The Sursum Corda Award

Each year, a Sursum Corda Award is presented to three members of the University Community:
  • A member of the Professional/Paraprofessional staff;
  • A member of Clerical/Technical staff; and
  • A member of the Maintenance/University Police staff
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.

The Sursum Corda award celebrates employees who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following ways:
  • Shown exceptional dedication and/or creativity in performing his or her 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).

The Nomination Process

In order to facilitate the review process, the Sursum Corda Committee requests that all nominations be submitted online. A copy of the guidelines and past recipients is attached for your review.  

The Sursum Corda award is one meaningful way to recognize the contributions of our staff members.  As a member of the management team, please solicit nominations from your staff members and/or make your own nominations.  You may make nominations to your Divisional Leadership or directly to the committee.  Staff may also make a nomination directly to the committee or to Staff Senate.  

Nominations for the 2023 Sursum Corda Awards are due to the Office of Human Resources by December 19, 2023.  If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please feel free to contact The Office of Human Resources at or (570)-941-7767.

The Award

Each recipient of the Sursum Corda Award receives an award certificate and a cash bonus of seven hundred and fifty dollars.  In prior years, the Sursum Corda Awards were presented at Spring Convocation. This will take place once again at Spring Convocation, which will be held on February 15, 2024, with more details to follow.

Past Recipients

Sursum Corda Award Recipients

The Sursum Corda Policy and Procedure

The Sursum Corda Policy and Procedure
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