2018 Dean's Distinguished
Staff Awards

2018 Recipients

Marjorie Granrude (right) and Nadine Penner (Left) are the 2018 recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award from the College of Arts and Science.
Read about the Winners

2018 Nominees

Left to right: Dean Peta Bonham-Smith, Alex Werenka, Vasu Penugonde, Peter Krebs, Nadine Penner, Joni Morman, Marj Granrude, Joni Onclin.
Name Unit
Marjorie Granrude Clerical Assistant, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Peter Krebs College Secretary, College Office
Joni Morman Graduate Secretary, Department of Psychology
Joni Onclin Executive Research Assistant to the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Department of Geography & Planning
Nadine Penner Graduate Programs Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Support Group
Vasu Penugonde Lab Coordinator, Department of Biology
Alex Werenka Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Student Office

A group of exceptional employees of the College of Arts & Science were recognized at a luncheon hosted by Dean Peta Bonham-Smith on April 11.

The seven staff members are nominees for the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award, which honours employees who have made an extraordinary contribution to the working environment.

Two of the nominees will be chosen as recipients of the award. They will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of Faculty Council.

Recognition for this year's recipients will come at the May 2018 meeting of Faculty Council

Award Overview

The Dean's Distinguished Staff Award is an annual staff award which recognizes and formally acknowledges two outstanding members of the College of Arts & Science staff and the extraordinary contribution they make to the working environment.

This award allows staff and faculty to show their appreciation for a colleague who consistently goes above and beyond in their contributions to the workplace, to recognize a colleague who has distinguished themselves in their work.

Staff members nominated for this award will have made a significant contribution to their workplace through excellence in overall work performance and quality of service, and will have demonstrated the College values of integrity, diversity, creativity, innovation, knowledge and personal growth.

Again this year, the college will recognize two staff members at the College of Arts & Science Faculty Council in May 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

The Dean's Distinguished Staff Award is open to any staff member of the College of Arts & Science, including all CUPE 1975 and ASPA members, and Exempt members, with a minimum of two years of service as of the nomination deadline.

Employees who have previously received the award are not eligible.

Nomination Criteria

Who may nominate?

Any College employee, including staff, faculty and administrators, or any student, may nominate a staff member for the Dean's Distinguished Staff Award.

You can nominate employees from within or outside your own unit or department.

Distinguished Staff Award Nomination Criteria

The distinguished staff award criteria are based on the University's and College's core competencies and values of excellence, integrity, diversity, creativity, innovation, knowledge and personal growth.

Nominees need not meet all the criteria, but please identify at least three qualities that apply to the candidate.

  1. Demonstrates excellence in overall work performance
    • Consistently provides excellence in job performance in their regular duties
    • Exhibits good organizational and leadership skills
    • Shows motivation and desire for excellence
    • Provides exceptional service to clients
    • Demonstrates commitment to the department and the College by performing services beyond the requirements of their job responsibilities
    • Is knowledgeable about the job duties and the University
    • Exhibits high levels of energy and commitment to the department or work unit
    • Contributes to a positive and productive work and learning environments
  2. Continually contributes to a respectful, diverse and collaborative work environment
    • Is willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others
    • Treats others with dignity and respect
    • Is a person from whom others seek guidance and advice
    • Builds opportunities through collaboration and partnerships
    • Earns the respect of others through professionalism, team work and contribution to morale
    • Participates willingly and openly supports team or departmental decisions
    • Promotes positive experiences and morale
    • Exhibits a congenial, supportive attitude when providing service to others
    • Interacts with co-workers, students and faculty in a positive, responsive and cheerful manner
    • Values the diversity of the University community, including the people, their points of view, and the contributions they make
  3. Demonstrates ability to initiate, implement, and support innovation or creativity and institutional change
    • Addresses problematic situations and suggests creative ways to resolve them
    • Adapts and maintains productivity in an atmosphere of changing practices
    • Demonstrates an optimistic attitude towards change
  4. Exemplifies excellence and integrity in workplace relationships, interactions, and decision making
    • Recognizes and gives credit to successes of others
    • Demonstrates integrity and ethical conduct in words and deeds
    • Understands and demonstrates the need for confidentiality and discretion
    • Identifies shared interests to develop positive outcomes
    • Values and considers different points of view before making a decision
  5. Is committed to making the university experience a positive one for students
    • Demonstrates commitment to the development of quality programs and/or activities that contribute to students' personal and academic development and/or the university experience
    • Demonstrates commitment to "being there" for students when they encounter personal or academic problems.
  6. Takes responsibility for personal growth and development
    • Seeks out and appreciates feedback, demonstrating a commitment to learning
    • Shows an interest and effort in continually enhancing skills and quality of work
    • Demonstrated commitment to learning

Nomination Requirements

A nomination must clearly state the nominee's merits and concrete examples of the candidates' exceptional performance and distinguished service. Nominations should be made with objectivity and professionalism and be supported by at least two persons (in addition to the nominator) and by the nominee's supervisor (as one of the two persons, if not the nominator).

A nomination must include:
  • Completed Nomination Information Form (on PAWS) - details the facts supporting this nomination
  • One Nomination Letter - Not more than 3 pages maximum addressing the following information:
    1. A brief description of the nominee's job responsibilities
    2. Description of how the nominee meets at least three of the six award criteria.
  • Two support letters - 1 page maximum per letter Support letters should come from two of these groups: coworkers, supervisors, faculty, students, and other UofS affiliated employees.
  • Note: As the Nomination must also be supported by the nominee's supervisor, ensure that nominee's supervisor provides either the nomination letter or a support letter.

On-Line Nomination Process

Note: in order to complete the Nomination Form on-line you must have electronic copies of the nomination letter and support letters available for submission with the form.

Nominations are closed for this year


All nominations should be submitted no later than March 31, 2018. Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Dean and will consist of three people who are not eligible to be nominated for the Award, and may include membership from other areas of the University, as well as a Human Resources representative.

Nominations will be reviewed by the committee using the eligibility and nomination criteria described above. The committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean, who will make the final decision.

The Award

The winner's of the Dean's Distinguished Staff Award will be acknowledged with a certificate in recognition of their special contribution and $1,000 (tax deductible).

For further information, contact the Dean's Office at 306-966-4232 or by e-mail at dean.artsandscience@usask.ca.

Past Award Winners

Year Name Unit
2017 ADahl

Donna Bilokreli

Student Advisor, UGSO
2017 ADahl

Kyla Denton

Administrative Coordinator, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
2016 ADahl

Sheryl Prouse

Director of Student Advising
2016 ADahl

Ted Toporowski

Machine Shop Technician
2015 ADahl

Ronda Duke

Department Head's Secretary
2015 ADahl

Lana Elias

Director of Science Outreach
2014 ADahl

Alexis Dahl

Director, Arts and Science Programs
2014 ADahl

Margarita Santos

Administrative Clerical Assistant, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
2013 ADahl

Brenda Britton

Office Manager of the Department of Geography and Planning
2013 ADahl

Joan Virgl

Executive Assistant to the Head and Graduate Chair for the Department of Biology
2012 ADahl

Gloria Brandon

Director of Student Advising Services, UGSO
2012 ADahl

Lori Giles

Clerical Assistant, Department of Sociology
2011 ADahl

Mary Jane Hanson

Adminstrative Assistant, Department of Economics
2010 ADahl

Gary Brunet

Associate Director of IT, College Office
2009 ADahl

Troy Linsley

Administrative Assistant, Department of Music
2008 ADahl

Cheryl Piche

Head Secretary, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Past Nominees