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Hawks That Soar Awards

Aeries Award

The Aeries Award is selected annually in May by the MVCC Foundation from a list of nominations made throughout the academic year by members of the MVCC family.  This award recognizes any full-time employee, or group comprised mostly of full-time employees, who have made a significant volunteer contribution to a not-for-profit or charitable organization.  The recipient receives a personal desk plaque and their name is engraved on the Aeries Award wall plaque in the MVCC Board Room.  This recognition includes a $1000 prize that is given to a local charity in the name of the Aeries Award winner.

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Altitude Award

This award is an annual recognition for outstanding innovation and/or entrepreneurial achievement within the scope of college operations on the part of any full-time employee, or group comprised mostly of full-time employees.  Nominations are presented to the Cabinet in March each year.  The Cabinet makes its recommendation to the President, who makes final approval and announces the award at Summer Institute Luncheon. This recognition includes a framed certificate and a $1000 prize.

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Diversity Equity & Inclusion Award

This annual recognition awards an outstanding employee, college organization, or program that has made exceptional efforts and contributions in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.  This award comes with a framed certificate along with a $2,500 stipend to support special projects in the upcoming academic year.

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Eye of the Hawk Award

This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of outcomes assessment on the part of an individual full-time employee, or group comprised mostly of full-time employees.  Nominations are made to the Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) in March of each year.  The IEC makes its recommendation to the President, who makes final approval and announces the award at the Summer Institute Luncheon. This award comes with a framed certificate along with a $2,500 stipend to support special Institutional Assessment projects in the upcoming academic year.

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Heart of the Hawk

The MVCC Heart of the Hawk is awarded to a member of the full time teaching faculty who has recently shown excellence through specific achievement in one or more of the following areas: learning, accessibility, collaboration, excellence, diversity, affordability, or integrity.  This recognition is awarded three times each academic year (October, January, and April) in order to allow the extraordinary efforts of MVCC teaching faculty to receive recognition in a timely fashion. Once a faculty member has received this award, they will not be eligible to receive the award again for another 5 years.

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Heart of Hearts

The Heart of Hearts award is made annually in May to one of the three current year Heart of the Hawk award recipients.  Selected by the Cabinet, this award recognizes the outstanding example of service and/or leadership excellence in this category for the current academic year.  The winner is formally recognized at the Summer Institute luncheon.  A star is engraved next to the Heart of Hearts winner’s name on the Board Room Heart of the Hawk plaque and the recipient also receives a personal desk plaque. The award also comes with a $1000 prize.

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Pride of the Hawk

The MVCC Pride of the Hawk is awarded to a member of the full time professional and classified staff who has recently shown excellence through a specific achievement in one or more of the following areas: learning, accessibility, collaboration, excellence, diversity, affordability, or integrity.  This recognition is awarded three times each academic year (October, January, and April) in order to allow the extraordinary efforts of the MVCC to receive professional and classified staff recognition in a timely fashion

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Pride of Pride

The Pride of Pride award is made annually in May to one of the three current year Pride of the Hawk award recipients.  Selected by the Cabinet, this award recognizes the outstanding example of service and/or leadership excellence in this category for the current academic year.  The winner is formally recognized at the Summer Institute luncheon. A star is engraved next to Pride of the Pride winner’s name on the Board Room Pride of the Hawk plaque and the recipient also receives a personal desk plaque. The award comes with a $1000 prize.

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Wings of the Hawk

The Wings of the Hawk is awarded each fall and spring semester and recognizes exceptional team work within the Institution. The award for the coming semester is made by the group, office, department or Center currently holding the title and is “passed forward” via recommendation through the College Cabinet. This recognition includes an engraved plate on the Wings of the Hawk wall plaque in the MVCC Board Room, the right to display the Wings Sculpture (traveling award) in the winners’ office area, and an employee party valued up to $250 for the winning “team.

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