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May 24, 2010
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Sociology professor receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching

Baldwin City, Kan. — Jacob Bucher, an assistant professor of sociology at Baker University, received the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Sunday’s commencement ceremonies at the Collins Center.

The award recognizes a faculty member, without regard to rank or years of service, who has a record of excellence in teaching and in transforming students into scholars, who brings honor to the University and who exhibits good moral character. Recipients also receive a $5,000 cash award.

“I feel incredibly honored to be selected,” said Bucher, a 2002 Baker graduate. “I came to Baker because it values teaching. To have my teaching valued by such an institution is fulfilling and humbling.”

Charles Kopke, a longtime supporter of higher education, established the award in 1998 to honor his mother and late wife.

“To be able to receive the award from Mr. Kopke and to shake his hand was a great honor given all he has done for Baker,” Bucher said. “Thank you to Mr. Kopke, President Pat Long and Dean Rand Ziegler for the award, and to the Baker students who make me want to do what I do.”


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