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President’s Staff Recognition Program

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The Office of the President and the President’s Staff Recognition Program Committee extend congratulations and thanks to all of our award nominees and recipients for their contributions to the College.

The award recipients were announced at the June 13 Employee Summer Gathering.

2023 President’s Staff Leadership Award Recipients:

  • Rajesh Adhikari, Associate Director of International Student & Scholar Services, International Education
  • Kevin Brenfo-Agyeman, Academic Advisor, Center for Student Success
  • Anthony Casilli, PSS2, Office of Capital Planning
  • Anthony Dovi, Director, Admissions

2023 President’s Staff Excellence in Service Award Recipients:

  • Meghan Gregory, Assistant Director New Student Experience, Center for Student Success
  • Roger Jans, Associate Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Classification, People Operations and Employee Resources
  • Jack Nesmith, Coordinator of Student Activities, Center for Student Involvement
  • Veronica Olshefski, Program Assistant Scheduling Specialist, Events & Conferences
  • Ivan Velasquez, Housekeeping Supervisor 1, Facilities Building Services

2023 President’s Staff Team Project Award Recipient:

  • Multi-Cultural Center Committee
    • Team Members: Richard Brown, Center for Student Involvement; Deirdre Foreman, EOF; Keivon Hemmings, EOF; Cesar Leon, Counseling Services; Jineane Miller Lajam, EDIC; Nicole Morgan Agard, EDIC; Rachel Sawyer-Walker, EDIC

Below please find the three award categories and criteria.

Staff Leadership Award

Awarded to a Ramapo College staff member who, in that year, assumed a leadership role and successfully effected positive change. (up to three recipients – two union awardees and one manager)

The Staff Leadership category recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership while contributing to building an effective and positive work environment and/or strengthening an aspect of the student experience. Individuals nominated should demonstrate at least three of the following qualities:

  • Successfully leading a team to complete a significant institutional project
  • Motivating others to perform at an exceptional level through morale building exercises or exemplary work
  • Identifying a specific recurring issue on campus and implementing practices to resolve the issue or leading the effort to develop a response
  • Assuming additional assignments and challenging projects to advance the goals of the unit/division/College
  • Going above and beyond to foster a healthy and safe environment for employees to work and students to learn
  • Others as appropriate

Staff Excellence in Service Award

Awarded to an individual or recognized group that, in that year, provided exemplary service to College constituents and our physical campus. (up to three individual/group recipients)

The Staff Excellence in Service category recognizes individuals, units/departments or other recognized groups who foster cooperation, collaboration and open communication. Individuals or recognized groups nominated should demonstrate at least three of the following qualities:

  • Excellent constituent service which met a special need of a student, visitor, colleague or faculty member evidenced by feedback from the community
  • Sincere cooperation, positive attitude and exceptional willingness to assist others
  • Willingness to go beyond the explicit parameters of a job description to better serve the College
  • A commitment to the spirit of diversity and behavior which demonstrates inclusion of persons who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Empathy and humility as a colleague, a mentor and/or educator
  • Outstanding acts of public service above and beyond the duties and responsibilities of the employee’s position which reflect credit upon Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Others as appropriate

Staff Team Project Award

Awarded to a group of three or more staff members from at least two College Cores who achieved a significant outcome or completed a significant project. (one cross-Core group recipient)

The Team Project Award is focused on recognizing collaboration across units/departments. In that spirit, staff members from at least two Cores must contribute to the team project.

Nominated teams must demonstrate the following:

  • Completion of a significant outcome or project in support of one or more of the College’s strategic plan’s goals.
  • Advancement of a minimum of three of the six priorities Dr. Jebb outlined on July 28, 2021:
    • Foster a healthy, well, and safe environment for work and study.
    • Deliver a high-quality, vibrant student experience.
    • Be equitable in practices to assess the fairness and effectiveness of decisions.
    • Be creative and reflective—empowered to apply what is learned and willing to grow from those lessons.
    • Be gentle with one another—demonstrating empathy and humility as colleagues, as mentors, and as educators in order to be stronger partners.
    • Be adaptable and resilient—recognize that conditions are impermanent and new challenges are inevitable.
  • Collaboration: The team will have demonstrated strong collaboration skills, balanced ownership across all the team members to achieve the outcome or project, and exemplified what it means to be “good teammates”
  • Team composition and talent: The team will have reflected the diversity of the College.

Project Award Example: A project completed by staff from Marketing & Communications and the Center for Student Involvement would qualtify because the units are from two different Cores. A project completed by staff from Human Resources, ITS, and Events & Conferences would not qualify because the units are all within the same Core. 

Program Purpose

The President’s Staff Recognition Program recognizes excellence and extraordinary effort demonstrated by full-time and part-time non-temporary Ramapo College employees (non-faculty).

Nomination Process
  • Nominations may be made by students, staff or faculty members. Employees may nominate themselves.
  • Nominations may be submitted electronically via the web forms above or via hardcopy forms. Hardcopy forms will be available for pick up from Public Safety, Facilities, Student Affairs (C-212), the Learning Commons Circulation Desk, POER (D-111) and EDIC (D-104).
  • Would you like to nominate someone for an award but would like some support in authoring or submitting the nomination form? No problem, contact any Committee member (see below) and we will provide you with assistance!
  • The application process was open through April 30.

The President’s Staff Recognition Program Committee will review the eligibility of nominees in accord with the following criteria. Nominees must:

  1. be full-time permanent staff or part-time non-temporary staff (non-faculty)
  2. be employed in current position for at least one full year at the time of nomination

Once an employee is recognized for a President’s award, the employee is ineligible to be awarded for five years.

**Within the five years, individual award recipients shall not be excluded from being recognized as a member of a group or team (Staff Excellence in Service and the Staff Team Award). Also, members of the Staff Team Award are eligible for individuals awards within the five-year time period.

Program Committee
  • All nominations are reviewed by the President’s Staff Recognition Program Committee.
  • 2023 Committee Co-chairs: Jennifer Hicks McGowan (POER) & Jineane Miller Lajam (EDIC)
  • 2023 Committee members include: Lisa Ambrose (2022 winner), Tracey Bender (2022 winner), Abbe Benowitz (RSA rep), Chanel Carter (CWA rep), Beth Foster (rep for 2022 winning team), William Holmes (2022 winner), Aaron Lorenz (2022 winner), Deb O’Connell (rep for IDC, 2022 winning department), Edward Shannon (AFT rep), Carolyn Ucci (2022 winner) and Ernest Szucs & John Zukow (IFPTE reps).
  • The Committee is appointed by the President.
  • Nominations are confirmed confidentially and as needed with unit supervisors/division heads.
  • The Committee makes recommendations to the President, who then makes the final selection.
  • Committee members are not permitted to submit nominations for awards.
  • Committee members shall maintain the confidentiality of all nominations.
  • Committee members are not eligible for individual awards.
  • Committee members nominated as part of a Staff Team Project Award shall recuse themselves from voting on Team Award nominations.
  • Award recipients are invited to serve on the Program Committee the following year.
Recognition and Presentation
  • Individual recipients will be presented with a personalized award.
  • Recipients will be announced with formal presentation at the June Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Individual and group recipients shall receive a letter from the President copied to their personnel file.
  • Recipient names and photos (when available) will be included on the web.
  • Individual and group nominees shall be notified of their nomination after the award recipients are announced.

The program is reviewed annually based on the availability of resources and the merit of the nominations.

Previous Winners

Click here for a list of previous award winners.