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The 2011 President's Awards winners with Dr. Gary Kachanoski (far right).

Results for the 2011 President's Awards are in: 11 remarkable members of the Memorial University community have been recognized by President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gary Kachanoski for extraordinary teaching, research, service and community service.

The recipients were formally recognized at an event held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Fluvarium in St. John's.

At the event, Dr. Kachanoski presented the recipients of the president's awards for teaching, research, exemplary service and exceptional community service. Five employees were honoured for exemplary service, two faculty members for distinguished teaching, one for research and one was recognized for exceptional community service.

"Our award recipients are dedicated teachers, researchers and employees nominated by their colleagues and their students," said Dr. Kachanoski. "They've encouraged their students to look at the world in new and exciting ways; they've carried out important and groundbreaking research, they've inspired their co-workers as a consequence of their dedication to their work; and they've shared their gifts generously with the larger community."

Drs. Jie Xiao, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Jeffrey Parsons, Faculty of Business Administration, were named University Research Professors. University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.

Dr. Kathryn Dupré received the President's Award for Outstanding Research. The President's Award for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Each award includes a $5,000 research grant.

Dr. Sandra MacDonald, School of Nursing, and Prof. Lynn Morrissey, Faculty of Business Administration, were presented President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching which recognize the teaching excellence in the university community. Each winner of the teaching award receives a $5,000 grant contributed by the Memorial University Alumni Association, Office of the President, and Instructional Development Office/Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support.

Dr. Noreen Golfman was awarded the President's Award for Exceptional Community Service. It is presented each year in recognition of employees (faculty or staff) who have demonstrated outstanding community service.
Five Memorial employees received the President's Awards for Exemplary Service: Jo-Anne Philpott, Community Education and College Relations, Grenfell Campus; Robert Barker, Human Resources; Pam Clancey, Financial and Administrative Services; Mary Beth Hutchens, School of Social Work; and Albert Johnson, Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support.

The President's Award for Exemplary Service is presented each year to recognize employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and/or who have made significant contributions to the university community beyond that normally expected for their positions. All non-academic staff of Memorial University and its Separately Incorporated Entities are eligible to be nominated. The President's Award for Exceptional Community Service and the President's Award for Exemplary Service each carry a $1,000 award, respectively.

Memorial began its annual presentation of the University Research Professor designations and the Awards for Outstanding Research in 1984, and the Distinguished Teaching Awards in 1988, as ways of singling out particularly distinguished contributions within its academic community. Exemplary Service Awards were introduced in 1995 and the Exceptional Community Service Award was first awarded in 2007.