- University Awards granted to:
- Current Faculty
- Current Students
- Current Employees
- Alumnus or Alumna
- Retired Employees
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This award may be conferred only on graduates, or former students of the University, who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. The candidate's education at the University should represent a significant portion of his or her total postsecondary education. Nominees cannot be a current member of faculty or staff, or a sitting Regent, but retirees are eligible. Outstanding Achievement Awards are not awarded to encourage or reward financial contributions to the University.
It is recommended you allow at least six months from the time you begin the process to the time the award is presented.
Must be a current member of the faculty or staff or an alumnus or alumna of the University.
This process is confidential. No disclosure is to be made to the nominee or others. A nomination approved by the Senate All-University Honors Committee is submitted to the President and, finally, to the Board of Regents for approval. Once the Board of Regents has made a decision and the nominee has accepted, the award is no longer confidential. Nominators should make sure that others involved are aware that the nomination process is confidential.
Persons writing letters of nomination should know that their letters will be legally available to the nominee upon request, even to an unsuccessful candidate who becomes aware of the nomination. Nominators should also make sure that writers of supporting letters are aware that their letters, too, will be available on request.
The Senate All-University Honors Committee may reject a nomination either for lack of merit or for lack of adequate documentation. In the latter case, the nomination may be revised and re-submitted.
In general, award and citation costs are borne by University Relations, award ceremony costs by the nominating unit, and travel expenses by the awardee. Units sponsoring Outstanding Achievement Awards are encouraged to provide travel support when funds are available.
If you have any questions about the nominating process, please contact Vickie Courtney, director, University Senate Office and University Awards and Honors, at 612-625-4805 or email@example.com.