Recognition and School-Wide Events


At the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, our employees are our richest resource. Whether you are working in an academic department, one of the centers, or in administration, you are integral to SPH’s success. Individually, your passion, professionalism, and commitment to our mission are vital to SPH’s standing as a world-class research and teaching institution. As teammates and colleagues, your collaboration, commitments and connections with others are what makes SPH a rewarding workplace and a welcoming community.

We value community building and have created a number of events that reflect this commitment.

Rewards & Recognition Programs | School-Wide Social Events | HLC Social Events

Rewards & Recognition Programs

Employee rewards and recognition can be generated by peers, managers, or by other SPH leaders. Our program encompasses the following:

ACE Awards | Harvard Heroes | Lunch on Us | Sarah K. Wood Award | We C.A.R.E. Cards | Best Practices for Employee Recognition Idea

ACE Award–Acknowledging Commitment and Excellence Award recognizes those who go “that extra mile” in any of a number of ways. Twice every academic year, one employee will be awarded a gift certificate through the ACE award recognition program.  If there is a close decision, a runner up may be chosen.  Click on the ACE Award title above to view the overview and guidelines.  Anyone may nominate an SPH employee through the online Recognition Award Nomination Form.

And the 2016 Winter ACE Award winners are:

Click on the names above to read some examples why they were selected as the ACE Award Winners.  Congratulations to Rashida, Rocky and Suprawee!

View a list of previous winners here.


Harvard Heroes is an annual award bestowed on individuals, nominated by their peers and/or managers, who have made outstanding contributions to SPH. Awardees are honored at a special ceremony attended by their families, friends, colleagues, and University leaders. For more information about Harvard Heroes, see Harvie.


Lunch on Us is a way for senior leaders and managers to reward employees who lend a helping hand to those around them, who go above and beyond and who make SPH an even better place to work. If a manager or senior leader catches you doing something great, you may be handed a voucher good for $7.50 towards lunch at Sebastian’s Cafe (Kresge).


The Sarah K. Wood Award for Outstanding Staff Performance recognizes a staff member who demonstrates the qualities of dedication, competence, positive attitude, initiative, and ability to mentor, encourage, and inspire others, in addition to a demonstrated commitment to the School and its mission.

The nomination process for 2017 will open March 27th and closes April 7th. Nominations will be reviewed and awardees selected by the School Employee Recognition Committee. The online nomination form will be made available on March 27th.

View a list of previous winners here.


We C.A.R.E. Cards– Congratulate. Appreciate. Recognize. Empower. These cards are available to anyone that wishes to post or hand out a card to show appreciation to another employee. Cards can be found at the following locations: Kresge lobby (main entrance), FXB, Smith Street, and Landmark.


Best Practices for Employee Recognition Ideas
Recognition can also be personalized within your department to acknowledge various contributions by individuals or teams. Visit the links provided here for a list of ideas. It is important to exercise fiscal responsibility and that awards be proportional to the achievement being recognized. Consult your HR Partner who can help you navigate these issues, and perhaps help to customize a program for your area.

Have an idea regarding recognition? We are looking for your feedback! Email us or drop by today!


School-Wide Social Events

To make the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health an even better place to work, we hope to come together as a community to celebrate throughout a variety of social events.

Scoopfest | 100% Club Celebration | Celebration with the Stars | Fall Social | Springfling Social

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The SPH Scoopfest is our summertime appreciation event in which School senior leaders have the pleasure of scooping ice cream for staff, faculty and students while wearing colorful hats and cool sunglasses. At this fun-filled event, you will have the pleasure of enjoying popular summer tunes and fun summer games.

The date for the 2017 Scoopfest coming soon!


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The 100% Club Celebration is a celebratory event held every year after the performance management process for departments who reach 100% of completed performance reviews. The event includes music, refreshments, fun activities and several raffle drawings for great prizes.

The date for the FY17 event coming soon!


The Celebration with the Stars (CWTS) is a celebratory event that honors staff, faculty and academic appointees who’ve reached a key milestone based on their benefits-eligible years of service at Harvard.

This year’s event took place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  It recognized staff, faculty and academic appointees who reached a key milestone in calendar year 2016.

List of the 2016 Celebration with the Stars Honorees!

Photos from the CWTS Event on February 28th!

A new University Recognition Program kicked off in 2016 bringing a University-wide consistent approach to the recognition of service milestones across Harvard. Click here for more information about the new program.

Kick-off emails that went out announcing the new University Recognition Program:
Kickoff email from the Vice President for Human Resources, Marilyn Hausammann – sent 12/15/2015
Email from SPH HR to staff, faculty and academic appointees – sent 12/18/2015

Should you have any questions regarding the Celebration with the Stars event or the New University Recognition Program at SPH, please direct them to


A social event that brings the Harvard Chan School community together for some afternoon refreshments served by our senior leaders during the Fall Season.  Staff, faculty and students are welcome!

The date/time for the 2017 Fall Social coming soon!


A social event that brings the Harvard Chan School community together for some afternoon refreshments served by our senior leaders during the Spring Season.  Staff, faculty and students are welcome!

The date/time for the 2017 Springfling Social coming soon!


HLC Social Events

The Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Social events give the HLC staff, faculty and  students an opportunity to come together as a community.

Click on the following link for more information on the HLC community activities listed below:

On My Own Time is a showcase of what the Harvard Longwood Campus community participants do on their time outside of work.  The event includes a reception to kick off the event and live performances.

Longwood Summer Music Series brings together the entire Harvard Longwood Campus to enjoy a series of concerts on the HMS Quad and in the Kresge Courtyard during the months of July – September. The concerts, featuring musicians from Berklee College of Music, take place on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Season of Giving and Give Thanks Event is a month-long program celebrating the good work and the good will of those within our community by offering an opportunity to send messages of appreciation to colleagues who have enriched your work experience by good deeds and small kindnesses.  Throughout the Season of Giving (November, December and January), we also kick off the following: food drive, toy drive, dress for success drive and other community initiatives.

Diversity Dialogues are a series of presentations on topics exploring diversity and inclusion. They represent a collaborative effort from faculty and staff across the HLC to support school wide diversity and inclusion efforts.