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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2014 Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 SLICE Award winners and thanks to everyone who participated in the nomination process! Read excerpts from their nominations below.


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Diane Duffer

Child Development Center

“(Diane) has been the main source of leadership and inspiration in our efforts to incorporate more STEM elements into our preschool and pre-k curriculum.”

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Joseph Gregory

Parking & Transportation Services

“Joe makes coming to our campus a pleasant, safe and memorable experience… UT is a better place because Joe serves and loves his university.”

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Matilde Torres

Custodial Services

“As a team leader (Matilde) has shown selflessness… she has garnered the utmost respect not only from her co-workers but from her clients as well.”

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Michael Riojas


“The extraordinary thing about (Michael) is that he still has a giving spirit after witnessing and working in such a challenging position. He finds the strength to lift up his coworkers.”

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Michael Shaw

Parking & Transportation Services

“(Michael) represents the values and approach that the University of Texas wants… he is likely the frist person someone visiting this campus speaks with and his upbeat, helpful attitude insure that these guests start their experience with UT in the right way.”