The Northern Marianas Humanities Council will recognize seven individuals who made or are making significant contributions to the humanities during the 2012 Governor's Humanities Awards ceremony.
The event, which culminates the CNMI Humanities Month celebration, will be held tomorrow, Oct. 26, at Pacific Islands Club's Charley's Cabaret in San Antonio.
“This is the Council's chance to recognize those individuals who are promoting the humanities in a variety of formats and disciplines for the betterment of our community,” said executive director Scott Russell.
He said the seven individuals fall under six categories: Research and Publication in the Humanities, Preservation of Traditional Cultural Practices, Preservation of CNMI History, Outstanding Humanities Teacher in classroom and non-classroom settings, and Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities.
The last category, which may be given posthumously, recognizes significant contributions to the humanities over multiple decades.
Russell said this year's awardees were selected from the nominations solicited from the public until Oct. 10.
“We had an excellent group of nominees this year,” Russell told Saipan Tribune.
He said the nominees were then reviewed by the Council's Nominations and Bylaws Committee, which made recommendations referred to the board of directors during a special meeting on Oct. 18.
The board is composed of chair David J. Attao, vice chair Tracy M. Guerrero, secretary/treasurer Rose Ada-Hocog, Joann T. Aquino, Marla M.Barcinas, Susana Deleon Guerrero, Jerry Facey, Don Farrell, Robert H. Hunter, Lynn F. Tenorio, Michael White, and Denita K. Yangetmai.
“Final selections were made during that special board meeting,” said Russell.
The executive director noted that the council established the awards program in the mid-'90s to formally recognize community members and their contributions to the humanities.
“Without the program, many of these contributions would go largely unnoticed,” added Russell.
For more information, visit the council office at the Springs Plaza Building in Gualo Rai or call 235-4785.