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Nominations Open for Cowan Award for University and Community Service

Published Friday, February 16, 2024

The Cowan Award Medal
The Cowan Award Medal

Nominations are being accepted for the 2024 Cowan Award for University and Community Service. The form to nominate a current SMSU employee for the University's most prestigious award is now available on the Cowan Award website at:

Dr. Cathy Cowan served as Psychology professor at SMSU from 1989 until her untimely death in December 2001.  During her time at SMSU, Cathy served as Chairperson of the Social Science Department and was active in SmSUFA (IFO Union).  Cathy also served the community and was known for her work ethic and “doing good for others.” After the untimely death of Dr. Cathy Cowan, the SMSU community sought a way to honor Dr. Cowan’s outstanding service to the University and the region.  The Cowan Award was then created. 

The Award is presented each year at Mustang Ovations to an individual of the SMSU community who represents the many special aspects of the late Dr. Cathy Cowan. Nominations for this award may come from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the local or regional community.  Individuals eligible to be nominated must be a current SMSU employee with a minimum of five years of service to SMSU.  Self-nominations or anonymous nominations are not accepted. Previous nominees are eligible for re-nomination; however, previous recipients cannot be re-nominated.  

Questions regarding nomination or the award process can be directed to Pat Brace, Cowan Award Committee Chair at: Email: or or Phone: 507-537-7370.  Please submit nominations through the online form by 4:30 PM on MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2024 at

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