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Nominate Outstanding Staff Members

The Zuma Awards recognize outstanding staff at SDSU.
By SDSU News Team

The San Diego State University Staff Honors and Awards Committee, in association with the Office of the President, invites nominations for the Presidential Staff Excellence Awards, known hereafter as the Zuma Awards.

The Zumas recognize the contributions and efforts made by staff in support of the University, the community and their fellow employees. In addition to a private luncheon with the university president, awardees will receive a plaque and honorarium and will be recognized at SDSU Convocation.

The Zuma Award categories are:

Community service

  • Provided sustained civic or cultural services to the community
  • Enhanced the image and advanced the goals of SDSU with the general public

Service to the university

  • Provided sustained service to SDSU’s campus communities
  • Worked above and beyond normal responsibilities of present assignment
  • Showed high degree of involvement and commitment to the university

Staff-to-staff mentoring

  • Acts as a mentor
  • Encouraged staff to be involved
  • Provided support to other staff including those that are not in the same classification or discipline
  • Acted as a resource person


  • Created new procedures
  • Streamlined current services
  • Developed and implemented new technology
  • Developed and implemented cost-effective savings
  • Team effort

Auxiliary support

  • Provided outstanding service at a university activity or event
  • Provided sustained service to the campus community
  • Supported and/or enhanced products or services consistent with campus mission and goals

Manager of the year

  • A single outstanding act or consistent behavior that ties with the mission and vision of the university

The qualifying criteria to receive an award are:

  • Must be employed with the university at the time of the award
  • Must be a permanent or temporary employee 
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Not currently serving on the Staff Honors and Awards Committee

An individual may be nominated for more than one award category, however each nomination must be submitted separately and only address the elements for that specific category. Nominees may receive more than one award, however, only one honorarium will be given to an individual staff member for the calendar year.

The Staff Affairs Committee has appointed the independent Staff Honors and Awards Committee to review nominations and submit finalists in each category to the university president. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1 by 4 p.m.

To submit a nomination, visit the Zumas page of the Staff Affairs Committee website.  For questions, contact Debra Bertram at 619-594-3184 or via e-mail.