Ceremony marks decades of dedication at Staff Service Awards

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University Human Resources hosted a virtual Service Awards event Nov. 17, inviting 269 staff members who celebrated 30, 40, 45, 50, or 55 years of service in 2021.

“We are honored to be able to celebrate so many of our colleagues for achieving major milestones in their careers,” said Richard Holcomb, associate vice president for human resources. “Their collective institutional knowledge, and the stability that all long-serving staff provides, are key reasons U-M is an amazing place to learn, discover and heal.”

The 2021 Service Awards was a virtual event that featured live and recorded performances, as well as messages from university leaders and colleagues at all levels and every campus. It was co-hosted by Holcomb and Deloris Hunt, chief human resource officer at Michigan Medicine.

“The annual service award event is a highlight of the year because it’s where we can take a moment to honor so many of our employees for their contributions to the university, and Michigan Medicine,” Hunt said.

“Our people are what make this institution a great place to work, and we are fortunate that they have dedicated their careers to making U-M their employer of choice.” 

The theme of sincere gratitude was a thread woven throughout the event, including a special message from President Mark Schlissel. Additionally, several staff members joined the presentation to share their recollections of their time helping to shape the university and Michigan Medicine.

A special recorded message from 55-year honoree Martha A. Moon of the College of Engineering was a highlight of the afternoon.

For more information about the Service Awards, including a listing of those celebrating 10 to 55 years of service, visit the UHR Service Awards page.

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