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Life Without Awards is Awardless and Other Ridiculousness

Friday, May 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Ashton ​
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I ask you this simple question: What would life be like without awards? Well, awardless. And that doesn’t sound like that much fun. That’d be kind of like going to Grandma’s as a kid to help shuck the earwig infested corncobs. Count me out!


But if you’re looking for a life of excitement, adventure, mystery, and a little romance, then an award-filled life is the life for you. Let’s make it happen! That’s right, you guessed it, it’s awards nominations time. Count me back in!


We are looking for people like you (yes, YOU—look into a mirror (or your reflection on your cell phone screen) to nominate people or organizations that have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. We know you know those people and organizations.


There are several nomination categories, and no, they aren’t the same as your senior class superlatives. We aren’t looking for who you think will be US President someday or who might end up with the most kids. We don’t even want you to nominate who you think should be the NBA Rookie of the Year (because we already know that Donavan Mitchel should will be the one getting that award—we hope).


Here are the real award categories:


Bessie Jones Volunteer Award. We’re looking for all-star caliber volunteers that have had at least 80 hours of volunteering. 79 hours won’t cut it!


Phil Notarianni Distinguished Service Award. Who’s that person who has made a Paul Bunyan sized impact on Utah Museums? You can’t nominate Babe the Big Blue Ox, because Babe isn’t a person. Sorry, Babe!


Public Service Award. Think Abraham Lincoln, but on a smaller scale.


Award for Excellence. This one can go to any individual, team, organization, flock, pod, pride, school, pack, litter, or prickle (yes, a group of porcupines is called a prickle!) that has shown superior achievement in the past 18 months in any aspect of the museum field, such as administration, advocacy, zymology, exhibits, education, collections, xylology, preservation/conservation, visitor services, parapsychology, fundraising, professional development, or xenoarchaeology.


Rising Professional Award. Think 14-year old Justin Bieber . . . ok, never mind.


This kind of nomination excitement has no time for delays. Unless you want to live an “Ah, shucks!” kind of life, you need to submit your nominations by June 1, 2018. (In case you’ve forgotten, June 1 is mere days away.)


To submit your nominations and to learn more about the awards from someone that wasn’t pumped full of sugar-free lemonade, go here:


Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of this blog post. I commend you and also lament with you that you can’t have those two minutes back. But such is life.


Happy Nominating!

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