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Employee Recognition Program

Description of the Sursum Corda 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:

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/University Police staff.

In order to be eligible for the award, a person must:

  • Have spent at least five years in University service;
  • Be nominated by their divisional leadership, manager, supervisor or the Staff Senate 

Categories of Excellence:

The nominees for the Sursum Corda Awards should have distinguished themselves in the following ways:

  • Shown exceptional dedication and/or creativity in performing their duties, and
  • Built, contributed, or nurtured the sense of community that has always been the hallmark of our campus community, and
  • Contributed in a significant way to helping members of our community “grow to become the living presence of God in the world” (Fr. General Nicolas, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus). 

Each year, University divisional leadership, managers, supervisors and the staff senate will be invited to nominate members of staff, who meet the criteria above, for a Sursum Corda Award. Divisional leaders of each Staff Senate nominee will be invited to offer additional information to support nominations.  The Sursum Corda Award description and nomination form is available on the Human Resources website at

The Sursum Corda Committee will review all nominations. 

The award is presented to the recipients at Spring Convocation.

Nomination Forms:

Sursum Corda Online Nomination Form

Sursum Corda Nomination Form

Past Recipients of the Sursum Corda Award

2019 Recipients:
Donna Simpson, Consultant Manager Small Business Development Center
Andrea Mantione, Director of Leahy Center
John Harris, Electrician
Bryn Schofield, Administrative Assistant