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The Ronald E. Carrier Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated significant achievements of enduring value to society. Created in 1977, the award is given on an annual basis to an individual for exemplary accomplishments, both personal and professional, in any field or endeavor and/or demonstrated success in the area of research or innovation. All JMU alumni are eligible.
The award is named in honor of James Madison University's fourth president, Dr. Ronald E. Carrier. A true visionary, Dr. Carrier transformed 3,800-student Madison College into 14,000-student James Madison University during his presidential tenure from 1971 to 1998, taking the school from a primarily women's teachers college to a nationally-recognized coeducational institution in less than three decades. Carrier grew JMU by more than 100 acres, invested more than $200 million in facilities, constructed a major athletics program, developed the university's first doctoral degrees and presided over the creation of the College of Integrated Science and Technology.
The Inez Graybeal Roop Distinguished Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni who have performed notable service to the university and/or the alumni association. Created in 1971, the award is given on an annual basis to an individual on the basis of distinguished service, meritorious achievement and/or meaningful contributions in promoting the mission of either James Madison University and/or the JMU Alumni Association. This includes, but is not limited to, serving on official university boards and providing effective support of the university, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. All JMU alumni, with the exception of current university students, employees and trustees, are eligible.
The award is named in honor of Inez Graybeal Roop ('35), a former member of the JMU Board of Visitors and the JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, who in 1977 made the formal motion to change the name of Madison College to James Madison University. A State Teachers College alum who graduated with degrees in English and history, Roop's public service work included serving as chair of the Alumni Fund Drive, president of the Richmond Chapter of the JMU Alumni Association and an officer in the Bluestone Society. In 1994, the university named Roop Hall in her honor. Aside from participating in almost every university milestone, including representing the Class of 1935 at JMU's centennial celebration in 2008, Roop and her husband, Ralph ('05H), demonstrated their commitment to JMU through a lifetime of giving, providing funds for student scholarships and faculty advancement. At the time of her death in Nov. 2010, 142 Roop scholarships had been awarded to students.
Created in 2007, the award honors the founding principles of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, now James Madison University. The respected career path of present and past educators has had a multi-faceted influence on youth. This award to one gifted educator elevates and honors all JMU teachers for their contribution to society. This award is given to a JMU graduate who is an exemplary educator, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, who has shown by spirit and professionalism to be outstanding in her/his profession. All members of the JMU Alumni Association who are educators, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, with at least five years of teaching experience, are eligible.
This award recognizes professional achievement in and outside of the classroom. The recipient will have demonstrated a consistent pattern of excellence in classroom teaching and student motivation, and will have enriched this experience through participation and professional activities outside of the classroom. The recipient will receive $500 to be used for professional development and departmental expenses. All full-time faculty with a minimum of five years of service at the institution are eligible.
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