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K-State Classified Award of Excellence

Award Nomination Deadline: February 1


This university-wide award was established to recognize exemplary performance and contributions of classified support staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of Kansas State University. The purposes of this award include:

  1. Publicizing the positive attributes and contributions made by classified staff;
  2. Rewarding and recognizing individuals who achieve excellence; and
  3. Encouraging a high degree of consciousness regarding excellence in the workplace for the entire campus staff.


Three award winners will be selected; one each from the following categories; Office and Clerical, Technical and Professional, and Service and Maintenance. The submitted paragraphs about each winner will be printed in the annual Employee Recognition program and will be read at the Classified Employee Recognition Ceremony. Each winner will receive:

  • Letter of Acknowledgment from the University President
  • Gross Check for $1000.00 (reduced by any award payment received under the Classified Employee of the Year Award.)
  • Acknowledgement in K-State Today
  • Name added to plaque located in Anderson Hall (winners will be added yearly)

Eligibility and Criteria:

All classified benefits eligible staff members, full or part time, are eligible to be nominated for the K-State Classified Award of Excellence if they have completed one or more years of consecutive service to Kansas State University and if they have not been recipients of the award within the past five years. Criteria for the award are the following:

  1. Outstanding Achievement and Performance: consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, performing at a level above and beyond normal job requirements; has made important and significant contributions in their area; has furthered the mission of the unit, college, and/or university.
  2. Inspirations of Excellence in Others: consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved customer service or has increased student satisfaction in their area; demonstrates ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization.
  3. Initiative and Creativity: has significantly improved a work process or system, or has significantly increased the efficiency of an operation or department/unit; consistently seeks to improve the quality of work assigned; demonstrates efforts to expand work responsibilities.

Nomination Process:

Current faculty, staff, administrators, and/or students at Kansas State University may nominate classified staff members to be considered for this award. No self-nominations will be accepted and all nominations will be confidential. Nominations require the completion of the nomination form and two letters of support. Nominations will be forwarded to the K-State Classified Award for Excellence Selection Committee.

Awards Selection Committee:

A University committee consisting of 10 members: 9 voting & 1 ex-officio, selected from the Manhattan and/or Salina campuses, consisting of one Classified Senate representative, one Faculty Senate representative, one SGA Senate representative, one classified at-large representative, one unclassified at-large representative, one student at-large representative, previous year award winners (3), and an ex-officio HR liaison will make up the K-State Classified Award of Excellence selection committee. For the first year and only the first year, the selection committee will not include the previous year winners (3). Classified Senate, Faculty Senate, and SGA Senate will provide the names for their respective representatives.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gehrt, at 532-6277 or e-mail