College of Nursing Faculty/Staff Awards

Chancellor's Commendation Gold "U" Award

This award is given six times per year to employees who consistently deliver outstanding performance and service to UNMC. Recipients of the Chancellor's Commendation - Gold U are honored at a breakfast with the UNMC chancellor and receive an art glass paperweight, a pin and frame, a certificate and a cash award. In addition, Gold U recipients are honored with KUDOS at a Board of Regents meeting, where they receive a commemorative plaque for outstanding service to the university. View College of Nursing recipients.

Chancellor's Council Silver "U" Award

This award is given annually to approximately 120 employees, who provide consistent performance that exceeds expectations or for other special achievements. Unit leaders select employees on a monthly basis. The number of recipients from each unit is based on unit population. Recipients receive a silver ‘U’ pin, a denim shirt with the silver ‘U’ logo and will be invited to lunch with the chancellor. To nominate an employee for the Silver 'U', contact your department's Silver 'U' representative. View College of Nursing recipients.

Staff Excellence Award

This award recognizes an outstanding staff member, one who embodies excellence through outstanding performance, leading or serving on a team or committee and contributing to its success, providing outstanding customer service, improving the effectiveness or efficiencies of daily operation while emphasizing quality and high standards. It also recognizes a staff member for fostering an environment of learning and communication. Students, faculty and staff submitted nominations for this individual.
2005   Rhonda Harnish
2006   Sherrie Ames
2007   Dan Brick
2008   LaDonna Tworek
2009   Diane Feldman
2010   Susan Oestmann
2011   Debbi Lee
2012   Alan Wass
2013   Cara Mouw
2014   Kris Claussen
2015   Linda Dobson
2016   Tom Mason
2017   Patrick Rejda

Staff Leadership Award

The Staff Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding staff member who has made exemplary leadership contributions to the College of Nursing. This is done through superior leadership skills by fostering an environment of cooperation and creativity through organization and planning and project management.
2013   John Barrier
2014   Patrick Rejda
2015   Kristi Brummels
2016   Valeta Creason-Wahl
2017   Molly Belieu

Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes and honors an individual who has had a meaningful impact within the UNMC College of Nursing by consistently demonstrating a positive attitude, dedication, initiative and the ability to work together toward a common vision. Their actions serve to motivate colleagues and customers and help to make the College a more inclusive and welcoming place to work.
2013   Maureen Oberdorfer
2014   Lori Cooley
2015   Gloria Geiselman
2016   Karen Schledewitz
2017   Diane Potter

Rosalee C. Yeaworth Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Rosalee C. Yeaworth, 4th Dean of the College of nursing, provided leadership for the College of nursing for 15 years. To honor her service and contribution to nursing education, the Rosalee C. Yeaworth Teaching Excellence Award was created. This award acknowledges a current full or part-time faculty member for his/her teaching excellence.
1995   Mary Megel
1996   Cheryl West
1997   Mary Jane Garrett
1998   Leslie Gleaves
1999   Patricia Trausch
2000   Duane Schmutzer
2001   Jean Bartek
2002   Kathleen Duncan
2003   Sharon Holyoke
2004   Lynne Farr
2005   Joyce Black
2006   Cecilia Barron
2007   Rita Schmitz
2008   Nancy Stuart
2009   Cindy Seidl
2010   M.J. Stanley
2011   Peggy Wilson
2012   Christine Eisenhauer
2013   Barbara Sand
2014   Karen Schumacher
2015   Ann Berger
2016   Peggy Pelish
2017   Becky Kreman

Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award

Dr. Ada M. Lindsey, 5th Dean of the College of Nursing, provided leadership for the College of Nursing for 8 years. To honor her support of clinical practice and professional service, the Ada M. Lindsey Professional Service Award has been created.
2003   Kathryn Fiandt
2004   Barbara Piper
2005   Susan Muhlbauer
2006   Janice Twiss
2007   Stephanie Burge
2008   Audrey Nelson
2009   Rita Antonson
2010   Kathy Bickerstaff
2011   Peggy Pelish
2012   Nancy Farris
2013   Roberta Kroeger
2014   Trina Aguirre
2015   Nancy Waltman
2016   Linda Sather
2017   Shirley Tachenko Achord

Virginia Tilden Leadership Development Award

Dr. Virginia Tilden, 6th Dean of the College of Nursing, provided leadership for the College of Nursing for 8 years. Dr. Tilden established the Virginia Tilden Leadership Development Award to help with development of advanced leadership skills of a faculty member with an interest in and demonstrated capacity for senior level leadership.
2013   Connie Miller
2014   Teresa Hultquist
2015   Becky Kreman

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award

Acknowledges a current full or part-time faculty member for his/her teaching excellence. The award was established by Dr. Virginia Tilden.
2006   Sue Barnason
2007   Rebecca Keating-Lefler
2008   Shirley Tachenko Achord
2009   Lissa Clark
2010   Judi Schlife
2011   Margaret Kaiser
2012   Kim Rodehorst
2013   Cathy Binstock
2014   Katie Bravo
2015   Donna McElvain
2016   Julie Quickert
2017   Cathy Tierney

The Distinguished Team Award

This award is intended to acknowledge a group of 3 or more persons who have made an impact by contributing to excellence for the UNMC CON through teamwork that benefits many.
2013   DNP Site Visit Team
2014   Syllabus Task Force
2015   CNE Special Project Team
2016   Evaluation Task Force
2017   GSO Committees - Steering, Membership Engagement & Professional Development

Donna Westmoreland Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

Donna Westmoreland was a spirited nurse educator who believed that mentoring and coaching were the best methods to enable faculty to discover their voice and develop their unique capacity as a teacher and scholar. This award is given annually to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring faculty or graduate assistants in teaching or teaching scholarship.
2007   Sharon Holyoke
2008   Myra Schmaderer
2009   Bernice Yates
2010   Karen Schumacher
2011   Paula Schulz
2012   Teresa Barry Hultquist
2013   Stephanie Burge
2014   Anne Wilber
2015   Pat Trausch
2016   Karen Grigsby
2017   Colleen Kennedy

Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award

Established by Pennie Z. Davis who supported many philanthropic efforts in Omaha and was a fervent supporter of scholarly endeavors. He established this award to recognize the contributions to nursing science of a College of Nursing faculty researcher.
2001   Ann Berger
2002   Lani Zimmerman
2002   Susan Noble Walker
2003   Julia Houfek
2004   Ada M. Lindsey
2005   Bunny Pozehl
2006   Nancy Waltman
2007   Polly Hulme
2008   Diane Brage Hudson
2009   Bernice Yates
2010   Carol Pullen
2011   Michele Balas
2012   Karen Schumacher
2013   Paula Schultz
2014   Melody Hertzog
2015   Sue Barnason
2016   Tiffany Moore
2017   Mary Cramer

Spirit of Shared Governance Award

The Spirit of Shared Governance Award is intended to recognize a person who: 1) Demonstrates positive action toward using the governance system to promote shared solutions and collegiality with the College of Nursing; 2) Serves as an effective role model for others to engage in shared governance; 3) Provides leadership on committees, task forces, or special assignments within the College of Nursing shared governance system; 4) And mentors others about the College of Nursing’s shared governance system.
2010   Lani Zimmerman
2011   Kearney Division
2012   Christie Campbell-Grossman
2013   Karen Schumacher
2014   Mary Ann Mertz
2017   Michelle Ellermeier

Kathryn Sandahl Philp Award for Creativity and Innovation

Kathryn Sandahl Philp is a UNMC CON alumna. This award was established in her honor by her daughter. The intent of the award is to acknowledge and support faculty creativity and innovation in any of the following areas: teaching, research, or practice/service.
2007   Kathy Kaiser
2008   Missy Ofe Fleck
2009   Leeza Struwe
2010   Barb Sittner
2011   Shirley Wiggins
2012   Lufei Young
2013   Amy Herboldsheimer
2014   Nancy Meier
2015   Jean Allen
2016   Julie Quickert
2017   Jessica Nielsen