The Esprit de Corps Staff Award recognizes an exempt or non-exempt staff member who demonstrates a positive attitude, willingness to support colleagues, and desire to further the mission of their unit and/or Clark School.

Examples might include but are not limited to:

  • Fostering and sustaining effective and collaborative working relationships throughout the university and school
  • Consistently exhibiting exceptional collegiality
  • Setting a positive example in any professional endeavor, regardless of its scale

The award includes a cash prize of $500 and recognition at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition reception. 

Deadline for 2023-24 nominations is Friday, April 5, 2024.

Nominations will be assessed on the basis of demonstrated consistent outstanding values and behaviors, with examples that highlight:

  • Collegiality
  • Collaborating and working across teams
  • Strong work ethic
  • University knowledge and contribution

Any full-time or part-time, contingent or permanent, exempt or non-exempt staff member is eligible to be nominated for this award. Nominees must be currently employed (i.e., on payroll) by the university. Nominations must be for individuals; group nominations will not be considered.

Complete the official nomination form and include a narrative describing the nominee’s achievements and specific contributions. The narrative should provide specific examples as to how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria and what distinguishes and makes them deserving of this award.

Nominations will be accepted from current faculty and/or staff members. Narratives must be no more than one page (single spaced) or two pages (double spaced).

Selection of the winner will be determined by an appointed committee on the basis of the information supplied by the nominator. The winner, along with all nominees, will be announced and honored at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition reception.

Submit a Nomination

Meet our 2024 Recipient: Ron Mentzer

Ron Mentzer is an Employee Relations Coordinator in Engineering Career Services and was nominated for his exceptional customer service skills and the warmth and care he shows to all. His UMD pride shows through in his work as a Title IX campus volunteer and his service on the University Senate Staff Affairs Committee. He is willing to step up to help wherever he is needed, including coming in early and staying late to ensure the success of our Career Services events. His positive impact shows through in his commitment to our students, the Clark School, and the University.