediate manager.

Award

  • $1,000 (net) cash award
  • Keepsake item
  • Acknowledgement of awards at the Service Recognition Dinner and Presidential Awards to be held in May
  • Photograph and article in ND Works

2014 nominations are closed.


Presidential Team Irish Awards

2014 nominations are closed.

The Presidential Team Irish Award program has been designed to provide a special and unique opportunity to publicly recognize core staff teams that exemplify the University’s Core Values on behalf of their department and the University.The recognition of a significant accomplishment, collaboration or initiative where the Core Values were demonstrated will occur during each of the home football games.

Eligibility

  • Teams are made up of core members who had significant involvement in the accomplishment of the project, process, or initiative (recommended size between 3 and 15 individuals).
  • Teams can be departmental or cross-departmental.
  • Teams may consist of part-time or full-time staff and/or faculty.

Selection Criteria

  • Awarded to teams of staff and faculty members who collaborate on a project, process, or initiative that significantly advances the University’s Mission, Organizational Goals, and/or Departmental Goals through their efforts.
  • Team Performance exemplifies the Core values.
  • Integrity – Demonstrates honest and ethical behavior that displays a high moral standard.Widely trusted, respectful, and honorable.
  • Accountability – Takes responsibility and ownership for decisions, actions, and results.Accountable for both how and what is accomplished.
  • Teamwork – Works cooperatively as a member of a team and is committed to the overall team objectives rather than own interests.
  • Leadership in Mission – Understands, accepts, and supports the Catholic mission of the university and fosters values consistent with that mission.
  • Leadership in Excellence – Demonstrates energy and commitment to improving results, takes initiatives often involving calculated risks while considering the common good.

All teams are invited to apply, however game day logistics restricts day-of activities to a limited number of individuals

Award

  • One football ticket per award winner with sideline admittance for pre-game activities for a home football game.
  • Presentation to team during a television timeout during a home football game.
  • Framed photograph of team receiving award.
  • Award recipients and accomplishments listed in football program.

Service Awards

Currently, milestones reached in years of service are celebrated at a dinner event held on the Monday following Commencement each May. Honorees at this event include:

  • Staff employees who have achieved 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years of service (in 5-year increments)
  • Those who have or are planning to retire during the current fiscal year
  • Past retirees from the staff group of employees
  • Past recipients of service awards for 40+ years of service with the University
  • Supervisors of honorees

Staff Summer Picnic

Hosted by the Officers of the University of Notre Dame and the Office of Human Resources, the Staff Summer Picnic provides an opportunity for staff to celebrate a successful academic year.

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