2014 Janice Watkins Award
For Distinguished Civil Service

Janice Watkins Award

Here is your chance to nominate your exemplary civil service employee! Nominations for the annual Janice Watkins Award for Civil Service Support Staff are now being accepted. The deadline is June 27, 2014, at noon.

The Janice Watkins Award for Distinguished Civil Service is an accolade given to exceptional support staff employees for distinguished civil service. This award is a memorial to Janice Watkins, an individual who exemplified such service. Janice Watkins worked as a supervisor in the Insurance Office on UIC's east campus. 

Janice served as President of the Staff Advisory Council, as well as having served on several UIC committees. Janice was employed by the university for over ten years. She also dedicated time to external activities, as she had a heart for the people in her community. Her earliest community service began while she attended DuSable High School. Janice was a charter member of the DuSable Museum and a volunteer at Englewood Hospital.  Janice was virtually known by the entire UIC community. 

On the evening of December 19, 1974, while Janice was leaving work, she was hit by an automobile and was tragically killed. At the request of the Civil Service Staff Advisory Council, UIC instituted an award for distinguished civil service as a memorial to Janice Watkins and her dedication to her co-workers, fellow employees and the entire community.

Objectives of the Award

  1. To honor the achievements attained by one of the universities most valuable group of employees, our support staff.
  2. To invoke recognition of the dedication demonstrated by support staff to people of the campus and community.
  3. To give exceptional supports staff the gratitude of the university and the recognition of their peers, in the form of the Janice Watkins Award.

2014 Janice Watkins Award winner will receive a $1,000.00 award, certificate and gold pin.

2014 Janice Watkins Award Nomination Form

Janice Watkins Award Winners 1979 - 2013

Nomination Procedure:
The nomination form must be filled out and signed by the nominator according to the instructions provided on the form.   A completed application requires one nomination form and a minimum of three typed and signed letters of recommendation. Nomination submissions can be made by any person (UIC faculty, staff, or student) familiar with the nominee. Forms may be downloaded from the S.A.C. website and forwarded to, or mailed. Completed forms must be received by, Mariola Alarcon, no later than June 27, 2014, at 12 p.m. More than one individual per department may be nominated. For further information, feel free to contact either of the following: Darlene Kendall, President, S.A.C, e-mail:, phone (312) 996-5193 or Mariola Alarcon, Corresponding Secretary S.A.C., e-mail:, phone (312) 413-5113.