Service Awards

Staff Service Awards

The time you dedicate to your career at UC Berkeley is important and should be celebrated! To that end, each year our Executive Vice

Chancellor & Provost Paul Alivisatos and Chief People & Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock partner to host the UC Berkeley Service

Awards. The day is marked as a celebration of staff who have achieved a milestone anniversary as part of our UC Berkeley campus

community. 

 

We are so thankful for all of the amazing work that you do on campus and want to show you our appreciation; your work does not go

unnoticed!


Event Information:

The Service Award celebrations take place each year on the second Wednesday in February. At the event, we celebrate staff who have achieved a milestone anniversary in the previous calendar year. 

  • Service Award Luncheon: Staff who are celebrating a 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 year milestone at UC Berkeley are invited to the Service Award Luncheon. At the event, staff receive: 

    • their service pin, 

    • a delicious sit down lunch,  

    • remarks delivered by Chief People & Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock and a surprise UC Berkeley campus VIP, and

    • plenty of time to network and share appreciation to others in attendance for their dedication to our campus.

  • Service Award Reception: Staff who are celebrating a 5, 10, or 15 year milestone at UC Berkeley are invited to the Service Awards Reception. At the event, staff receive:

    • their service pin,

    • heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, 

    • remarks delivered by Chief People & Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock and a surprise UC Berkeley campus VIP, and

    • plenty of time to network and share appreciation to others in attendance for their dedication to our campus.

 

Determining Your Milestone Anniversary:

In an effort to simplify and standardize this event, we have adjusted our method of calculating your milestone anniversary. Beginning in 2019, for this celebration, your milestone is determined solely based on your most recent hire date to UC Berkeley listed in UC Path. 

For example, if you were hired between January 1 and December 31 of 2020, you would celebrate your 5 year milestone anniversary in February 2026, your 10 year in February 2031, etc. (Because you reach your milestone anniversary in 2025, you are celebrated with all staff hired in 2020 in February, 2026).

Please note:

  • Your most recent hire date at UC Berkeley is the only date used to determine if you are invited to this UC Berkeley campus community celebration. We do not include years of service at other UCs. 

 

FAQs:

Q: Who is invited to this event?

A: Staff invited to the February event are those who have achieved a milestone anniversary between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. For example, the 2021 Service Awards will be celebrating staff who achieved a milestone anniversary between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Therefore, all staff who were hired in 2015 would be invited to the event to celebrate their 5 year milestone anniversary.


 Q: How can I verify when I was hired at UC Berkeley? 

A: Log into your UCPath portal. At the top left corner of your portal (below your Primary Title and Employee ID) you will see your “Service Date”. This is the hire date used to determine your milestone anniversaries. 


 Q: When will I receive my invitation for the Service Awards?

A: Invitations for the annual event in February will be sent out in January, one month before the event.


Q: In previous years, staff received a glass paperweight showing their years of service. Will I still receive this gift? 

A: We have discontinued distribution of the paperweights and have replaced them with a pin designed to share the milestone you are celebrating. As you continue to add to your years of service, we hope you can build your collection of Service Awards pins!


Q: I worked at UC Berkeley for 10 years, and then left to work elsewhere. I then returned to UC Berkeley and have been here for 5 years. Will my previous 10 years of service carry over when calculating my milestone anniversary? 

A: No. For this event, we determine your milestone anniversary based on your most recent hire date. In this case, you would be invited to celebrate your 5 year milestone anniversary. 


 Q: I was never acknowledged for my 5 years of service. Why is this? 

A: Starting in 2019, we added the 5 year milestone celebration to our program. This adjustment was made in an effort to express our appreciation to as many staff as possible, and we think that 5 years of service deserves to be acknowledged!

Service Awards Pins: