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

Robert Hastings role model

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Robert Hastings
Advanced Support

For instilling the values of collaboration, initiative and imagination in an Advanced Support team that only formed two years ago, and for ensuring cross-training, Robert Hastings was named a Role Model RockIT Award winner.

Robert is a quiet leader who inspires others and follows through on his commitments. He listens carefully in conversation for areas where his team can contribute, even if they haven’t been asked. Robert also redefines success by constantly improving his skills.

For example, Rob was not overly confident when he had to communicate in writing, but he often needed to communicate with faculty and University leaders. He wrote and rewrote messages, seeking feedback and suggestions, until his writing became polished, clear and professional.

Rather than trying avoiding a weakness or delegating work, he committed to change. Rob should inspire each of us to do our best possible work and to help others achieve their goals.

William Pilger

innovator, 2016

William Pilger
Research Development

For coming up with coding solutions that have improved WVU researchers’ experience with the funding administration tool WVU+kc (Kuali), Bill Pilger was named a RockIT Award winner for innovation.

Bill has transformed the user experience of the Kuali research administration tool from "agonizingly slow" to "pleasantly fast". He also redesigned the dashboard to speed up searches. His code has been contributed back to the Kuali community for other institutions to use.

One of his two nominations said, “Bill has proven himself able to tackle the toughest, most difficult issues presented. His solutions are clean and clever, while ensuring that everything he does is finished 100 percent and properly designed. He is always thinking about the big picture, even when his piece of the puzzle may be small and focused. His designs and code are always very effective, and he is a developer to rely on when the going gets tough.”

Sara Bishop

outreach, 2016

Sara Bishop
Identity Access Management

For outstanding work and leadership in the “Goodwill City” initiative, Sara Bishop won the RockIT Award for Outreach.

Goodwill City aims to improve sportsmanship and the experience for fans visiting from opposing athletic teams. Sara was interviewed by the Dominion Post in April 2016 about how the ambassadors reach out to visiting alumni groups and ensuring that ambassadors are there to greet them when they arrive.

The Oklahoma Sooners told media after their first visit that they’d been slightly worried about bringing fans to Morgantown, but they had a great experience with positive greetings and offers of help. Then they returned with their families.

The ambassadors are sending letters to the editor of opposing teams’ hometown newspapers to make sure fans know they are welcome here, and Athletics has asked the ambassadors to expand their role from just football to basketball and baseball. Sara is making a difference for WVU, the community and the region.

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.