Team Excellence Award
The Illinois State University Team Excellence Award was established in 1997 to recognize collaborative efforts of a group demonstrating exemplary teamwork. Groups that worked during the previous year are announced and recognized annually on Founder's Day.
Awards will recognize a departmental unit or cross-unit work group that has facilitated, promoted, or demonstrated one or more of our institutional values (see below) through their collaborative efforts. The criteria for selection will focus upon the efficient use of fiscal and human resources to meet University goals and objectives that enhance the quality of our collective lives. Awards will be given for projects that have had significant accomplishments between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 (Fiscal Year 2017).
Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship: Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom, so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as other forms of individual scholarship in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate.
Individualized Attention: Illinois State University provides a supportive environment. An innovative general education program, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual, with unique educational needs and potential. The University is dedicated to placing the learner at the center of teaching and scholarship, to recognizing the importance of each faculty and staff member to the successful operation of the programs and services provided, and acknowledging the ongoing contributions of its former students, faculty, and staff.
Public Opportunity: Illinois State University assures students access to educational, research, and service opportunities through a wide range of high quality programs; faculty mentors who are scholars; creative artists of repute in their disciplines; and the support of outstanding facilities, technologies, and library resources. The University partners with business, industry, government, and education to provide leadership in statewide, national, and international initiatives; expand service and outreach; and enhance financial support for instructional, scholarship, and service activities.
Diversity: Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and an informed respect for differences among students, faculty, and staff by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by ethical behavior and social justice that prepares students to be fully engaged participants in a global society. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff, who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to create a varied and inclusive community where all students, staff, and faculty are active participants in a global society characterized by teamwork, respect for differences, civic engagement, and educational goals that celebrate diversity.
Civic Engagement : Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged citizens who will promote and further the collective goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. Furthermore, the University encourages faculty and staff to serve as engaged civic leaders and role models promoting the quality of life for all citizens through collaborative and individual action.
Illinois State University will continue to occupy a unique position of strength and visibility among the institutions of higher education in Illinois, the nation, and the world. Illinois State University will continue to be the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience at an institution that offers excellent undergraduate and graduate programs, and supports high quality research, scholarship, and creative activities.
A one-time award of $3,000 will be presented to the team that best meets the criteria outlined above. Two honorable mention awards of $1,000 each may also be given. These awards may be used for business related items as determined by the team decision-making process of award recipients, but may not be used for personal gain. The award winning team may receive this award no more frequently than once every seven years. In the event of a cross-unit/department team, the monetary award will be divided equitably among team members.
A team (two or more individuals) must consist of civil service staff and/or administrative professional staff, and/or faculty. A team may consist of a group from one departmental unit or from more than one unit.
A letter of support from the team's direct supervisor and/or the team’s department chair/school director should accompany the completed nomination form. Nomination materials are due by 4:30 p.m. November 17, 2017.
Award recipients will be notified prior to Founder’s Day in order to assure that team members will attend.
Team Excellence Committee
- Vicki Shawd, Chair, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Planning
- Tony Walesby, A/P Appointee
- Rachel Caracci, A/P Council Representative
- Vickie Kiser, C/S Appointee
- Dana Tuttle, C/S Representative
- Michaelene Cox, Faculty Representative
- Bahae Samhan, Faculty Representative
Team Excellence Award Winners
Winner: Campus Climate Task Force
Honorable Mentions: Graduate Student Professional Development Series Team, Study Abroad Team
Winner: Food Recovery Network Program team
Winner: Giving Tuesday
Honorable Mentions: Redbird Scholar, Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC)
Winner: Fresh FAVS
Honorable Mentions: Human Library Committee, Safety Ambassadors Foodservice Excellence
Honorable Mentions: America's Promise Team Project, General Education Task Force
Winner: Cardinal Court Redevelopment Team
Honorable Mentions: Family Science Day, SMART Clinic
Winner: The NCAA Certification Team
Honorable Mentions: iPeople Implementation Team, Good To Go Team
Winner: The Master Plan Team
Honorable Mentions: CeMaST Stage Stop Organization Team, WGLT Pledge Drive Marketing Team
Honorable Mentions: Gladly We Give, On Common Grounds: Dialogues on Diversity and Social Justice
Winner: Success 101
Honorable Mentions: Reggie Ride, Washington D.C. Civic Engagement Study Tour
Winner: 150th Anniversary Implementation Team
Honorable Mentions: Student Fitness and Kinesiology/Recreation Committee, Fear the Bird/Bird Shirt Committee
Winner: "It’s Not Just a Major, It’s a Mission” One-Day Workshop
Honorable Mentions: Student Research Symposia (Spring 2006) (Undergraduate and Graduate), Developing the Student Foundation
Winner: ISU Solar Car Team
Honorable Mentions: Welcome2ISU, JumpStart Program
Winner: Service and Leadership Lifestyle Floor
Honorable Mentions: iCampus/TouchNet/Redbird Card Deposit, Virus Response Planning Committee
Winner: Women’s Mentoring Network
Honorable Mentions: New Integrated Marketing Program for Office of Admissions, Schroeder Hall Occupant Relocation Project
Winner: Campaign Kickoff Team
Honorable Mentions: Tunnel of Oppression Project, iCampus Project
Winner: Campus Mast Plan Steering Team
Honorable Mentions: Student Service and Referral Center’s Extended Client Services Hours, Utilities Services Fairchild/Metcalf Air-Conditioning Team
Winner: Online Admissions Application Team
Honorable Mentions: Homecoming 2000 Team, Web Team
Winner: Women and Employment: Linking Local and Global Team
Honorable Mentions: Inauguration Team, Alcohol Programming Initiative Team
Winner: Foundation Computing Certification Program
Honorable Mentions: E-Mail Express Team, Old Main Bell Restoration Team
Winner: Confirmation of Attendance Team
Honorable Mentions: Border Subjects Team, Educational Lecture Series Team
Winner: Renovation of General Classrooms
Honorable Mentions: Watterson Commons Dining Center, Drug and Violence Prevention Grant
Winner: Nite Ride Team
Honorable Mentions: Debit Card Team, Passages-New Student Orientation