University seeks nominations for Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be inducted in the Spring of 2014. Missouri State University, which has a statewide mission in public affairs, is creating the Hall of Fame to honor individuals who demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others. Nominations for the first member of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be accepted from April 10, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2013.
Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III made the announcement during welcoming remarks at this year’s 9th annual Public Affairs Conference.
“The public affairs mission has served the university well for the past 18 years,” said Smart. “Since being signed into law in 1995, the mission has been incorporated into the fabric of campus life, from volunteer activities to academic coursework. The mission continues to be a valuable attraction for prospective students and faculty.
“The public affairs mission speaks to the need for graduates to be skilled not only in their academic program, but also in the lifetime role as a citizen. Sometimes we refer to them as ‘citizen scholars.’ We believe the public affairs mission sets us apart and we believe the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame is an important next step in elevating the mission.”
Nominees for this honor will be selected from among citizens with a connection to the state of Missouri and will serve as examples of global citizens who define the true essence of public affairs, and act consistently for the benefit of others.
Elected public officials currently in office, members of the selection committee and Missouri State University Board of Governors members or their families cannot be nominated.
The recipients will exemplify support of public affairs and engaged citizenship. That support of public affairs may relate to the following:
- The designated Missouri State University pillars of public affairs
- The Missouri State University public affairs yearly theme
- Demonstration of active engagement with the community for a sustained period of time
- Evidence of broad impact resulting from public and community service
- Demonstration of how the recipient serves as a role model of public affairs and how she/he instills the public affairs mission in others
Visit the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame website for more information or to submit a nomination.
The recipient will be announced at the Public Affairs Conference in April 2014.