Staff Advisory Council seeking nominations for awards, membership

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) is seeking nominations for both its annual Staff Recognition Awards and applications to become members of USAC, due March 15 and March 31, respectively. 

The three awards are a way for USAC to help the University community express its gratitude for the contribution of staff across the Commonwealth. Faculty, staff, administrators and students are asked to nominate Penn State staff members from every campus and all work units who exemplify the traits and abilities specified in each award.

All full-time staff members are eligible, and everyone at the University may submit a nomination. Every nomination is considered on its own merit and will be given equal consideration, regardless of type or level of staff position held within the University.

Criteria for each of the three awards and the nomination forms are available at For more information, email and put "Staff Awards" in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is March 15.

Applications are also being accepted for USAC membership for the 2017-18 academic year, with a deadline of March 31. Appointed USAC members have voting responsibilities and serve three-year terms, beginning July 1. Monthly council meetings typically occur during normal University hours, last approximately two hours and are considered University business.

Applicants from all Penn State campus locations will be considered. For an application form and to learn more about USAC, visit The application deadline has been extended to March 31. 

For questions about the application or membership, contact the membership committee chair, Jenny Blew, at

Formed in January 1995, the University Staff Advisory Council exists for the purpose of suggestion, review and advice on issues that impact or are impacted by staff. The council acts in an advisory capacity to the Central Administration through the Vice President for Human Resources.

Today’s USAC is composed of 30 members from across campuses, colleges and units, including liaisons representing the president’s equity commissions. To learn more about the council, visit

Last Updated March 16, 2017