Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan FY 2015-16

December 16, 2015

Staff Appreciation and Recognition

To:  Deans, Vice Chancellor, Vice Provosts, and University Librarian
From:  Lori Castro, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor Staff Human Resources
Re: Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan FY 2015-16

Staff Human Resources is pleased to announce the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Plan has been renewed for FY 2015-16. There have been a few changes to this year’s STAR Award Program. The most notable difference is CX Teamster employees are now eligible to receive Star Awards.

STAR awards are discretionary and may be awarded to employees for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding excellence in University service; recognizing and rewarding significant achievements and contributions; and recognizing and rewarding outstanding individual and team performance. STAR cash awards are non-base building. The University will not place restrictions or conditions on an employee’s use of any cash awarded under this Plan. (Employee non-cash awards and other gifts, including gift cards and gift certificates, are regulated under UC Business and Finance Bulletin No. G-41.)

At UCSC, the STAR plan will be funded at the departmental or divisional level. The Office of Planning and Budget will notify principal officers regarding funding for the STAR Program. Units will need to follow appropriate fund usage and/or restrictions. For example, general funds may not be used for non-general funded positions/functions. Federal funds are generally not allowed for awards, unless specifically approved by the granting agency. Reports on the distribution of awards, by fund source and personnel program, are made to the Office of the President at the end of the year. All awards are reported, regardless of fund source.

STAR Plan Guidelines for administering the program, along with the STAR Plan Nomination Spreadsheet for submission of cash awards are available on the Staff Human Resources website, http://shr.ucsc.edu/procedures/staff_awards/index.html.

Divisions/departments may begin to process awards immediately.  As this process does vary by division, we ask that you please communicate with supervisors/managers regarding the implementation of the STAR Plan within your Division.  It is important that award expenditures be tracked carefully to insure that all allocated funds are used prior to the established deadline of June 15, 2016.

If you have questions about the guidelines or processing of awards, please contact Senior Compensation Analyst Donovan Albright at albright@ucsc.edu or 459-1328.  For questions regarding funding, please contact Budget Director, Free Moini at fbmoini@ucsc.edu or 459-4304.