Special Award Recipients

Clarke University recently presented three of its major annual awards as the 2012-2013 academic year concluded, recognizing an outstanding faculty member, student and staff member. 

The Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Andy Bixler

Associate Professor of biology Andy Bixler was named recipient of the university's Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching - the highest teaching award given at Clarke. The Clarke University Board of Trustees established the award in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president. The award was officially presented at the institution's 170th Commencement on May 11.

One student wrote about Andy: "In her courses, she lectures efficiently and compassionately, ensuring that all students have a firm understanding of the material before introducing new coursework. She is innovative and creative, often imploring new strategies to promote maximal student comprehension. Her professional character and inviting personality encourage students to achieve excellence both inside and outside of the classroom."

A colleague wrote:  "She is the faculty member who is always willing to try something new. She will attend a conference or read an article on how to improve student learning and then she will try it – not just 'think about' trying it. She is continuously trying to improve her classes.

She has also embraced service-learning for many years. She was engaging her students in service learning activities before most of us on campus had ever heard of the term.

Many of our biology majors plan to seek careers in the health field or graduate school where the focus is cellular or molecular. Because of this heaviness towards the human body, she has been teaching a couple of human anatomy and physiology labs. She works hard to make sure she is on top of the material.

She continuously impresses me with her search for new and innovative techniques in and out of the classroom."

Bixler holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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The Francis J. O’Connor Memorial Award  

Luke Flynn

Luke Flynn, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in music, received the college's Francis J. O'Connor Memorial Award. The most prestigious award bestowed upon a graduating senior, the award is based on demonstrating leadership, cooperation, generosity, kindness and academic achievement.

Rose O'Toole Staff Service Award

Andy Schroeder, development officer for the office of institutional advancement, was named the sixth recipient of the Rose O'Toole Staff Service Award. The award is given annually to acknowledge outstanding achievements that have impact on institutional success and/or contribute significantly to the mission of Clarke University. This prestigious award is given in honor of Rose O'Toole, BVM, to recognize the value of the selected staff member's labors and contributions over the last 12 months. The award was presented at Clarke's faculty and staff recognition event in April.

Andy has had many demanding roles within the Clarke community including student, admissions counselor, development officer, emcee for Crusader Athletics, tour guide, mentor, singer, storyteller, volunteer and advocate. Despite his tireless hours on campus, all of his interactions are done with an infectious enthusiasm and sincere commitment to the institution.

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