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Rewards and Recognition

Facilities and Campus Services Rewards & Recognition Team

Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) has established a commitment to reward and recognize significant individual and team contributions and accomplishments of FCS employees. Anyone can nominate an FCS staff member, please see below under the two different types of awards for instructions, forms and criteria for each nomination. 

The 2020-21 members of the Rewards and Recognition Committee are: 

Brenda Frank and Mark Schott (Co-chairs)
Vicki Davis (Chair Emeritus)
Bridgette Brady (Advisor)
Ellen Chase, Carin Clark,  Erik Eshelman, Susan Evans, Tim Hamilton, Matt Johnston, Michele Johnson, Julie Parsons, Dan Schied, Jessica Schillmoeller, Todd Searles and Sgt. Eric R. Stickel.
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Eligibility for Employee of the Quarter or Annual Awards

Regular and temporary Cornell University FCS employees are eligible to be nominated.
The employee’s most recent performance evaluation must be satisfactory to win the award. The nominee must have been employed by Cornell University for at least one year at the time of nomination; nominee must be an active employee to receive monetary recognition. Individuals are eligible for an award only once in a three year period.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by any temporary or regular FCS employee. The nomination forms below for each award must be completed to submit an individual or team for consideration. Nominations may include endorsements or letters of recommendation from other people who are able to assess the nominee’s performance.

If you need assistance submitting a nomination, feel free to contact a member of the FCS Rewards & Recognition Committee.

Selection Process

All nominations will be reviewed by the FCS Rewards & Recognition Committee. The committee will rank the nominations and forward the top-ranked nominations to the VP of FCS for final approval. The number of awards given each year may vary.

COVID Heroes - 2020 - 2021

When COVID-19 struck in March 2020 many FCS staff members rapidly transitioned to working from home.  But we are a 24/7/365 division, that oversee the University's buildings, controls, projects and utility plants - even during a pandemic.


At the December 16, 2020 FCS Town Hall meeting, the following FCS employees were recognized for going above and beyond during the pandemic (over the previous nine month period.) A link to the full FCS town hall meeting can be found here. 

  • Load Shed Team: Cole Tucker, Jim Hatch, Peter Meenan, Jason Arnold, Dustin Darnell, Elaine Stanton Hicks

  • Vet School Custodial Staff: Bobby Brown, Brenda McCormick, Cindy McElwee, Dawn Gigliuto, Doug Allen, Herb Whittaker, Issac Butler, Jerry Riese, Josh Hovencamp, Joyce Ward,Kate Smith, Vern Davis, Marica Mikavica, Michele Hostrander, Milkica Radoja, Nikolay Kozak, Richard Hapgood, Tammy Delmage,Tiasha Craft and Slavik Senyk
  • COVID Supply Team: Spring Buck, George Wood, Chris Mott, Alexa Varricchio, Tammy Johnson, Brian Latson, Nick Clarke, John Searle, Leonard Howe, Mark Hall, Denise Hartwick, Julie Parsons, Bill McNamara and Prentice Smith
  • Brenda Conklin and Jan Brown
  • Liz Kolacki and Tom Jordan
  • Dakota Frutchey
  • Mindy Reeves
  • Kim Anderson
  • J Shermeta
  • Lt. Joseph Canzano

At the April 22, 2021 FCS Town Hall meeting, the following FCS employees were recognized for going above and beyond during the pandemic (over the previous four month period.) A link to the full FCS town hall meeting can be found here. 

  • Building Care Managers: Dana LaCombe, Jodie Estes, Tony McCabe, Bill Bryant, Dragan Mrdjen and Kevin Mitchell

  • Building Care Team: Rocky Cunningham, Walt Jerzak, Ed Bishop, Rafael Rodriguez, Bill Lampila, Kristy Moody, Neil Kelly, Cecil Hover, Ray Shadduck, Paul Cortez, Missy Heuser, Rochelle Shadduck-Morgan, Gloria Grady, Chris Brewer, Rebecca Cynoske and Ken Cusson
  • FM Operators: James Meyer, Rick Elster, Steve Clark, Dick Kramer, Dave Roman, Luanne Stockdale and Kara Nash
  • Neil Kelly and Kyle Sturmer
  • Kyle Sturmer

Employees of the Quarter (EOQ) (Four celebrations a year)

EOQ Nomination Form (Web)    
EOQ Nomination Form (Printable)

The FCS Employees of the Quarter program recognizes three teams or individuals each quarter that go “above and beyond” their normal duties to accomplish something exceptional. The FCS Employees of the Quarter should continuously exhibit the FCS organizational values of Truth, Respect, Excellence, Teamwork, and Integrity.

Annual Electronic Nomination Form or the Printable nomination form

Please save and send this form to the FCS Rewards & Recognition email address: or drop off the paper copy to FCS Human Resources or Customer Service.  

The Annual FCS Employee Awards will be presented on an annual basis at the FCS Employee Celebration. Awards given annually will be at the discretion of the FCS awards committee and the VP of FCS. Individuals will receive the entire bonus amounts; teams will split the award equally among team members.


All nominees must consistently demonstrate the Cornell University Skills for Success, consistently demonstrate Facilities and Campus Services’ values, and have documented examples of accomplishments that align within one or more of the following five criteria.

  • Keystone Award - Excellence in service to the organization and consistently providing quality output in work activities. This award is the highest honor and will be awarded to the individual or team that exemplifies excellence and many of the qualities listed below in their work.

    • Cornerstone Award - Effectiveness Improvement - Implemented an innovative process improvement that had a significant cost and/or time savings for the organization.
    • Cornerstone Award - Distinction in Teamwork - Had a positive impact on a team by giving distinguished service, making a difference, or implementing a quality of work/life improvement.
    • Cornerstone Award - Dedication to Developing Others - Commitment to mentoring others and contributing towards the goal of succession planning.
    • Cornerstone Award - Campus or Community Service - Volunteerism efforts either external or internal to Cornell University.
  • Steve Wright Bridge Award – Diversity and Inclusion - Demonstration of significant, ongoing commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion. 
  • FCS ”One Cornell” Awards- There are employees in FCS and across the University that really exemplify the meaning of “One Cornell.”  These individuals understand what it means to be a “steward” of Cornell University and goes the extra mile to help another unit outside of their own.
    • FCS “One Cornell” Award – An FCS team or employee that effectively worked across units, cultures and other boundaries to positively impact one of our campus partners or Cornell as a whole. 
    • FCS Campus Partner “One Cornell” Award – For a campus partner that effectively worked across units, cultures and other boundaries to positively impact Facilities and Campus Services.

FCS Annual Awards timeline:

Nomination period: January 1 - May 30

Nomination review period: June 1 - June 30

Award presentation: July 1 to July 31

Read about the winners of this quarter's Employees of the Quarter, Cornerstones, One Cornell's, Steve Wright Bridge, and Keystone Award  and their contributions to Cornell University!
Employee of the Quarter (4th quarter, FY2021):
  • Rob Murray and Daniel Decker

  • Peggy Matta, Tim Petriwsky, Adam Mahnke, Lisa Clark, Dave Brooks, Matt Everhart, Kevin Barnhart, Chuck Lucas, Austin Smith, Mike Davis, Aaron Botsford, Asa Bartholomew, Mike Hingston, Brian Parente, Dan Ellis, Jeremy Woodhull, James Conklin, Jacob Heliseva, Doug Keefe, Joe Blaze, Shawn Walker, Dan Phillips, Kathy MacCheyne, Ron Flynn, Ken Knapp, Matt Casey, Gary Pyhtila
  • Chris Soule, Bryan Allen, and Mikel Bennett
Employees of the Quarter (3rd quarter, FY2021):  

See the virtual ceremony here.

2021 Keystone & Cornerstone Awards

Keystone Award:  Cindy Lockwood

Cornerstone Awards:

Steve Wright Bridge Award for Diversity and Inclusion – n/a

One Cornell Awards:

Previous years winners