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Outstanding Service Awards 2006-2007

James Skurla
Continuous Service Award

Jim Skurla does a lot of work with students, which is not a part of his job description. When students are writing papers requiring economic or business data, he takes time out to help them find the information they need. It’s an area he knows about. He is becoming THE UMD researcher when economics is involved. The news media knows it too; he often appears in the newspaper, on TV and on the radio, always representing the Labovitz School and UMD. It is not part of his job description but his skill in this area certainly makes us look good.

Jim gets numerous requests from within UMD for special (and free) analyses. He has worked on surveys for the Library, and helped the Labovitz School and the Vice Chancellor’s office with needed data or research many times. When Jim was requested by the Dean of LSBE to participate in a tax increment financing discussion, he became the “go-to” person for supplying data and information for the discussion.

Jim also officially represents UMD on many outside committees. He on the Workforce Council for Duluth and also on Duluth’s Leadership Council. He makes a major presentation on the region’s economy at their conference every year. Jim is dedicated to UMD and its students and his external efforts put UMD in a good light outside our campus

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