President's Staff Innovation Award

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Congratulations to the 2018 President's Staff Innovation Award award winners 

Individual Award Winner Adam Skoczylas

President Mark Schlissel presents the 2018 award to Adam Skoczylas

President Schlissel with individual award winner Adam Skoczylas. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Adam Skoczylas, program manager for the Center for Educational Outreach and the MStaff200 Planning Lead Team are the individual and team winners of the 2018 President's Staff Innovation Awards.

"Staff members across our campuses contribute to excellence on many levels. The inventive thinking taking place here at Michigan is proof that as we begin our third century, we are well-prepared to meet the challenges ahead," said President Mark Schlissel in presenting the awards Monday.

The winning and finalist innovations ranged from enhancing communication of benefits, process improvements for major construction projects, and cross-unit collaboration to reducing anxiety for young surgery patients, the creation of a free food pantry, and large-scale event planning.

The individual and team award winners and finalists, along with their nominators, friends and family members, and members of the Voices of the Staff program management team attended the event in the Regents Room, Fleming Administration Building.

Individual award finalists:

  • Robert Johnston, Facilities and Operations in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts for designing an innovative approach to enhance decision-making, stakeholder input, and communications around construction projects, resulting in significant cost savings.
  • Betty Thomas, Benefits Administration Office for improving the accessibility of retirement information for employees by offering virtual appointments using web-based technology via BlueJeans.

Team Award Winners: MSTAFF200 Planning Lead Team

President's Innovations Award for Staff Team Winner MSTAFF200 planning lead team - 2018

President Schlissel with team award winner the MSTAFF200 Planning Lead Team, from left, Tim Kennedy, Kathleen Malicke, Sheryl Bourlier, Sandy Goel, Debbie Block, Latreece Taylor, Clarissa Love, Tina Jordan, Colleen Greene, Beth Soboleski, Camie Munsell, Sharon Disney, Denise Stegall, Jane Berliss-Vincent, Kristin Brancheau, Cory Belote, Barry LaRue, Jennifer Ohren, Amy Brown, Peggy Sheagren, Brandy Wood. Not Pictured: Lori Burger, Erin Dietrick, Charlene Erickson, J. W. Krantz, Beth Manning, Janis Williamson, Heather Young, Nadeem Zaidi. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

President Schlissel presented the team award to the MSTAFF200 Planning Lead Team co-chairs Tim Kennedy, building automation services manager, and Tina Jordan, project intermediate manager. The team was responsible for a grassroots effort of planning, designing and implementing MSTAFF200, the bicentennial event recognizing two centuries of staff contributions to U-M. The team managed more than 600 volunteers to successfully celebrate the tens of thousands of staff who have helped make U-M a world class university.

“I hope that all of you had the opportunity to enjoy last summer’s wonderful bicentennial staff celebration. MSTAFF200 brought together over 20,000 people to the Diag and Ingalls Mall – for a spectacular afternoon of food, performances, and booths highlighting the great work of our staff,” said President Schlissel.  

Team award finalists:

  • Virtual Tour for Surgery Patients, Mott Children’s Perioperative Unit, for the creation of a video tour that helps reduce anxiety for children and their families. (Team members: Michelle Bochinski, Kara Brennan, Mike Fields, Nancy Fisher, Joan Gargaro, Prabhat Koppera, Kristen Langley, Brandon LaPointe, Gertrude Li , Alex Lickliter, Max Meri, Soraya Meri, Angela Olte, Linda Phillips, Julie Piazza, Andrea Rentz, Jessica Riederer, Alex Sultana, Elsa Weber, Susan Zill)

  • "Maggie's Marketplace” Team, Ypsilanti Health Center, for the creation of a free food pantry to help increase access to food and thereby improve the health of patients and the community. (Team members: Deanna Champoux, Ladele Cochran, Yaritza Herrera, Marsha Lathion, Shelby Malboeuf, Paula Pavlovich, Mandy Sullivan, Cathleen Taylor, Stephen Warnick)

Wanted: Innovators who think outside The Cube

The Office of the President in collaboration with Voices of the Staff solicits nominations annually for the President’s Staff Innovation Award, an award program honoring individual staff members or teams whose big ideas and “outside of The Cube” thinking help make the university a better, more inclusive community.

The award recognizes innovations in process, product, method or system and is awarded annually. For more information, please review the Award Criteria.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2018.

Download a poster about the President's Staff Innovation Award