News Release

REF NO.: 206

SUBJECT: Memorial University seeking nominations for community service award

DATE: June 14, 2012

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 help by sharing scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with and supporting grassroots organizations or by volunteering their time to worthy causes, among other things.
“One of the remarkable things about the Memorial family is its incredible involvement with the community,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. “It would be hard to overstate the breadth and depth of our employees’ activities and the impact they have on the world around them. They have helped build our reputation as a university that makes a difference in people’s lives. Nominating such an individual is a great way to say thanks.”
Dr. Noreen Golfman, dean, School of Graduate Studies, was awarded the President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service in 2011. Previous winners include Dr. Mahmoud Haddara, engineering (2010), Martha MacDonald, Labrador Institute (2010), Dr. Jeremy Hall, earth sciences (2009) and Dr. Wade Locke, economics (2008). Dr. Joan Oldford, education, was the inaugural winner in 2007. 
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 scope, time-commitment and impact of the nominee’s contributions. Full details are online at www.mun.ca/president/awards.
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.
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 that is usually held in November.
This year’s deadline is June 28, 2012.

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