CORVALLIS - Oregon State University is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to persons - and sometimes organizations - who have provided unusually meritorious service to society.

The recipients are honored at OSU's annual commencement ceremony in June.

The 1999 recipient was Donald M. Kerr, founder of the High Desert Museum near Bend. Other honorees in recent years have included Jack Ward Thomas, chief of the U.S. Forest Service; William A. Hilliard, editor of the Oregonian; and Holly Cornell, James C. Howland, Thomas B. Hayes and Fred Merryfield - founders of CH2M-HILL.

"The recipients don't necessarily have to have any connection with Oregon State University, and their contributions should reach beyond OSU to the state, region, nation and/or world," said Laura Connolly, chair of the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee.

Nominations may be made by submitting the name, address and position of the person or organization nominated, and the person making the nomination; a letter not exceeding three pages detailing the contributions made by the nominee; and supporting letters from no more than three people. Deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 5, 2000.

For more information, call the OSU Faculty Senate Office at 541-737-4344, or access the nomination guidelines on the web.

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Laura Connolly, 541-737-3025