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"Sward, Rick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Team Ada: Ada Programming Language Advocacy
Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:38:04 -0400
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Dear Members of the Ada Community:

As the new Chair of SIGAda, I'm sending you this call for nominations for the SIGAda Outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award and the ACM SIGAda Distinguished Service Award.  Nominations are due on September 28th to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

On Thursday, Nov 5th, these SIGAda Awards will be presented in a special morning plenary session at the SIGAda 2009 conference in Tampa, Florida (See

The ACM SIGAda Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Ada community and to SIGAda.  The two categories of awards are:

(1) Outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award
     -- For broad, lasting contributions to Ada technology & usage.

(2) ACM SIGAda Distinguished Service Award
     -- For exceptional contributions to SIGAda activities & products.

Please consider who should be nominated this year.  You may nominate a person for either or both awards, and as many people as you think worthy.  One or more awards will be made in both categories.

Please visit and peruse the names of past winners.  This may help you think about the measure of accomplishment that is appropriate.  You may be aware of people who have made substantial contributions that have not yet been acknowledged. Nominate them.  Consider what you believe to be the best developments in the Ada community or SIGAda in the last year; the last 5 years; since Ada's inception. Who was responsible?  Nominate them.

Please note that anyone who has received either of the two awards remains eligible for the other.  Perhaps there is an outstanding SIGAda volunteer who has won our Distinguished Service Award and who has also made important contributions to the advance of Ada technology, or vice versa.  Nominate him or her!

The nomination form is available on the SIGAda website at You need to visit this website to see past award winners' names, so you don't nominate someone who has already won an award in a category.  A picture of the statuette used for the award is also on this site.  Submit your nomination as an e-mail or e-mail attachment to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

The ACM SIGAda Awards Committee, composed of volunteers who have previously won an award, will determine this year's recipients from your nominations.

Call our attention to the people who are most deserving, by nominating them.  And please nominate by September 28th.

Your participation in the nominations process will help maintain the prestige and honor of these awards.

Thank you,

Ricky E. Sward
Chair, ACM SIGAda
Ricky E. "Ranger" Sward, PhD
Lead Information Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corporation
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