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At FIU our people are everything! Our faculty and staff go above and beyond to provide service excellence for our community – this is what makes us stand out as a Great College to Work For®.

As ambassadors of service excellence, we embrace “Empower” as our e-platform to exchange peer-to-peer recognition and appreciation for one another. This tool will provide our faculty and staff an opportunity to send FIU branded congratulatory messages to their co-workers for a job well done, personal and career milestones, and other custom messages. This is your chance to share gratitude and words of encouragement in real FIU style!

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Service & Recognition Awards

 

Each year, the FIU community comes together to celebrate and acknowledge esteemed staff and faculty members for their remarkable accomplishments and dedicated years of service at our FIU Service and Recognition Awards. Wish to nominate a fellow Panther? Submit your nominations each Fall semester. For information regarding our next award ceremony, be sure to review the HR News & Updates biweekly newsletters.

Our service recipients say it best, watch the video below to check out what makes our FIU an employer of choice!

Questions? Contact:
Trudy Fernandez
DirectorHR Relations
Director, FIU Retiree Association
Division of Human Resources
Modesto A. Maidique Campus | PC-224
11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-0101
Email: hrrel@fiu.edu

Service & Recognition Awards Highlights

Service & Recognition Awards Programs

2024 Service & Recognition Awards

2023 Service & Recognition Awards

Archive of Service & Recognition Awards

2022 Service & Recognition Awards

2021 Service & Recognition Awards

2020 Service & Recognition Awards

2019 Service & Recognition Awards

2018 Service & Recognition Awards

2017 Service & Recognition Awards

2016 Service & Recognition Awards

2014 Service & Recognition Awards

Student Employee of the Year

Each year, FIU celebrates the hundreds of student employees that perform invaluable work with dedication, initiative, and service excellence. Part of this celebration includes the annual Student Employee of the Year process. Supervisors have the opportunity to nominate their student employees for the opportunity to win the title of “Student Employee of the Year”. Hundreds of student employees are nominated, and they are recognized and celebrated across the university. The winners are then crowned and are nominated for the National Student Employee of the Year competition hosted by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I nominate a student employee?

A university wide communication will be sent out about three months prior to the event that contains a link that will allow supervisors to nominate student employees in their department.

Who can I nominate?

The students must meet the following criteria:

  • Degree-seeking part-time/full-time student enrolled and employed in a student-level position on/off campus.
  • Undergraduate/Graduate students employed as Student Assistants or Federal Work Study.
  • Employed by the department for a minimum of 3 months.

Who is not eligible for nominations?

  • Graduate, Teaching or Research Assistants with a UGS contract are not eligible.
  • Temporary or benefit earning employees.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced and celebrated during National Student Employment week, the second week of April.

National Student Employment Week

Each year, FIU joins colleges and universities nation-wide to celebrate “National Student Employment Week”. The university takes great pride in preparing our nation‘s workforce by providing quality education and the opportunity for students to apply classroom learning on the job. Nearly two-thirds of today‘s college students hold part- or full-time jobs while in school and it is for this reason that FIU recognizes and awards these students. The National Student Employment Association (NSEA) has declared that the second week in April will serve to celebrate those students who work with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative to support their campus with a spectacular workforce.

The purpose of this week is threefold:

  1. To enhance awareness of student employment and its important role in higher education experience.
  2. To recognize students who perform outstanding work while attending college.
  3. To thank YOU, the supervisors, who hire students for part-time positions and make the student employment program such a success.

Check out our recap of the 2024 National Student Employment Week (NSEW)!

Supervisors have an opportunity to nominate their students for Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY). The SEOTY winner will be entered for the National Student of the Year nomination process.

SEOTY 2024

Explore the photos and recap video from our 2024 Student Employee of the Year Brunch!

Award Recipients

Student Employee of the Year
Hannan Shabaan – College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Graduate Student Employee of the Year
Neeraj Kumar Kondaparthi – FIU Online Support Services

Community Service
Hannan Shabaan – College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Diversity & Inclusion
Jeremy TaylorParking Sustainability & Transportation

Critical Thinking
Danielle Azachi – Housing and Residential Experience

Innovation & Technology
Salomon Carcamo – Housing & Residential Experience

Leadership
Emma Brewer – Parking & Transportation

Top 20 Nominees

Abigail Hernandez – Emergency Management
Bidalis Sanchez – Donor Relations
Cameron Demery – Student Affairs-Vice Pres. Office
Dashleyne Valliere – Talent Acquisition and Management
Gabriela Leal – Liberary Operations
Julian Hernandez – Office of Financial Aid
Krystal Noguera – Financial Aid Office
Margaret Othwolo – Parking, Sustainability & Transportation
Maritsa Jean Pierre – Student Affairs-Vice Pres. Office
Mason Mut – Parking, Sustainability & Transportation
Matthew Ferrer – Parking & Transportation
Rosualdo Ferrer – Parking & Transportation
Shivanna Birbal – Student Access and Success
Trent Krejci – School of Music

SEOTY 2023

SEOTY 2019

Award Recipients

Student Employee of The Year
Erykah Jackson – Exploratory Advising Center

Chartwells Student Employee of the Year
Dejourae Williams – Chartwells

Best Decorated Office
FIU Foundation

First Runner Up
Luisana Zambrano – Office of Research and Economic Development

Second Runner Up
Chavelys Hernandez – Financial Aid/America Reads

Third Runner Up
Lacey Simpson – STEM Transformation Institute

Fourth Runner Up
Isaac Ghobrial – Honors College

Honorable Mentions
Amanda Dahl – Library Operations
Cari Graybill – College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Cristina Gonzalez – Office of Research and Economic Development
Estefany Cabrera – Recreation Services
Gabrielle Harripersad – FIU Embrace
Ilan Timmerman – StartUp FIU
Jorge Loo – College of Engineering and Computing
Katherine de Jesus – Division of External Relations
Laura Sbabo – Children’s Creative Learning Center
Natalie Alonso – Honors College
Nathaly Guervara – Library Operations
Nicole Valle – StartUp FIU
Quenteria Warren – Office of the Registrar
Sabrina Bocaranda Soto – Center for Academic Success
Safia Natalya Boodoosingh – Office of the Registrar

SEOTY 2017

Award Recipients

Student Employee of The Year
Michael DesRosiers – College of Medicine

Social Media Contest Winner
Kamoy Marston – Human Resources

Best Decorated Office
Children’s Creative Learning Center

First Runner Up
Alexis Lopez – Women’s Center

Second Runner Up
Itzel Basualdo – Human Resources

Third Runner Up
Jessica McRee-Krim – Center for Academic Success

Honorable Mentions
Olivia Tercero – America Reads Program
Rodrigo Fonseca – Green Library
Gabriela Ruiz – Advancement
Jackson Fadely – Honors College

Appreciation Events

At FIU, we embrace every chance to express gratitude to our exceptional faculty, staff, and retirees who make a remarkable difference. Your steadfast commitment to serving our students and community is what truly makes FIU a great place to work. For this, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to YOU!

What better way to applaud and acknowledge your efforts than through our signature appreciation events? We invite you to join us as we gather to celebrate in true Panther fashion! We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact:
Trudy Fernandez
DirectorHR Relations
Director, FIU Retiree Association
Division of Human Resources
Modesto A. Maidique Campus | PC-224
11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-0101
Email: hrrel@fiu.edu

FIU Homecoming

Homecoming has been a long-standing tradition embraced by our FIU workforce and community. The weeklong event gives alumni an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater and for students, faculty, staff and retirees to showcase their Panther spirit and pride.

Explore below to learn about our faculty, staff, and retiree traditions:

Spirit Decorating Competition

For the 2023 Spirit Decorating Competition, the university community was encouraged to “Fire Up Your Roar” by decorating their work areas to show off their Panther pride.

There are three (3) categories that are judged and recognized separately:

1) Gold Spirit – Entries comprised of more than one department, such as an entire college or division. (e.g. College of Arts, Sciences & Education, Division of Human Resources, etc.)

2) Blue Spirit – Individual departments or offices (e.g. Payroll, Custodial Services, etc.)

3) Panther Spirit– This category will focus entirely on the best decorated door around our campuses.

2023 Winning Teams

  • Gold Spirit: College of Arts, Sciences & Education
  • Blue Spirit: Student Health & Wellness Department
  • Panther Spirit: Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Services

Check out all of the 2023 entries

Former Winning Teams

2022 Winning Teams

  • Gold Spirit: College of Arts, Sciences & Education
  • Blue Spirit: Student Health & Wellness
  • Panther Spirit: Center for Academic Success

2021 Winning Teams

  • Gold Spirit: College of Arts, Sciences & Education
  • Blue Spirit: Student Health & Wellness Department
  • Blue Spirit Runner Up: FIU at I-75

Check out all of the 2021 entries

2020 Winning Teams

  • Gold: Facilities Management Department Custodial Services
  • Blue: Athletic Training Services
  • Home Workspace: Ximena Cuadra, Program Specialist, Human Resources

Check out all of the 2020 entries.

2019 Winning Teams

  • Gold: College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
  • Blue: College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts , Office of the Dean
  • Door: HR Relations

Check out all of the 2019 entries.

2018 Winning Teams

  • Gold: College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
  • Blue: FIU at I-75
  • Door: Office of the Provost, Planning & Finance

Check out all of the 2018 entries.

2017 Winning Teams

  • Gold: College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts
  • Blue: Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs – Dean’s Office
  • Door: Office of Auxiliary and Enterprise Development

Check out all of the 2017 entries.

2016 Winning Teams

  • Gold: College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
  • Blue: Office of Residential Life
  • Door: Office of Regional Academic Locations & Institutional Development

Watch a video of all the 2016 entries.

2015 Winning Teams

  • Gold: College of Education
  • Blue: Children’s Creative Learning Center and Student Health Services
  • Door: Office of Financial Planning

Watch a video of all the 2015 entries.

2014 Winning Teams

  • First: College of Education
  • Second: Student Health Services
  • Third: External Relations & Housing

Watch a video of all the 2014 entries.

Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

To earn the title of Homecoming Faculty Royal and Homecoming Staff Royal, candidates who are nominated in the fun-spirited peer recognition competition, must exhibit the highest caliber of good citizenship as an ambassador of FIU. Our royal highnesses participate in special community events throughout the year

2023 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Staff Royal: Natalia R. Cordero | Admissions Recruiter I, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Services
Faculty Royal: James M. Sutton | Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts, Sciences and Education and Faculty Fellow, Honors College

Former Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

2022 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Faculty Royal: Anjana Mishra | Assistant Teaching Professor, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
Staff Royal: Jaime A. Weiser | Residential Life Coordinator, Department of Housing and Residential Life

2021 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Staff Royal: Felisha N. McKnight | Officer, University Police
Faculty Royal: Michael Cheng | Dean, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

2020 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Melanie M. Rodriguez, Special Events Manager, Event Protocol & Community Relations, External Relations, Strategic Communications & Marketing
Luis A. Garibaldi, Academic Advisor for Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

2019 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Margi Rentis, Multimedia Producer, Marketing and New Media, External Relations, Strategic Communications & Marketing
David Drucker, Staff Writer, Marketing and New Media, External Relations, Strategic Communications & Marketing

2018 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Valeria P. Espina, Executive Administrator and Associate Facilitator for the Strategic Plan, Office of the President
Jose M. Toscano, Director of Campus Life, Division of Student Affairs

2017 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Juliette S. Saint-Louis, Academic Advisor II, College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts
Brocdyl J. Porta, Director of Student Services, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

2016 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Cindy Lopez, Enrollment Processing Associate, Transfer and Transition Services
William Perez, Police Service Technician, Library Operations

2015 Homecoming Faculty & Staff Royalty

Eva Frank, Instructor, College of Education
Charlie Blackwell, HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic, Facilities Management

2014 Homecoming Founding Faculty & Staff Royalty

Brenezza DaParre Garcia, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Relations
Tim D. Birrittella, Senior Instructor, COB Department of Marketing and Logistics

Panthers Got Talent

FIU students, faculty, staff and retirees are invited to share their talents center-stage at our traditional Panther’s Got Talent. Check out images from last year’s show!

Roaring Spirit Bake-off

As a new Homecoming tradition, the Roaring Spirit Bake-off encourages our faculty and staff to get creative in the kitchen by whipping up something sweet.

With each passing year, we will add your tasty entries to our Roaring Spirit Bake-off Recipe Book. Check back each year for new additions!

2022 Roaring Spirit Bake-off Champion
Sandra Duran, Director of Finance and Human Resources, FIU Athletics

2021 Roaring Spirit Bake-off Champion
Bridget Cram, Assistant Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

FIU Retiree Reunion

On Homecoming Game Day, FIU retirees are invited home for a celebration in their honor, the FIU Homecoming Retiree Reunion. During this reunion, guests have an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues, participate in many of the exciting Homecoming festivities and enjoy a delectable lunch hosted by our president.

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President's Holiday Celebration

During the holiday season, our president brings the university together to thank and celebrate our outstanding workforce for their many accomplishments and contributions. In conjunction with this event, the President’s Holiday Toy Drive generates a bountiful collection of toys to bring joy and good cheer to children in our local and neighboring communities.

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Bring Your Child to Work Day

Each year faculty and staff are invited to participate in Bring Your Child to Work Day with their children, ages 8 to 18.  Through a full day of enriching activities, this event exposes our future Panthers to a broad range of educational avenues at FIU, as well as an opportunity to provide children with insights on how your important role contributes to the overall success of our outstanding university. This event takes place every spring. Stay tuned to our HR News & Updates biweekly newsletter for more info!

FIU’s Bring Your Child to Work Day has proven to be an impactful event, sparking curiosity and igniting passions in many young participants, guiding them towards discovering their interests and potential career paths.

Vanessa Berrios (left) at the 2014 FIU Bring Your Child to Work Day, where she was inspired to pursue nursing. Nine years later, she earned her pin from the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (right).

During the 2023 Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony, Vanessa reminisced on her memories from when she attended the 2014 Bring Your Child to Work Day event along with her mother, Mabel Berrios, Senior Library Specialist, Library Operations. In her remarks, she mentions how this event triggered her interest in nursing and inspired her to pursue her nursing degree at FIU. Thanks to FIU’s tuition waiver for faculty, staff, and their dependents, Vanessa was able to pursue her education with the support of this valuable benefit. Congratulations to Vanessa, and a heartfelt thank you to her mother, Mabel, for introducing her to the endless possibilities of Panther nation.

Check Out Vanessa Berrios’ FIU Journey and How Bring Your Child to Work Day Ignited Inspiration

Watch the video below to hear Vanessa’s inspiring journey and discover how a single event sparked the beginning of her passion for healthcare.

 

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