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 employee to submit a commendation for a fellow university 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.

Points will be awarded for both submitting and receiving a PAWsitively commendations. Points can then be used in the PAWsitively store 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 trip to the bee hives!

To submit, review and track PAWsitively the Best commendations, select the PAWsitively icon on your desktop or visit

To learn more about the PAWsitively the Best program contact Human Resources at