Staff Awards/Spotlight

Recognizing all employees at the University of South Carolina

Staff Senate awards were introduced in 2022 as a chance to recognize all employees at the University of South Carolina for their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm. Awardees are recognized during the May Day Picnic each spring semester. Each winner will receive a plaque with their name on it.

How to nominate someone...coming soon!

Unsung Hero Award

Description: The Unsung Hero award is given to an individual who works quietly behind the scenes for the good of USC Upstate students, coworkers, faculty and/or staff and, while not being publicly celebrated, demonstrates leadership through dedication and service.

Eligibility: any currently employed part-time or full-time temporary (Non-FTE), or full-time FTE staff member is eligible; no minimum number of years of employment are required.

Leadership Excellence Award

Description: This award recognizes a staff member who provides consistent and sustained excellence, exceptional customer service, and leadership to USC Upstate. These nominees demonstrate integrity, teamwork, productivity, and had led, collaborated and inspired with broad-ranging impact beyond their regular responsibilities.

Eligibility: any current employed part-time or full-time temporary (Non-FTE), or full-time FTE staff member who has been employed for 3 years or more is eligible.

Staff Senate Staff Spotlight: The Staff Spotlight showcases our awesome and talented Upstate staff in their personal and professional endeavors. Spotlight receipts are regularly celebrated in USC Upstate's Professional Development newsletter and on the Staff Senate website. 

November 2022 Staff Spotlight

Theresa “Tessie” Holliday

Tessie grew up in Taylors, SC. She’s the third of five children—all girls, and her very best friends—and now lives in Spartanburg with her husband (a photographer), middle-schooler (an artist), and cat (a tabby). Her hobbies include doodling, writing, starting home improvement projects she may never complete, and trying out new crafts.

She’s worked in libraries for seventeen years. Since 2015, she’s been a library assistant at USC Upstate, where she assists at the Information Desk, supervises student employees, oversees the stacks, and participates enthusiastically in as much committee work as she can. Her favorite part of the job is getting to interact with students every day, and cheer them along in their academic journeys. She admits to being an introvert, and is thankful to work in a position that inspires her to be less of one. She got her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies here at Upstate in 2021, and hopes to finish her Master of Library and Information Science degree from USC in 2023.”