Models of Excellence Award
2020 Models of Excellence Program HonoreesCongratulations to this year's honorees! This year Penn's Models of Excellence Program honors 110 exceptional staff members who play key roles in Penn's successes every day. Please save the date for the 2020 Models Ceremony on April 28, 2020 in Irvine Auditorium, 4pm-5pm. Reception immediately following.
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
The call for nominations is open September through October each year.
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. Each year, the Quick Start Guide to Completing a Nomination provides all of the information you need to complete this process which includes the following steps:
1. Reviewing the eligibility criteria.
2. Complete the Nomination Form which includes two reference letters and supervisor verification of eligibility.
3. Submitting the completed nomination through the online form before the published deadline.
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 28, 2020. All members of the Penn community are invited. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
2019 Models of Excellence
Admissions Branding Revitalization Team
For conducting a complete overhaul of the Penn Admissions brand to better serve our student, parent, and counselor audiences. The re-branding effort was reflected across all admissions materials, communications channels, and the website.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Michael Guyer||Provost's Center|
|Scott Kuchinski||Provost's Center|
|Jenny Lackey||Provost's Center|
|Justin Mazur||Provost's Center|
|Louis Metzger||Provost's Center|
Coordinator of the Neuroscience Graduate Group
Perelman School of Medicine
For innovations and efficiencies that have had meaningful impact on the Neuroscience Graduate Group's admissions and recruiting efforts. Some of her responsibilities include student advising, course registrations, curriculum development, data analysis and office management.
Penn Marketplace Enhancements Team
For using organizational efficiency, collaboration, and proactive leadership to implement a web-based supplier management solution that has transformed the procure-to-pay process for Penn's end users and suppliers.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Sandra Ardis||Business Services|
|Kalyani Balasubramanian||Information Systems and Computing|
|Sarah Boyer||Division of Finance|
|Chris Bristow||School of Engineering and Applied Science|
|Brain Caputo||Business Services|
|LaTanya Carter||Business Services|
|Barbara DiLossi||Division of Finance|
|Janet Dwyer||Office of the President|
|Faina Goldman||Information Systems and Computing|
|Carol B. Henderson||Student Services|
|Vira Homick||Business Services|
|David Ishmael||Division of Finance|
|Jeanine Kleba||Information Systems and Computing|
|Bill Lockard||Wharton School|
|Mark Mills||Business Services|
|Ravi Musuku||Information Systems and Computing|
|Jason J. Nestor||Perelman School of Medicine|
|Grier Nori||Business Services|
|Renee Nowaczyk||Division of Finance|
|Kristy Owen||Division of Finance|
|Michael Popko||Division of Finance|
|Elyse Saladoff||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Debbie Schmidt||Business Services|
|Ian Semmler||Law School|
|Michael Tollok||Business Services|
|Paul Weidner||Division of Finance|
Houston Market Renovation Team
For providing a more convenient, welcoming, and enjoyable dining experience for faculty, staff, students, and others who visit Houston Hall, the nation's first student union.
|Team Member||School or Center|
|Douglas Berger||Business Services|
|Mariette Buchman||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Heather Coyne||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Michael Dausch||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Ke Feng||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|William Gingrow||Business Services|
|Laurie A. Hall||VPUL Facilities and Events Management|
|Thomas Hauber||VPUL Facilities and Events Management|
|Monique Jerman||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Mark Kocent||Facilities and Real Estate Services|
|Pamela Lampitt||Business Services|
|Thomas MacDonald||Business Services|
Head, Digital Media and Virtual Services
Biomedical Library, University Library
For creating a free 3D printing service that encourages innovation in teaching, learning, research, and clinical care for the entire Penn community.
The New Wharton Undergraduate Experience Team
For implementing an extensive series of initiatives that have transformed Wharton's undergraduate experience while reinforcing Penn's vision of Inclusion, Innovation, and Impact.
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics Project Team
For planning, designing, constructing, and operating a first-of-its kind building to provide a new home for Penn's world-class Economics and Political Science Departments; and for creating the largest construction of shared central pool classrooms.
Stewardship Communications Team
For creating consistent, customized, and informed leadership communications that allow the University to maintain superior donor relations, and meet its fundraising and engagement goals.
Questions? Call 215-898-7729 or contact us by email.