2015 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 July 10, 2015, 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.

2015 Janice Watkins Award winner will receive a $1,000.00 award, certificate and gold pin.

2015 Janice Watkins Award Nomination Form

Janice Watkins Award Winners 1979 - 2014

UIC Policy Janice Watkins Award

Nomination Procedure:
The nomination form must be filled out and signed by the nominator according to the instructions provided on the form.  Please see the award criteria before submitting your nomination. 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. Please submit the form with the minimum three recommendation letters in order for your nominee to be considered.  Missing form or recommendation letters will be considered incomplete.  Please send the documents to, or mail to Attention: Mariola Alarcon, SCE Room 214, M/C 117, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 or fax to 312-355-0939. Completed form and recommendation letters must be received by no later than July 10, 2015, 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.