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Sursum Corda Awards

Description of the Award

The Sursum Corda ("Lift Up Your Hearts") Award recognizes those members of the University's staff who have made outstanding contributions to the life and mission of the University.

Award Categories

  1. Each year, a Sursum Corda Award will be presented to three members of the University community:
  • A member of the professional/paraprofessional staff;
  • A member of the clerical/technical staff; and
  • A member of the maintenance/public safety staff.
  1. In order to be eligible for the award, a person must:
  • Have spent at least five years in University service;
  • Be nominated by his/her cognizant vice president or by the Staff Senate 
  1. Categories of Excellence:
    The nominees for the Sursum Corda Awards should have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following ways:
  • Shown exceptional dedication and/or creativity in the discharge of his or her duties;
  • Built, contributed to or nurtured the sense of community that has always been the hallmark of our campus community;
  • Contributed in a significant way to the Ignatian mission of the University. 

Nomination Process

Each year, the vice presidents of the University will be invited to nominate members of the staff from their areas for a Sursum Corda Award. In preparing their nominations, the vice presidents will solicit input from the managers within their areas. Once they have reviewed all of the nominations that they have received from their management teams, the vice presidents will forward to the Office of Human Resources the names and resumes of the nominees whom they wish to have considered for the awards. (Each vice president may nominate only one person in each of the categories in which the awards are made.)  Additionally, nominations will be accepted from the Staff Senate. When all of the nominations have been received, the Office of Human Resources will prepare the full roster of nominees and forward it to the Sursum Corda Committee. After reviewing all the nominations, the Committee will present their recommendations to the President. The awards' presentation will be made at the University Convocation in the Spring of each year.