Karma is defined in Indian religions as the concept of “action” or “deed,” which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect. Another way to look at it is—“do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, do good things and good things will happen to you. Now is the time to do something good; consider nominating one of our worthy colleagues for an ASHS award, and be the recipient of good karma for participating in the nomination process.
Nominating makes you feel good because you will acquire a wonderful sense of satisfaction from doing the application, plus the nominee will feel greatly appreciated that you nominated them. All that good will and appreciation will be yours for just a few thoughtful keyboard strokes. Both of you win!
What all is involved to nominate a colleague for an ASHS award? The details and procedures for each award are spelled out on the ASHS web site under each award. Nominators must be current members of ASHS, but cannot be presently serving on the ASHS Executive Committee or Awards Committee. Nominators are encouraged to contact the nominees to make sure the nomination is complete and accurate. Most Society award nominations are all done online, making the process quite easy!
The ASHS Awards celebrate success. For our colleagues and students that have given outstanding service or achievement in horticulture, an ASHS Award is a tremendous accolade. Everyone of us knows someone who has had a positive impact on horticulture. The recognition brings that extra respect your hard work deserves. Furthermore, winning an ASHS Award not only brings recognition to the winner, but also to their university and their department.
ASHS has more than 25 awards (see box) to present each year encompassing research, teaching, and extension service. Whether you are in horticultural research, extension, industry, or education, we have an award for you. Winners are recognized with a certificate or an engraved plaque or other appropriate honor, depending on the award. The awards are presented each year at the Awards Ceremony held during the Plenary Session or Annual Business Meeting at the ASHS Annual Conference or at division or working group business meetings. The individuals are also acknowledged in the Annual Conference program and in the ASHS Newsletter.
Now that you are motivated to experience some good karma, you may be asking “What is the process to nominate someone for an Award?” Nothing could be easier. Go to the ASHS web page, click on the “Awards” tab, and all is explained. It is important to know that the deadline for submission of nominations for Society awards is February 4, 2013. Other awards (working groups, etc.) have other deadlines, all noted for each award.
Finally, remember the ASHS Awards is our way to recognize our wonderful colleagues and their accomplishments. No acceptance speech is required or necessary, just a big smile when your picture is taken at the Annual Conference!
By Paul Bosland, ASHS President. Published in the December 2012 ASHS Newsletter.