Staff Council seeking nominations for 2018 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards

Mississippi State University's Staff Council is seeking nominations for 2018 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards. Twelve winners will be presented with a plaque of recognition and a $1,000 check during the annual Luncheon in the Junction on May 11 at noon in the Junction.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be classified as a professional or support staff employee, be in good standing, work at least half time, have a minimum of three years service, have never been a recipient of the award, and meet the following nomination criteria:

--Exemplifies professionalism and dedication to MSU by performing beyond the call of duty to improve service, quality, and image of the department/unit;   
--Serves as a positive role model for other faculty, staff and/or students;   
--Demonstrates outstanding accomplishments of significance based on initiative, cooperation, and ability to perform a job successfully;   
--Demonstrates a high degree of competence and expertise;   
--Works beyond the boundaries of the job by participating in university or community service projects.   

Nomination process

Nomination forms will be accepted from MSU's administrators, faculty, staff and students. Previous winners may be viewed at

The nominator must complete a nomination form in PDF format. The form can be accessed at, printed and filled out, or nominators may pick up a paper copy from Kelly LaSalle at 108 Memorial Hall. Nominators are asked to complete the form to the best of their knowledge. To best demonstrate the qualifications of the nominee, nominators should provide as much information as possible for each section and are encouraged to ask others or the nominee for assistance if needed. A letter of support is not required. If additional space is needed, attach an additional page. A maximum of five total pages, including the nomination form, are allowed. Additional pages will not be reviewed.

The deadline to submit a nomination is April 6. The form can be emailed to Jessica Thornton at or sent to Mail Stop 9502, Department of Housing and Residence Life, Mississippi State University, MS 39762.