The people who make CSS excellent are all around us, working hard every day to make St. Scholastica a better place. Each year, we present The College of St. Scholastica's Living Our Values Award to honor faculty and staff who embody the Benedictine values in their work.
The purpose of this award is to recognize the excellence of faculty and staff who support and further the College’s mission of preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by exemplifying the Benedictine values in their work at the College. This award serves to highlight the importance of living our values within the College community and to continue to promote our value-based foundation.
To receive this award a case must be made that the candidate demonstrates leadership in one or more of the following areas:
Complete the nomination form to recommend a colleague for The College of St. Scholastica's Living Our Values Award. Before completing the form, please contact the candidate to determine whether he/she is willing to be nominated.
Tips for writing a strong nomination. Keep these in mind as you put your nomination together:
Remember that the committee reviewing recommendations can only base its decision on what you submit. Take your time to be specific. Help the committee understand what this person has done. Imagine that none of them has ever met your nominee before, and go from there.
It is important that you provide evidence that supports the criteria for your nomination. This evidence should be included in the nomination letter as well as the letter of support. The list below provides examples of the types of evidence that should be provided:
Remember, you want to show that your nominee is an all-around talented individual, so give examples of that person’s accomplishments throughout the last year; don’t just focus on one specific accomplishment.
Nomination letters shouldn't exceed 500 words.
One letter of support must also be submitted. Ask people who have worked with your nominee in different capacities to write a letter of support. Look for colleagues past and present and/or students who worked for or with the person who might be interested in contributing. The nominee’s supervisor is also a good person to ask to write a letter of support.
Supporting letters shouldn't exceed 500 words (1 page).
Don’t just say that “John did a good job of planning the department’s event,” but be detailed! For example, “John’s work in planning the department’s event involved meeting individually with each office and with students to understand their needs. From here, he collaborated with those same offices to make this year’s event an increased success, and better attended (over 300 people came), than ever before.”
It can be a challenge to find the time to put a really good nomination together, all before the nomination process ends. But remember that your hard work will be worth it, so plan ahead!
All supporting documents must be submitted online and converted into pdf files to upload and attach to the nomination form. Once the nomination has been submitted, additional supporting documents cannot be added. Please be sure to submit all of the supporting documents at the same time that you submit the nomination.
Deadline for accepting nominations is March 20, 2020.