PAWsitively the Best is Southern’s online commendation program based on the five pads of the Lion Paw: Respect to Campus, Positive Attitude, Pride in Work, Exemplary Dependability, and Excellence in Customer Service.

The system allows any university employee to submit a commendation for a fellow employee, sending them a quick shout-out for a job well done, a thank you for their support on a project, or a message of praise for going above and beyond.

But wait, that’s not all!

Points will be awarded for both submitting and receiving a commendation! Points can be used in the PAWsitively store (coming Spring 2020) to purchase rewards such as Southern-branded merchandise, tickets to local and regional events, and on-campus immersive learning experiences like a visit to the crime lab or a seat at the pottery wheel!

To submit, review and track PAWsitively the Best commendations, visit To learn more about the program, contact Mike Opfer, committee chair, at or call Human Resources at ext. 9527.