Models of Excellence Award
The Models of Excellence Program is an important reminder of the remarkable contributions our staff make every day.
Over the last 19 years, the program has honored more than 1,000 staff members for their outstanding individual and team accomplishments.
Please save the date for this year's Models of Excellence ceremony and celebration on April 4, 2018 at 4pm in Irvine Auditorium.
The Models of Excellence program recognizes notable staff member accomplishments at Penn that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
ON THIS PAGE:
- Standards of Excellence
- The Nomination Process
- Selection and Notification
- Awards, Ceremony and Reception
- 2018 Honorees
Standards of Excellence
These Standards of Excellence are used by the nominators and the Selection Committee to identify individual staff members or teams as Models of Excellence for their notable contributions to the mission of the University that go above and beyond performance and job expectations.
Supportive practices, procedures, and policies
- Brings about significant positive change for the University’s mission.
- Eliminates significant obstacles to achieving the University’s mission.
- Resolves, in unique and/or novel ways, problems that impede progress.
Innovative and proactive leadership
- Uses highly effective and/or novel practices to inspire and lead others to contribute constructively to the University’s mission.
- Proactively identifies and resolves challenges that interfere with team/unit/school/center activities to further the University’s mission.
- Encourages a coordinated effort by a complex group and facilitates the group’s ability to meet complicated goals.
Extraordinary service to key constituencies
- Supports internal and/or external constituencies in ways that exceed expectations and result in unexpected and very positive outcomes that support the University’s mission.
- Identifies improvements to University practices, policies, and/or program designs that result in substantial cost savings or financial gain to the University while enhancing the organization’s ability to support the University’s mission.
Exemplary relationship building within and/or outside of the immediate organization
- Develops and uses strong, constructive, and productive relationships that enable otherwise impossible goals to be met in support of the University’s mission
The Nomination Process
Nominations for Models of Excellence awards are due in the fall for contributions made during the previous fiscal year (July 1–June 30). We seek nominations of significant achievements—above and beyond job and performance expectations—to model excellence for the campus. Please consider nominating a deserving staff member or team; we welcome nominations from any level of the organization, including self-nominations.
The nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before the nomination can be accepted. The Nomination Guide, Nomination Form and Nomination Deadline will be published in August 2018.
Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.
Selection and Notification
An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects the award winners. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders (including the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources), previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.
Once staff members are chosen for Models of Excellence recognition or accorded an Honorable Mention are notified in January, and the information is publicized broadly to the Penn community. Honorees are acknowledged at the spring Models of Excellence Award Ceremony.
Awards, Ceremony, and Reception
The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on April 4, 2018 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the Penn community are invited. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
Intercultural Leadership Team
For providing an opportunity for first-year domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students to build intercultural competence and leadership though the team’s inspiring proactivity, self-examination and cultural awareness; and for making a lasting impact as global citizens at Penn and beyond.
|Shaina Adams-El Guabli||Provost’s Center|
|Rodolfo (Rudie) Altamirano||Penn Global|
|Batsirai Bvunzawabaya||Student Services|
|Valerie De Cruz||Student Services|
|Katie Bonner||Student Services|
|Yuhong He||Student Services|
|Umi Howard||Wharton School|
|Matthew LeRoy||Student Services|
|Soumya Madabhushi||Student Services|
|Sarvelia Nonantzin Peralta-Duran||Wharton School|
|Julianne Reynolds||Student Services|
|Charquinta Sullivan||Student Services|
|Ryan Villanueva||Penn Global|
School of Engineering and Applied Science
For her role as the essential organizing force, focusing and coordinating the recent growth and continued coherent identity of GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception Laboratory). Most notably, serving as the true hub, she unquestionably led the birth and early success of the Penn Engineering Research Collaboration Hub (PERCH) – a historic and crucial opportunity for expanding the regional, national, and international pre-eminence of Penn Engineering.
Working Group for LGBTQ Student Health
For their role as the central clearinghouse and organizational catalyst for addressing issues that affect the health of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning and Transgender students at Penn and for their health-related planning and protocols specific to the needs of LGBTQ students at Penn, with their primary focus being the Student Health Service.
|Melissa Bottiglio||Student Services|
|Cyndy Boyd||Student Services|
|Julia M. Burton||Student Services|
|Laura Kay Collins||Student Services|
|Erin G. Cross||Student Services|
|David Glassman||Student Services|
|Ashlee Halbritter||Student Services|
|Heather Hersh||Student Services|
|Sigrid Larson||Student Services|
|Elizabeth Manai||Student Services|
|Judith Max Palmer||Student Services|
|Joyce McNeill||Student Services|
|Daniel Meyer||Student Services|
|Julie M. Mullany||Student Services|
|Giang Nguyen||Student Services|
|Perri Stella||Student Services|
|Meghan Sullivan||Student Services|
|Amanda Finegold Swain||Student Services|
|Erin Taylor||Student Services|
|Leslie Thompson||Student Services|
2018 Honorable Mention
Faculty Life and Professional Development Team
Perelman School of Medicine
For curating professional development offerings and resources from across the Penn Medicine Health System, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Perelman School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania, resulting in a content-rich website that also functions as a portal for faculty to easily access professional development opportunities, resources, and benefits in the areas of attaining teaching excellence, career development, leadership, research and scholarship, and well-being (including university benefits in physical and emotional health, which are of critical importance to building clinician resilience and preventing burnout).
|Vivian Fisher||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Karen Grasse||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Kimberly Haebel||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Rorie Leahy||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Dorothy L. Leung||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Victoria Mulhern||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Chelsea Patrick||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Karen Shala||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Stephanie Taitano||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Jane Waltman||Perelman School of Medicine|
Institutional Risk Committee (IRC) Information Security Program
For building a comprehensive, collaborative Information Security Program that is now a national model—making Penn dramatically stronger and safer while protecting its values of trust, privacy, and openness, and thus setting a very high standard for all future IRC initiatives.
|Dan Alig||Wharton School|
|R. Joy Azikiwe||Human Resources|
|Jeffrey Ballentine||Information Systems and Computing|
|Joshua Beeman||Information Systems and Computing|
|John J. Breen III||Information Systems and Computing|
|James Brewer||Information Systems and Computing|
|Robert Brower||Human Resources|
|Sean Burke||President’s Center|
|Richard Cardona||Annenberg School for Communication|
|James Choate||Information Systems and Computing|
|Caroline Couture||Information Systems and Computing|
|Donna Milici Dacey||Information Systems and Computing|
|Robert Desilets||Information Systems and Computing|
|Catherine DiBonaventura||School of Design|
|Darlene P. Dziomba||Information Systems and Computing|
|David James Earley||Information Systems and Computing|
|Ryan Hastings||Information Systems and Computing|
|Paul Herrmann||Information Systems and Computing|
|Michael Herzog||Graduate School of Education|
|Bryan Hopkins||Information Systems and Computing|
|Samuel Jenkins||Information Systems and Computing|
|Sarah Katz||Information Systems and Computing|
|Denise Mancuso Lay||Information Systems and Computing|
|Naila Machado||Information Systems and Computing|
|Sherry Michael||Information Systems and Computing|
|Melissa Muth||Information Systems and Computing|
|John W. O’Brien||Information Systems and Computing|
|Warren Petrofsky||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Magida Phillips||Business Services|
|Jacqueline Koury Raynor||Information Systems and Computing|
|Charles Rumford||Information Systems and Computing|
|Michael Sanker||Information Systems and Computing|
|Scott D. Schafer||Audit Compliance and Privacy|
|Kevin Secrest||Audit Compliance and Privacy|
|Joseph Shannon||Division of Finance|
|Lauren Steinfeld||Audit Compliance and Privacy|
|Matthew Sullivan||Information Systems and Computing|
|David Tarampi||Information Systems and Computing|
|Vivin Varghese||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Mark Wehrle||Information Systems and Computing|
|Paul Weidner||Division of Finance|
|Barry Wilson||Wharton School|
|Ira Winston||School of Engineering|
|Wiam Younes||Information Systems and Computing|
|Jennifer Yuan||Information Systems and Computing|
School of Veterinary Medicine
For independently creating new, innovative ways to advance the research mission at Penn Vet, and most importantly, for her passion for research and for acting on that passion.
Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.