About 250 members of the University of St. Thomas community gathered on Friday, March 19, for a special event congratulating faculty and staff.

University employees were honored for service anniversaries, and two staff and an administrative unit were presented awards for outstanding achievements.

If you missed the presentation, you can see videos (links below) profiling the inspiring winners of the Distinguished Citizen Award and Lifelong Learner Award for staff and Diversity Leadership Award for an academic/service unit.

Another video profiles a selection of UST faculty and staff who celebrated service awards this year. Learn why and how they came to work at St. Thomas and what keeps them here.

Web and Media Services produced the videos.

Distinguished Citizen Award – Michael Elwell received the Distinguished Citizen Award for outstanding service to the university and the community. He is a Minneapolis campus building service worker who is also known by many children as the “real” Santa Claus. See video.

Lifelong Learner Award – Susan Spray received the Lifelong Learner Award for her commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Spray is director of corporate and foundation relations in St. Thomas’ Development Office. See video.

Diversity Leadership Award – The admissions team in the UST School of Law received a Diversity Leadership Award for demonstrating “an active role participating in diversity and inclusion efforts and has helped to create a campus climate that values, respects and affirms members of diverse groups at St. Thomas.”  See video.

To learn more about the Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards program, see the “Engaging Employees” page the Human Resources Web site.