Outstanding Staff Award

The Staff Advisory Board is pleased to partner with the campus Alumni 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 excels in one or all of the following categories:

  • Goes "above and beyond" to provide distinguished service to students, staff, and/or faculty colleagues.
  • Champions the work of their department/division and adapts to changing needs.
  • Fosters the Principles of Community. Embraces and values diversity, strives for an inclusive community, and promotes mutual respect, trust, and support that strengthens the UCSC community. 
  • Engages or volunteers in UCSC activities and promotes campus initiatives.

Nominations are open until Friday, May 27th at 11:59 p.m. PDT

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The Outstanding Staff Award, established by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association in 1995, is presented annually in collaboration with the Staff Advisory Board. This award honors the very best among our dedicated UCSC staff.

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

Michael J. Luttrell, Operations Manager, Conference Services, CHES, Student Health Services, Student Affairs & Success

Honorable Mentions: Rocio De La Cruz, Frank Dang, Christina Lombardo, Michael Tassio


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