Faculty & Staff

Lura Hanekamp Dedicated Staff Award of Excellence

Lura Hanekamp Dedicated Staff Award of Excellence

The Lura Hanekamp Dedicated Staff Award of Excellence is a monetary award that recognizes University of Arizona staff at the College of Medicine – Tucson who have gone “above and beyond” to support the College’s mission.

Please consider nominating an exceptional colleague who has made notable contributions in support of the College’s work. Nominees must, per donor intent:

  • be a benefits-eligible employee, working full time (1.0 FTE)
  • has successfully completed a Career Conversation within the last year
  • be a Professional Contributor (PC) or Organizational Contributor (OC) and function generally in a non-supervisory role according to their UCAP Career Level (excludes UCAP “M” Career Level, e.g., directors, faculty, deans)

Any UArizona employee may nominate a COM-T staff member. The nomination for each employee must include two letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from the nominator, describing the nominated employee’s outstanding achievements with specific examples. A letter from the employee’s supervisor is encouraged.


About Lura Hanekamp

Lura Hanekamp was part of the College of Medicine – Tucson family for 30 years. She served as an administrative associate in the Department of Physiology until her untimely death in 2010. Her husband, William J. Hanekamp, created an endowment in honor of his late wife to acknowledge and recognize COM-T staff, like Lura, who dedicate their careers to serving fellow staff, students and faculty. Lura Hanekamp was among the first recipients of the Georgia Reynolds Award, which was established by Dean James E. Dalen in 1993.


Nominating Process

Nominations must be received by Friday, February 28. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 26. 

Submit your nomination using the online webform (NetID required), which includes the option to upload recommendations as a Microsoft Word or PDF file.

Questions should be directed to Richard Chavez, COM-T HR Manager (richardchavez@arizona.edu).


Categories of Awards

 Due to the diversity of staff roles across COM-T, the following categories will be considered when reviewing and awarding nominees.

  • Clinical support staff
  • Educational staff
  • Administration staff
  • Research staff
  • Other

Up to three (3) Hanekamp Staff Awards will be presented to COM-T employees during the annual award ceremony on Wednesday, April 26. Recipients of the awards are selected by staff and appointed personnel peers.



Because these awards include a COM-T-funded monetary award, they must be based on achievements in activities beyond normal duties. The review committee will look for examples of actions that surpass simply meritorious performance by the nominee in their job. Nominations need not address all categories listed and may include others.

  • Outstanding achievement in the workplace: actions that constitute performance beyond expected standards
  • Exceptional contributions toward efficiency and effectiveness of operations: actions that contribute to the maximum utilization of universal resources
  • Outstanding service to the university community and/or visitors: actions that are especially helpful or make a good impression on others
  • Special efforts in promoting workforce diversity: actions that contribute to improving sensitivity to and implementation of diversity
Last modified date: February 1, 2023 - 4:49pm