Nominate staff members for the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award

The Robin Kramer Volunteer Award honors one non-faculty staff member whose outstanding contributions to the campus community through volunteer work 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 select an outstanding candidate. Should a nominee be a current member of the Staff Recognition Committee, they will recuse themselves from the selection process.

The honoree(s) will receive a $500 cash award and be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon in June.

Nominees must:

  • Be a permanent, non-faculty staff member with a minimum of five years of university service;
  • Exhibit qualities consistent with our university values, including academic excellence and impact, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and transparency, and effective stewardship;
  • Seek to create a powerful learning environment that has a significant impact on all who teach, learn, discover and work here so they are prepared and engaged to serve society;
  • Be actively involved in volunteer work and have a passion for service to the university community; and
  • Not be a previous recipient of the award.

Nominations are due by April 26 through an online form.

Questions can be directed to the co-chairs of the Staff Recognition Committee, Elise Geither at or Jean Seneff at

About the award

Case Western Reserve University created the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award in honor of Robin Kramer, a university employee whose qualities and commitment to volunteerism set a standard for distinguished service.

Kramer (Aug. 5, 1955, to Nov. 1, 2013) was known for her passion for serving the university and its employees. She was a friendly and familiar face of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and loved to welcome new members at the SAC New Member Orientation. Kramer also co-chaired the Elections and Staff Recognition Committees. Her family, friends and co­‐workers remember her for her infectious smile, contagious laugh, concern, loyalty and the support she demonstrated to the university community. Kramer’s enthusiasm and energy were evident in everything she did.