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Staff Council Awards

The awards recognize and honor five distinguishing university staff members for their valued commitment and dedication to enriching the university and community over the past academic year. 

  • Any regular full-time staff member is eligible for nomination. 
  • Self-nominations are accepted with proper documentation as described in the nomination forms. 
  • A certificate will be presented by President Trauth and the chair of Staff Council to each award recipient at the September Staff Council meeting.
  • The recipient's name will be added to the awards plaque.

Deadline for 2020: May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms

Angelika Lester Wahl - Staff Diversity Enrichment Award

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Ms. Wahl, a long-time staff employee at Texas State, has a strong commitment to diversity. She was one of the founding members of the Texas State Alliance faculty and staff organization, a national board member of the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conferences, and the first recipient of the Staff Council Diversity Enrichment Award. This award was named in her honor.

This annual award provides $200 to a staff member whose life, work ethic, and community service have demonstrated their efforts and dedication to enriching and embracing diversity.  Diversity as stated in FSS/PPS No. 04.12 is a process to include all individuals regardless of differences that set individuals apart.  These differences include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or class.  The practice and implementation of these ideals is the basis of this award.  One award will be made each year to a university staff member who is employed full-time and exemplifies these ideals.


Earl L. Moseley, Jr. - Staff Community Service Award

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Mr. Moseley, a former Texas State staff member, was well known at Texas State and in San Marcos for his untiring community service activities. He was the first recipient of the Staff Council Community Service Award. This award was named in his honor

This annual award provides $200 to a staff member who has undertaken significant community service in San Marcos, Hays County, or nearby communities over the previous academic year.  One award will be given each year to a full-time staff member who exemplifies outstanding community involvement.


Deborah and James Mathews - Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award

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Mrs. and Mr. Mathews worked with many Texas State and San Marcos organizations, especially faith-based, to do good work for our community. As the first recipients, this award was named in their honor.

This annual award provides $200 to a staff member whose work over the previous academic year exemplifies an ability to collaborate with others in order to achieve overall excellence in service to Texas State University.  Evidence of collaborative projects and service will be the basis for this award.  One recipient will be selected each year from full-time staff members who exemplify these qualities.


Rodrigo Rodriguez - Outstanding Custodian Award

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Mr. Rodriguez was the first recipient of the Staff Council Outstanding Custodian Award and is held in esteem across campus for his stellar work ethic and outcome excellence. This award was named in his honor.

This award provides $200 annually to a custodial staff member whose actions, deeds and work ethic over the previous year exemplifies overall excellence in service to Texas State University.  Superior work ethics and commitment to job performance will be the basis for this award.  One recipient will be selected each year from full time custodial staff members who exemplify these qualities.


Dr. Lawrence Estaville Employee Excellence Award

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This award was developed to honor a staff member whose actions, deeds and work ethic over the previous year exemplifies overall excellence in service to Texas State University. It is named in honor of Dr. Lawrence Estaville for his generous contributions and advocacy for Texas State Staff.

This annual award provides $200 to a staff member whose actions, deeds and work ethic over the previous year exemplifies overall excellence in service to Texas State University.  Superior work ethics and commitment to job performance will be the basis for this award.  One recipient will be selected each year from full-time staff members who exemplify these qualities.


If you have questions regarding the Staff Council Awards, contact Noel Fuller.

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  • Selection Committee

    The Scholarship and Awards subcommittee of Staff Council will comprise the selection committee.  The subcommittee will submit the names of those staff selected to receive each award to the Staff Council Executive Committee and full Staff Council.  Any proposed changes to the current award process will be presented by the subcommittee to the full Staff Council for review before the next award cycle.
     

    Awards

    All awards will be based on co-worker recommendations and supporting documentation.  Qualifying nominees must have been employed full time at Texas State University for a minimum of one year.
     

    Nomination Process

    An e-mail is sent to all staff announcing nominations for these awards.
     

    Nominations

    Staff submits nominations and supporting documentation online via nomination forms.  A summary of no more than two pages must accompany the nomination form.  The summary should include a brief narrative emphasizing one or more achievements by the individual.  Letters of support should be attached.
     

    Selection Process

    The Staff Council Scholarship and Awards subcommittee reviews the nominations and selects award recipients.  The Staff Council chair presents awards to the recipients at the September Staff Council meeting.

     

  • 2018

    Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award
    Cheryl Harper | Student Development Specialist I, Dean of Students Office

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award
    Stacey Bennett | Research Coordinator, LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research

    Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Staff Community Service Award
    Yvonne Natoli | Research Coordinator, McCoy College of Business

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award
    Valerie Marrero | Custodian, Custodial Operations

    Staff Excellence Award
    Evy Gonzales | Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

    2017

    Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award
    Mr. Fermin Torrez | Assistant Director, Custodial Operations

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award
    Dr. Carl Van Aacken | Coordinator, Learning Lab, Student Learning Assistance Center

    Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Staff Community Service Award
    Ms. Maggie Hutchins-Wagner | Grant Specialist, Department of Geography

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award
    Mr. Joe Carter | Custodian, LBJ Student Center

    Staff Excellence Award
    Mr. Brendan Scott | Coordinator, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

    2016

    Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award - Jessica Soukup

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award -  Javier Garcia

    Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Staff Community Service Award - Sandra Brooks

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award - Santos Pineda

    Staff Excellence Award - Mark Burrow

    2015

    Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award - David Hunt

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award - Julie Saldiva

    Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Staff Community Service Award - Cheryl Harper

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award - Dora Rivas

    Staff Excellence Award - Maryann Durocher

    2014

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration-Outreach, Clint-Michael Reneau

    Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award, Michele Bauman and Abbi Mott

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award,  Maria Morales

    Staff Employee Excellence Award, Amy Hilton

2018 Award Winners

Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Enrichment Award

Cheryl Harper, Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Enrichment AwardCheryl Harper | Community Service Coordinator Alcohol and Drug Compliance Services, Dean of Students Office

Cheryl demonstrates her commitment to enhance diversity at Texas State through her work as Treasurer of the Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Chair of the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award committee, and a member of the Equality U Conference Committee, which delivers an annual conference allowing participants to explore how all identities impact individual relationships, groups, and social dynamics. Cheryl honors our shared values of diversity and inclusiveness by treating everyone she encounters with dignity and respect, and her work exemplifies her dedication to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the Texas Sate community.

Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award

Stacey Bennett, Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach AwardStacey Bennett | Research Coordinator LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research

Stacey provides grant administration and management support for over $20 million in awards from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Through this work, she builds and strengthens relationships with Texas State and community partners to support activities delivered by the LBJ Institute. Stacey’s collaborative efforts include work with the Bobcat Made Maker Space, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, New Braunfels ISD, and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Stacey is always willing to help with event logistics and serves as a strong advocate for STEM education at Texas State, in public schools, and in the community.

Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Community Service Award

Yvonne Abrego Natoli, Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Community Service AwardYvonne Abrego Natoli | Research Coordinator McCoy College of Business Administration

Yvonne utilizes her 13 years of Texas State experience to assist faculty in the development and submission of research grant proposals. Yvonne is a tireless advocate for helping Texas State faculty conduct research that is relevant to our local communities. She was the catalyst for creating Texas State's annual Speed Networking for Researchers event, which connects faculty with local government, school, community, and nonprofit leaders. As a result, faculty collaborations have emerged to support the work of these organizations and evaluate the effectiveness of their programming. Yvonne continues to think of creative ways to bring Texas State researchers and community leaders together and is always willing to do the work necessary to execute these events.

Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award

Valerie Marrero, Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian AwardValerie Marrero | Custodian J.C. Kellam Custodial Team

Valerie goes above and beyond expectations to ensure JCK offices are clean and comfortable places to work. In addition to performing her normal duties, she frequently asks office staff if they need anything specific and if Valerie sees something amiss, she takes action to ensure the issue is resolved. After one of the spring downpours, Valerie noticed that water had leaked into some of the 3rd floor offices. She did not stop at notifying her supervisor of the problem… she removed items from the affected offices, set up five large dryers, and checked every few hours to see how things were going. When staff returned to those offices the next day, not only were the dryers gone, but all the office items had been put back in place. Valerie clearly takes great pride in her work and JCK staff are grateful for her work ethic as well as her positive, friendly attitude.

Staff Council Employee Excellence Award

Evy Gonzales, Staff Council Employee Excellence AwardEvy Gonzales | Director of Strategic Research Initiatives Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Evy began in ORSP 16 years ago as an administrative assistant and now uses her extensive knowledge and expertise to provide critical support to faculty and research staff across the University in creating collaborative research teams and securing external research funding. As Texas State continues to enhance its research portfolio, Evy serves as a critical resource and effective mentor to faculty and staff alike, including supporting the annual Speed Networking for Researchers event, Translational Health Research Initiative, annual Health Scholar Showcase, and C3 (Communication, Collaboration & Creativity) Center in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Evy adds tremendous value to Texas State’s research enterprise through her humble dedication to collaboration, team-building, networking, partnerships, and collegiality. Evy competently carries out her responsibilities in a caring and professional manner. Among the many outstanding Texas State employees, Evy serves as an exemplar of excellence.