Employee Recognition

Monthly Spirit of Stetson Award

Nominate your Colleagues for the monthly Spirit of Stetson Award!

Do you know someone who exhibits the spirit of Stetson? Maybe it's someone who does something remarkable or someone who dedicates themselves every day to a job well done. If this is the case, nominate them for the Quality of Service Spirit of Stetson Award!

The winner of this monthly award will receive a gift certificate, be recognized by coworkers, and be featured on the Quality of Service website. Everyone nominated for this award throughout the year will be entered into the Spirit of Stetson category at the 2020 Employee Recognition Awards.

2019-2020 Spirit of Stetson Award Winners

February 2020 - Ryan Cooper, IT
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February 2020 - Greg Seymour, Public Safety
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November 2019 - Megan Danna, University Marketing
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October 2019 - Christina Kulpa, Wellness and Recreation
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September 2019 - Ethan Shoemaker, Stetson Rowing
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September 2019 - Sarai Ortiz, Facilities Managementmedia/Sarai Ortiz SOS.jpg

August 2019 - Jackee Brame, du-Pont Ball Librarymedia/Jackee Brame SOS.jpg


Past 2018-2019 Spirit of Stetson Award winners: Terri Richards, Brian Nelson, Lauren Swaggerty, Lizzie Dement, Gary Sipe, Keith Sims

Past 2017-2018 Spirit of Stetson Award winners: Jessica Day, Kim Canup, Lee Wilson, Caroline Skinner, Elizabeth Boggs, KJ Jefferies, and Laura Glander!

2018 Annual Employee Recognition Awards

2018 Employee Recognition Award Winners The Quality of Service Council annually recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves amongst the Stetson community within the following categories.

The award selection process is based on the content of the written nomination and applicability to the specific award definition--not on the number of nominations an employee receives in any given category. We want to know what makes your nominee special. Please share with us why this person is deserving of the award by giving examples or stories that show why they are worthy. All information is considered CONFIDENTIAL and will not be accessible to anyone other than council members, although quotes may be used during the presentation of awards to winners. Following the announcement, all original nominations will be filed with Human Resources.

Award Categories

Adapter of the Year Award

A flexible individual who adjusts quickly and readily to changes within the department due to evolving technology, new schedules or other job responsibilities.

Communicator of the Year Award

An individual who is able to convey information in such a clear manner that it is satisfactorily received by all segments of the Stetson University community.

Community Builder Award

An individual who works to create a genuine sense of community that allows everyone to feel respected and valued.

Go Beyond Award

An individual who goes beyond their job description to help others when needed without complaint or expectation.

Innovator of the Year Award

An individual who initiated a new concept or program to make Stetson University better.

Mentor of the Year Award

An admired individual who has supported, guided and encouraged others in their careers at Stetson University.

Morale Builder of the Year Award

A positive individual who consistently boosts the spirits of others with friendliness, enthusiasm and encouragement.

P.A.R. Award

An individual who embodies the three characteristics of this award: professionalism, attitude and reliability.

Problem Solver of the Year Award

A solution finder; the coworker that people call when something goes wrong, or when they have a question or situation for which they don't have an answer.

Ultimate Hatter (Staff Employee of the Year) Award

The Ultimate Hatter Award recipient embodies the mission of the university, exhibits exemplary service in their daily work and has made a notable contribution to a department or university project. They consistently display characteristics valued and appreciated by coworkers. They are a reliable compass continually pointing the university in the direction of its goals and values.

Previous Winners

Please Note: The following employees have received awards within the past three years or are currently on the Quality of Service Council and are ineligible to be nominated this year.

2018-2019 Winners

  • Amy Gipson
  • Ann Fick
  • Annette Accorto
  • Candi Thompson
  • Christine Arias
  • Matt Adair
  • Ray Almodovar
  • Tonya Curran
  • Trena Wetherington
  • Vikram Ahmed

2017-2018 Winners

  • Colleen Vanderlip
  • Jamie Vanderlip
  • Joan Beasley
  • Kara Cummings
  • Kevin Winchell
  • Larry Correll-Hughes
  • Mary Bernard
  • Nicole Currie
  • Sara Hacker-Machacek
  • Steve Trimper
  • Wendy Lowe

Read more about our 2017-2018 winners

2016-2017 Winners

  • April Atkinson
  • Caroline Skinner
  • Cecil Chik
  • Dawn Bass
  • Jeanne Peterson
  • Jimmy Franklin
  • Kendrial Wilson
  • Rick Tysor
  • Treasa McDonald
  • Travis Potter

Read more about our 2016-2017 winners