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PPM Section 18 - Employee Recognition Programs

The University employee service recognition programs are designed to publicly recognize and honor those employees who have provided extensive service to WMU.

Twenty-five Year Club

Membership in the 25 Year Club is open to all regular faculty and staff who have worked for the University for twenty-five (25) or more years, and those who retire from the University as a 25 Year Club member after meeting WMU retiree eligibility criteria. Members receive a certificate of appreciation, and may choose from a selection of gifts. A banquet is held each year for current and new 25 Year Club members.

Service recognition

Employees with five (5) years of service receive a letter of recognition from Human Resources. Employees with ten (10), fifteen (15), twenty (20), twenty-five (25), thirty (30), thirty five (35), forty (40), forty five (45), and fifty (50) years of service receive a certificate and service anniversary pin.

Make a Difference awards

The Make a Difference Awards program is a joint program of the Administrative Professional Association; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Michigan State Employees Association; Police Officers Association and Professional Support Staff Organization, to honor Staff Compensation System, AFSCME, MSEA and POA employees whose service can be considered outstanding and beyond the call of duty.

Employees of the University nominate other employees for the awards. Winners are determined by a selection committee, which consists of one member from each of the five staff employee groups. There are two award components of the Make a Difference program:

Coordination and publicity

Human Resources, in cooperation with University Relations, is responsible for the development, maintenance, coordination, and publicity necessary for the employee service recognition programs.