Deadline for SIU Honorary Degrees & Distinguished Service Award Nominations

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The deadline for honorary degrees and distinguished service award nominations is Monday, Oct. 24. Honorary degrees are presented to individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions or are of considerable renown in any field of activity. Distinguished Service Awards honor individuals who have contributed to Southern Illinois, the state, nation, world or the university.

Honorary Degrees
An Honorary Degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale should be reserved for outstanding scholarly contribution or for a person of considerable renown in any field of activity. If given for other than scholarly contribution, the Honorary Degree should be awarded only to those persons who have uniquely contributed to human well-being or whose accomplishments have resulted in a marked benefit to society.

Distinguished Service Awards
The Distinguished Service Award should be reserved for persons who have contributed importantly to southern Illinois, to the nation, to the world, to the State, and/or to the University. No University employee shall be considered for a Distinguished Service Award in the year of his or her retirement; however, this does not preclude the consideration of an exceptionally qualified employee for an Award at a time either before or after the year of his retirement.

Nomination letters must include a two- or three-page resume, curriculum vita or biographic sketch that includes a description of the nominee’s unique contributions. All nominations, including with the nominee, are confidential. Further information about these awards is available at universityevents.siu.edu.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, contact Gina Shiplett, Office of the Chancellor, at 453-2341 (phone), 453-5362 (fax) or email. Please indicate in the submission whether the nomination is for honorary degree or distinguished service award consideration.

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