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Seeking nominations for community service award

By Mandy Cook

Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring Memorial University staff and faculty for their work in the community.

The President's Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes employees who are involved in helping by sharing scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with and supporting grassroots groups, and by volunteering their time to worthy causes, among other things.

Dr. Mahmoud M.R. Haddara, Engineering, and Martha MacDonald, Labrador Institute, were awarded the President's Award for Exceptional Community Service in 2010.

"The President's Award for Exceptional Community Service celebrates the vital connection between Memorial University and the community it serves," said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. "There are many members of the Memorial community who regularly go above and beyond what is required to help build a better Newfoundland and Labrador. I encourage you to nominate the Memorial staff or faculty member you know who devotes their time and energy to making a difference."

This year's deadline is June 30, 2011.

Nominees must have a sustained pattern of exceptional voluntary contributions to communities or organizations. These activities must be beyond what might normally be considered academic or professional service, and must have had a significant impact upon those organizations or on communities.

In order to be considered, nominees must be full-time employees with a minimum of five years of continuous service and have made the cited community contributions while working at the university.

Nominees cannot be previous winners of the award. The award will consist of a personalized scroll and a monetary award of $1,000.

Nominations can come from any member of the university community or the general public. Nominators must submit a nomination file including a letter detailing the exceptional nature of the nominee's contributions and the significance of that contribution; the nominee's resumé (not to exceed five pages); and up to three letters of support which address the exceptionality and significance as well as the scope, time-commitment and impact of the nominee's contributions. Full details are online.

Nominations will be assessed by the advisory committee, which will make its recommendation to the president. The honour is just one of several presented by Memorial's president, saluting the dedication of the university's faculty and staff. Awards for distinguished teaching, exemplary service to the university, and outstanding research are also presented each fall.