News Releases

REF NO.: 23

SUBJECT: Community service award deadline this month
DATE: Oct. 2, 2008

Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring Memorial University staff and faculty for their work in the wider community.
The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes employees who are involved in helping with scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with grassroots groups, and by volunteering their time to worthy causes, among other things.
The inaugural award was presented last year.
This year’s deadline is Oct.15.
Nominees must have a sustained pattern of exceptional voluntary contributions to communities or organizations. These must be beyond what might normally be considered academic or professional service, and must have had a significant impact upon those organizations or on the 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 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 at
Nominations will be assessed by the advisory committee, which will make its recommendation to the president.
The honour is just one of several presented each fall 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 have been presented for years.
Each award category underlines Memorial’s mission of innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship and service to the community.
Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in November.

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