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Baldwin Wallace faculty members were singled out for special recognition April 30 at Ovation 2015.

Six Professors Recognized for Excellence

May 1, 2015
Baldwin Wallace faculty members were singled out for special recognition April 30 at Ovation 2015. Although each award has a different focus, the honorees share a dedication to learning and the personal growth of their students.

Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Alan Kolp

Professor of Religion and Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life 

This award is the foremost recognition for outstanding teaching at BW. 

An inspiring scholar, Kolp has been mentoring students and leading campus initiatives for 15 years. He is a co-founder of the Center for Innovation & Growth and past recipient of the Bechberger Award for Human Development and Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award.

A colleague wrote that Kolp's style of teaching reaches students in a deep lasting way that helps build community and assists with their intellectual and spiritual development.

 

Bechberger Award for Human Development

Professor Phil Bessler

Associate Professor of Business, Business Clinic Director

The Bechberger award recognizes a faculty member who contributes in outstanding ways to student development and growth through leadership outside of the classroom.

A catalyst for student development and success, Bessler is active with student entrepreneurship and business initiatives on campus. He has been lauded for being a professor who motivates students to become independent, creative thinkers.

A student wrote, "He is more than just a professor. He is a mentor, an inspiration and a friend. He has had a profound impact on my life."

 

The Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award

Dr. Michael Garriga

Assistant Professor of English

Named for former Board of Trustees chair Lester Gigax, the award recognizes a faculty member who, through effective scholarship, has enhanced the learning environment at BW. Nominations come from faculty colleagues.

During his four years at BW, Garriga has published a book, nine works of short fiction and four nonfiction works.

One nominator said he is a "tour de force" on campus and with students. In and out of the classroom, he works tirelessly to share his craft and passion for writing with students. He brings a genuine, good-natured energy to all endeavors.

 
 

The Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award

Dr. Melvin Unger

Director of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and Professor of Music History

Named for former Board of Trustees chair Lester Gigax, the award recognizes a faculty member who, through effective scholarship, has enhanced the learning environment at BW. Nominations come from faculty colleagues.

Lauded for being a faculty member who has gained a world-wide reputation, Unger has written numerous scholarly articles, reviews and book chapters for publication and is frequently asked to lecture or present papers at international conferences.

A nominator said he has "demonstrated consistent commitment to engaging students in scholarly work."

 

The Exemplary Teacher Award

Dr. Michael Melampy

Professor of Biology

Co-sponsored by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education and service to students, the institution and the community.

Active on campus and interested in issues of conservation and ecology, Melampy has mentored students, advised co-curricular groups and applied hands-on learning to his coursework at BW for nearly 30 years. Off campus, he has led the University's Seminar in Ecuador trip four times.

Melampy is a past recipient of the Gigax Award for Faculty Scholarship. He is retiring from BW in May 2015.

 

The Student Senate Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. James McCargar

Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing

BW's Student Senate annually presents this award to a faculty member. It recognizes outstanding classroom instruction, commitment to the academic and leadership development of students, and dedication to the campus community.

A past recipient of BW's Bechberger Award for Human Development, McCargar has accrued a long and impressive list of scholarly successes. His students praise him for being supportive and encouraging.

An advocate for student achievement, he motivates students to reach their full academic potential and constantly nominates them for leadership opportunities on campus.

  
 

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