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.

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2013 Winners

Congratulations to our 2013 SLICE Award winners and thanks to everyone who participated in the nomination process! Read excerpts from their nominations below.


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Maria Acevedo

Child Development Centers

“Maria takes great pride in the quality of food she prepares for the children… She is always thinking of recipes that they would like. We have parents who ask for her recipes because they try to recreate the same thing at home and their children always say, ‘It’s not like Miss Maria’s.”

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Christopher Starche

Commons Café

“Chris’ forever smiling face and eagerness to assist customers and co-workers remains constant throughout his daily practices. If a customer has a to go order and it is too much to carry, there is Chris, walking from behind the kitchen counter and helping that person to their car in the parking lot! When staff members have issues communicating with non-English speaking guests and co-workers, there is Chris, willing to translate!”

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Lt. Dennis Chartier

The University of Texas Police Department

“Lt. Chartier has made a positive impact to this university’s safety and security, and his leadership in internal affairs has helped the police department ensure a fair process… and assure that individual officers adhere to the highest standards.”

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Irma Urena

Facilities Services

“Irma coordinated and executed a flawless three-day conference of 45+ university interior design professionals from across the nation…This conference was a first for us, and therefore had a learning curve… Irma had to do a great deal of investigation regarding funding procedures, accepting donations from vendors, reservations for meals, guest speakers, Website creation with registration… She did an amazing job and sacrificed many personal hours to ensure all details were thoroughly covered.”