The Appointed Professionals Advisory Council has developed an easy and fun way for University of Arizona employees to recognize those who go above and beyond in the workplace.
"There are few ways to recognize those who day in and out give more than is required," said Holly Altman, director of outreach and community partnerships in the Office of Community Relations and past chair of APAC.
The new effort which is set to launch this week, will allow those employees to be acknowledged wtih a new feature on the APAC website called "AP Spotlight."
Employees can be nominated for recognition via an online form. After screening the nominations, APAC will contact nominees for information about their positions and what they like best about their job, as well as challenges and lessons learned. The nominees can then submit a photo or video to go along with their answers.
Each set of nominees will be featured on the APAC website for a month. There are no limits for nominations – people can be repeatedly nominated, and there is no limit on the number of people who can be recognized per month.
"We are hoping to get more insight and understanding of what those nominated do, who they are and what motivates them. With approximately 3,500 appointed personnel, we are hoping for a steady flow of nominees," Altman said.
APAC advises the UA administration on matters that affect appointed personnel. The organization promotes professional enrichment, contributes in strategic planning and works to enhance the quality of appointed personnel employment. APAC will screen the nominees, and if the person is not appointed personnel, the nomination will be forwarded to the nominee's supervisor.
"Our community of academic professionals enriches the UA in many and diverse ways, supporting all aspects of the University's mission to build a better Arizona through access, quality and discovery. We are thankful for anything that highlights their accomplishments and contributions to the University's success," said Jacqueline Lee Mok, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
UA employee Darsen Campbell said the nominations will hopefully be a boost for those who receive them as well as a boost for their departments. She is the marketing and publicity manager for UApresents. "You have such a great feeling when you come across people who love what they do and are very good at it."
APAC meetings take place on the last working Monday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at the Vine Avenue Conference Room but in September, the meeting will be held at the BIO5 building in Room 103.
The next meeting is Monday and Mok is the featured speaker.