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Established in 2004, this award is presented annually by the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees during the commencement ceremony to a member of the university community (student, alumnus, faculty, administrator, or partner in learning) in recognition of an innovative or creative contribution that has made a significant impact on their community, their industry, or the world around us.
James P. Etter, the first recipient and university founder, had the vision and determination to create the university system. His contribution has made, and continues to make, a difference in the lives of students, alumni, and faculty throughout the world.
The recipient of the James P. Etter Creativity and Innovation Award will be recognized for their contribution to the community as a:
Awardees will be selected on the basis of demonstrated innovation, effectiveness, positive change, personal commitment, entrepreneurship, and excellence.
Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee’s work.
Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2021.
If you have questions about the James P. Etter Creativity and Innovation Award, please email the University Awards Committee.