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Robin Kramer Volunteer Award nominations due by April 30

President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty CWRU staff member for the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award. This annual award honors one staff member whose outstanding contributions, through volunteer work, to our campus community have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students, or visitors.

Nominations may come from any university staff, student 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. This information will be provided to the Office of the President. The honoree(s) will receive a $500 cash award. The recipient will be recognized at the Staff Service Awards Luncheon in June.

Nominations can be submitted through an online form.

Nominations are due by April 30.

Questions can be directed to the co-chairs of the Staff Recognition Committee: Paul Keeley at or Elise Geither 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.

Robin Kramer (August 5, 1955 – November 1, 2013) was known for her passion for serving the university and its employees. Robin was a friendly and familiar face of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and loved to welcome new members at the SAC New Member Orientation. She 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. Robin’s enthusiasm and energy were evident in everything she did.

Criteria for Nomination

  • Nominee must be a permanent, non-faculty staff member with a minimum of five years of university service.
  • Nominee must exhibit qualities consistent with our university values. These values include: Academic Excellence and Impact, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Integrity and Transparency, and Effective Stewardship. The nominee must also 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.
  • Nominee must be actively involved in volunteer work and have a passion for service to the university community.
  • Nominee 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.