James A. Barnes Memorial Award

The James A. Barnes Memorial Award was created by the Associated Students of the University of Idaho (ASUI) to honor an outstanding UI staff member who displayed extraordinary enthusiasm and service to the students of the University of Idaho. Jim was the director of High School Relations (New Student Services) from 1975 to 1984. He died of cancer at the age of 36. Jim's incredible energy, sense of humor, and joy of living was an inspiration to many young people. He encouraged them to enroll at the University of Idaho and improve their lives through higher education. He gave tirelessly and joyfully of himself and is remembered by numerous alumni.

Any current University of Idaho staff member is eligible. UI students, faculty, staff and administrators may nominate candidates. Self-nominations will be accepted as well.

Selection Criteria:
The intent of this award is to acknowledge outstanding service to students outside the classroom.

Submit a letter (limit two pages) taking into account the service the person has given in the following areas:

  • Service to University of Idaho students
  • Participation in leadership/service activities within the community and/or on campus
  • Previous honors and awards
  • Any other exceptional qualifications

Nominee will be asked to provide a two-page resume or curriculum vita.

Selection Committee:
Dean of Students or designee
ASUI President or designee
University Housing Director or designee
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life or designee
Student representative
UI administrator