Human Resources

Employees of the Year

The nomination period for the 2015 Employees of the Year is March 4-April 22. The nominees will be announced at the ACE Luncheon on May 28.

The Willamette University
Motto Award

The Willamette University Motto Award acknowledges performance that demonstrates our commitment to community service; collaboration between faculty, staff and students; and civic engagement. The University’s motto, Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus (Not Unto Ourselves Alone Are We Born) is an aspirational theme that both unites and affirms the common educational purposes of Willamette’s liberal arts undergraduate college and its three professional schools. Throughout Willamette’s history, our motto has meant much more than valuing community service. The motto asks us to develop our full potential and to use our talents and abilities to engage meaningfully with the world.

The Alvan F. Waller
Stewardship Award

The Alvan F Waller Stewardship Award is given for delivering creative solutions to problems that result in more effective, efficient University operations which may also result in cost savings to the University; and for promoting team work, enhancing communications and inspiring commitment and productivity. This award is named for Alvan F. Waller, who carried on the traditions of service and devotion as established by Jason Lee. It was Alvan Waller, as the University’s agent, who bore the responsibility for developing the financial well-being of the University as it grew. He raised the funds and supervised the construction of what is now known as Waller Hall, which was completed in 1867.

The Buzz Yocom
Campus Service Award

The Buzz Yocom Campus Service Award recognizes outstanding service to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents; and for improving the quality of work and campus life in ways that make a substantial difference for colleagues and constituents.

The namesake of this award, Richard ‘Buzz’ Yocom, was someone who went above and beyond in his commitment to current students and the Willamette community as a whole.  Buzz was a member of the Class of 1949 and in 1955 started his 43 years of service to Willamette. He held many different positions from Dean of Admissions to Registrar to Director of International Education to Assistant to the President. He also taught part-time in the Psychology Department. When Buzz retired from Willamette in 1993, he was asked to serve as Director of Tokyo International University of America. Beyond his many professional titles, his most enduring legacy is his deep and sincere commitment to the students, faculty and staff he worked with on a daily basis.  His generosity of time, energy and spirit over the decades are represented and honored through this award.