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UND faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to nominate and recognize that special someone who they believe did something extraordinary. Staff Senate wants to recognize that person who has gone out of their way to help someone else without the expectation of a reward.
This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of his or her way to make UND a better place. The winner receives a certificate, $50, and a small token of appreciation. An annual award of $250 is presented at the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon in May. Winners are unaware of their win until the award is presented during "special department meetings" or other gatherings.
The 2014-2015 annual winner was Brenda Halle, VP for Research Office. This award was presented during the Staff Recognition Luncheon held on May 12, 2015.
Left to Right: Sharley Kurtz, Staff Senate President; Brenda Halle, VP for Research Office; and Diane Hillebrand, Staff Senate Past President.
Brenda’s nomination stated that she advertised some items for sale on a Facebook garage sale group and was contacted by a woman who wanted to purchase a few of the items. When the woman, her husband, and their four children arrived to collect the items, Brenda learned that the family had just moved to Grand Forks from Texas and had to leave most of their worldly possessions behind. That evening, Brenda wrote a post on Facebook asking for donations and inexpensive household items for sale to give to the family. The response was overwhelming. That night, Brenda spent several hours communicating with donors, sellers, and the family in an effort to get them everything they needed. Additionally,she bought holiday gifts for each of the family members. This is just a testament of Brenda’s kindness and thoughtfulness and how she goes above and beyond to make UND and the community a better place.
Congratulations Brenda Halle, Staff Senate thinks you shine!
2015-2016 Monthly U-Shine Award Winners:
January ~ Brenda Halle, VP for Research Office
February ~ Amber Onder, Parking
March ~ Elaine Erickson, Financial Aid
April ~ Michael Rood, Mailing Services
May ~ Gail Smith, Dining
June ~ Sarah Braun, Housing
July ~ LoAnn Stadstand, Flight Operations
August ~ Richard Larson, Marking & Communications Group
September ~ Kathy Freeman & Joanne Durkin, Student Account Services
October ~ Lola Conley, Dining
All UND staff members are eligible to receive this award. Nominations can be submitted through the Staff Senate website at http://und.edu/staff-senate/ or forms are available at UND Facilities, Dining Services and the Memorial Union Post Office.
Nominations received by the 15th of the month will be considered in the current month, all others will be held until the following month. All nominations remain under consideration for six months.
U-Shine Award Nomination Form
Fill out the form below for the monthly U-Shine award nominations.
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Exceptional U Award Nomination Form
The next Exceptional U award month will be November 2015. Fill out the form below anytime to nominate a faculty, staff or student for this award.