From the SEELANGS listserv:
Please consider nominating the TOP STUDENT in your program for the annual Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award--PSRSLA!! The PSRSLA is a FREE program offered to US Russian Departments and Programs. Organized under the auspices of ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian), the PSRSLA provides national recognition for our star students--those students who embody an enthusiasm for and love of things Russian. ACTR offers this program as a service to the profession. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to publicly recognize your top student. It's free! It's easy!
In order to nominate a student, please follow these guidelines:
1. Deadline for nominations 1 MARCH 2011.
2. Nominations are accepted in ELECTRONIC FORMAT ONLY, via e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations can be in the body of the e-mail or sent as an attachment. Nomination letters should include the following information:
--Full name of student as it should appear on the Gramota. Nominees should be juniors or seniors.
[**Only 1 student can be nominated from each institution. While Russian programs frequently have more than one outstanding student, in order to preserve the integrity of the award, no more than ONE student at a given institution can be nominated to receive the PSRSLA.
***YOU decide who is worthy of this award, not ACTR.]
--Description of why this student most deserves this award, i.e. how the student promotes the study of Russian and models the behavior of a committed Russian student. The student need not have the top GPA, nor be a Russian major, but should demonstrate an active dedication--in course work, outside activities, attitude--to the study of Russian language and culture.
--Name and contact information of the nominator who must be a member of ACTR. Since the nomination should reflect the consensus of the program or department, your letter should be submitted over the signature of the program chair, director, or DUS.
[****If you are not a member of ACTR and would like to join, contact George Morris, ACTR Treasurer, at actrmbrs at sbcglobal dot net to join. With your membership you receive the ACTR Newsletter as well as a subscription to the Russian Language Journal--a peer-reviewed journal that explores all aspects of the Russian language and welcomes submissions.]
3. Award certificates will be mailed to nominators during March so that they arrive prior to any departmental award ceremonies.
Questions? Contact me at cynthia.ruder at uky dot edu. We encourage you to take advantage of this program in order to let our best and brightest know that we appreciate their work and value their commitment to all things Russian.
Best regards, Cindy Ruder
Ruder, C. [SEELANGS] Reward Your Best Student!! SEELANGS listserv (SEELANGS@bama.ua.edu, 2 Jan 2011).