Western Michigan University employees from the following employee groups are eligible for Make a Difference awards.
- Staff Compensation System—administrative, professional, clerical and technical employees.
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—custodial, dining, landscape and maintenance employees.
- Michigan State Employees Association—employees working at the WMU Power Plant.
- Police Officers Association—police officers and detectives.
Number of awards
Up to 15 awards will be made in each of two semiannual competitions, with fall nominations due Oct. 31 and spring nominations due Feb. 28. From the pool of semiannual award winners, four annual awards will be selected. Additional information supporting annual award candidates is due May 31.
Nature of awards
- Semiannual award winners will receive $300 (before taxes) and a certificate.
- Annual award winners will receive $1,200 (before taxes) and a plaque.
Publicity of awards program
The Make a Difference awards program will be publicized via: website, Western News, poster and email.
Origin of nominations
Nominations will be accepted from the entire University community, including staff, faculty and students.
Candidates shall meet all job expectations and demonstrate dedication to outstanding service. The following examples, while not all-inclusive, can be used as a guide.
- Projecting a positive attitude.
- Promoting a positive image of Western Michigan University.
- Providing outstanding customer service.
- Finding innovative solutions to problems.
- Volunteering to serve on University committees.
- Finding ways to cut costs, eliminate waste and save time or money.
- Other examples of service over and above normal job responsibilities.
Nominations may be made by email, letter or via the online form, which is has continuous year-round availability. The Make a Difference website also lists prior award winners.
Administration and selection
Human Resources will collect forms, organize them to preserve anonymity, and disseminate them to selection committee members.
The selection committee will consist of two representatives each from the Staff Compensation System (exempt), Staff Compensation System (nonexempt) and AFSCME, and one representative each from MSEA and POA. The committee will elect a chair and secretary. It will be facilitated by Human Resources.
Committee members will call award winners and notify group presidents. Human Resources prepares award payments, letters and certificates. Copies of award letters go to supervisors and employee files.
- Semiannual award winners will be honored at two university-wide receptions.
- Annual award winners will be honored at WMU Academic Convocation, and will have their pictures displayed in the Seibert Administration Building, Western News and WMU News.
Repeat award winners
Individuals are eligible for the award more than once, but are limited to one award per academic year.