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UMA Award Nominations Due June 1, 2016

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UMA Award Nominations Due June 1, 2016

By: Paul Stavast, Director of BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures


Time is running out. Only a few brief days left for you to submit nominations for this year’s awards.  Before the bar-b-ques, vacations, and lazy days on the beach begin in earnest, let’s all take a moment and reflect on the splendor of Utah’s museum community.


Ahhh... that was nice. Ok, now with those images of excellence and service fresh in your mind, click here to submit your nominations. Your colleagues deserve the recognition. I enjoy reading your submissions and learning about the wonderful people accomplishing amazing things throughout the state. It is a highlight of my service on the board.  A big Thank You to all of you for your dedication to our communities through your museums.


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 through 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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