The winners of the annual Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards were honored on Thursday, November 14 at a ceremony held in the Damen Student Center. University Staff Council and Human Resources hosted the event to honor staff members and departments that go above and beyond what is expected of them.

“Taking the time to recognize and reward staff has a significant value and impact on employee motivation, morale, performance, and engagement,” says Ariana Lewis, the chair of University Staff Council. “We encourage colleagues and supervisors to take advantage of this [opportunity] to celebrate our staff’s commitment to excellence.”

This year’s 2013 Staff Recognition and Excellence Award winners include:

  • Rising Star Award: Agape Lamberis, Educational Affairs, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Team Spirit Award: Undergraduate Admission Office
  • Student Service (or Person for Students) Award: Jennifer Gettings, Institute for Paralegal Studies, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Kay Egan (or Person for Others) Award: Carmen Santiago, Quinlan School of Business
  • Staff Member of the Year: Cheryl Sporlein, College of Arts and Sciences

“I was completely surprised,” said Cheryl Sporlein, the newly crowned staff member of the year.  “I know there are many deserving staff members nominated each year, and you just don’t think you’re going to be the person who wins the award.”

But Sporlein is no stranger to the Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards. In 2006, she won the Kay Egan (or Person for Others) Award. Sporlein said she is retiring in January “after a challenging, but extremely satisfying 43 years at Loyola.” She is currently the operations manager in the office of the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

This year’s Kay Egan winner, Carmen Santiago, was also shocked to hear she had won and said it was “very sweet” of Susan Ries, the assistant dean of the Quinlan School of Business, to nominate her.

“Carmen is a person for others in so many ways,” Ries said. “Her dedication to our students, faculty, and staff is evident in her everyday work performance. Carmen brings her positive attitude with her each day.”

Ries also said that at least once a week, Santiago bakes “her famous cakes” for people within and outside her department. Santiago works as the administrative assistant for undergraduate programs at the Quinlan School of Business and has been working at the University for 40 years this year.

Nominated staff members must be exemplary in their work, advance Loyola’s mission, and demonstrate the following qualities:

  • integrity, trust, and ethics
  • ambassadorship
  • mutual respect and collaboration
  • superior customer service (internal/external)
  • professionalism
  • pride in work
  • accountability

For more information on the Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards, click here.