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SUMMARY: Pablo Cuevas, Shannon Porter, Rebecca Joyce, and Kathrine Chiu are the recipients of this years Public Service Awards from James Madison University’s College of Arts and Letters and its Masters of Public Administration program.


Pablo Cuevas, Shannon Porter, Rebecca Joyce, and Kathrine Chiu are the recipients of this years Public Service Awards from James Madison University’s College of Arts and Letters and its Masters of Public Administration program.

Cuevas, a longtime member of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors and a former member of the JMU Board of Visitors, received the Lifetime Achievement for Public Service Award.

Porter, executive director of the Mercy House family shelter in Harrisonburg, received the Excellence in Public Service Award.

Joyce, community program manager for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, received the John B. Noftsinger Alumni Award for Public Service Excellence.

Chiu, JMU (‘20), received the Public Service Student Leadership Award.

The awards were given at a virtual ceremony May 7 as part of Public Service Recognition Week. Now in its 36th year, the week is a part of a nation-wide effort to celebrate the contributions of public servants in government and nonprofits.

The 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 service.

The Lifetime Achievement in Public Service award given to Cuevas 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 serving the Shenandoah Valley.

The Excellence in Public Service award given to Porter recognizes a public or nonprofit sector professional in the Shenandoah Valley for public service that 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 given to Joyce recognizes a JMU Political Science graduate 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.

The Public Service Student Leadership Award given to Chiu recognizes a JMU student 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.

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Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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