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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

 


 

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

2014

Thomas Emerson

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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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