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Quick Takes: Three Things You Should Know About This Month

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1)    Nominations Open for Tradition of Excellence Awards

Getting a Tradition of Excellence Award (we call them TEAs) is like getting a really big high-five from another member of the Lehigh community – a high-five that comes with a $150 check and a medal.

What kind of actions are worthy of a Traditional of Excellence Award? To qualify, an individual or team should demonstrate outstanding behaviors or produce exceptional results, either within a single department or across the university. We’re talking going more than the extra mile, well above and beyond the call of duty in the areas of character, job performance, and team focused contributions.

The best part of our TEA recognition program is that you can nominate almost anyone at Lehigh who you think is worthy of a special thanks. All full- or part-time Lehigh staff—nonexempt, exempt, and research staff members (excluding student and wage employees, leased employees, and affiliated organizations)—may be nominated for individual or team awards.

To nominate someone, use this form. The deadline for fall nominations is October 15, 2014.

2)    Learning The Institution Starts 22nd Year

In June, the twenty first Learning The Institution class celebrated its graduation with a luncheon overlooking the Lehigh Valley in the Tower Room of Iacocca Hall. On September 25, the next class starts its bi-weekly sessions with leaders from across all areas of the university.

If you have been hesitating because you’ve worked at Lehigh for a while, fear not. Learning The Institution isn’t just for new employees. Staff who have been here as long as 30 years have taken LTI. There’s always more to learn about our university.

This year’s class is already full, but you can sign up for the 2015-2016 session. To register for next year’s LTI class, contact Mary Jo McNulty in Human Resources via email or at extension 83894.

3)    New Name For LGBTQIA Services Part of Larger Advocacy and Equity Restructuring

During the late summer, the university’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) Services got a new name: The Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. The Rainbow Room will keep its colorful title. The Pride Center's renaming is part of a broader restructuring that Student Affairs undertook in its Advocacy and Equity services area after extensive review.

To learn more about the changes taking place in Student Affairs, including the creation of the Office of Gender Violence Education and Support read this Inside Lehigh article.


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