WHEN: The HR Employee Excellence Awards ceremony is presented each spring during the annual HR Service Awards reception.

WHAT: Annual awards program recognizes HR employees for their exceptional contributions to the department in five staff award categories and one leadership award category. 

HOW: Nominations will be accepted from January 1 to November 30 of each year. HR employees will submit nominations via the Online Nomination Form (login in with Blazer ID and Password). Only HR employees can submit nominations. HR employees can be nominated for any award category, but he/she cannot win two awards in the same category in one year.
A Selection Committee will review nomination submissions and make the final award recommendations to the CHRO; the committee will review all the nominations by category and score them based on how well the nomination demonstrates the specific criteria.

  • Selection Committee will be randomly selected from leadership nominations.
  • Selection Committee will include seven (7) representatives from HR.
  • Selection Committee members will rotate each year.
  • Nomination reviews will be held in December of each year.
  • A rubric/point system will be used by the Selection Committee to determine winners.
  • Award recipients will be determined in December of each year for Annual Awards.
  • Awards will be presented at the HR Service Award Reception in February of each year.
  • If an employee wins an award, he/she is not eligible to win an award in the next year.


Staff Award Categories

Driving Change Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who acts as a champion of change, readily adapting and assisting the internal and external customer with understanding change. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Assisted with implementation of strategies that are in the best interests of HR
  2. Worked toward effective and successful implementation of new services, programs, and/or systems
  3. Taken a proactive and innovative approach toward finding viable solutions to business challenges.
  4. Participated in collaborative problem‐solving, breaking down boundaries and/or creating new relationships to improve the way work gets done

Embracing Innovation Award

This award is given to a staff member who has generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services. The award recognizes creative ideas that have improved HR. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Identified creative solutions, large or small in scope, that have made a significant and positive difference
  2. Suggested new ways to improve the quality of services or programming
  3. Identified novel approaches for completing work more effectively or efficiently
  4. Looked for creative approaches to provide or improve services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost

Doing the Right Thing Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in a particular situation, acting with honesty and integrity at all times. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Sacrificed time and energy for the good of their unit in a specific area or event
  2. Showed willingness to assist beyond normal expectations
  3. Being accountable, inspiring trust by saying and doing what is right
  4. Provided outstanding service to their specific department or division

Collaboration Award

This award is to recognize a staff member who exemplifies collaboration and cooperation. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Developed and encouraged cooperation and collaboration, while displaying outstanding group effort
  2. Consistently offered support, assistance and encouragement to co‐workers, often without being asked to do so
  3. Served as role model to others through positive and productive client and colleague relationships
  4. Worked with others to achieve a shared goal — sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus

Service with Care Award

This award is given to a staff member who has demonstrated concern and commitment to fulfill needs and ensure satisfaction when providing services to members of the UAB community. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Identification of and appropriate reaction to the needs and expectations of the internal and external customer to ensure exceptional service
  2. Familiarity with HR policies and procedures and their impact on the university community, coupled with commitment and ability to educate the community about these policies
  3. Sought ways to continuously improve satisfaction and remove barriers when providing services to members of the university community
  4. Anticipated clients' needs and potential problems before they occurred

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award is given to a member who exemplifies significant leadership skills such as the ability to lead and guide Staff, develop Staff talents and successfully manage an efficient and effective unit at the highest level; has promoted teamwork and collaboration across HR and the UAB community; has worked quietly behind the scenes to improve his or her unit and HR as a whole; and who has consistently done so with a positive attitude. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated a combination of the following:

  1. Initiative, Responsibility, Resourcefulness
  2. Outstanding skills and service within or outside the department
  3. Develops trust and credibility through open, respectful communication and demonstrating accountability
  4. Provides a sense of purpose, vision and mission for their co‐workers and/or staff
  5. Cultivates and motivates staff
  6. Positively influences others to build consensus in group, departmental or organizational settings
  7. Manages and/or champions change effectively through formal or informal leadership
  8. Helps others develop by investing time and effort in coaching and/or mentoring
  9. Demonstrates a high degree of financial responsibility coupled with sound judgment; acts as a guardian of HR resources by implementing more efficient or cost effective practices


UAB Habitat House Build 2015

September 17 – October 24
Dedication week of November 2-6

Builds are scheduled each week Thursday, Friday and Saturday. October 22, 23 & 24, 2015 has been designated for UAB Administration volunteers and will include the primary activities such as landscaping, punch lists, clean-up and final inspections.

2015 Volunteer Information Packet

All volunteers are welcomed as there is much to do for everyone at all skill levels.  Please use the form below to indicate how you can help us with the UAB Habitat House Build as a volunteer, special monetary pledge in lieu of volunteering your time, or to inform us of your professional/special skills you possess that would be instrumental in this project (i.e. carpentry, plumbing, roofing, cabinetmaking, supervising, landscaping, serving as a shift captain).

Click here to register as a volunteer!



Target areas for volunteers

October 22, 23, & 24

Gary Gray & Cathy Tanner

UAB Administration (VPFA&A, VP R&ED, VP Dev, VP IT, VP E&D, Libraries, President’s Office)

We need 25 volunteers for each shift. The first shift is 7:30 am – 11:30 am. There is a 30 minute lunch for the all-day volunteers and staff to eat and rest. The second shift is 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If someone is working all day, they should be listed in both the morning and afternoon shifts.

Volunteers sign up deadline is Friday, August 7, 2015.
Congratulations to our winners!

Ginny Pelliccio – Chick Fil A food voucher
Rebecca Bowen – Free oil change and tire rotation at Good Year

Gary Gray - $10 gift card at Newks
Sherri Crowe – Complimentary 3-month membership at the UAB rec center

Tammy Fincher – 2 free movie passes to Carmike cinemas
Tashia Hudson – Complimentary one night stay at TownePlace Suites Marriott – Homewood 
LaQuita Graham - Fantastic Five food voucher for the Mystery Image Contest
visionariesFrom left to right:  Carrie May Ezell-EACC, Cliff Walker III-Compensation, Donna Blackburn-CDC, Doug Royal-Employee Relations, Linda Warren-Hospital HR, Jason Womack-HR Information Systems, Jenna Blythe-Tjia-Recruitment Services, Erika Mack-HR Records, Cathy Tanner-CHRO/Employee Wellness, Sharon Brennan-Benefits and (not pictured) Kay Kirk-OL&D.