Guidelines for nominating a Penn Stater for a 'We Are!'

January 30, 2015

"We Are!" is a weekly feature in Penn State Today that provides members of the community (students, faculty and staff) with a platform to give kudos to fellow Penn Staters for going the extra mile in the work they do for the University.

“We Are!” recognizes students, faculty and staff for Penn State-related work they’ve done that goes above and beyond their job duties or responsibilities as students. That could be a maintenance worker taking extra steps to make sure a project is completed, a student organizing a charitable event, an administrator doing something special for employees, or a faculty member who goes the extra mile when it comes to advising students. 

Following are the guidelines for the "We Are!" nomination and selection process and information on who is eligible for recognition:

-- Nominators must provide their names so that, if needed, they can be contacted to confirm the information. Nominators also must provide the full name of the nominees, who will be contacted to confirm the nomination is in keeping with work they’ve done and to ensure the suitability of the recognition. This will also provide a nominee the opportunity to decline public recognition.

-- Nominations should not be used to promote commercial products.

-- Shout-outs should not be reflective of personal favors or non-Penn State-related activities. All shout-outs should be limited to 300 characters in length. The Penn State News and Media Relations editorial staff has the final word when determining which submissions are suitable for publication, and reserves the right to edit for length, style and appropriateness.

-- Students, faculty and staff may nominate others with whom they’ve worked and who are deserving of recognition.

-- Those in top leadership positions at the University will not be eligible to participate, including: the University president, provost, campus chancellors and college deans; those who report directly to the University president; interim appointments to those positions; members of the University Board of Trustees; and staff members in the Office of Strategic Communications.

To nominate someone for a "We Are!" fill out the short online form. Send additional questions about "We Are!" and the nomination process to

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