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Janice Watkins Award Emblem

History Behind the Emblem


The design for the award was created in 1979 by Susan E. Misch of the Graphic Arts Studio, Office of Instructional Resources Development. It 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. The circular design reinforces the idea that each group is 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.