Distinguished Employee Award

PACE Distinguished Employee Awards

Each year, full- and part-time employees are nominated by their colleagues and recognized for exceptional performance through the PACE Distinguished Employee Award program. Award recipients are showcased on the PACE Recognition Wall in the foyer of the Grand Ballroom.


Award Criteria

Up to eight full-time PACE employees are selected as Distinguished Employees of the Year and are awarded $1,750 each. Additionally, up to four part-time employees in non-student positions are selected and awarded $1,000 each.

Recipients of this award:

  • Must have been employed full-time for three years or part-time for one year (student employees are not eligible)
  • Cannot have received the award in the previous five years
  • Exemplify UVU’s core values of Exceptional Care, Exceptional Accountability, and Exceptional Results
  • Contribute new ideas or processes
  • Cultivate productive, inviting environments within UVU and in our community


Nominate a colleague


Nomination Process

To nominate a colleague for the PACE Distinguished Employee Awards please…

  • Log into awards.uvu.edu using your UVID and password
  • Fill out the nomination form


Voting Procedure

  • Nominations are submitted through awards.uvu.edu from March 14 – March 23, 2022
  • Nominations will then be reviewed by the PACE Distinguished Employee Award Committee and the Chair of the PACE Employee Recognition Committee
  • The Committee then recommends up to eight full-time and up to four part-time candidates to the PACE Executive Board for final approval
  • An official announcement of the 2022 PACE Distinguished Employee recipients will be made on April 5
  • Awardees will be recognized formally during UVU’s 2022 Summer University

2020-2021 Full Time Distinguished Employee Winners

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Stacy Fowler

Admin Support V - Planning/Budgets

Stacy is so creative in her efforts to help everyone feel included & valued. She epitomizes UVU's value of Exceptional Care.

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Austin Scoresby

Supervisor - Media Services Projects

Austin is always positive and works hard in the trenches creating solutions that impact both employees and students.

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Scott Draper

HVAC Lead - Space Management

Scott has worked to make the Central Plant more sustainable. His creative ideas for improving operations and controls will save the university over $250,000 per year in electrical costs.

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April Kirk

Academic Advisor I - CHSS

Covid-19 has taken its toll on UVU students. April helps them work through emotions, life challenges, and plan for the uncertain future during the pandemic.

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Melisa Zobell

Coordinator - Campus Services

Melisa is always willing to help out and answer any question! She is so knowledgeable and understands the protocols and processes of SO many departments, she is an ESSENTIAL ASSET to the facilities department.

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RJ (Richard) Willing

Director - Community Education

Community Outreach/Economic Development. Richard provides a safe and welcoming environment where the team is equally treated with respect no matter what job we hold.

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Jena Giddings

Coordinator - Web & Marketing Comm

Jena has transformed OTL's web presence and marketing for the better! She stays current in her field and furthers her own professional development in order to apply new and relevant approaches to her work.

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Alex Gebers

Program Manager - Intramurals

Alex is dedicated to making all of our students feel welcome and included here at UVU. He was the driving force behind our “We Stand Together” t-shirts that were printed this year in support of our diverse student population.

2020-2021 Part Time Distinguished Employee Winners

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Daniel Lewis

Support Technician III

Dan has helped come up with many new ways to interface with classroom computers and deploy security, programs and settings campus wide. This has made classroom computer support more sustainable and efficient.

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Adaelide Simpson

Assistant - GEAR-Up

Adelaide is always finding new ideas or support staff. She finds resources or finds solutions on what staff may need to help their program succeed.

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Samuel Hill

Intermediate Research Analyst

Sam is all about the students and how to position our department effectively and strategically to be engaging for students and life-long learners. Sam cares deeply for the people around him and works to ensure that everyone is taken care of and can work to the best of their ability.

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Victoria Hopkinson

Admin Support III – Web Development

Victoria goes above and beyond to make sure all of the members of the department feel needed and ensures the success of the Web Development Services through Exceptional Care.