Outstanding Staff Award

The Staff Advisory Board is pleased to partner with the campus Alumi Association to recognize an outstanding staff member. Each year the review committee solicits the greater UC Santa Cruz community for Outstanding Staff Award nominations. This award seeks to recognize the work of a staff member who:

  • Goes "above and beyond" to provide distinguished service to students, staff, and/or faculty colleagues
  • Works to grow and improve programs on campus, andContributes to UC Santa Cruz's unique intellectual and physical environment
  • Contributes to UC Santa Cruz's unique intellectual and physical environment

Celebrating this year's Outstanding Staff Award winners

The Outstanding Staff Award, established by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association in 1995, is presented annually in collaboration with the Staff Advisory Board to recognize sustained, distinguished service by staff to student life, the growth and improvement of UCSC's programs, and the preservation of UCSC's unique intellectual and physical environment. This award honors the very best among our dedicated UCSC staff. 

So many staff members went above and beyond during 2020-2021. It was a year filled with continual changes and challenges for us all, and we worked together through the unexpected and urgent situations brought about by COVID-19 and wildfire threats in our community. We recognize the tireless commitment and dedication of so many staff as we honor five among us.

While it is customary to name one winner each year, we are honoring four honorable mentions in light of this unprecedented year. Join us in celebrating this year’s honorees.

Outstanding Staff Award Winner - Michael J. Luttrell

Michael J. Luttrell

Operations Manager, Conference Services, CHES, Student Health Services, Student Affairs & Success

This year's Oustanding Staff Award winner, Michael Luttrell, was temporarily redeployed from conference services to managing COVID-19 testing. He showed versatility, grace, and good humor under pressure as he worked hard to keep the campus safe during a chaotic year of pandemic fears and a devastating wildfire. Read more about Michael and the four honorable mention winners here.

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Rocio De La CruzRocio De La Cruz

Sr. Custodial Supervisor, Physical Planning Development & Operations - Physical Plant Services

 

 

Frank DangFrank Dang

Student Health Services IT Lead

 

 

 
Christina LombardoChristina Lombardo

Industrial Hygiene Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety

 

 

 

 

Michael TassioMichael Tassio

Director, UC Santa Cruz Online Education; Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs

 

 

 

 

Previous Recipients

Bellow are the prior staff members who have been recognized as Outstanding Staff. They are just a few of many staff members of UC Santa Cruz who work to change the lives of students every day on our campus.

2020-2021

2019-2020

Yulianna Ortega, STEM Diversity Programs Director


2018-2019

Stacey Sketo-Rosener, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Advising


2017-2018

Judy Scarborough, Academic Personnel Manager for the Division of Undergraduate Education


2016-2017

Irena Polić, Managing Director, The Humanities Institute


2015-2016

Jan Cloud, Assistant Dean, Arts Division


2014-2015

Wendy Baxter, Director of Academic and CoCurricular Programs


2013-2014

Margie Claxton, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar


2012-2013

Elaine Kihara, Academic Preceptor, Oakes College


2011-2012

Anne Callahan, Academic Human Resources Manager, Humanities Division


2010-2011

Michael McCawley, Associate Director, Admissions Program


2009-2010

Tanya Honig, Manager, Department of Linguistics


2008-2009

Rosie Cabrera, Director of El Centro, UCSC's Chicano/Latino student resource center


2007-2008

Bob Hastings, Director of Current Students Services, Division of Graduate Studies


2006-2007

Lynne Wolcott, Academic Adviser at Cowell, 1981-2006; Since 2006, campus Coordinator for Academic Advising


2005-2006

Corinne Miller, Director, Services to Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS)


2004-2005

Cheryl Perazzo, Scholarships Advisor, Financial Aid Office


2003-2004

Carol Douglas-Hammer, Assistant Director for University Housing Services


2002-2003

Joseph Weiss, Technical Production director and Operations Manager for the Theater Arts Department


2001-2002

Betsy Wootten, Faculty Services Supervisor, Kresge College


2000-2001

David Kirk, Media Specialist, McHenry Library


1999-2000

Nicolette Czarrunchick (Kresge '93, Women's Studies), Manager, Women's Studies Department


1998-1999

Pam Lawson, Manager, Literature Department


1997-1998

Angie Christmann, College Programs Coordinator, Cowell College


1996-1997

Brenda Brown, Academic Advisor, Crown College


1995-1996

Susan F. Curtis, Administrative Manager, Board of Studies in Sociology