Rewards and recognition

A key component to motivating and retaining good employees is recognition. Recognition can take the form of a memorandum, email or handwritten note, or a more public announcement of a job well done. VCU offers a variety of reward and recognition programs for employees. Current employees and managers can log into for guidelines and related forms for recognizing Classified employees and University and Academic Professionals. 

Annual service recognition celebration

/media/hr/VCUServiceAwardsFINALv4_1080p.1.movEach year, formal tribute is made acknowledging employee service (in five-year increments). 2019 marks the 48th annual service recognition celebration for VCU and VCU Health faculty and staff with 5 to 55 years of service. This year's celebration will take place on October 15th and service recognition recipients will receive their invitation with more information about the event at the beginning of September from Dr. Rao.

Transportation will be provided.  Options include: Shuttles will be available to transport employees from the MCV Campus (Sanger Hall) and N Deck to the Siegel Center (2:15 pm to 3:15 pm) and back (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm), reciprocal parking will be in the VCU West Broad Street Parking Deck, or you may use the Pulse (VCU Medical Center to VCU & VUU stops). 

The 2019 Service Recognition Recipients listing is available in Excel format, which can be downloaded and sorted by years of service, department name, or Vice Presidential area. Please take a close look and report any changes/corrections to Cindi Phares (

Each year, service recognition recipients celebrating 25 or more years of service may choose a Limited-Edition gift crafted by an artist with a connection to VCU. This year's artist, Zoe Pettit, a freshman at the VCU School of the Arts/Art Foundations program, created a handcrafted wooden clock featuring the newly renovated Monroe Park. The fine details of the pathways leading to the Monroe Park fountain and the surrounding VCU buildings is an iconic location for many VCU employees. This milestone gift uniquely celebrates the university's recent innovative and creative achievements. You can see this beautiful piece on display at the Gateway Building (MCV Campus) and i the Welcome Center of the Lindsey House (Monroe Park Campus).

VCU Service Recognition Celebration media

Employees celebrating 45 years of service or more reflect on their careers at VCU.


Service awards eligibility is calculated from award eligible service only and may not reflect an individuals total state service. For example:

  • Any paid service (including hourly service) at VCU and the VCU Health System is included in calculating eligibility for recognition.
  • Service earned at other state agencies/higher education institutions is not included in calculating eligibility for recognition.

Adjunct Service
Adjunct service counts towards service award eligibility. The employing department/dean's office must notify HR of the eligible service of adjunct employees. Contact Cindi Phares (contact information is below) for more information on calculating adjunct service.

Questions regarding service awards:

  • For the university - contact Cindi Phares at or call 828-1521
  • For VCU Health - contact or call 628-HR4U (4748) or toll free (844) 989-HR4U (4748)


2018 Service Award Video

View the 2018 service awards video.