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Special Achievement Award:

 

Presented by the Register of Professional Archaeologists in recognition of a profound and meaningful contribution to the promotion of professionalism in archaeology. This award may be given to one or more individuals, one or more organizations, or a combination of individuals or organizations (Initial award 2005).

 

Date

Recipients

2005
State Archaeologist, Kevin T. Jones
2005
Utah Professional Archaeological Council
2006
Charles R. "Chip" McGimsey
2007
Ed Jelks
2008
William Lees
2009
Laurie Rush
2010
Willem Williams
2011
Paul R. Green
2012
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
2013
Jo Reese
2015
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

 


 

Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award (McGimsey-Davis Distinguished Service Award):

 

Presented in recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist to achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service (Initial award 2005).

 

Date

Recipients

2005
Charles R. McGimsey III
2005
Hester A. Davis
2006
William Lipe
2007
Fred Wendorf, Jr.
2008
Don Fowler
2009
Lynne Sebastian
2010
Donald Weir
2011
Donald Hardesty, UNLV
2012
Michael (Sonny) Trimble
2013
T.J. Ferguson
2013
Thomas Emerson
2014
Jeff Altschul
2015
William B. Lees, PhD, RPA

 


 

Presidential Recognition Award

 

Granted at-will by the incumbent president for various reasons relating to service to the REGISTER or the professional and discipline of Archaeology.

 

Date

Recipient

2004
Edmond B. Jelks
2008
Chuck Niquette and Jeff Altschul
2011
Julie B. King
2012
Terry Klein
2013
Kim Redman
2013
Jim Bruseth
2014
Amanda Evans
2014
Danny Walker

 


 

John F. Seiberling Award

 

SOPA established the John F. Seiberling Award in 1986 in the name of Ohio Congressman Seiberling, for his many legislative efforts in support of historic preservation. Seiberling himself received the first award. The award was intended to recognize significant and sustained efforts in the conservation of archeological resources by an individual or group.

 

Date

Recipient

1986
John F. Seiberling
1987
Larry D. Banks
1990
Fred Wendorf
1991
Robert L. Stevenson
1992
The Archaeological Conservancy
1992
Hon. Charles Bennett
1994
Hester A. Davis
1995
Hon. Wyche Fowler
1996
Loretta Newman
1997
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
2010
Nellie Longsworth
2014
Marion Werkheiser
2015
Congressman Christopher Gibson
2015
Senator Martin Heinrich

 


 

SOPA's Distinguished Service Award

 

SOPA's Distinguished Service Award was established in 1989 and first bestowed in 1990. It was initially meant to honor long-term service to SOPA, but was later expanded to encompass service to the profession as a whole (largely through committee inattention to the original intent).

 

Date

Recipient

1990
Hester A. Davis
1991
Charles E. Cleland
1992
J. Ned Woodall
1993
Bennie Keel
1994
Edward B. Jelks
1995
Hon. Robert Gettleman
1996
Brian A. Fagan
1997
Richard D. Daugherty

 


 

SOPA's Special Achievement Award

 

SOPA's Special Achievement Award was also established in 1989 and first given out in 1990. The intent was to recognize good works in teaching, research, preservation, public service, etc. There could be one or more granted in a particular year, and in some cases the citation was for multiple individuals working together (like 1993's ARPA law enforcement training instructors).

 

Date

Recipient

1990
J. Barto Arnold III
1990
Martin McAllister
1991
John A. Walthall
1992
Charles M. Niquette
1993
Margaret Kimball Brown
1993
Sherry Hutt
1993
Elwood Jones
1993
Martin McAllister
1994
Thomas L. Sever
1995
Francis P. McManamom
1996
Peter A. Young
1997
Robert M. Thorne

 

SOPA began granting Emeritus Status and Life Membership in 1990 and thereafter bestowed it occasionally by board vote upon recommendation of the Awards Committee. [All but Jelks and McGinsey below are now deceased, but if a list of honorees is to be maintained in the board book or directory, it would be appropriate to list them with an asterisk indicating "deceased." 3/8/2007]

 

Date

Recipient

1990
James B. Griffin *
1990
Jesse Jennings *
1992
Irving B. Rouse *
1992
Edward B. Jelks
1996
John L. Cotter *
1996
Charles R. McGimsey III

 


 

SOPA Presidential Recognition Award

 

The SOPA Presidential Recognition Award was granted irregularly at the whim of each incumbent president for various reasons.

 

Date

SOPA President

Recipient

1995
Larry D. Banks
William B. Lees
1995
Larry D. Banks
Mark J. Lynott
1995
Larry D. Banks
Michael J. Moratto
1995
Larry D. Banks
Vergil E. Noble
1996
Fred Wendorf
Lisa M. Hill
1996
Fred Wendorf
Charles E. Cleland
1996
Fred Wendorf
Charles R. McGimsey

 


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