Janice Watkins Award
For Distinguished Civil Service


Janice Watkins was hit by an automobile and tragically killed after leaving work on the evening of December 19, 1974. As a supervisor in the
Insurance Office, a past president of the Nonacademic Employees’ Council (now known as the UIC Staff Advisory Council), and an active member of
several University committees, she was familiar to virtually all of the campus community.

For years, the UIC Staff Advisory Council had asked that some kind of recognition be given for distinguished civil service. Upon the death of Janice
Watkins, the council requested that the University recognize her passing with a suitable memorial. It was decided to institute the Award for Distinguished Civil Service as a memorial to Janice and her dedication to her coworkers, fellow employees, and the total University community.

Janice Watkins Emblem

The design for the award is based on three interlocking components signifying the unity of students, faculty, and staff that make up the whole of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Each individual group is an inseparable and integral part of UIC, and the circular design reinforces this idea.

As an integral part of the University, the contributions of civil service employees are essential to maintaining operations provided by the campus. In addition to dealing with administrative processes, their duties include food service, utility service, health service, landscaping, safety, repair work, and much more. Just as there are outstanding students and faculty who are identified by their extraordinary humanity, diligence, and dedication, there are Civil Service employees who shall also be recognized as exceptional people.

Janice Watkins Award Winners 1979 - 2018


  1. To bring to the attention of the University community the achievements of its basic but less visible group;
  2. To show that support staff can and do demonstrate dedication to people as well as to required task;
  3. To give to exceptional support staff the gratitude of the University and the recognition of their peers in the form of the JANICE WATKINS AWARD.

Submit your nominations for the 2019 Janice Watkins Award due by June 21, 2019