Nominations sought by Dec. 16 for UNL 'Fulfilling the Dream' awards


UNL seeks nominations for the 2012 Chancellor's "Fulfilling the Dream" awards. The university remains committed to diversity and the ideals espoused by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the award provides a platform to celebrate and recognize contemporary leaders who are role models both on and off-campus. Nominations are encouraged and may be submitted by all members of the university and the community at large. Deadline is Dec. 16.

The award was established in 1997 to honor individuals who have contributed to the 1) UNL community; or 2) the wider Lincoln community, by their exemplary action in promoting the goals and vision of Rev. King. The awards are presented each January during ceremonies at the university's celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The 2012 presentation will be Jan. 16.

Nomination materials, including a letter of nomination and no more than three letters of support, should be sent by Dec. 16 to Jody Wood, MLK Committee Secretary, 128 Canfield Administration Building, Lincoln, NE 68588-0437 or The awards subcommittee will review the nominations and make recommendations for the final selections to the MLK Day Planning Committee and chancellor Harvey Perlman.

Previous winners of the award are: 1998 — Keith Parker (UNL); 1999 — Leola Bullock (community) and Miguel Carranza (UNL); 2000 — Lela Shanks (community) and Melvin Jones (UNL); 2001 — Paulette Jones (community) and Michael Combs (UNL); 2002 — Bonnie Coffey (community) and Merlin Lawson (UNL); 2003 — Leroy Stokes (community) and Robert Hitchcock (UNL); 2004 — Jose Soto (community) and Stephanie Adams (UNL); 2005 — Thomas Christie (community) and Chuck van Rossum (UNL); 2006 — Larry Williams (community) and Amber Hunter (UNL); 2007 — Oscar Harriot (community) and Christy Horn (UNL); 2008 — Gwendolyn Combs (UNL); 2009 – Pete Ferguson (community) and Students United for Nebraska (UNL); 2010 – Nebraska Appleseed (community) and Helen Moore (UNL); 2011 – T.J. McDowell (community) and Charlene Maxey-Harris (UNL).

— Jody Wood, Equity, Access and Diversity