Staff Council

Staff Recognition


Staff recognition nominations are used for determining both Staff of the Month awards and the annual Exempt and Non-exempt Staff of the Year awards. You can nominate a staff member any time of the year!

When you submit a Staff of the Month nomination, your nominee will be also be considered for the 2016 Staff of the Year awards.

Staff Member of the Month


Each month an SPU staff member is designated the Staff Member of the Month. Nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council, these staff members exemplify service to the University, showing leadership in their staff role and elsewhere.

Katie Bennett

Meet the April 2016 SPU Staff Member of the Month: Andy Samuel, Developer/Analyst for Computer and Information Systems.

Nominate an SPU staff member for Staff Member of the Month

Previous Staff Members of the Month


Staff Members of the Year


Each year, two Seattle Pacific University staff members are selected to receive recognition for their outstanding contributions to the SPU community. The awards include the Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year and the Exempt Staff Person of the Year. Read about the history of these two awards.

Each award recipient receives a $1,000 check for their dedicated work and accomplishments. Nominations are submitted by SPU faculty and staff to the Staff Council for review and final selection. Staff Council seeks your help in identifying individuals deserving of these awards.

To nominate a staff member for this year’s Staff Member of the Year awards, complete the nomination form. Awards will be announced and presented at the Staff Recognition ’s Forum in May.

2015 Staff Members of the Year

Niki Amarantides, director of the Center for Learning, was recognized as Exempt Staff Member of the Year, not only for her role in helping SPU host Tent City 3 but also for the way she “deliberately works to embody SPU as a place that welcomes and supports firstgeneration college students, students of color, students who are non-native English speakers, and many others.”

Lindy Pearson was honored for her work as administrative assistant in University Ministries as Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Member of the Year. Coworkers said she goes “above and beyond, participating in the student development process, advising many student services and ministries, and being an active participant in the shaping and forming of our students.”

Previous Staff Members of the Year

Nominate a Staff Member of the Year (non-exempt or exempt)
Staff Member of the Year nominations are currently closed.