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Peace prize nominations sought

Rick Heiser speaks to students

Rick Heiser '75, center, speaks to 2013 Illinois State scholarship recipients of the Grabil-Homan Community Peace Prize.

The Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program at Illinois State University is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize.

The Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize recognizes individual achievements in peacemaking, leadership, community service and activism. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque at a reception in the spring of 2015, and a gift of $250 will be made to an established program or scholarship at Illinois State selected by the recipient in his/her honor.

The prize is named for Joseph L. Grabill and Gerlof D. Homan, Illinois State University emeritus professors of history who helped establish the interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies Program.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a resident of Bloomington or Normal and be at least 21 years of age. Eligible individuals must have a record of participation in peacemaking activities in the community.

Examples include activities in the areas of civil rights, cross-cultural understanding, economic and social justice, environmental protection, as well as activities that help advance peace and human dignity. Nominees should have a record of peaceful conflict resolution, leadership, integrity and compassion, and demonstrate respect for all individuals. Nominees may demonstrate these personal attributes and a record of peacemaking activities in any area, including the workplace, family life or volunteer work.

The following materials are required for all nominations or self-nominations for the Grabill-Homan Community Peace Prize:
–  Nominees should provide a brief resume that highlights their relevant peacemaking activities.
–  Two letters of support are required. These letters should be from individuals who can speak to the impact of the nominee’s activities and initiatives on the community.
–  A brief 300-500 word description of a community need that should receive public attention is also required. This description should be written by the nominee, and the community need should have a peace and conflict resolution dimension.

Applications must be received no later than Jan. 31, 2015, and sent to: Dawn Beichner, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5250, Normal, IL 61790-5250. Questions can be directed to Beichner at