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REF NO.: 123

SUBJECT: Memorial University seeking nominations for community service award

DATE: May 22

Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring extraordinary work in the community.
The 2013 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 their time to worthy causes, among other things.
“The members of the Memorial community take their commitment to the world around them seriously,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. “Every day, in ways big and small, our faculty and staff give back to their community, however they define it. This award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond, and is especially meaningful because the nomination comes from individuals who have seen or experienced the impact of the good works.”
Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, Linguistics, was the recipient in 2012. Previous recipients include: Dr. Noreen Golfman, dean, School of Graduate Studies (2011); 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 recipient 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 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
This year’s deadline is June 14, 2013.

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