West VirginiaUniversity students, faculty and local community members are invited to submit nominations for three service learning honors that will be announced at a special awards ceremony next month.

The WVU Office of Service Learning is sponsoring the awards, which will recognize quality community service experiences by students through coursework, courses taught by faculty members, or projects initiated by faculty and students through a community partner. These projects are enhancing community life in many counties, including Monongalia, Braxton, Marion, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Webster, Wayne and Mineral.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Service Learning Reflection, for an essay prepared by a student in a community service-related course;

  • Outstanding Service Learning Course, in recognition of a WVU faculty member who has successfully integrated community service into a course curriculum;

  • Outstanding Service Learning Community Activity, which showcases action initiated by faculty and/or students with a community partner organization as part of a service learning course.

Recommendations can be submitted by administrators, faculty members, staff, students and community partners. Nominees, including individuals, multiple persons or organizations, must have demonstrated an increased understanding of the academic discipline and reasons for participation in community service activities.

These awards are designed to increase awareness of the important academic and community service work occurring in WVU classrooms and West Virginia communities.

The deadline for nominations is 4:45 p.m., Monday, April 7. Letters and supporting documentation should be sent to Selena Watkins, Office of Service Learning Programs, Room 109, White Hall, Morgantown, WV26506 , or Selena.Watkins@mail.wvu.edu . Award recipients will be notified by Friday, April 11, and invited to a reception to honor their achievements.