Garrett Swasey Outstanding Staff Award

Outstanding Staff

Nominate UCCS Staff Employee for the Garrett Swasey Outstanding Staff Award

In December 2015, the Executive Board of the UCCS Staff Association elected to rename the outstanding staff award in honor of Officer Garrett Swasey. This award acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contributions of a UCCS staff member who exemplifies excellence in service to the campus and community.

The recipient of the UCCS Garrett Swasey Outstanding Staff Award will receive a $1,000 cash award (taxes withheld) on their paycheck at the end of the month after the annual campus awards ceremony.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be 1) a permanent – classified or unclassified – staff member of UCCS and 2) employed as such for a minimum of three years as of December 31, 2022. Nominations are due TBD January 2023.

The recipient of the award demonstrates:

  • exceptional commitment which exceeds job expectations;
  • continual service to the UCCS community through various activities (e.g., committee work, staff involvement, community relations, etc.);
  • positive working relationships with students, colleagues at all levels, and other constituents of the campus; and
  • an active and ongoing commitment to the betterment of UCCS.

In all ways, nominees "go above and beyond the call of duty."

Qualifying Employee of the Quarter Award winners will be entered into the pool of Garrett Swasey Outstanding Staff Award nominees.

Previous winners are not eligible. A list of those employees who previously won the award are listed below.


  1. To nominate a deserving staff member, complete and submit a nomination form no later than TBD 2023. Late nominations will NOT be accepted.
  2. Each nominator will be notified of the status of their nomination on or before TBD 2023.
  3. If your nominee is accepted, you will then be asked to secure three (3) letters of recommendation in support of the employee. Those recommendations are due no later than TBD 2023.
  4. A screening committee consisting of Alumni & community members supportive of the University will evaluate the nominations. Selection of the winner is based solely on the materials submitted on behalf of the nominee, including the original nomination form.
Previous UCCS Outstanding Staff Award Recipients