Nominations are now being accepted for the 2004 Alumni Awards for Outreach Excellence, which recognize Virginia Tech faculty members for outstanding achievements that contribute to the university's outreach mission to the community at large, the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. Nominations are also open for eight new awards for excellence in outreach, one at each college. The Virginia Tech Commission on Outreach and International Affairs added these awards this year.

The Alumni Awards for Outreach Excellence, one for individual achievement and one for team achievement, focus on sustained outstanding contributions of faculty members working to realize economic and social transformation.

Nominations for these awards, which are sponsored by the Commission on Outreach and International Affairs with support from the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, close on March 19. Alumni, students, faculty, department heads, directors, deans, and external clients may submit nominations.

"The commission created these awards because the exceptional accomplishments of our faculty in 'putting knowledge to work' merit special recognition," said Doris Kincade, commission chair.

The recipient of the individual achievement award will receive a monetary award of $2,000 and a plaque, while the team achievement winners will share $2,000 and a plaque. Recipients of these university-wide awards are automatically inducted into the Academy of Outreach Excellence at its spring meeting.

Recipients of the newly created college-level awards receive $500 and a plaque. Individual colleges will set deadlines for their respective awards.

Nominees for all awards should exhibit excellence in the performance of outreach programs, including but not limited to innovation, creativity, program results, impacts, leadership, subject matter expertise, and communication skills. Their work should demonstrate a focused program, planned and implemented to deliver coherent content.

Detailed information on the awards and nomination procedures is available at www.outreach.vt.edu.