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Organizational Excellence

Staff Recognition Awards 

Congratulations to each of the 2024 winners.

In an effort to further recognize the exemplary work of our staff, we launched the Staff Recongnition Awards program in January 2020. (This program was the result of a 2018 Bold Idea and recommendation of a CAIFE team, and is modeled after the Provost’s awards).

We encourage all faculty, administrators, and staff to consider nominating their staff colleagues who exemplify all of the criteria in one of four award categories – Principles of Community (Outstanding Staff Award), Innovation Award, Student Sucess Award, and Bulldog Spirit Award.

Principles of Community – Outstanding Staff Award

William Hardaway

William Hardaway, Office of Innovation & Digital Excellence for Academic Success 

The Principles of Community Outstanding Staff Award acknowledges a staff member who upholds Fresno State's Principles of Community and consistently excels in their work. This award seeks to recognize a staff member who maintains a positive attitude, interacts with others in a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive manner, and inspires others to model these behaviors.

As described in his nomination, William demonstrates an unwavering commitment to fostering a welcoming campus environment characterized by respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability. His ability to make individuals feel heard and valued in every interaction establishes a strong sense of belonging. His thoughtful engagement, genuine inclusivity, and collaborative spirit shine through his numerous contributions. His kindness and positive influence uplift morale, strengthen relationships, and significantly contribute to Fresno State's mission and values. His intentionality and creativity enable him to hold himself and others accountable, serving as a beacon of warmth and compassion. 

Congratulations William!

Bulldog Spirit

Veronica Reyes

Veronica Reyes
, Advancement Services

The Bulldog Spirit award recognizes a staff member who displays exceptional Fresno State pride and spirit.

As described in her nominations, Veronica embodies exceptional Fresno State pride and spirit, wearing her Bulldog enthusiasm like a cape every day. Her excitement and positivity are infectious. As the Red Friday Coordinator for the Staff Assembly Executive Committee, a volunteer role, Veronica's dedication to her Bulldog family shines through. She goes above and beyond to make everyone feel welcomed and supported, bringing laughter and a positive attitude to every event she assists with or attends. Veronica's tenacity, drive, and selflessness make her a pillar of the Fresno State community, embodying the "I love Fresno State" motto.

Congratulations Veronica!

Spirit of Innovation

Kathy Yarmo

Kathy Yarmo, Student Health and Counseling Center

The Innovation Award recognizes a staff member who has made exceptional contributions and improvements to their department or division through creativity and innovative thinking.

As described in her nomination, Kathy has made exceptional contributions to her department through creativity and innovative thinking. She proposed the Wellness Vending Machine (Wellness to Go) initiative, providing students with free or low-cost harm reduction items, over-the-counter medications, and hygiene products. This vending machine, set to launch in Fall 2024, will extend the Student Health and Counseling Center's services by offering essential items in the Resnick Student Union beyond regular business hours. Kathy's extensive research on similar programs and securing funding from the Fresno Madera Medical Society and ASI has significantly reduced startup costs and ensured many free items for students. 

Congratulations Kathy!

Lifelong Learner

Simran Nagra

Simran Nagra, Kremen School of Education and Human Development

The Lifelong Learner Award recognizes the staff member who attends the most professional development classes in person and online offered through the Office of Organizational Excellence in an academic year.

Simran participated in 55 different learning opportunities in 2023-24. She regularly attended Winning with a Healthy Lifestyle, Weekly Dose of Mindfulness, Breath and Health as well as other offerings such as Ai Tools, Ethics and Challenges, Creating a Healthy Mind: Addressing Burnout, Cultural Competence and Humility, Negotiation by Any Other Name, 

Psychological Safety: The Key to a Collaborative and Healthy Hybrid Workplace and Successful Co-Worker Communication.

Congratulations Simran!

Student Success

Esuri Peiris

Esuri Peiris
, Technology Services

The Student Success Award acknowledges a staff member who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the success of our students, which may include, but is not limited to: advising, career readiness, counseling, financial services, mentoring, services/referrals and tutoring.

As described in her nominations, Esuri is a creative go-getter dedicated to advancing student success through digital experiences and high-impact practices. Her unwavering dedication, empathy, and innovative spirit have been instrumental in fostering a supportive ecosystem that empowers students to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. Her current work with the Bulldog Bound program focuses on enhancing the digital experience to improve engagement with current and future students. Her involvement in Program C.I.T.Y. (Creativity, Innovation, and Technology for Young Learners) has provided an inclusive platform for young learners to explore digital technologies, impacting over 2,000 individuals. 

Congratulations Esuri!