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Department of Defense honors Keith Summerville with Patriot Award

January 18, 2013
Andrew Rupiper, left, and Keith Summerville

Andrew Rupiper, left, and Keith Summerville

Keith Summerville, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of environmental science and policy, was honored by the Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with a Patriot Award. The award recognizes supervisors who provide extraordinary support to employees who serve in the Iowa National Guard and Reserve.

Andrew Rupiper, Summerville’s research assistant of two years, nominated him for his dedication to accommodating students’ needs—including those in the armed forces. “When I went into active duty for eight weeks during the fall semester, Keith put forth a true effort to ensure that my transition in and out of active duty was seamless,” Rupiper said. “I never imagined that a professor would make such an effort to really understand the challenges of a student and military member.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve members and their employers. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states. They provide education, consultation, and—if necessary—mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.