In 2017 The University of Tulsa adopted the TU Commitment as a recognition of the powerful role our faculty and staff play in the development of our students in an accepting environment as engaged members of the community, empowered individuals, and life-long devotees to self-discovery and intellectual curiosity.
To recognize staff contributions to the campus community, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has implemented award categories for individuals and teams.
The Commitment Cup is awarded to the team that best exemplifies the TU Commitment. Nominees are vetted by SAC with the winner chosen by the President from a list of selected finalists.
Submission Deadline Announcement of Winner
April 15, 2019 May 23, 2019 (Employee Appreciation Picnic)
Pillars of the Commitment
Pillars of the Commitment are awards granted on a quarterly basis to individual staff members. Nominations for the Commitment Cup and the quarterly awards can be submitted online here.
- Dec. 1, 2018
- March 1, 2019
- April 15, 2019
- June 1, 2019
Future submission deadlines will follow more traditional quarterly dates. Current submission deadlines based on accelerated process for inaugural awards in 2018-2019 academic year.
Q1 Pillar of the Commitment Award Recipient
The Staff Advisory Council would like to recognize Sarah Wyatt as a Pillar of the TU Community!
Sarah is a prime example of the TU Commitment in her role as assistant director of the Center for Student Academic Support. As part of her daily responsibilities, she listens to student stories day in and day out, helping them to feel accepted for any problem they may be encountering while empowering them to navigate through TU systems successfully. It is not only the completion of her daily responsibilities that has earned her this recognition, but also the ways in which she has gone above and beyond!
As many of us know, it is difficult during times of staff roll-over or absences to maintain the same quality of services. During her recent tenure as acting director of CSAS, Sarah implemented a number of new services and modified others for students receiving accommodations, while also maintaining the division’s normal suite of programming. New additions included implementing a note-taking system for students receiving accommodations as well as a quiet room initiative for students on the autism spectrum. She also developed a more streamlined and accessible process for students requesting tutoring services or who are interested in serving as tutors. The CSAS academic workshop series was modified to include resources related to mental health awareness, financial aid and career services. Sarah also implemented free tutoring services, helping to relieve financial burdens on students seeking academic help. These changes engage the students in a more holistic discourse about their experiences at TU while helping them to become more aware of the resources on campus.
In the midst of all these changes and additions, Sarah strives to be creative with limited resources. Whenever possible, she looks for ways to ensure our students are receiving the best possible services in the most cost-efficient manner. One example of her combined cost-saving/student service initiatives involves the recent approval of a pilot program to test Sonocent Audio Notetaker. With this program, students requiring accommodations can take notes independently and capture a complete record of the lecture without writing anything down. The addition of this product is expected to improve cost efficiency while empowering students to take control of their own learning experiences, which increases student success.
There is no doubt that Sarah is 100 percent dedicated to the student-first mentality of TU!
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