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Staff Recognition

Employee recognition acknowledges employee for exemplary performance or service. Recognizing your colleagues goes a long way in creating a positive working environment. At Smith, we have a few formal ways of recognizing and appreciating our employees.

Some benefits of practicing employee recognition include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Job satisfaction
  • Better employee retention
  • Better networking opportunities
  • Positive employee-employer relationship
  • A healthy, positive environment

Staff Spotlight Award

The Staff Spotlight Award recognizes employees for going above and beyond the everyday scope of their responsibilities. Smith employees can nominate colleagues for recent accomplishments that reflect contributions in the following areas:

  • Service excellence
  • Process improvement/development
  • Problem solving
  • Fostering an inclusive and collaborative work environment 
  • Other (to be described by nominator)


Nominations for the 2023–24 season have closed. Thank you to all who participated!


  • Employees may receive a maximum of one award per year.
  • Employees may not nominate their supervisors.
  • Students are not eligible to participate.

What is a Staff Spotlight Award?
The Staff Spotlight Award recognizes staff for going above and beyond the everyday scope of their responsibilities.

Why is it important to have a Staff Spotlight Award?
Employees feel more connected to the workplace culture when they receive recognition for service excellence. Through a nomination system, the Staff Spotlight Award celebrates achievements and reinforces values and behaviors. Recipients receive a monetary gift shortly after their nominations and are invited to a special Staff Spotlight Award celebration in the spring.

How will nominees be categorized? 
Nominees will be categorized by the following: 

  • Service excellence
  • Process improvement/development
  • Problem solving
  • Fostering an inclusive and collaborative work environment
  • Other (to be described by the nominator)

Adam Dubois
Adam Dunitz
Allan Shepard
Allison Page
Allyson Einbinder ’10
Ana Sofia Semedo
Anna Goudreau
Amy Avard
Amy Smith
Angel Rosario
Angelo Pisano
Anita Durfer
Ann Howell
Art Usher
Ashley Keedy
Ashley Owen
Asli Ali
Becca Banach
Becca Keyel
Becca Washut
Bena Williams
Brandon Rivera
Caitlin Szymkowicz
Carly Heath
Carol Kelly
Caroline Bertrand
Chris Barcomb
Chris Orsini
Chris Shea
Christie Kennedy
Christie Peterson
Christina Schoux Casey
Christine Andrews
Christine Hill
Cristina Guevara
Dale Renfrow
Daniel Gougeon
David Andrews
Davis Rivera
Dawn Hines
Elise Gowen
Emily Dunn
Eric Sergel
Erica Banz
Erin DeGray
Erin Grice
Erin Mahar
Glen Mahoney
Graeham Dodd
Haley Gould
Hannah Gates
Hazel Fogarty
Helena Lamb
Holly Allen
J. Vaughn
Jamee Nierenhausen
Jamie Warren
Janet Spongberg
Jen Graveline
Jess Henry-Cross
Jessica Ryan
Jo Cannon
Joanne Benkley
Julian Martineau
Kaitlin Rooks
Kate Long
Kate Wallen
Katey Tobin
Kathleen Gauger
Kathy Robbins
Katie Potocnik Medina
Kimberly Counter
Kimberly Hoyt
Laura Campuzano
Laura Gomez
Laura Noel
Laure Morris
Leslie Fields
Lindsey McGrath
Linnea Duley ’16
Lisa Dwinell
Lisa Page
Lori Orsini
Lorraine Hedger
Lucie Bodnar ’16
Lucinda Williams
Luke D. Nierenhausen
Mackenzie Table
Madeleine DelVicario ’94
Mandy Anderson
Margaret Rakas
Marlene Wong
Mary Barr
Mary Driscoll
Maureen Barry
Maya Gounard
Megan Young ’07
Melanie Chase
Melissa Incampo
Melissa Roberts-Cote
Meridith Richter
Michelle Baird
Michelle Boudreau
Mike Yargeau
Miriam Cady
Mitchell Daniels
Moses Diaz
Nancy Zigler
Nicole Pellaton
Peter Dubin
Phoebe LaMont
Queen Lanier
Rashad Uqdah
Sanford Cluett
Sarah Loomis
Sheri O’Donnell
Sheri Peabody
Stherlie Petit-Frere
Sunny Windorski ’20
Sydney Nguyễn
Taylor Pluta
Teah Dempsey
Tim Kennick
Timothy Zima
Tiphareth Ananda
Valerie Hooper Lindros
Valerie Thompson
Zachary Julius

Years of Service

Smith College recognizes and honors employees who have reached certain service milestones. Awards are presented to employees in recognition of years of service beginning at 10 years and every five-year milestone through 35 years and beyond. In the fall, a special luncheon is held in their honor.

After addressing the honorees, the president presents 25-year pins to staff reaching their 25th year of service with the college, thereby inducting them into the Twenty-Five Year Club.

All honorees are presented with a certificate signed by the president of Smith College.

25-Year Club

The 25-Year Club was established in 1958 by Grace Asserson, the college’s employment manager, as a means of recognizing and expressing the college's appreciation to those staff members—retired and still employed—who had completed 25 or more years of service. Grace retired in 1971 after 30 years of service; she passed away in 1983.

Although we now formally recognize employees with fewer than 25 years of service, this club has a special significance for employees simply by its uniqueness and by the number of years required for membership.

The symbol of club membership is a gold pin that is a replica of the Grécourt Gates (in front of College Hall), with a diamond in the center of the pin. Formal recognition and club membership is accomplished at the Years of Service Awards, held each year.

Informal Recognition

Besides these formal ways of recognizing people, here are some examples of Informal recognition that you can use to share your appreciation for a colleague’s contributions to your team:

  • Email on a job well done
  • Treat the department to lunch
  • Bring in a special treat (fruit dish, cake, donuts) “just because”
  • Coordinate a team event (bowling, etc.) 
  • Gift card for lunch at the campus center 

Take the time to acknowledge your colleagues today and tomorrow for a stronger future!