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Public Service Recognition Week is May 3-9 and it is the 36th year of a nation-wide effort to celebrate the contributions of those public servants employed in the government and nonprofit sectors.

Now, more than ever, James Madison University is taking time to celebrate the tireless efforts of our partners, who help maintain and grow successful, equitable and resilient communities in the best of times and, as our current situation presents us, the most sudden and hardest of times.

The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program and the College of Arts and Letters at JMU have hosted a celebration of public service in the JMU and Shenandoah County communities since 2009, recognizing 35 individuals for their exemplary service to our communities through their roles in nonprofit and governmental organizations. For the last two years, the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service-Learning have co-sponsored the awards.

This year, the following individuals were honored for their service:

Lifetime Achievement in Public Service: Mr. Pablo Cuevas, Rockingham County Board of Supervisors

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced the public interest through active engagement with the community, strengthening social equity, demonstrating personal integrity, promoting ethical standards of performance and stewardship and advancing professional excellence in his/her career serving the Shenandoah Valley, broadly defined. The recipient may be either retired or active in the workforce.

 

Excellence in Public Service: Mr. Shannon Porter, Mercy House

This award recognizes a public or nonprofit sector professional in the Shenandoah Valley for a particular instance of exemplary public service.  This example demonstrates an individual’s overall impact toward advancing the public interest through active community engagement, commitment to social equity, and promoting ethical standards of performance and stewardship and advancing professional excellence.

 

The John B. Noftsinger Alumni Award for Public Service Excellence: Ms. Rebecca Joyce, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

This award recognizes a JMU alumnus/a in public service who shares the same ideals of public and community service as its namesake. The recipient is dedicated to active engagement with the community, strengthening social equity, demonstrating personal integrity, promoting ethical standards of performance and stewardship and advancing professional excellence in the Shenandoah Valley, must have earned either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the JMU Department of Political Science.

 

Public Service Student Leadership Award: Ms. Kathrine Chiu, JMU (‘20)

This award recognizes a member of the James Madison University student body who has demonstrated commitment to serving the public interest through meaningful commitment to addressing a public need, advanced the public good by creating opportunities for campus and community to actively participate in civic life, and developed the public service leadership capacity of their peers.

 

Watch the 2020 Public Service Awards at JMU ceremony, held on May 7: