Thursday, 24 April 2014
2013 outstanding NRS recognized
The 8th annual Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) Awards took place at IRRI headquarters on 16 April 2014 to recognize important contributions of NRS and formally award outstanding performances. The awarding ceremony was witnessed by the members of the IRRI Board of Trustees (BoT), the IRRI Management Committee, organization unit heads and supervisors, as well as the family members and guests of our winners.
The selection of the winners were made by a committee composed of distinguished members of the IRRI community from both research and support professions. This year, the committee received 12 outstanding nominations for the three categories and the process for selecting only one recipient for each award category was truly challenging.
The following were named winners of the 2013 NRS Awards:
2013 OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT OR DEVELOPMENT:
Novel Gene Resources Team
2013 OUTSTANDING RESEARCH SUPPORT:
Research Database Management Group
2013 OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT:
IRRI Web Team
The event was hosted by Ms. Margeorie Vasquez of the HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) and Mr. Christian Guerta of the Supply Chain Services (SCS).
Before the plaques were awarded to the winners, surprise video messages from the OU head / team leaders of the award recipients were presented: Dr. Kshirod Jena for Novel Gene Resources Team; Dr. Samarendu Mohanty for Research Database Management Group; and Mr. Tony Lambino and Mr. Gene Hettel for IRRI Web Team. After the inspiring videos from their respective supervisors, Dr. P. Stephen Baenziger and Director General Dr. Robert Zeigler, presented the plaque of recognition and cash award to the winners.
After receiving their plaques and cash awards, three of the selected team representatives from the winning groups had graced the stage to share their heartwarming acceptance messages: Ms. Joie Ramos for Novel Gene Resources Team, Esther Marciano for Research Database Management Group, and Mr. Jerry Laviña for the IRRI Web Team each expressed their overflowing gratitude on behalf of their group for being chosen as the outstanding NRS in 2013.
Towards the end of the program, Dr. Robert Zeigler expressed in his closing remarks, how he continues to be inspired by the outstanding work of NRS in achieving the IRRI’s mission.
After the ceremony, a special Merienda Cena (celebration treat) was held for the winners, BoT members, IRRI Management Committee, and family members of the award recipients. HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services Business Partner Ms. Joyce Finegan gave the welcome greetings.
In addition to the honorary sash, plaque of recognition, and cash award, the winners are now included on the “Roll of Honor” prominently displayed in FF Hill Building at IRRI headquarters.
For inquiries on employee rewards and recognition programs, please contact the HRS-WRAS team at HQ x2363 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-048
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