Staff Professional Development Award in Honor of Ronald W. Frisch

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2018 Staff Professional Development Award in Honor of Ronald W. Frisch, University of Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Mark Villasenor. Sergeant Villasenor will use the award to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, FL this October. His attendance will inform his role as Unit Supervisor for Pitt Police’s Community Relations & Neighborhood Resource officers unit. Thank you to all who applied!


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Staff Professional Development Award in honor of Ronald W. Frisch

The University of Pittsburgh Staff Council supports the ambition of Pitt staff members who seek to supplement their professional and personal engagement at the University through professional development opportunities. The Staff Professional Development Award in honor of Ronald W. Frisch provides monetary resources to selected University of Pittsburgh staff members to pursue professional enrichment opportunities. Watch the video from the 2016 Engage Pitt fundrasing campaign here.

Staff Professional Development Award Application

Applications closed Friday, April 6

Please direct all questions to Kelly Gilliam, Staff Professional Development Ad Hoc Committee Chair.


The Ronald W. Frisch Staff Professional Development Award is available to eligible Pitt staff members to defray the costs of approved professional development opportunities determined to provide direct benefit to the staff member’s career and professional growth at Pitt. Uses of the award include, but are not limited to:

  • University of Pittsburgh tuition
  • Professional conference attendance
  • Professional workshop, class, or credit
  • Training benefiting professional career 

The award must be used by the Pitt staff member receiving the award between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

Awards cannot be used for organizational memberships, subscription fees, parking or other incidental fees.


Applicants are required to be benefits eligible, non-union, part time or full time professional employees at any of the University of Pittsburgh’s five campuses. Applicants must have been employed by the University of Pittsburgh for a minimum of one consecutive year and are required to receive supervisor permission for participation as part of their application. Staff members on a performance improvement plan or who have received the award within the past three years are ineligible.

Recipients of the award are chosen by a panel comprised of rotating Staff Council members, regional campus representatives, and an Office of Human Resources representative in accordance with applicable procedures outlined by the University of Pittsburgh. The Staff Council supports and endorses equal opportunities for all Pitt staff members.

Current Staff Council officers are not eligible to apply.


Applicants can apply for up to a $500 award. Multiple awards not exceeding $500 total may be disbursed based on the number of qualified candidates each cycle. For example, two $250 awards may be disbursed in a given awards cycle.  Award money will be distributed to the awardee based on University financial policies and must be utilized for the awarded purposes within one calendar year.

Awardees are required to submit a testimonial following their use of the award as a requirement of acceptance.

Recipients off the award will be notified following a review process and presented at the Staff Council’s annual Spring Assembly, which the awardee(s) are encouraged to attend.


Congratulations to our 2017 Staff Professional Development Award in honor of Ronald W. Frisch awardee, Matthew Landy, Assistant Conduct Officer, Office of Student Conduct.