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UMA Awards: Call For Nominations

Thursday, April 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paul Stavast
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UMA Awards: Call For Nominations

By: Paul Stavast


Recently, students passing by my desk have noticed a significant change, well to be honest two changes:  first, my homage to Megamind; and second, the towering forest of papers is gone. (I’ll spare you the details and just say that Megamind is the greatest super villain ever to have their heart changed because of museums).

 

As I was going through the papers, a mix of forgotten items revealed themselves. A letter. A folder. A brochure. Each represented a colleague and projects they have been involved with recently.  I often find inspiration from my colleagues. You might even call them Super Colleagues. They overcome trials, shatter personal barriers, and have the insight to lead others. To borrow again from Megamind, what’s the difference between a colleague and a Super Colleague . . . . Presentation!

 

You can help give them the presentation they deserve as an award recipient at the 2016 UMA Conference. Now is the time to share the stories of those individuals and institutions in Utah who deserve to be honored. Nominate your colleagues for a 2016 UMA award.  The nomination form, a complete description of each award, and award criteria can be found on the UMA awards webpage. 

 

Nominations for UMA awards will be accepted from April 1st to June 1st.

 

As a brief reminder UMA’s awards are:

 

BESSIE JONES VOLUNTEER AWARD – given to a volunteer or volunteers who have actively supported the mission or program of a UMA Member Museum and volunteered at least 80 hours.

PHIL NOTARIANNI DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD – given to an individual who has shown exceptional dedication, provided lengthy service, or an intense and tangible commitment to Utah's museum community.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD – given to an individual who has served or is serving in a governmental capacity that in the scope of their duties has rendered vital assistance or support to Utah's museum community.

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE – given to an individual, team, or organization that has shown superior achievement in any aspect of the museum field during the previous 18 months within Utah's museum community.

RISING PROFESSIONAL AWARD – given to rising, current museum professionals (students or museum employees) whose work to date demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the field and their commitment to Utah's museum community.

 

Paul Stavast is Director of BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, teaches courses in Museum Practices at BYU and currently serves on the Utah Museums Association Board.


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