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 found on the 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 of 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 is 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.
Every quarter, Physical Plant employees nominate a co-worker they deem exceeds the University of Portland's standards of job performance, ability to interact with fellow employees, attendance, acceptance of responsibility and appearance.