Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CARES Award?

The Presidential CARES Award (Commendation and Recognition for Exceptional Service) is given annually to one faculty member, one professional staff member and one classified staff member. This award recognizes efforts and achievements that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the college community, service beyond what is considered a normal part of one's job description, and an attitude of caring and selflessness.

Who is eligible?

Employees can be nominated or can self-nominate, including faculty, classified staff and professional staff. Three years of employment is required (either part time or full time).

Who can nominate?

Any employee or student is eligible to submit nominations or an employee can nominate him or herself. A nomination form can be filled out. Members of the selection committee cannot nominate while serving on the committee.

How are recipients selected?

All nominations are reviewed and selected by the CARES Selection Committee and the President of Farmingdale State. The committee is composed of a rotating group of faculty and staff, some of who have received the CARES Award and some who are not.

This award recognizes efforts and achievements that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the college community, service beyond what is considered a normal part of one's job description, and an attitude of caring and selflessness. This includes:

  • Outstanding "customer" service to students, prospective students and families
  • Excellence in ethics
  • Encouraging an environment of cooperation, teamwork and fairness
  • A pursuit of excellence and quality

What do President's CARES receipients receive?

"CARES" Award winners will receive recognition at Convocation, Farmingdale State gifts, recognition on the college website, and in the Campus Times along with a cash award of $200.