Recognition & Awards | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Exceptional Values-Based Culture

We believe that our TTUHSC team is the reason for our university’s lasting success and bright future. United by a common set of values, our faculty and staff thrive in a values-based culture that puts people first. These five core values⁠—One Team, Kindhearted, Integrity, Visionary, and Beyond Service⁠—are integral to our purpose, and we aim to align with those values on a daily basis.

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Values Hero Letters/Coins

A Hero letter is indicative of extraordinary actions beyond normal duties. The letter acknowledges performance that outshines expectations and showcases behaviors of TTUHSC’s values. Coin recipients are chosen quarterly from Hero letter recipients. Values Coins are a high honor and are uniquely designed to represent each of our core values.

Nominate Your Hero

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ACE Cards

"Acknowledging and Celebrating Excellence Cards" in the moment recognition for individuals that exemplify everyday excellence. Easily recognize others using this digital card. It’s perfect for thanking someone for an exemplary display of our values! You can deliver a hand-written ACE card directly to someone to!

Instantly recognize someone

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One Team Recognition

Recognizing a team or project group for a job well done. These digital cards are sent from an individual to a team or group to recognize and compliment a job well done. Teams can be within your department, interdepartmental, and even TTU and Texas Tech University System offices!


TTUHSC leaders and team members are encouraged to recognize exceptional work, elevate values-based behavior, and acknowledge service that goes above and beyond expectations. 


Annual Awards Ceremonies

Years of Service Award 

The Years of Service Award is presented based on the employee's length of service to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Presented annually, these awards recognize years of service in five-year increments and consist of a distinctive pin designating the appropriate years of service. 

» Learn more about the Years of Service Award 


Distinguished Staff Awards

The Distinguished Staff Awards are given annually to non-faculty benefits-eligible employees who have proven themselves to be primary examples of what makes the TTUHSC community stand apart. With five award levels ranging from Quality Staff Award to Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, recipients are chosen based on written nominations.

» Learn more about the Distinguished Staff Awards