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Nominate an outstanding staff member for the President’s Distinguished Service Award

The Office of the President invites the campus community to nominate non-faculty Case Western Reserve University staff members for the President’s Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors up to three staff members whose outstanding contributions to the campus community have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors.

Nominations may come from any university student or staff or faculty member (self-nominations are not accepted). The Staff Advisory Council Staff Recognition Committee will receive and review nomination materials and share them with the Office of the President. The honoree(s) will receive a $1,000 cash award. The recipient(s) will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon in June.

Nominations open Friday, Feb. 10, and are due by Friday, March 3. Nominations can be submitted through an online form.

Questions can be directed to the co-chairs of the Staff Recognition Committee, Teresa Underwood at or Paul Keeley at

About the award

The President’s Award for Distinguished Service was created in honor of Roseanne Shaerban, a university employee whose qualities and commitment set a standard for distinguished service.

Shaerban (May 9, 1958–Feb. 6, 1989) was a friendly and familiar face at CWRU. Her family, friends, and co-workers remember her for the care, concern, loyalty, and support she demonstrated to the university community. Shaerban was feisty, creative, and exceptionally generous in her willingness to help others in need.

Criteria for nomination

  • Nominees must be a permanent, non-faculty staff member in good standing with a minimum of five years of university service.
  • Nominees must exhibit qualities consistent with university values. These values include academic excellence and impact, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and transparency, and effective stewardship.
  • Nominees must not be a previous recipient of the award.

Should a nominee be a current member of the Staff Recognition Committee, they will recuse themselves from the selection process.

Make a nomination.