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Community Leaders to be Recognized for Advancing Networking in K20 Education

Jan 20, 2016, by James Werle
Tags: 2016 Global Summit, Community Anchor Program, Frontpage News, K20 Education, K20 Initiative, Richard Rose Award

Richard Rose (1947-2007) was an early leader in the National Internet2 K20 Initiative, now part of Internet2’s U.S. UCAN program. As executive director of the University of Maryland Academic Telecommunications System (UMATS) and the University System of Maryland (USM) Office of Information Technology, he was an indefatigable advocate for extending the Internet2 Network to students at all levels—in both formal and information education— to broaden and deepen opportunities in learning, scholarship, and science. Rose was, and remains, an inspiration to his colleagues working in the National Internet2 K20 Initiative.

In 2009, the Richard Rose Award was developed to honor his commitment and leadership in the community. This award recognizes extraordinary individual contributions to extending the reach of advanced networking from research universities to the broadest education community, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, museums, and other cultural, artistic, historic, and scientific organizations. Each year, the Rose Award honors a K20 educator and/or technologist with a history of extending advanced networking, content, and services to this broad array of institutions and constituents; a leader with the capacity to bring together diverse communities around common goals and projects; an individual with an accumulated record of accomplishments in the Internet2 K20 community. Sound like someone you know? We encourage you to nominate them for the 2016 Richard Rose Award. The recipient will be recognized at the Internet2 2016 Global Summit in Chicago.

As Internet2’s K20 Initiative Director, I have had the pleasure to serve as chair of the Richard Rose Award Committee, which convenes past award recipients and helps facilitate the selection of a new winner of the award. Last year’s award recipients, Larry Gallery and Rob Semper, embody the spirit of the award. Both have demonstrated a tireless dedication to furthering creative uses of Internet2 connectivity in both formal and informal educational settings.

“Receiving the Richard Rose Award is akin to being selected the MVP for your organization. It’s recognition by your colleagues around the country that what you’re doing is important to the R&E community and especially the academic end-users,” said Larry Gallery. “I am so honored to have received this award, to emphasize my commitment to supporting teaching and learning and enabling faculty and student research. It’s exciting to be part of a community working together to move ideas from concept to implementation. I am so passionate about NYSERNet’s goal of supporting the research and education communities in New York State and around the world, and deeply appreciated receiving this recognition.”

“Receiving the Richard Rose award last year was an exceptional honor for me not only because of the stellar group I was joining, but because it was recognition by the Internet2 K20 Initiative of the importance of the Informal Education system,” said Robert Semper. “This recognition provided validation of the value and opportunity that our Internet2 connection provides to my institution and to the field.”

We hope you will consider nominating an exemplary community member for the 2016 Richard Rose Award. The nomination submission deadline is Friday, April 29, 2016. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at if you have any questions.