UConn Spirit Awards

The third annual UConn Spirit Awards ceremony was held on April 25, 2017.

Three of our colleagues from Student Affairs were represented:

Outstanding Peer Award – John Armstrong, Director of Off-Campus Student Services (Awarded)

The Outstanding Peer Award provides an opportunity for employees to recognize a peer for outstanding service in the workplace. This award exemplifies excellence in peer-to-peer assistance. The award recipient should be a faculty or staff member who motivates co-workers to continually improve, who has made a professional impact on a peer, and who shares knowledge to help peers be successful. The recipient acts as a role model, an inspiration, and a source of support in the workplace and demonstrates a dedicated interest in helping peers and/or co-workers.

• Peer, defined as one that is of equal standing to another; and
• An employee whose collegial nature has helped a peer or peers be successful.


Rising Star Award Nicole Bruno, Student Activities (Finalist)
The Rising Star Award is given to a staff member who has contributed significantly to his/her department and University community with enthusiasm, strong work ethic, superior leadership (if applicable), and reliability. This person has enhanced the UConn brand through their ideas and actions.
• New to UConn; and
• Must have held current position within the same department for a minimum of 6 months and less than two years at time of nomination.


Unsung Hero AwardKaren Bresciano, Dean of Students Office (Finalist)
The Unsung Hero Award is awarded to a person who is continually both a real benefit to coworkers and a stable, dependable resource for the entire University. This staff member consistently goes above and beyond, without fanfare or public recognition; fills in when and wherever needed and always performs at a high level; takes initiative to solve problems and improve work situations without being prompted; demonstrates reliability, perseverance, and focus on results. They help others by sharing knowledge of the Institution’s practices and job-related skills.
• Continuously goes above and beyond; and
• Performs their duties with pride.


Congratulations John, Nicole, and Karen!!

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