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Staff Talent Appreciation & Retention (STAR) Awards

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Purpose And Goals

The Staff Talent Appreciation & Retention (STAR) Awards Program acknowledges the exemplary performance and contributions of staff members within the Division of Student Affairs. The program provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary performance of staff throughout the division. The primary goal of the program is to contribute to a positive, healthy work environment where staff members are valued and appreciated. The program also promotes a sense of community and aids in the retention of a diverse and talented workforce. This program consists of monthly and annual awards that emphasize the values and priorities of the Division of Student Affairs.

These awards acknowledge and recognize exemplary performance and contributions by staff to departments, the Division, the University, and the well-being of students at Sacramento State. Each academic year, the program celebrates the extraordinary performance of staff across the division promoting a sense of community and retention.

Eligibility

All full-time, classified staff (non-MPP) working in the Division are eligible to receive an award. Award recipients are selected from eligible nominees and anyone can submit a nomination as follows:

  1. All full-time, classified staff (non-MPPs) in the Division are eligible for nomination.
  2. Anyone (staff, students, management) can submit a nomination - divisional affiliation is not required.
  3. An online Nomination Form is available below.
  4. An individual staff member can be nominated for multiple award categories.
  5. Self-nominations are accepted for monthly and team awards, but not for the other awards.

Submit a STAR Award

2022 STAR Winners & Nominees

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Shining STAR of the Month Award

This award is presented monthly to an individual in the division whose actions or work performance stands out as an exceptional reflection of our divisional values (Integrity, Wellness, Innovation, Inclusivity, Collaboration, and Service). Nominations are evaluated on alignment with the identified value(s), the scope of impact on the division or campus, and the timeliness of the work included in the nomination.

Year-End Awards

The following categories are the year-end awards.

  • STAR of the Year
  • Individual Excellence in Student Service
  • Team Excellence in Student Service
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Outstanding Mentoring
  • Outstanding New Professional
  • Excellence in Administrative Support
  • Outstanding Long-Term Professional
  • Outstanding Manager
  • Vice President's Award

STAR of the Year Award

This award is presented yearly to an individual in the division whose actions or work performance stands out as an exceptional reflection of our divisional values (Integrity, Wellness, Innovation, Inclusivity, Collaboration, and Service).

Star of the Year 2022 Award Winner

Star of the Year 2021 Award Winner

Individual Excellence in Student Service Award

This annual award recognizes the contribution of a staff member who works to make procedures, services, facilities, programs, and/or the general Sacramento State learning environment a welcoming, efficient, and high-quality experience for students. The recipient goes above and beyond to enhance students’ experience while thoughtfully balancing educational needs and customer service.

Excellence in Student Service 2022 Award Winner

Excellence in Student Service 2021 Award Winner

Team Excellence in Student Service Award

This annual award recognizes the innovative contributions of a team in developing procedures, services, facilities, and programs contributing to the quality of life for students at Sacramento State. This award is presented by the Student Affairs Council (SAC Team) from nominations.

Team Excellence in Student Service 2022 Award Winner

Team Excellence in Student Service 2021 Award Winner

Diversity and Inclusion Award

This annual award recognizes the effort of staff who strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in its multitude of forms. The award recipient helps build an environment of inclusivity and awareness and supports the education of issues of diversity and social justice.

Diversity and Inclusion 2022 Award Winner

Diversity and Inclusion 2021 Award Winner

Outstanding Mentoring Award

This annual award recognizes efforts to support others in a way that maximizes potential, develops skills, improves performance, and encourages one's talents and potentialities.

Outstanding Mentor 2022 Award Winner

Outstanding Mentor 2021 Award Winner

Outstanding New Professional Award

This annual award recognizes a full-time professional in the Division who has had exemplary performance in their role.

Outstanding New Professional 2022 Award Winner

Outstanding New Professional 2021 Award Winner

Excellence in Administrative Support Award

This Annual Award recognizes the contribution of a staff member who works to create a welcoming, efficient, and high-quality experiences for the Division. These efforts may take the form of improvements to procedures, services, facilities, programs, and/or the general environment. Demonstrates innovation and creativity leading to new and/or improved program processes

Excellence in Administrative Support 2022 Award Winner

Excellence in Administrative Support 2021 Award Winner

Outstanding Long Term Professional Award

This annual award serves to recognize the long-standing contribution and dedication to Sacramento State of a full-time professional in the Division. This award is presented to a staff member who is currently employed with the Division of Student Affairs and has been employed with the Division or Sacramento State for ten or more years.

Outstanding Long-Term Professional 2022 Award Winner

Outstanding Long Term Professional 2021 Award Winner

Outstanding Manager Award

This award recognizes a full-time staff member in a managerial (MPP) position who displays exceptional leadership for their staff, constant support when needed, and constantly works to elevate their office or staff.

Outstanding Manager 2022 Award Winner

Outstanding Manager 2021 Award Winner

Vice President’s Award

The annual Vice President's Award is selected by the Vice President for Student Affairs. This award is presented to a staff member within the division who has performed admirably in some capacity.

Student Affairs Vice Presidents 2022 Award Winner

Student Affairs Vice Presidents 2021 Award Winner

Past Awards

2021 STAR Winners & Nominees