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Nominations for 2024 Honorary Degree & Distinguished Service Awards at SIU-C are now open

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The Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Awards Committee of SIU Carbondale is asking for nominations for the May 2024 commencements.

The Committee's current deadline for receiving nomination letters is October 18. Deliberations will then start immediately after that and the committee will make its recommendations for 2024 awards by October 25.

An Honorary Degree at SIU Carbondale is reserved for outstanding scholarly contributors and for persons 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 marked benefit to society.

The Distinguished Service Award is reserved for persons who have contributed significantly to southern Illinois, to the state, and /or the university. No university employee shall be considered for the service award in the year of his/her retirement. However, this does not preclude consideration of an exceptionally qualified employee for an award at the time either before or after the year of retirement.

To be considered, all letters of nomination must be accompanied by a 2-3 page résumé, or curriculum vita, and/or a biographical sketch (e.g. an entry in Who’s Who in America) of the candidate that includes a description of the unique contributions of the nominee.

The Committee may request additional supportive materials, such as letters of recommendation and copies of representative publications or works, after the initial submission of a nomination. Authoritatively appropriate validation of a nominee’s stature should be as broadly substantive and comprehensive as feasible.

Completed nominations should be directed to the Committee Support Staff: Leslie Mills, Office of the Chancellor, Mail Code 4304, Anthony Hall 116, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901. Telephone: 618-453-2341. Fax: 618-453-5362. lesh@siu.edu.

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