University of Michigan Staff Impact Awards

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Congratulations to the 2020 Staff Impact Award Recipients!

Developing innovative software solutions to support students and faculty. Reimagining assessment and outcomes for patients. Embracing new models of inspiring our youngest wolverines at the U-M Children’s Centers. Emphasizing flexibility to enhance an inclusive culture.

These are a few of the remarkable accomplishments of the 2020 University of Michigan Staff Impact Award recipients.

Nine individuals and six teams were presented with Staff Impact Awards in a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, July 21.

Individual and Supervisor Recipients

  • Jacob Hayward 
    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

  • Kris Jones
    CVC Ambulatory Clinic

  • Drew Bennett
    UMOR, Office of Technology Transfer

  • Jennifer Jones
    Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

  • Ann Luke
    Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

  • Zarinah Aquil
    Graduate Program in Immunology

  • Catherine Luke
    Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories

  • Martina Jerant

  • Tina Picano Sroka
    Industrial & Operations Engineering

Team Recipients

  • Construction Services, Health System Projects
    Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

  • SAVE Training Team
    Michigan Medicine Security

  • MedSport Return to Sport Team 

  • Center for Interprofessional Education Staff

  • Directors at UM North Campus Children's Center

  • First Year Experience
    Office of the First Year Experience

President's Staff Award of Distinction announced!

The President’s Staff Award of Distinction was presented to Jacob Hayward, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and the Return to Sport Team, MedSport. This special recognition honors those who have displayed outstanding innovation in support of the mission of the university.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination to highlight the remarkable work being done here at U-M. And to the nomination review committee, our deepest gratitude for reviewing and evaluating all the fantastic submissions. And finally, congratulations to all recipients. We thank you and will celebrate you soon. 

The Staff Impact Awards

The awards celebrate those who champion volunteerism and service within the university — going above and beyond by taking on additional challenges. It honors staff who are wall-breakers and bridge-builders — people who find ways to collaborate across units and find solutions to make the workplace better for us all. It seeks to recognize staff, supervisors, and teams that make an impact with their work, locally and beyond. And it celebrates the innovative, as well as those who support flexibility in the workplace.

Presidential Recognition for Innovation 

In 2018 the President’s Staff Innovation Award Program was added to the Staff Impact Awards. This means there is a single nomination process for staff and teams to be eligible for Staff Impact Awards and presidential recognition for innovation, now called the President’s Staff Award of Distinction. Individual and team winners of the presidential award will be selected from nominations that best exhibit meeting criterion 5: "Outside the cube” innovations in process, product, method, or systems.

Example Nomination 

For an example of a successful nomination, see this PDF document of Staff Impact and President's Staff Award of Distinction recipient Project Healthy Schools. Also, take a look at this video about a Project Healthy Schools partnership with the School of Kinesiology