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HUMAN RESOURCES

Employee Recognition Program

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Guidelines for Determining Years of Employment and Employee Recognition

  • Length of Service:  is calculated for determining service awards for state and affiliated benefits-eligible employees.  Time counted will be from the original date of hire in a benefits-eligible position.  (An employee who earns sick and/or vacation leave is considered to be benefits-eligible.)
     
  • Service Credit:  is for calculation of state classified longevity bonuses.  Service Credit differs from Length of Service in that temporary time before April 30, 1984 is counted in this calculation.
     
  • Benders of Twigs:  is for the purpose of honoring state and affiliated benefits-eligible employees for 25 years of service to Wichita State University.  In addition to the time deductions listed below, time at other state agencies would not be included in calculating for Benders of Twigs.  (See our list of Previous Benders.)
     
  • Dates for Service Awards:  As of 2005, September 1 is the cutoff date in figuring length of service.  (Note: June 30 is used as the cutoff date for the 40 Year Service Recognition that the Governor sponsors each year in Topeka.) (See University Relations site for list of recent honorees.)

 

 Type of Appointment  Time in a benefits-eligible position will be counted.  This includes:  Time deducted includes:  Other considerations:
 Classified
  1. Probationary
  2. Regular (Permanent)
  3. Intermittent for time before 11/28/98
  4. Conditional for time before 12/01/95 
  5. Years of service at any State of Kansas institution
  6. Release time (from benefits-eligible position) for military leave and/or workers compensation
  1. Break in service
  2. LWOP time if more than 30 days
  3. Temporary time after 4/30/84
  4. Suspensions over 30 days
  5. Emergency appointments
  6. Seasonal workers
  7. Contractual labor (i.e. CWEP, Adecco & Kelly Temps)
  8. Undergrad and grad appointments 
 
 Unclassified Professionals
  1. Emergency
  2. Executive
  3. Regular
  4. Provisional
  5. Temporary
  6. Continuing
  7. Contingent
  8. Years of service at any State of Kansas institution
  9. Release time (from benefits-eligible position) for military leave and/or workers compensation 
  1. Break in service
  2. LWOP time of more than 30 days
  3. Hourly appointments of non-benefits eligible positions
  4. Undergrad and grad appointments 

 Full- and part-time considerations:

  1. The years of phased retirement at less than 1.0 FTE will be counted as full years.
  2. Time in a regular 12 month appointment with .50 FTE, or greater, will be counted as full years.
 Faculty
  1. Executive
  2. Regular tenure
  3. Provisional
  4. Temporary
  5. Sabbatical leave
  6. Contingent
  7. Years of service at any State of Kansas institution
  8. Lecturer/benefits eligible
  9. Release time (from benefits-eligible position) for military leave and/or workers compensation
  1. Break in service
  2. LWOP (except during summer)
  3. Lecturer appointments/not benefits eligible 
  4. Adjunct faculty appointments
  5. Associate specialist (physicians) appointments
  6. Faculty associates appointments
  7. Undergrad and grad appointments
 An academic year appointment for 9, 10, or 11 months is considered the equivalent of a 12-month appointment for calculation of length of service.

 The years of phased retirement at less than 1.0 FTE will be counted as full years.

 Affiliated Corporations

 Time counted will include any qualified State of Kansas time in addition to qualified employment with the affiliated corporation.

  1. Break in service
  2. LWOP
  3. Contractual employment (i.e. Sodexho, Aramark, Air Cap, etc.)
  4. Undergrad and grad appointments 

 

 

Retirees

*Employees cannot be considered for retiree recognition unless they meet the minimum retirement eligibility criteria of their retirement plan.  Faculty retiring by September 1 will be honored at the next recognition dinner.  Length of service of 118 days or more will be rounded to the next year for retirees (e.g. if retiring with 24 years and 118 days of service, the employee would be honored for 25 years).

  • Kansas Board of Regents criteria:
    • Age 55 with at least 10 years in KBOR position
    • Age 60
  • KPERS Tier 1 (employees hired on or before July 1, 2009)
    • Age 62 with at least 10 years of service
    • Age 65 with at least 1 year of service
    • 85 points (age plus years of service)
    • Age 55 with 10 years of service (reduced benefit)
  • KPERS Tier 2 (employees hired after July 1, 2009)
    • Age 65 with at least 5 years of service
    • Age 60 with at least 30 years of service
    • Age 55 with at least 10 years of service (reduced benefit)

Note:  For purposes of leave accrual, layoff, longevity bonus pay, and service awards the length of service of any retiree returning to state service shall be reduced to zero and calculated on the same basis as a new hire.

Employee Recognition (based on length of service)

  • 5 years of service:  beginning in 2014 the employee will be honored at a reception, and receive a certificate.  Group photo by years of service and name publicized in WSU Today.
  • 10-25 years of service -- 5-year increments (excluding Benders):  honored at a reception, receive  certificate and service pin.  Group photo by years of service and name publicized in WSU Today.
  • Benders of Twigs:  honored at a reception, receive framed certificate, service pin, and individual photo of honoree, presenter, and President. Name publicized in  WSU Today.
  • 30+ years of service -- 5-year increments:  honored at a dinner.  Honoree may bring a guest and will receive a service pin, certificate, and token of appreciation.  Name publicized in  WSU Today.
  • Retiree:  staff retiring by September 1 will be honored at a dinner.  Retiree may bring a guest and will receive a certificate, service pin, and token of appreciation.  Name publicized in  WSU Today.

History of Service Awards

An annual service recognition program began at Wichita State University in 1981.  The Office of Human Resources first honored support staff with increments of 5 years of service as of December 31, 1980.

Beginning in 1995 University Relations,  formally known as the Office of Communications, took over the responsibility and the program expanded to include all benefits-eligible employees of the University.  At this time, support staff began to be honored as Benders of Twigs, a ceremony conceived in 1951 to honor faculty and unclassified professionals.  Subsequently, the service date for Service Awards has been shifted several times in an effort to find the optimum cut-off date.

Other Employee Recognition at Wichita State University

  • President's Award for Distinguished Service
    Nine faculty and staff members are recognized by their peers for outstanding service at the annual Shocker Pride Celebration each spring.  The Faculty Senate, Unclassified Professional Senate, and the Classified Senate each select three persons to be honored from nominations received from their constituents.
  • Wayne Carlisle Award for Distinguished Service
    Awarded to the outstanding Unclassified Professional of those nominated for the President's Award.

Revised:  03/04/14