University Services Star Performers


Who is a Star Performer?

Star Performer Awards are given to those who exemplify the University Services values of stewardship, integrity, and respect.

In addition, Star performers generally exhibit the following:

    • Exceed Expectations—Star Performers go above and beyond the call of duty of their day-to-day tasks. They pay attention to details, seek solutions to problems, and provide a high level of commitment in their duties.
    • Customer Service—Star Performers take the time to understand the needs of the students, staff, and visitors to the University and to meet their needs consistently and effectively.
    • Initiative—Star Performers find innovative ways to save time, money, or other resources, either through new ideas or new ways to do ongoing tasks. They often act to solve a problem before it becomes a larger issue.
    • Reliability—Star Performers demonstrate a consistency in getting the job done right, on time, the first time. Star Performers don’t let their customers, or their coworkers, down.

Who is eligible?

All employees of University Services are eligible to be nominated for Star Performer Awards. Nominees can be an individual or a team of employees. The departments and work units within University Services are:

Auxiliary Services
Addressing and Mailing/Campus Mail
Contract Administration
Housing and Residential Life
Parking and Transportation Services
M Dining and 1851 Heritage Catering
Printing Services
U Card Office
U Market Services

Capital Project Management

Facilities Management
Energy Management
Locksmith Services
Sign Shop
U Construction
Waste Management and Recycling

Planning, Space, and Real Estate
Campus Planning
Real Estate
Space Management


Management Services
Enterprise Asset Management
Human Resources
Information Technology
Project Management

Nominations are open each spring for the annual University Services Star Performer Awards. Star Performer Awards are presented to University Services employees and teams of employees who have provided exceptional service to the University of Minnesota over the past year. All members of the University community are invited to submit nominations. The award recipients will be honored at the University Services Leadership Forum in June and receive a personalized Star Performer plaque.

NOTE: No awards were made in December 2019, as the program was delayed six months to transition to the summer Leadership Forum.  Following that decision, no awards were made in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.