Department of Human Resources

Employee Recognition

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Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards

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The Distinguished Staff/Administrator Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by employees through their accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university and its community members. The awards are presented to up to four university staff or administrative employees each year. Award recipients receive an honorarium and special recognition at the university’s annual Christmas and holiday luncheon.

Service Awards

In appreciation for their long-term service, faculty, staff and administrators of the university who are regularly employed in a with benefits status (.5 FTE or more) will receive special recognition during major anniversary years: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and more.

Anniversary awards are typically presented at the university’s annual Christmas and holiday luncheon. At that time, recognition and gifts are given to acknowledge and celebrate those with major anniversaries falling in the current fiscal year (i.e. June 1 through May 31 of that particular year).

Faculty Excellence Awards

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The university sponsors Faculty Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments of the faculty in five areas of faculty work: teaching, advising, mentoring, research, and service. The recipients have been nominated and selected by their peers, signifying their high regard among those who know them well.

Rose Window


The Rose Window Society is comprised of those faculty, staff, and administrators still actively working who have achieved their 20-year anniversaries, and all early, phased, and regular retirees who have served PLU for 20 years or more. The annual Rose Window dinner, typically held each May, is an opportunity to honor current university retirees.

Farewell Celebration


The annual Farewell Celebration recognizes those leaving or retiring from PLU. The campus community is invited to honor these special friends and colleagues.