Loyola University Chicago

University Staff Council

Monthly Commitment to Excellence Award

Commitment to Excellence: Monthly Staff Award Program

Each month we seek to recognize and celebrate professional contributions and quality service of our University staff with special acknowledgement for their contributions and exemplary work.

Take a moment to nominate a staff member that goes above and beyond to represent the University's mission and honor the outstanding achievements that make Loyola a special place.

About the Program:


The monthly award was established by Staff Council to provide recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by staff members. This award demonstrates the University’s commitment to staff that provide superior service to faculty, students, other staff, and the community at large. Each of the University’s diverse and dedicated staff members plays a vital role in fulfilling the University’s mission. Staff enthusiasm and commitment are indispensable and integral to the life of the University. In all areas, staff members perform a vast array of duties ensuring that the operations of the University are carried out in a swift, courteous, and professional manner. The Commitment to Excellence Monthly Award is the University’s opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements worthy of distinction on a monthly basis. Every staff member who receives the “Commitment to Excellence” will be automatically considered for the “Staff Member of the Year” award held in November.


Employees selected for the award will receive a personal certificate of recognition, a letter submitted to the staff member’s employee file, and will be featured in an announcement on the Loyola website. In addition, the employee will be recognized at the annual Staff Recognition and Excellence Awards ceremony in the fall.


All regular full-time and part-time staff (20+ hours per week) are eligible, provided that they are not on probationary status and are in good standing with their respective department at the time of nomination. Individuals can only receive the award once in a calendar year. Awards will be selected by elected Staff Council members. To avoid possible conflicts of interest, elected Staff Council members who are involved in the selection process of these awards are not eligible to nominate. All other staff council members may nominate, but are not eligible to be nominated during their term in office. Individuals who serve at the senior leadership level or serve as faculty members are also ineligible for the award.


Monthly Commitment to Excellence Award nominations may be submitted by administrators, staff or faculty and must be received by the 15th of every month. Winners will be notified on the first day of the following month.

All nominations should reflect at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has continuously demonstrated outstanding achievement, skills, and commitment to excellence in exceeding their job responsibilities
  • Fosters one or more of the five characteristics of a Jesuit education in support of the mission of the University.  The five characteristics are described here
  • Embodies the Jesuit mission of the University through exhibiting caring for the whole person, cura personalis, in their work
  • Has excelled in a noteworthy achievement
  • Has used personal initiative and creativity to solve work related problem
  • Consistently provides exemplary customer service to students, staff, and the campus community

Please click here to submit a nomination for an outstanding staff member.