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Staff Talent Appreciation & Retention (STAR) Awards
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.
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:
- All full-time, classified staff (non-MPPs) in the Division are eligible for nomination.
- Anyone (staff, students, management) can submit a nomination - divisional affiliation is not required.
- An online Nomination Form is available below.
- An individual staff member can be nominated for multiple award categories.
- Self-nominations are accepted for monthly and team awards, but not for the other awards.
2023 STAR Winners & Nominees
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.
The following categories are the year-end awards.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 New Professional Award
This annual award recognizes a full-time professional in the Division who has had exemplary performance in their role.
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
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 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.
2021 STAR Winners & Nominees
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.
2022 STAR Winners & Nominees
- January Star Award Winner
- February Star Award Winner
- March Star Award Winner
- April Star Award Winner
- May Star Award Winner
- June Star Award Winner
- July Star Award Winner
- August Star Award Winner
- September Star Award Winner
- October Star Award Winner
- November Star Award Winner
- December Star Award Winner