The caring, diverse, collegial, and supportive Buffalo State College community not only transforms the lives of our students, but also transforms the lives of our faculty, staff, and administrators. Each of us knows a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who transforms the work and personal lives of their colleagues by supporting them with compassion, care, respect, and collegiality. These caring colleagues in our community can be found at every level of our institution and although they create positive work experiences for each person they encounter, their contribution to our community sometimes goes unnoticed.To recognize these supportive colleagues in our community, each month faculty, staff, and administrators across all ranks, unions, and titles can be nominated by a colleague or student to receive the Caring Bengal Award.
The Faculty and Staff Recognition Committee, which includes faculty and staff representation from UUP, CSEA, the College Senate and the Professional Staff Caucus, will review award nominations and select the award recipient each month. Each month, award recipients will be announced by President Conway-Turner in the Daily, receive a gift, and will be invited to a lunch at the end of the semester with the President and their supervisor.
Nominees for the Caring Bengal Award should consistently demonstrate one or more of the following attributes:
Acts of Kindness - Consistently and selflessly performs acts of kindness that contribute to building and connecting Buffalo State’s mission with our campus & community.
Campus Engagement & Representation – Promotes a positive culture of engagement within their immediate team and across the campus; volunteers and/or takes part in university events, programs, and committees; serves as an ambassador for the college.
Positivity – Fosters a community of diversity & inclusion with their cheerful, welcoming attitude, and respectful demeanor.
Student-Centered Service – Creates a caring environment where students feel respected, comfortable, and confident in Buffalo State faculty & staff.
Collaboration – Develops and generously shares resources, methods, and solutions to benefit the campus; exemplifies cooperation and teamwork across campus; mentors colleagues and students.
Embracing Change – Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability; positively reacts to new and emerging realities, while preserving the core Buffalo State values.
When nominating a member of the campus community for the Caring Bengal Award using the online form above, you will be asked to select the attribute or attributes that you believe the nominee consistently demonstrates. For each attribute selected, you will be prompted to describe in 250 words or less how the nominee demonstrates that attribute.
1. All award nominations must be submitted online. This semester, the deadlines are: March 1st, April 2nd, and May 3rd, 2021). Award nominations received after the these dates will be rolled over into the following month’s nomination pool.
2. Award recipients will be selected by the Faculty and Staff Recognition Committee (6 faculty and staff representatives from UUP, CSEA, the College Senate, and the Professional Staff Caucus) using the following process:
A blind review of nominations will be used to select award recipients by removing all names and identifying information from the nomination forms.
Award recipient selection will be based on the thoroughness of the description as to how the nominee fulfills the award criteria selected.
The Committee will vote on nominations and select award recipients using a majority vote.
3. The award recipients for each month will be selected by the Faculty and Staff Recognition Committee and announced in the Daily by President Conway-Turner. Award recipients will also receive a gift and will be invited to a lunch at the end of the semester with President Conway-Turner and their supervisor.
If you are interested in viewing a winning Caring Bengal Nomination Narrative, please click here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Caring Bengal Award.
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