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June 1, 2012
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Communication professor receives Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching

Baldwin City, Kan. — Susan Emel, professor of communication at Baker University, received the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Baker’s commencement ceremonies on May 20 at the Collins Center.Emel

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.

“This tremendous honor means more to me than the recognition of my efforts inside the classroom; it symbolizes a standard of excellence I will continue to strive to maintain,” Emel said. “My students are the lights of my life, and my honor lies within the rich, diverse lives that they lead and in which they allow me to share.  It is a blessing to be a part of this wonderful community of scholars, and as far as I'm concerned, I have the best job in the world.

“To be recognized as a distinguished professor is humbling, and my most gracious thanks goes to the kind and generous Charles Kopke and to Baker's president, Pat Long.”

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


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