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Give-A-Violet Award

Give-A-Violet Award

Andrew Gordon (left), Vice President, University Human Resources, addresses the 2013-2014 class of Give-A-Violet honorees on April 22, 2014.

Eligibility and Criteria

Nominations for academic year 2014-2015 are accepted from January 5 to February 6, 2015. All University administrators and staff are eligible to be nominated for and receive a Violet. To determine the recipients, the Selection Committee will consider many characteristics, but the below criteria will be used extensively. Each nominee should excel in one or more of the following competencies and values:

  • Integrity – Taking personal accountability to uphold ethical standards; building trusting relationships through honesty, openness, fairness, and candor; and living up to commitments
  • Respect – Demonstrating a genuine appreciation for others, valuing diversity by treating everyone with high regard and consideration for their individual differences as well as maintaining the highest level of professionalism when working with others through challenging issues
  • Customer Focus – Providing an excellent level of service to both internal and external customers, identifying and responding to current and future client needs
  • Teamwork – Working effectively within and across departments; collaborating with others to achieve common goals; and listening and communicating in a way that respects and supports others
  • Adaptability – Adjusting your own behavior to work efficiently and effectively in light of new information, changing situations, and/or different environments

Additionally, managers who are nominated should also excel in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mentoring – Encouraging employees to be their very best by providing feedback, development opportunities, positive reinforcement, and appreciation for their efforts
  • Modeling – Setting a positive example by remaining calm in a crisis, encouraging and supporting collaboration and teamwork, exhibiting humility, helping others achieve success, and being honest and trustworthy
  • Motivating – Inspiring commitment, providing vision, promoting and ensuring alignment with school/unit and NYU’s goals and/or values and providing coaching and performance management

To Submit a Nomination

Launch the online nomination form from now through Friday, February 6, 2015.

Recognition of Winners

Recipients of the Give-A-Violet award will be announced during the spring semester. The 12 winners are invited to a special luncheon reception hosted by the President of NYU and receive a commemorative pin and gift.

For More Information

Contact NYU PeopleLink at or 212-992-LINK (5465).


The nomination period is now closed.

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Give-A-Violet Award

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2013-2014 Recipients

Theresa Anderson
Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Elizabeth Ensweiler
College of Nursing

Zachary Harrell
Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs and Services

Kelila Jaffe
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Marisa Mariano
Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs and Services

Susan Protheroe
Faculty of Arts and Science

Chelsea Rhodes
Faculty of Arts and Science

Carlisa Robinson
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Sherry Scott
Faculty of Arts and Science

Evan M. Silberman
Silver School of Social Work

Shirley Smalls-Smith
Faculty of Arts and Science

Rebekah Thornhill
Office of the Vice President, Student Affairs and Services

Archive of Give-A-Violet Award Recipients

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