Honoring employees who embody the best of ITS and who support WVU’s mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life of West Virginians

Our employees rock

Here are our current superstars

Justin Holstein

role model, 2016

Justin Holstein
Student Life

For his eagerness to accept any task, big or small, and the positive attitude he brings to everything he does, Justin Holstein was named the RockIT Award winner for Role Model. 

WVU currently has 1,000+ security cameras, and Justin is installing more daily. He goes above and beyond to work with departments and UPD on the design and placement, cost estimates and security concerns. 

Justin works well with everyone, from administrative assistants to the president. He puts extraordinary thought into making sure everyone’s concerns are addressed, while always keeping budget constraints in mind. Until recently, Justin was also responsible for supporting the residential internet connections for 5,000+ students. Move-In is especially stressful, but students and parents have raved about Justin’s technical knowledge, patience and attitude. 

Justin consistently sets an excellent example for student workers, staff and even fellow ITS volunteers on the annual Team Connect initiative. His attitude and energy are truly contagious.

Kelly Hayes

innovator, 2016

Kelly Hayes
Business Operations

For cleverly developing a SharePoint site that appears to the untrained eye to be a modern web app, Kelly Hayes was named an Innovator by ITS peers. 

She singlehandedly designed a clever solution to a problem the WVU LaunchLab faced: They needed to manage student's business ideas and coordinate information-sharing among students, professors and administrators. The system had to be accessible from anywhere yet ensure confidentiality. A vendor product was cost-prohibitive, but the LaunchLab needed to replace their manual, paper-intensive process. 

Kelly designed an intuitive web form in SharePoint for students to submit ideas. She then figured out a way to use the workflow to automatically generate a "business portal” or subsite for each idea. She also found a way for multiple students to be associated with an idea, dramatically improving the site's functionality. 

Kelly even designed an administrator view and an efficient way to push announcements and worksheets to each business portal.

About the program

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Role Model

Collaboration, leadership, initiative

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Creative, effective, efficient

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Service, education, community

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About the Committee

The makeup of the AwardU committee evolves. It started in 2014 as a deliberately large group of both new and longer-term employees. This helped ensure all ITS units had adequate representation.

The committee is charged with continually assessing, improving, representing and upholding the standards of the AwardU program as set forth in our charter. Vacancies are filled by soliciting volunteers and/or conducting random drawings.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the things I should keep in mind when writing nominations?

The stronger your nomination, the better your colleague's chance of winning. Click here for 5 tips on making your nomination stand out.

Who is eligible for a RockIT award?

Only employees of Information Technology Services will be considered for a RockIT award. However, the hope is that the AwardU model will prove successful and that other University departments may create their own programs under the AwardU umbrella. Should people outside ITS be nominated through AwardU, the Administrator will remove them from the evaluation and judging process.

Where can I find out more about AwardU?

You can read more about how this group got started and its goals in the AwardU Committee Charter.

I have questions and comments. Where can I submit those?

You can submit those here.

How long should my nomination be?

As long as you need it to be. However, until we are able to update the app, you can only enter about one paragraph in the form. Please write your nomination out in a text document before logging into the app to submit it. After entering as much as you’re able in the form, email the entire document to RockITAwards@mail.wvu.edu.

How many people can I nominate?

Three per quarter, or one in each of the three categories – Role Model, Innovator and Outreach. The app counts your nominations and will let you know when you’ve reached your limit.