Employee Recognition Program

employee recognition ceremonyNorthern Michigan University recognizes the collective contributions of every employee to the overall mission and commitment to the core values of the university. Our Recognition Programs are designed to encourage opportunities for those efforts to be acknowledged on a regular and on-going basis.

We strive to stimulate a culture of appreciation and foster a spirit of community. Every day is an opportunity for colleagues, co-workers and managers/supervisors to recognize employees for their contributions and service to the university.

Recognition can serve to energize and revitalize an employee and contributes to creating a more productive, motivated, and engaged employee.

Keep reading to learn more about our annual awards, the Northern STAR peer award, list of past winners and events.



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     Excellence in Service Award      2019 Excellence in Service Winners      Everyday Ways to Say Thank You
     Distinguished Team Award      2019 Distinguished Team Winners      Tips on Writing a Nomination
     Innovation Award      2019 Innovation Award Winners  
     Northern STAR Award      Northern STAR Winners  
     Years of Service      Past Award Winners  
     Retirement Recognition    
     Annual Faculty & Staff Celebration    
     Faculty Awards    


Make Your Nomination Today!

Excellence in Service Award Nomination

Do you know someone who carries out our core values to provide excellent service to students, co-workers, and our community?

Make a Nomination Now!


Distinguished Team Award Nomination

Is there an outstanding team who carries out NMU initiatives, programs, and projects through the consideration of NMU's strategic outcomes, mission and core values?

Nominate the Team!


Innovation Award Nomination

Is there an individual or team who demonstrates our Innovation value through risk taking, problem solving, creativity and/or discovery?

Nominate the Innovators!