Employee Recognition Program Guidelines
Wichita State University would like to thank individual employees and congratulate them for their years of service to the State of Kansas and our institution. Please refer to the guidelines below which are used to determine years of employment and employee recognition.
Guidelines for Determining Years of Employment and Employee Recognition
- Length of Service: is calculated for determining service awards for state and affiliated benefits-eligible employees. Time counted will be from the original date of hire in a benefits-eligible position. (An employee who earns sick and/or vacation leave is considered to be benefits-eligible.)
- Benders of Twigs: is for the purpose of honoring state and affiliated benefits-eligible employees for 25 years of service to Wichita State University. In addition to the time deductions listed below, time at other state agencies would not be included in calculating for Benders of Twigs. (See our list of Previous Benders.)
- Dates for Service Awards: As of 2005, September 1 is the cutoff date in figuring length of service. (Note: June 30 is used as the cutoff date for the 40 & 50 Year Service Recognition that the Governor sponsors each year in Topeka.) (See University Relations site for list of recent honorees.)
|Type of Appointment||Time in a benefits-eligible position will be counted. This includes:||Time deducted includes:||Other considerations:|
|University Support Staff||
Full- and part-time considerations:
||An academic year appointment for 9, 10, or 11 months is considered the equivalent
of a 12-month appointment for calculation of length of service.
The years of phased retirement at less than 1.0 FTE will be counted as full years.
Time counted will include any qualified State of Kansas time in addition to qualified employment with the affiliated corporation.
*Employees cannot be considered for retiree recognition unless they meet the minimum retirement eligibility criteria of their retirement plan. Faculty retiring by September 1 will be honored at the next recognition dinner. Length of service of 118 days or more will be rounded to the next year for retirees (e.g. if retiring with 24 years and 118 days of service, the employee would be honored for 25 years).
- Kansas Board of Regents criteria:
- Age 55 with at least 10 years in KBOR position
- Age 60
- KPERS Tier 1 (K1) (employees hired on or before July 1, 2009)
- Age 62 with at least 10 years of service
- Age 65 with at least 1 year of service
- 85 points (age plus years of service)
- Age 55 with 10 years of service (reduced benefit)
- KPERS Tier 2 (K2) (employees hired after July 1, 2009) and
KPERS Tier 3 (K3) (employees hired after December 31, 2014)
- Age 65 with at least 5 years of service
- Age 60 with at least 30 years of service
- Age 55 with at least 10 years of service (reduced benefit)
Note: For purposes of leave accrual, layoff, and service awards the length of service of any retiree returning to state service shall be reduced to zero and calculated on the same basis as a new hire.
Employee Recognition (based on length of service)
5 years of service: beginning in 2014 the employee will be honored at a reception, and receive a certificate. Group photo by years of service and name publicized in WSU Today.
10-25 years of service -- 5-year increments (excluding Benders): honored at a reception, receive certificate and service pin. Group photo by years of service and name publicized at the Service Awards web page.
Benders of Twigs: honored at a reception, receive framed certificate, service pin, and individual photo of honoree, presenter, and President. Name publicized at the Service Awards web page..
30+ years of service -- 5-year increments: honored at a dinner. Honoree may bring a guest and will receive a service pin, certificate, and token of appreciation. Name publicized at the Service Awards web page.
Retiree: staff retiring by September 1 will be honored at a dinner. Retiree may bring a guest and will receive a certificate, service pin, and token of appreciation. Name publicized at the Service Awards web page..
History of Service Awards
An annual service recognition program began at Wichita State University in 1981. The Office of Human Resources first honored support staff with increments of 5 years of service as of December 31, 1980.
Beginning in 1995, University Relations took over the responsibility and the program expanded to include all benefits-eligible employees of the University. At this time, support staff began to be honored as Benders of Twigs, a ceremony conceived in 1951 to honor faculty and unclassified professionals. Subsequently, the service date for Service Awards has been shifted several times in an effort to find the optimum cut-off date.
Other Employee Recognition at Wichita State University
President's Award for Distinguished Service
Nine faculty and staff members are recognized by their peers for outstanding service at the annual Shocker Pride Celebration each spring. The Faculty Senate, Unclassified Professional Senate, and the University Support Staff Senate each select three persons to be honored from nominations received from their constituents.
Wayne Carlisle Award for Distinguished Service
Awarded to the outstanding Unclassified Professional of those nominated for the President's Award.
Revised: 07/19/2018 HJB