After a long career as a math professor at the College of Southern Utah (now SUU), Dr. Kimball Jones wrote of all the reasons he loved working on campus. He spoke of the family that had been created among faculty and staff, of the longstanding traditions that bonded both employees and students, and of the stalwart commitment to student success common among all his colleagues.
Said Jones, “Education has as much to do with love and humanity and it does with facts, figures and skills.”
Four decades later, this sentiment still rings true on a campus that continues to maintain a reputation for personalized attention and sincere concern for its students. As important now as it was in the school’s early years, the University has renewed its commitment to giving our students our very best through a campus-wide quality service initiative.
The annual PEAK Quality Service Awards are the capstone of this ongoing program, encouraging employees to provide quality service to students and one another. Created by SUU’s Student Services and supported by the University’s administrative council, the PEAK Service Awards recognize the individuals and offices who are going above and beyond to help others.
Kim Roeder, director of SUU Event Services and member of the Quality Service Committee, further explained, “Recognizing those people who step out of their offices and job descriptions to serve and integrate themselves within the university will motivate and encourage others to do the same.”
The University’s Quality Service Committee is now soliciting nominations for the inaugural Pinnacle and High Altitude service awards for excellent service to students, faculty or staff.
The Pinnacle Award is an individual award, created to recognize outstanding service—often the likes of which include work beyond an individual’s official job description or daily duties. The individual selected for the Pinnacle Award will receive a prize of $200 and a plaque.
The High Altitude Award was created to recognize an entire department or office that has embodied the SUU spirit of service and cooperation. The winning office or department will receive an afternoon movie excursion in thanks for their outstanding group efforts.
According to Roeder, examples of this team-player attitude beyond basic professional responsibilities includes “individuals or offices that are attending games and concerts, wearing red on Fridays, volunteering on campus and going the extra mile to be welcoming and positive.”
She adds, “Above all, we are looking for those who are doing all they can to further the University’s mission.”
Service award nominations may be submitted online at suu.edu/qualityservice. Eligible individuals must have been employed by SUU for at least six consecutive months and must not be self-nominated. Student employees are also eligible.
In addition to these more prestigious semi-annual awards, the Red Handed Service Awards are unlimited, awarded throughout the year, and are designed to recognize any noteworthy act of service.