Staff Spotlight

The Staff Spotlight recognizes and celebrates achievements and contributions made by staff to the successful operation of the University. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and exemplary performance of individuals and teams that deserve special recognition. Anyone employed, both full-time and part-time, by Rush University is eligible to be recognized in the Staff Spotlight; it is also possible to nominate a whole team rather than an individual.


There are two award periods each year, one in December and the other in May. Nominations are open year-round; nominees will be reviewed as candidates for the next upcoming review period.


December Nomination Period

Review Period: December 12th, 2022 - December 19th, 2022
Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by January 6th, 2023


May Nomination Period

Review Period: May 8th, 2023 - May 15th, 2023
Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by May 26th, 2023


The most recent Staff Spotlight award winners:

Ceslete Vega

Ceslete Vega Staff Spotlight winnerCeslete is an Academic Program Coordinator in the College of Nursing 

She was nominated by two different colleagues for not just the quality of hher work but for her warm and caring disposition.

The following comes from one of those who nominated Ceslete: “In the 4 years that I have known Ceslete since she assumed the role as the Academic Coordinator, our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs have benefitted from her organization in ensuring the students have accurate program of studies that their advisors have developed including needed changes throughout the Programs… Her interaction with students is always prompt and solve the problems that were encountered or knows how to direct them to someone that can help. She has a professional can-do attitude and is always willing to help faculty to make their jobs easier.”





Nick Panos

Nick Panos Staff Spotlight winnerNick is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the Rush Pharmacy.

His performance has been hailed since stepping into the role of clinical lead pharmacist over the Critical Care Pharmacist group: “Nick’s ability to lead, motivate, and empower his team has been remarkable. He has created a positive work environment that fosters collaboration and teamwork. His team members speak highly of him and appreciate the support and guidance he provides them… Nick’s leadership qualities, professionalism, and dedication to his job have not gone unnoticed by his colleagues and supervisors. He is always willing to go beyond his responsibilities to ensure that the critical care teams at Rush are successful.”







To nominate a staff member, review the guidelines and instructions and submit a nomination form.

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