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2020 EPIC-Network Awards

Every year, EPIC-N celebrates outstanding contributions by university programs and community partners through this award process.

The mission of EPIC-N is to unite universities and communities to improve quality of life. Every year, EPIC-N celebrates the outstanding university programs and the outstanding community partners propelling that mission.

Do you have a program you think is deserving of the title? Do you know a community leader who went above and beyond to make the student, faculty, and project experience great? Consider submitting a nomination next season. Nominations will open again in the Fall 2020.

The Outstanding Program Award

Award Purpose

The purpose of this award is to honor programs that have successfully demonstrated a mutually beneficial and invested partnership between higher education and local governments. Award winners promote cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders. They work on critical community issues and increase public awareness and support for higher education and local government partnerships. The winner of the reward will receive a commemorative plaque and reimbursement for one to attend the 2020 EPIC-N Conference which covers registration, travel, and lodging.

2020 Award Winner

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota – Sustainable Communities Partnership

2020 Award Finalists

Arizona State University – Project Cities

University of Mississippi – M Partner

University of Wisconsin-Madison – UniverCity Year


The Outstanding Community Partner Award

Award Purpose

The purpose of this award is to honor an institution or individual community partner who built and maintained a successful community-university partnership with their local EPIC-N program. In particular, nominees should demonstrate how they used their involvement to achieve locally-defined public goals and advance the civic mission of the institution. The winner of the reward will receive a commemorative plaque and reimbursement for one to attend the 2020 EPIC-N Conference which covers registration, travel, and lodging.

2020 Award Winner

Jeb Doran – TriMet, Oregon

2020 Award Finalists

Jay Davies – City of Peoria, Arizona

Larry Kirch – City of Apache Junction, Arizona

Tracie Hlavinka – Town of Clarkdale, Arizona

Deanna Barnes – City of Alton, Illinois

Kelly Morrell – Metro Transit, Minnesota


Past Award Winners

2019 Winners

Outstanding Community Partner: City of Bellevue, WA

Outstanding Program: Indiana University (First year awarded)

2018 Winners

Outstanding Community Partner: City of Lemon Grove, CA

Questions about the award process that cannot wait? Email your questions to info@epicn.org or call 608-709-8644.