Employee of Semester

Nominations: Spring 2021 Employee of the Semester

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 21st
Nominations can be made by any VSU staff, faculty member, or student members for any classified staff employee. No self-nominations will be accepted.
Use your MyVSU username and password to log into the Nomination Form and nominate an outstanding employee.

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Employee of the Semester Jenni Shinpaugh.


A lot was shared about Jennifer and what she willingly brings to the table every day. She has taken on additional roles and assignments over the last six months. While working on the housing application, she also learned some coding language. She revamped a myriad of processes and procedures and chaired multiple committees during this period.  The way in which she collaborates was a note-worthy item in the nomination that was received. Moreover, she helped to develop the drive- through move-in and took courses in operating and fogging rooms just in case there was a need to pitch in and help. Her commitment and response to our student population is well received by all. 

We are so proud of all of our employees, especially all of our Fall 2020 Employee of the Semester nominees. To view all the nominees and more information about our winner view the Fall 2020 Employee of the Semester Announcement.

  • Purpose

    We acknowledge and celebrate the successes of our employees. The Employee of the Semester Award is recognition of outstanding performance by Valdosta State University classified staff members who have contributed to the mission and goals of the university.  These employees exemplify the values of Valdosta State University.
  • Objective

    The objective of this program is to create positive role models and to identify noteworthy accomplishments of valuable employees who through their hard work and dedication have positively impacted the Valdosta State University community.
  • Eligibility

    All VSU full-time classified staff employees, excluding COSA members, are eligible to be nominated for employee of the semester.  The nominated employee must have satisfactory or above satisfactory performance on performance appraisals and no outstanding disciplinary actions. Must be a VSU employee attending VSU.
  • Selection Criteria

    Employees recognized under this program will have made a significant contribution to the University clearly beyond the scope of the assigned responsibilities and duties of their position under one or more of the following categories:

    • Innovative Idea

    • Team Effort

    • Problem Solving

    • Customer Service

    Examples of specific employee contributions to VSU that may be considered are:
    • Fiscal responsibility – accomplishes savings in cost and/or time

    • Mentoring/Leadership – willingness to assist others do their jobs better

    • Results-oriented - goes the extra mile to meet a critical deadline or deliverable

    • Initiative – demonstrates extraordinary resourcefulness and the ability to act and make sound decisions without direction from others

    • Collaboration – demonstrates outstanding teamwork in the achievement of VSU or department objectives

    • Attitude – keeps a consistently positive attitude toward fellow staff, faculty and students despite workload demands

    • Creativity – applies innovation or creativity to their job duties

    • Service – provides inspired service to students, faculty, staff or the public that goes beyond what is expected

    • Inclusion – significantly furthers diversity goals and/or makes a major contribution in promoting an inclusive work environment

    • Stewardship - implements a process or takes some action which significantly reduces risk at VSU

    • Role Model- provides an example to others within or outside of their department

  • Contact Information

    Jeanine Boddie-LaVan
    (229) 333-5709
    HR Representative  jyboddielavan@valdosta.edu