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May 31, 2013
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Psychology professor honored with distinguished teaching award

Baldwin City, Kan. — Sara Crump, associate professor of psychology at Baker University, received the Jennie Howell Kopke and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during commencement ceremonies on May 19 at the Collins Center.Pat-Long-with-Sara-Crump

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.

"The faculty at Baker are all dedicated and amazing at what they do, so to be recognized in this way is an honor," said Crump, who has taught six years at Baker. "I love my colleagues, I love my students, and I love my job — I am truly a fortunate person. I would like to sincerely thank Baker President Dr. Pat Long for giving me this award, and to Charles Kopke for creating such a meaningful way to recognize the faculty at Baker. I hope to continue representing the outstanding faculty at Baker for a long time to come."

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

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.