It is with great excitement that the Awards Committee recognizes Dr. Sam Ham as the recipient of the 2016 Grant W. Sharpe Award. The award recognizes a person’s long-term contribution to Region 10’s NAI and to the field of interpretation in one, or more, of the following disciplines: frontline interpretation, academics, supervision, management, planning and design and/or fabrication. It is hard to over-state the powerful influence Dr. Ham has had on the field of Interpretation, not just in Region 10, but indeed around the world. As a result, the committee found him eminently deserving of this award!
Ray Novotny, who prepared the nomination, had this to say: “Region 10 leads off its Grant Sharpe award nomination with a quote from Sam Ham, immediately proving his significance to the region, our organization, and our profession. Dr. Ham began his career nearly a half century ago as a student on the other end of Washington State from Grant Sharpe and although he worked worldwide, always used the Pacific Northwest as his base. He taught, inspired, and provoked countless interpreters of all ranks through his courses, presentations, workshops, books and other publications. You might say he built a magnificent castle upon Grant Sharpe’s solid foundation.”
Pat Barry, Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest Region said this: “Dr. Sam Ham, who is one of the giants in our field was selected for the Pacific Northwest Region’s Grant W. Sharpe Award. Sam H. Ham is the author of “Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose” which is one of the required publications for the Certified Interpretive Guide program. Sam is an emeritus professor from the University of Idaho, Moscow and specialized in communication psychology; Director of Center for International Training & Outreach; persuasive communication; interpretation in natural and cultural settings; sustainable tourism. He facilitated a philanthropic program to aid conservation in the Galapagos and will be the Keynote speaker in the forthcoming NAI International Conference.”
Pat went on to say: “Throughout his long career, he has advanced the interpretive profession and strengthened its foundations on solid research. Robin Norris, my former coworker and former Region 10 treasurer was an undergraduate student of Sam. She told me they used to call him the “Energizer Bunny” because of his endless supply of energy and enthusiasm. He is an NAI Fellow and leader in our field. Congratulations, Sam!”
Congratulations indeed, and a big thanks to Sam for all he has done to advance the field of interpretation. Thanks too to Ray Novotny for his excellent nomination on Sam’s behalf, and to the Region 10 Award Committee members Nicole Can and David Ranseen for assisting me with the 2016 award selection.
– Submitted by Lezlie Murray, NAI R10 Awards Committee Chair
* Do you know someone deserving of recognition for their long-term contributions to the field of interpretation and NAI’s Region 10? If so, please consider nominating them for the 2017 Grant W. Sharpe Award. The Awards Committee will be accepting nominations through January 31, 2018. The nomination forms can be downloaded from the regional website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact, Lezlie Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.