NSU celebrates excellence

NSU will hold the annual Excellence in Community Service Award ceremony to recognize NSU faculty, staff, alumni, and for the first time, students, for their extensive community service. The award ceremony will be on Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Don Taft University Center Arena.

Nominations for each categorical award will be accepted until Nov. 9.

One individual will be awarded in each category for their contribution to the community and recognized for their demonstration of NSU’s eight core values— academic excellence, student-centered, integrity, opportunity, scholarships, research, diversity, and community.

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Frank DePiano, Ph.D., said, “The celebration of excellence is a special event when the University pauses to recognize all the good efforts of faculty, alumni, students and staff.  In our busy day-to-day efforts, we sometimes forget how good our people are. The celebration leaves me with a sense of renewed pride in Nova Southeastern University.”

All nominated students must be currently enrolled, in good standing, and provide service efforts to the community. Faculty candidates must be full-time faculty members who have served the community on the behalf of NSU such as community-based research or service learning. Staff nominees must be full-time staff members, administrators, or administrative faculty who have provided community service and excellent in his/her job duties. Alumni nominees must hold a degree from NSU and demonstrate leadership in the public or external organization(s) that address community concerns.

The NSU community may nominate someone through an application packet including a one-page summary about the nominee’s excellence in community service also indicating which of the four awards  they are being nominated for;  a current resume or curriculum vita (CV); and support letter(s) from community affiliates, peer faculty members, or students attesting to the nominee’s community activities. Self-nominations will be accepted as well.

Allison Foster, director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, said that the more support letters, the better.

There will be designated peer-committees that will decide on finalists for each award category. A committee of Student Affairs representatives, faculty club/service organization advisors, and students will decide for the Student Award. A committee of faculty members from the NSU Faculty Advisory Council will decide on the Faculty Award. A committee of staff and administrators from an array of NSU’s units and representatives from the Office of Human Resources will decide for the Staff Award. A committee of members of the President’s Advisory Council, including NSU alumni, will decide on the Alumni Award.

President Hanbury will choose each category’s finalists by Dec. 16, 2012.

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