August 29, 2011

Nominations open for Sturgis public service award

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

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 was board chair from 1969 until his retirement.  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.

The nomination deadline is Monday, Dec. 12.   Send all nominations and letters of support to Penny Moon, Office of the President, Southern Illinois University, Mail Code 6801, Stone Center, 1400 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL, 62901.

The recipient will receive the award from the SIU Board of Trustees at the board’s 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 and electronic nomination form, is available at