Staff members at awards ceremony

Award for Excellence

Nominations for 2023 are now open

Award for Excellence Nomination Form


The R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy Awards for Excellence recognize it's staff for outstanding achievement on the job. The award is given annually.

Nominations need not address all criteria, but the more information you include in any category, the stronger the nomination.

If you think a candidate is deserving because of actions that do not fall in any of the areas below, please elaborate in the nomination form.

  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills that result in improved work outcomes or actionable goals.
  • Assists beyond regular job duties when the unit is short-staffed.
  • Participates in committees or special work groups and contributes to achieving success.
  • Exhibits outstanding organizational and time-management skills that result in improved work outcomes.
  • Produces high-quality and/or high quantity of work over an extended period of time.

  • Develops innovative solutions or enhances existing ones to save resources and/or improve outcomes.
  • Takes initiative to implement positive change; questions existing paradigms.
  • Eliminates unnecessary actions or steps for delivering service or achieving goals.
  • Integrates information or equipment to increase efficiency or improve systems.
  • Finds ways to achieve desired outcomes despite obstacles.

  • Understands and respects the roles of various team members; completes own responsibilities in a manner that supports the whole.
  • Takes positive actions for others that are beyond job requirements; being so helpful that others take notice (for instance, write letters of appreciation); performing job functions in an exceptionally helpful, courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Supports and recognizes the contributions of others; builds camaraderie and fosters community.

  • Approaches problems as opportunities.
  • Pursues opportunities to improve own skills and abilities and/or those of others.
  • Contributes to an exceptionally supportive, team-oriented environment; creates a supportive work environment in which team building can occur naturally.
  • Provides supervision or mentoring in a manner that promotes outstanding teamwork and cooperation.
  • Develops programs that provide increased opportunities for employees to upgrade abilities and skills or better understanding.

Nomination Steps

Any employee of the College of Pharmacy or any enrolled student of the College of Pharmacy may nominate. One nomination packet compiled by a primary nominator is required for an employee to qualify for an award. The nomination packet must include all of the following:

  1. Complete the online nomination form (see link at the top of the page).
  2. Written nomination from a primary nominator outlining how the nominee exceeds the criteria.
    The document must be uploaded via the nomination form.
  3. At least ONE additional comment from any College of Pharmacy employee or student.
    No more than FIVE statements of support will be considered.
  4. All statements of support should be combined as one document.
    Uploaded to the nomination form, either as one Word or PDF file.


The following employees received Awards for Excellence during the past five years and are not eligible for the 2022 award.

  • 2023: Sonya Basurto, Rosie Huerta, Stephanie Schaller
  • 2022: Emely Hoffmann
  • 2021: Liz Coronado, LuzMaria Hernandez
  • 2020: Steven Dudley, Anna Hernandez
  • 2019: Cindy Cowen, David Bishop, Rebecca Field
  • 2018: Stacy Lauver, Natalie Melchiorre, Chase Wilson
  • 2017: Barb Collins, Les Elmore, James Kloster