STAR Award Program


Please note that the process listed on this page is the internal process for the VC Finance division.

This is our documentation for our staff of how we meet the People and Culture guidelines.

STAR awards allow us to acknowledge and reward exemplary performance and contributions by employees. The program is governed by Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) 34 which provides guidelines for all university cash recognition awards.

Please refer to the Recognition and Non-Cash Awards page for more about the STAR awards, including criteria and eligibility.

Spot Awards Only in 2024

Please note that per People and Culture's announcement, we will only distribute SPOT awards under the STAR Award Program in 2024.

STAR Award Allocation

Funding for the Star Awards is allocated to each division. If you have questions about the STAR Award Program Allocation, please contact your Divisional Finance Leader.

STAR Award Nomination Process for VC Finance Division Only

If you would like to nominate an employee for a STAR award, please follow the process outlined below. Please contact the Immediate Office with questions at

  • Complete a STAR Plan Nomination Form and sign it
    • Please use the Word version of the form
    • Please do not submit multiple nominations within the same file
      • Separate the nominations by staff name
    • Digital signatures are fine for this process
  • Send the nomination form to the nominee’s Supervisor / Manager
  • Supervisor / Manager reviews nominations for eligibility, approves and signs the form
  • Supervisor / Manager forwards form to next level approver (this will be the department leader or Associate Vice Chancellor)
  • Next level approver reviews and approves the form, signs it, and sends it back to the Supervisor / Manager
    • An approved delegate can add the next level approver signature if applicable
  • Supervisor / Manager submits signed and approved nominations to Star Award Committee by emailing completed nomination forms to
  • Star Award Committee reviews and approves nominations
  • Program Administrator writes award letters and distributes the letters to Supervisors / Managers
  • Supervisors / Managers send award letters to winners
    • Supervisors / Managers may personalize the letters if they choose before they send the letters to the winners
  • Program Administrator sends information on award payments to People and Culture for processing and confirms the payment date

Please note: Currently, the Program Administrator for VC Finance is Heidi Van Yang (

Star Award Review Committee

  • Amy Gardner - Executive Director, University Business Partnerships and Services
  • Chris Stanich - Associate Vice Chancellor, Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Heidi Van Yang - Business Operations and Communications, Vice Chancellor of Finance Immediate Office
  • Kevin Mack - Divisional Finance Leader, Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Michael Riley - Associate Vice Chancellor and Controller
  • Rosemary Kim - Chief of Staff to Vice Chancellor of Finance