A special commendation for Washington State University faculty and staff who have provided superior customer service.

Anyone can nominate a WSU employee. See the eligibility guidelines.

About the Award

The Crimson Spirit Award is a recognition award for individual employees who provided exceptional service and exceeded expectations while representing WSU to internal or external constituencies. Awardees receive a unique crystal statue, special lapel pin, recognition by peers, and university-wide acknowledgement at the annual Employee Recognition Reception.

Latest Recipients of the Crimson Spirit Award

Awardees exemplify university values and promote strategic goals through:

  • Expressing genuine interest
  • Anticipating needs and taking appropriate action
  • Following up to ensure an issue is resolved
  • Exceeding expectations
  • Providing superior quality service
  • Creatively solving problems
  • Presenting noteworthy extra effort
  • Providing outstanding contributions to the WSU community
  • Other superior efforts in support of the University’s strategic goals


  • Nominees must be current and benefits eligible Washington State University staff, faculty, or administrative professional employees from any University work location.
  • Nominees may receive the award once every three years.
  • University affiliates are not eligible for this award.
  • Self-nominations cannot be considered.


  • Submit a nomination with the nomination form.
  • Anyone can nominate: WSU faculty, staff, students, or community members.
  • Nominations will remain anonymous.
  • Winners are selected by the Crimson Spirit Award Committee.

Crimson Spirit Customer Service Initiative

Learn more on the Customer Service Initiative page.

Questions: Please contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu.