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Did You Know? Commitment to Excellence

November 8, 2011, Volume 58, No. 11

“Did You Know” is a monthly series that includes valuable tips to help you get the most out of the benefits and services offered by the Division of Human Resources.

Commitment to Excellence

The Commitment to Excellence Program—a component of the Models of Excellence Program—offers Penn leaders a way to recognize exceptional faculty and staff contributions during unprecedented situations.

How do you know what an “unprecedented situation” is? Well, consider some of our previous honorees. The first ever Commitment to Excellence award went to the Penn Vet team for their extraordinary efforts to conquer a virulent salmonella outbreak at the New Bolton Center (Almanac September 28, 2004). Another award went to a group of staff members from various Penn departments who quickly banded together to help New Orleans college students who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina (Almanac May 2, 2006).

While the Commitment to Excellence award is tied to the overall Models of Excellence program, the nomination process is somewhat different since such extraordinary circumstances don’t happen every day. There’s no nomination deadline, and the award can include both faculty and staff. In addition, the nomination has to be made by senior leaders at Penn—but you can help bring these inspiring stories to the attention of senior leaders and encourage them to submit a nomination.

For complete details and a list of previous Commitment to Excellence Award winners, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/models/commitmentexcellence.aspx

—Division of Human Resources

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