Employee Recognition

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Nominating someone for a Recognition Award is a great way to highlight FP&M employees’ contributions, accomplishments, and service to a unit or department which can be over time.

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A shout-out is a way to give a brief  “thank you” and recognize an FP&M employee in the moment. Send a Shout-out and make someone’s day brighter."SEND SHOUT-OUT" button

Accepting Nominations Year-Round

Nominate an FP&M Employee!

Please complete the nomination form:

Online nomination form

Print Nomination Forms

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Please send print forms to recognition@fpm.wisc.edu, or mail to the following address: FP&M Recognition Committee C/O Nancy Helgeson Lyons, 30 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53715-1227


All FP&M employees are eligible for the division-wide awards, regardless of employee class or category. There is no minimum length of service required for eligibility.

Nomination pointers

Nominating someone for an Award is a great way to highlight all of an employee(s)  contributions, accomplishments, and service to a unit or department! This can be over time.

Please provide a detailed description of the employee or team you wish to nominate. Include examples of their actions so that the selection committee can consider the nominee for an award.

Learn more about the award categories below.


See more about FP&M Employee Recognition below.

Teamwork Award

Custodial Crew 344: Juan Triana, Benito Monfil-Carballo, Hector Recoba, Juana Portugal, Todd Yaroch

Custodians, Specialty Crew, Physical Plant | Nominated by Sandie Bohne, FP&M

Creative Solutions Award

Kirstin Fosdal Selchow

Sr. Facilities Planning Specialist | Nominated by Missy Nergard, FP&M

Above and Beyond Award

Scott Pollen

Custodial Services Supervisor, Physical Plant | Nominated by Karen Parrillo, UW–Madison Cultural and Linguistic Services

Customer Service Award

Sue Thalacker

Customer Service Supervisor, Transportation Services | Nominated by Gretchen Olson, UW–Madison SMPH Facilities

Unsung Individual Award

Mingur Dorjee

Custodian, Physical Plant | Nominated by Chad Froh, FP&M

AVC Excellence Award

Stephen (Steve) Skinner

Gardener, Physical Plant | Nominated by William Mann, Director of UW-Madison Conference Centers and Mail Services


Thank you for all that you do for FP&M and the university!

Customer Service Award

Stuart Statz
Physical Plant Plumber

Unsung Individual Award

Dale Kraus
Environment, Health & Safety

Going Above and Beyond Award

Maria Gutierrez
Physical Plant-Custodial Services

Team Work Award

Rosalino Chavez
Physical Plant-Custodial Services

Ernesto Cruz
Physical Plant-Custodial Services

Leonardo Orea
Physical Plant-Custodial Services

Roger Dote
Physical Plant-Custodial Services

Creative Solutions Award

Peter Armstrong
Transportation Services-Customer Service

AVC Excellence Award

Daniel Beechler
Environment, Health & Safety

Special Recognition Award

EF4 Polar Vortex Team:

Derick Babler
Physical Plant-Digital Controls

Nick Yaun
Physical Plant Electric Shop

Karl Trawicki
Physical Plant Steam Fitting

Kevin Corcoran
Physical Plant Steam Fitting

Congratulations and thank you for all you’ve done for FP&M!

Customer Service Award William R. Winner
Physical Plant– Paint Shop
Unsung Individual Award Lyle Jelle
Physical Plant– Waste and Recycling
Going Above and Beyond Award Gwen E. Freiberg
Physical Plant – Custodial Services
Team Work Award Abraham A. Schrump
Space Management Office
Thomas J Wise
Space Management Office
Creative Solutions Award Duane Marlette
Physical Plant– Stores and Customer Service
AVC Excellence Award Ernesto Cruz
Physical Plant – Custodial Services

Congratulations and thank you for all you’ve done for FP&M!


There are many ways to recognize our co-workers!

So, what’s the difference between a giving a Shout-Out and nominating someone for a Recognition Award?

Know someone who could use a quick thank-you?

A Shout-Out is an awesome way to give a brief “thank you” and recognize an FP&M employee in the moment. Shout-outs are also accepted year-round to be featured on Inside FP&M and in the FP&M Employee Newsletter regularly.

Share your appreciation and make someone’s day brighter!

Send a Shout-Out.

Know someone who deserves to be recognized?

Nominating someone for a Recognition Award is an excellent way to highlight FP&M employees’ contributions, accomplishments, and service to a unit or department. This can be over time. The FP&M Employee Recognition Committee accepts nominations on a year-round basis for the annual Recognition Awards celebration.

Recognize someone’s contributions and accomplishments!

Fill out the Nomination Form to nominate someone for an FP&M Employee Recognition Award.


Employee Recognition

Everyone wants to feel valued and appreciated for their hard work and dedication to the university. Recognizing employee contributions also helps solidify relationships and fosters employee engagement.

Acknowledging this, Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) has developed and implemented both a formal recognition program and encouraged informal recognition opportunities in order to actively support our employees.

About the Awards

The FP&M Employee Recognition Awards are an opportunity for anyone to recognize FP&M employees, both as individuals and teams, for their outstanding contributions in providing excellence in facilities and services for our university community. These awards are supported by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Facilities Planning & Management.

The FP&M Employee Recognition Award program is the first initiative created by the Employee Recognition work team, based on their own recommendations. This collaborative effort took into account a wide range of perspectives in addition to EID survey results, including qualitative interviews and workplace best practices.

FP&M employee recognition awards fall into five categories, each of which focuses on a different aspect of excellence in facilities and services.

For more information, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Driven by Survey Results

FP&M participates in the Engagement, Inclusion & Diversity (EID) Survey every two years to provide employees with an opportunity to provide feedback about FP&M as a workplace. Recognition-related scores have improved since the first survey in 2012, but favorable ratings still hover around 50 percent and the unfavorable ratings are some of the highest division-wide for the entire survey.

These survey results prompted the FP&M EID Team to include Employee Recognition as a Key Action Item in the 2016-17 EID plan. FP&M formed an Employee Recognition work team with representation from across the division to identify specific areas for improvement and make recommendations for initiatives aimed at recognizing FP&M employees for their contributions to the division and the university.

The Employee Recognition work team continues to lead FP&M’s employee recognition conversation to improve recognition across campus.


See photos from the 2019 Awards and the 2020 Awards video.


Email the Employee Recognition Committee at recognition@fpm.wisc.edu.

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