From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Fri Oct 26 2007 - 23:15:04 MDT
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 23:15:04 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Solicitation of Nominations for Honorary Degrees, University Medals
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty, Staff,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs
FROM: Daniel J. Wilkerson
Vice President/University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents
SENDER: Office of the Chancellor
DATE: October 29, 2007
SUBJECT: Solicitation of Nominations for Honorary Degrees, University Medals
and Distinguished Service Awards
The purpose of this letter is to request your assistance in soliciting
nominations for University of Colorado 2008 Honorary Degrees, University
Medals, and Distinguished Service Awards.
Dean Daniel Sher of the College of Music will again chair the Boulder campus
Regents Awards Canvassing Committee. Please be advised that your nomination
package will be submitted through the campus canvassing committee as outlined
in Section D.
The nominating period will close on November 15, 2007.
An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the
highest award the University of Colorado can bestow. It is the policy of the
Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding
intellectual contributions, university service, and/or public service.
University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose
achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university,
while Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements
and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.
Nominations must meet the following criteria (Laws of the Regents, Article 9,
and Regent Policy 9-A):
(a) Each year the secretary of the board shall solicit names of nominees for
these awards. Nomination deadline shall be November 15. Late or incomplete
nomination packages will not be considered.
(b) Honorary Degree, University Medal, and Distinguished Service Award
nominations must be submitted on the award nomination form and supported by
three and not more than five letters of recommendation. The nominator shall
provide the three recommendation letters and the nominee's current vitae,
address, and telephone number. The complete nomination package must be
submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the Board by the deadline date.
(c) Nomination Guidelines: No person may nominate him/herself, nor may
current university employees or elected or appointed public officials be
nominated. Public officials may be nominated five years after completion of
their term of office. All nominations shall be considered confidential.
(d) Each chancellor shall designate a campus Regents Awards Canvassing
Committee that encourages qualified nominations. The secretary shall accept
any qualified nomination not submitted through a campus canvassing committee,
but shall forward the nomination package to the respective canvassing committee
for formal submittal on behalf of the respective campus. Chancellors shall
identify the chair of the canvassing committee to the secretary to facilitate
nomination referrals to the committee.
(e) The campus canvassing committees shall submit nominations to the secretary
of the board to forward to the Regents Awards Committee. The Regents Awards
Committee shall be composed of four regents and four faculty members of the
Faculty Council's Educational Policy and University Standards EPUS) committee.
(f) The 2008 Regents Awards Committee will convene in January 2008, and the
committee's confidential recommendations subsequently will be presented to the
board for action. The list of approved honorees will be made public at the
March 2008 meeting of the Board of Regents. The deliberations of the Regents
Awards Committee will not be released.
(g) To receive an Honorary Degree, the candidates selected must attend a
university commencement within a two-year period following selection.
University Medals or Distinguished Service Awards are generally awarded at
commencements but may be awarded on other occasions, as determined by the board.
(h) Nominees not selected may be resubmitted for reconsideration if new
information (such as additional accomplishments) is cited in the nomination
package. Nominees not selected after two consecutive nominations may not be
submitted again for three years, unless the awards committee specifically
requests a resubmittal.
Award selectees will be invited to attend the commencement ceremony of the
nominating campus, but can opt to attend any one of our several 2008
graduations. In accordance with State Fiscal Rules, some of the expenses for
the honoree to attend commencement ceremony activities will be funded by the
It shall be the responsibility of the nominator to obtain the required letters
of support, vitae or resume, and nominee data. Nominations received, and
judged to be qualified and complete, will be referred to the 2008 Regents
Awards Committee. Nominators will be notified when the nomination package is
Late or incomplete packages will not be forwarded for committee consideration.
Nomination is no guarantee of an award. Please forward by November 15, 2007,
the nomination form, nominee vitae or resume, and nomination support letters
Layna I. Forrester
Assistant University Secretary
1800 Grant Street, 8th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203
For more information and to download award nomination forms, please go to:
www.cusys.edu/regents/Awards/index.html. If you would like hard copies of the
forms sent to you, please call the Office of the Secretary of the Board of
Regents at 303-860-5668.
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