News Release

REF NO.: 167

SUBJECT: Memorial University seeking nominations for community service award

DATE: June 4, 2015

This release replaces previously issued release No. 164.

Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring extraordinary work in the community.

The 2015 President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes a faculty or staff member who helps by sharing scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with and supporting grassroots organizations or by volunteering her or his time to worthy causes, among other things.

“The exceptional community service award speaks to who we are at Memorial and the important role we play in our communities,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. “We have a special obligation to the people of the province and every day faculty and staff fulfill that obligation in countless ways. Their ingenuity, talents and skills have significant impact on the communities or organizations they serve. It is fitting that a university unequivocally committed to the public good should formally recognize these dedicated individuals.”

Dr. Leonard Lye, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, received the award in 2014.

For a list of past recipients, please visit www.mun.ca/honours/staff/community/communitylist.php.

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 recipients 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 http://www.mun.ca/marcomm/units/public_affairs/community_service_award.php. This year’s deadline is June 12, 2015.

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