SLICE Awards

University Operations employees stand out as a group committed to a special set of values:


We value the act of making a contribution through improving customer service and satisfaction, and through fulfilling our promise to this community.


We encourage leading by example through the use of best practices, acting with integrity, upholding ethics, promoting diversity in the workforce, and fostering collaboration, communication and cooperation among coworkers.


We believe in promoting change for the good of our employees and the university, and we value constantly striving for improvement of work processes and systems.


We value putting forth new ideas, implementing unique concepts and developing new, creative approaches to workplace challenges.


We think everyone should strive to perform at a level above and beyond normal job duties.

View past winners:

2006 Winners

David Cronk

David Cronk

Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety (now Director of Emergency Preparedness)

"His dedication to his job has saved the university significant dollars and impacted many lives. He researches, teaches, and helps everyone and all he meets."

"David lives, breathes and is the qualities that define our organization."

Don Duty

Don Duty

Senior Systems Analyst, TRECS

"He holds himself to [a high] standard and the behavior he models encourages those working with him to do better too."

"He is not content to just get [projects] done. When it makes sense, he pushes them to the next level without losing site of the work that needs to get done."

Donna Maga

Donna Maga

Sergeant, University Police

"Sgt. Donna Maga has represented The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Police Department in an excellent manner for almost 29 years."

"Sgt. Donna Maga is one of the most active members of the university community that I know of. "

Larry Maginnis

Larry Maginnis

Urban Forester, Facilities Services

"Many new intiatives have resulted from his leadership."

"Larry has taken the lead to preserve the campus forest by providing presentations about the history of the campus trees to many groups including students, faculty, and staff."

Melinda Robillard

Melinda Robillard

Sr. Administrative Associate, Employee Assistance Program

"I cannot count the number of times I have gone to her to put in a request that she had already thought of AND completed."

"In my 30 years as a professional care provider, Melinda is the best administrative person I have every worked with."

"Melinda thinks of new ways to do things--not simply to do them differently--but to make them flow in a more efficient and intuitive way."

Frances Stephens

Frances Stephens

Asst. Food Service Manager, Campus Club

"The Campus Club's buffet sales have increased steadily since Fran took over as Dining Room Manager."

"Fran is truly a model employee who cares deeply about the people she works with and the customers she works for."

Tracy Tipping

Tracy Tipping

Safety Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety

"Tracy has worked very hard to create on-line training courses and is a key member of the web page redo and update."

"He is an exceptional listener and acts on what he has learned."