The 2004 Awards Committee was established in July, 2003. The committee included eight AIARD members selected from the NGO, federal government, and university communities.
Members of the committee are:
Dave Acker, Iowa State University (Chair)
Eloise Carter, Tuskegee University
Margaret Kroma, Cornell University
Mike McGirr, USDA/CSREES
Mike Nolan, University of Missouri
George Rowland, ACDI/VOCA
John Swanson, USAID
Herschel Weeks, IFDC/Malawi
Committee Chair Acker developed an announcement requesting nominations for the 2004 awards. The announcement detailed the criteria for the Distinguished Service Award, Special Service Award and Young Professional Award. A deadline for receiving nominations was established as April 23, 2004. The announcement was posted on the AIARD website, included in the AIARD newsletter, and sent via e-mail to each member.
During the last week of April, the committee chairman assembled electronic nomination packets and e-mailed information to the Awards Committee members. Nominations were received for all three awards. Committee members evaluated the nominees and winners were declared. Committee Chair Acker contacted the AIARD Executive Committee to recommend the winners. The Committee Chair contacted the nominators of the 2004 award recipients (except in the case of Oval Myers once it was discovered that he had already committed to attending the annual meeting) and asked that they share the good news with the winners. The Committee Chair and Sue Finestead prepared the recognition awards booklet and the plaques to be presented to the 2004 recipients.
The Awards Committee Chair is appreciative of the efforts of the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee also expresses appreciation to all the individuals who prepared nomination and support letters and encourages broader participation for the next yearís 2005 awards program.
The 2005 Awards Committee Chair is Arlen Etling. Dave Acker will forward all files concerning the awards committee process to Arlen Etling.
2004 AIARD Awards Committee Chair