The Outstanding Service/Maintenance Employee Award was established in 1985 by Fr. Tom Oddo and renamed the Ted Deiss award in 2001. This award honors service and maintenance employees who have distinguished themselves in their work and in their efforts to improve the quality of life on campus.
The Deiss Award seeks to honor employees who exemplify the characteristics that Ted himself embodied while he worked here: loyalty, faithfulness, punctuality, diligence and devotion to work, creativity and resourcefulness, professional skill, and superior performance of duty.
The University created the Joyce and Virgil Dodson Award in December 2000 to honor custodial employees who exemplify the qualities and dedication to the University demonstrated in the lifetime of remarkable work by its namesakes, Joyce and Virgil Dodson. The Dodsons graced this campus with their presence and incredible work ethic for almost 40 years of combined service. The presentation of the award honors them as well as each year's honoree.