November 23, 2010

Nominations sought for annual Sturgis award

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Nominations for the Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award, which recognizes public service contributions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale employees, are being accepted.

The annual award goes to a current employee to recognize their contributions to the community, area, state, or nation based on activities unrelated to their job responsibilities. The award honors the late SIU Trustee Lindell W. Sturgis, of Metropolis. Sturgis served on the board from 1949 to 1951, and from 1953 until his retirement in 1971. Sturgis’ family established the award endowment in 1979.

University employees and the general public may nominate current SIUC faculty or staff. Selection criteria require the nominee’s community service or role be unrelated to their University responsibilities and provide a positive impact or awareness in their areas of involvement. The nominee’s involvement in community service should be for a substantial period of time.

The nomination should include a maximum two-page statement of the nominee’s contributions, along with two or three letters of support. Additional nomination criteria and the nomination form is available

The nomination deadline is Jan. 7, 2011. Send all nominations and letters of support to Anita Hutton, Committee Chair, Constituent Relations and Special Events, Kesnar Hall, Room 207, Mail Code 6525, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1225 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901.

The recipient will receive the award from the SIU Board of Trustees at its February 2011 meeting. The award includes a $750 cash gift, a plaque, and reserved parking space for one year. More information on the award, including a list of previous recipients, is available at