Employee Recognition Programs

Applause AwardScoops of Gratitude Faculty and Staff Milestones

Applause Awards 

The Applause Award Program provides any member of the campus community with the opportunity to recognize an individual or group of staff, administrators, faculty, or student employees. This is an easy way to thank someone who:

How to Give Applause

Complete the Applause Form(Seawolf ID Required). Human Resources will then review the submission and reach out to the individual(s) to share the recognition.


Scoops of Gratitude 

Scoops of Gratitude is an annual spring employee recognition event that is held in Seawolf Plaza and offers a fun atmosphere with frozen treats, lawn games such as corn hole and jenga, plus an appearance from our beloved mascot, Lobo! Employees are also encouraged to share photos and give shout outs to recognize their colleagues who have demonstrated collaboration, exceeded expectations and/or embodied the core values of SSU. 

Thank you to all who came out to the 22/23 Scoops of Gratitude event. Following is a link to the presentation that was displayed on Lobovision to share the shout outs received. 

Faculty & Staff Milestone Program 

The Faculty & Staff Milestone Program is an annual fall event to recognize employees for their dedication to Sonoma State and achieving various professional milestones (i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35+ years’ service).

On November 16, 2023 Sonoma State University recognized Faculty and Staff who achieved professional milestones in 2022/23.


For questions, please contact Human Resources and/or Faculty Affairs and Success.

Note: service years are calculated using the previous academic year and may differ from retirement benefits or CalPERS service years and similarly separate from the program calculations are the Unit 4 (APC) Long-Term Service Bonus. Hourly intermittent appointments are excluded from calculations.