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Employee Recognition and Awards Program (ERAP)


photo of the 2022 ERAP Program

Current Year's ERAP Winners

The entire UWF Family congratulates the  Spring 2022 ERAP Winners.

Each year the campus community has the opportunity to nominate fellow team members to recognize excellence, outstanding performance, and a commitment to promote service and professionalism. Thank you to all who participated in and/or attended this year’s event!


Employee Recognition and Awards Committee Process

  • The committee is made up of twelve individuals selected from the last three years award winners’ list.
  • The committee is chaired by the current Marion Viccars Award winner or, if unable to serve, by someone designated by the Provost/Executive Vice President. The committee chair must be at the director level or above.
  • The committee is also comprised of two current Nautilus Excellence Award winners (not OPS winners) from each division, selected by the divisional Vice Presidents.
  • The committee includes the current Employee of the Year.

Please Note

  • The award selection committee is authorized to award one discretionary Nautilus Excellence Award to any nominee from any division.
  • The President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity is selected by the Vice President of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs.
  • The Student Government Association Awards are selected by the Student Government Association (SGA).

Nautilus Excellence Awards

The Nautilus Excellence Award recognizes employees for substantial contributions and outstanding performance and professionalism impacting operations, service excellence, inter-departmental effectiveness and community involvement. Each University Work Force award recipient receives a $2000 (gross) cash award, a certificate and an Argo memento.* Each OPS award recipient receives a $500 (gross) cash award, a certificate and an Argo memento.* Please contact HR for Nautilus Excellence Award OPS staff eligibility.

*Mementos awarded as budget allows.

Requirements

  • University Work Force employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 1, 2023, to be eligible for the Nautilus Excellence Award.
  • OPS Staff employees must have worked at UWF for six months as of March 1, 2023, to be eligible for the Nautilus Excellence Award.
  • Employees classified as Director and above are not eligible
  • Previous award winners are not eligible for the three years following the year they win the award (e.g., If an employee wins in 2019, they would not be eligible again until 2023.).

Marion Viccars Awards

The Marion Viccars Award was established by former UWF President James Robinson to recognize superior service of university employees. Marion Viccars began working at the new University of West Florida’s John C. Pace Library in 1967. She was an enthusiastic participant in the academic life of the university, an energetic promoter of West Florida’s historical preservation activities and a warm and cordial counselor to students and scholars everywhere.

The Marion Viccars Award recognizes an employee at the Director level and above or a Faculty Administrative (Dean, Associate and Assistant Dean, or Chairperson) for substantial contributions, outstanding performance and professionalism impacting operations, service excellence, inter-departmental effectiveness and community involvement. The award recipient receives a $2000 (gross) cash award, a certificate and an Argo memento.*

*Mementos awarded as budget allows.

Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three consecutive years as of March 1, 2023 to be eligible for the Marion Viccars Award.
  • This award is for employees at the Director level and above and Faculty Administrators (including Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, and Chairperson).

Gabor Award for Excellence

The Gabor Award for Excellence was established at the behest of the Gabor Insurance Company to reward outstanding university employees. This award is presented to one staff employee and one faculty employee each year as funding permits.

The Gabor Award for Excellence recognizes employees for substantial contributions and outstanding performance and professionalism impacting operations, service excellence, inter-departmental effectiveness and community involvement. Each award recipient receives a $500 (gross) cash award and a certificate.

Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 1, 2023, to be eligible for the Gabor Award.

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award recognizes an employee for substantial contribution and outstanding performance and professionalism in the community. The award recipient receives a $500 (gross) cash award and a certificate.

Requirements

  • Employees must have worked at UWF for three years as of March 1, 2023, to be eligible for the Community Service Award.

Awards Submission Guidelines 

  • All award applications must be submitted on the official nomination forms and include three letters of recommendation signed and on letterhead.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible to win the same award for three (3) years. (e.g., If an employee wins in 2019, they would not be eligible again until 2023.).
  • Nominations may be self-appointed or be made by others (peers, supervisors, colleagues from other divisions, etc.). If the nomination is a self-nomination, then the three letters of recommendation must be from different sources other than the nominee.
  • The selection committee members may not submit nomination(s) or recommendation letters.
  • Nominations received after 5 p.m. on the deadline date of Friday, February 24, 2023, will be declared ineligible.

If you need assistance completing the nomination form, please contact Human Resources at 850.474.2694.

Our Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony occurs each spring. However, recognition happens each and every day at UWF! 

Please visit Awardco to celebrate other recognitions! Please note: Your login may be required for access.

Please visit the Division of University Advancement’s employee recognitions page to celebrate outstanding division employees. View their Division Awards of Distinction and On-The Spot Recognitions programs.

Retirement Awards

The University’s Employee Recognition Program provides retiring employees with a choice of retirement mementos. Please make your selection by completing the retirement selection form within six (6) weeks (if possible) of your retirement date so that your selected retirement award may be ordered. If you have any questions about the Retirement Awards Program, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694.

Service Awards

Employees who have achieved increments of five (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) continuous years of service with the University of West Florida are eligible to receive an Employee Service Award.

You may pick up your service award in Human Resources after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ERAP).*

*Faculty Service Awards may be presented later in the year at the Fall Faculty Forum.