Frist Student Service Award
The University of Mississippi is seeking nominations of faculty and staff who deserve special recognition for rendering outstanding service to students.
Nominations accepted March 18 - April 5
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends have until 5 p.m., Friday, April 5th to submit nominations for the 23rd annual Thomas Frist Student Service Awards.
The award recognizes one faculty member and one staff member for going the extra mile in unwavering dedication and service to students. Examples of exemplary service include student guidance and mentorship above and beyond those expected of faculty and staff as part of their job responsibilities. Any full-time faculty or staff member, except previous winners, is eligible for the award, which includes a $1,000 prize and a plaque.
Nominations may be submitted using an online form. The nomination narrative should differentiate between obligation and service by citing specific examples in which the person being nominated has gone beyond the call of duty to help a student or group of students. Past nominations are also considered.
"Our faculty and staff do a wonderful job serving the campus community and providing a positive and successful experience for our students," Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said. "The Frist Service Awards are a great way to honor those who are truly exemplary and go above and beyond in their commitment to student engagement and success."
All nominees are notified that they have been so honored, and a campus committee appointed by the chancellor chooses the two winners. Awards are to be presented May 11 at UM's spring Commencement.
Past winners of the Frist Award include current faculty members Luca Bombelli, Denis Goulet, Aileen Ajootian, Don Cole, Charles Eagles, Ellen Meacham, Terry Panhorst, Ken Sufka and Eric Weber; and current staff members Anne McCauley, Carol Forsythe, Thelma Curry, Dewey Knight, Valeria Ross, Marc Showalter, Linda Spargo, and Whitman Smith.
The Frist Student Service Awards were established with a $50,000 gift from the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist of Nashville, a 1930 UM graduate.