Excellence in Volunteering Award


The Jenny Whittington Excellence in Volunteering Award honors members who go significantly “above and beyond” to promote the organization’s mission, vision, and values; contribute to its advancement; and lead its members from within. The award is reserved for nominees who have demonstrated - over a series of years and projects – their extensive commitment to the organization and who have exhibited leadership by example of service to URMIA.

Award recipients will be recognized at the next URMIA Annual Conference. Nominations may be made at any time and awards will be bestowed on an as-appropriate basis, not necessarily each year.

This award is named in honor of Jenny Whittington, URMIA's first executive director. Jenny championed volunteerism by connecting members to both long- and short-term service opportunities and recognized the value of those who serve to make URMIA the exceptional association that it is. 


We accept nominations any time of the year. Submissions received after July 15 will be considered for the following year.

Amy Daley and Marjorie Lemmon holding the URMIA "Excellence in Volunteering" award.
2022 Recipients of the
Jenny Whittington Excellence in Volunteering Award

From left: Marjorie Lemmon, Amy Daley.


Selection Criteria

The Honors Committee relies upon members to call attention to individuals for consideration. Nominees must be a member of URMIA, institutional or affiliate, and their service should include a compilation (by example, not intended to be an exclusive list) of:

  • Significant volunteer service commitment and/or leadership within URMIA

  • Committee work

  • Volunteering at conferences

  • Mentorship

  • Speaking at URMIA webinars and conferences and externally on behalf of the organization

  • Contributions to the URMIAnetwork

  • Contributing to URMIA resource documents

  • Participation in special projects

As with other URMIA awards, nominees should consistently:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and good character

  • Be respected by peers, employees, managers, and others in their organization and across URMIA

  • Exhibit enthusiasm for higher education risk management

  • Motivate others


Marjorie Lemmon receiving the URMIA "Excellence in Volunteering" award from Gary Langsdale