Best Teacher Awards 2016 – Colorado State University

Best Teacher Awards 2016 – Colorado State University


We honor the 2016 Best Teachers for
their passionate commitment to teaching their selfless dedication to serving
others and for their continued support of Colorado State University and its
students to start our evening it is my privilege to introduce Dr. Rick Miranda
provost and executive vice president of Colorado State University please help
me in welcoming Dr. Miranda Thank you Christy and thank you all for coming tonight
what a wonderful evening this is what a wonderful evening it is every year we
have this wonderful awards ceremony for our best teachers that have been
selected by our students and this is a special honor to watch that process and
to have our alumni our ex-students partner with our current students to really
highlight the wonderful things that are going on as Christie said in classrooms
all over campus. We’ve been doing this for many years, I think over a hundred
faculty have won Best Teacher Awards now it’s really become a fantastic
tradition this year we had over fifty five nominees that means fifty five
separate sets of students selected fantastic educators here to honor and to
nominate we could only give the award to six of them so they’re 49 others out
there waiting to win next year so I’m really happy birthday to you know we’ve
talked about what what education is and why it’s so important to all the time we
run out of state you know there there is a bunch of quotes about education that I
started rattling around in my head today just to try and frame my thinking a
little bit about this introduction and for example there’s this wonderful quote
education is not a massage is hard exercise so I think you those of us in the room who
had been in classrooms either from one side of the classroom or the other side
of the classroom know the truth is that very well you have to work in order to
learn things you have to fail in order to learn things it’s hard to fill and to
pick yourself up and say I really learn something about that when I failed you
how many here have ever gone skiing and never fallen down you can’t learn to ski
without falling down you can learn anything without falling down at one
level or another and so it’s hard exercise not a massage education another
thing that struck me today as it was rattling around was that education is
the transmission of civilization of knowledge so we are able to transmit
knowledge very easily these days with all sorts of small devices in large
devices it’s easy to get information it’s not
easy to to become a civilized society that requires a lot more work and I
think we all believe in this room that education is at the foundation of
passing on in evolving our civilization to better things the whole purpose of education is to
turn mirrors into Windows try and see farther than you would otherwise
interesting quote in the news the famous quote by aides believe was a poet
community that education is not the feeling of a pail but the lighting of a
fire that’s the right metaphor for education and we talked about Christie
ducked about the passion that that faculty bring to the classroom to their
discipline into their students that’s the fire being elected right there I
talked a little bit about education which is what we think we do around here
at the university but tonight is more about honoring individuals during
faculty members who are putting themselves out a lot around the line there in and really
helping us provide education to our students and there’s a there’s a
wonderful description of this process but what if professor is about and it
goes like this a professor does not teach what he or she knows he or she
teaches what they are they are you expose a professor the greatest of the
professors exposes not the subject but the expose how they approach the subject
how they think about the discipline how they approach education what and how
they are modeling for the rest of us for the whole class the excitement and the
passion in the interest in the fantastic worlds that are beyond our Ken that they
know and they would want us to understand how they know what they know
not just what they know and so I salute the winners tonight I salute everybody
in the room joining us for this wonderful event and thanks so much for
coming and I look forward to the rest of the program we’re gonna get started with
dinner now and I think we’ll come back after a few courses are under our belts
literally thank you very much for coming in congratulations to all the winners today and looking through the crowd I see at
least one of our past recipients but if you have been a past recipient of the
best teacher award which you please stand up to be acknowledged dr. right is
there i’m talking bout you to tonight’s recipients were chosen from a pool of
numerous nominees as dr. Marina mentioned earlier and the nominations
submitted on their behalf should the talent each recipient brings to our
institution and now we are very pleased to introduce you to some of our
universities outstanding teachers and those people who nominated them our
first recipient this evening is Denise Apodaca didn’t have received her Bachelor of
Music degree and piano performance from the University of California Santa
Barbara and Master of Music degree in piano performance in a second Master of
Music degree in piano pedagogy from Northwestern University she is then on
numerous teaching faculties and has performed throughout the United States
but as a soloist in as a chamber furnace Apodaca is currently piano proficiency
coordinator teaches piano skills for a music therapist can our skills for music
educators and music appreciation at Colorado State University I would now
like to welcome monica folks to the stage to share with us why she knows
nominated didn’t use for this very special award as I walked into class the first day of
classes I looked around find empty seats only in the front row as a small-town
girl I thought to myself oh no that is the last place I want to be in a class
this size and barely sat down on a very kind lady walked up to me and asked for
my name at this point in time i don’t realize this warm and kind lady would be
my music professor for the upcoming semester as class started I couldn’t
help but have a smile on my face from her lecture she was confident strong and
extremely knowledgeable throughout the semester I began to realize should
become much more than just my music professor should become a good friend
and a second mother to me on CSU’s campus this amazing lady has a heart of
gold she makes it a goal to learn every
student’s name within the classroom along with making a personal connection
with every single student I’ve never seen a professor care as much as she
does although she was going through two extremely difficult situations during
our semester she still had cause she managed to keep a smile on her face and
build us up with confidence she prove to everyone that no matter what we as a
class are an important part of her life I’ve never heard a professor leave the
impact on me as she has my father attended her class and still talks about
her to this day my dad never had the opportunity to go to college but after
attending her class she wished she would’ve if every professor was like her
one of her hugs can turn an absolutely terrible day into one that is very much
better although I’m not near class anymore I can’t help but go see her on a
terrible day and when I feel like everything is about to fall apart it is
truly my honor to introduce to you tonight it’s really amazing and
inspirational woman she is one in a million kind of person I am so glad to have the opportunity to
get to know her on a personal ever level please give a big round of applause for
mister me so bringing everybody tonight thank you for this honor it means the
world to me I teach what I teach and where I teach it is a privilege that I
get to connect with my students and connect them to each other through music
music creates a universal and unifying experience both outside and inside the
classroom but especially in have experienced firsthand how music has the
power of knocking down walls creating a space where students feel safe as Bob
Marley would say one good thing about music when it hits you you feel no pain
I have always strived to create a classroom environment that is fun and
free of judgment yet at the same time respectful full of love and compassion
for everyone involved it is the goal of mine that whether a teach a class of 25
or two hundred and fifty every student feels known and loved where everyone
matters and everyone has a voice be nominated the suit revered and honored
its own right to be accepted and chosen to represent University filled with such
talent is extremely humbling there are many wonderful people who lose my
teaching along the way and I carry their ideas and thoughts with me each and
every day in the classroom I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of all
the incredible teachers I have known over the years I’ve learned that many of
the best educators are far too humble to be easily recognized I send up here as a
symbol of his quiet hardworking who spend their lives happily serving in
the classroom for the good of all students who may have been entrusted
none of us become recognized a good at what we do with it help if you look
around the room where the person sitting next year there’s a good chance some of
these people have helped you along the way these people are the ones who helped
get you through your day-to-day life the ones who lived you up and push you
to be the best you can be your colleagues your friends your family
would like to thank my dear friends my wonderful students for which this
nomination would not have been possible for the many hours you have enjoyed
listening to my lecture about life love humanity and music I think you would
like to thank Colorado State University Alumni Association thank you and I
wonderful colleagues last but not least I would like to thank my family for
their endless amount of love support and most of all patients for the many hours
you watch me grade papers and emails lesson plan and worried about my
students in Bella you are my heroes like to close with this thought as much as I
appreciate this award and is grateful I am for it the gross word I’ve given the
opportunity to help generations of students learn how to think more
critically about the world around them thank you our second recipient this evening is dr.
ray black white or black as an assistant professor of ethnic studies focusing on
african-american studies and has been at Colorado State University for over two
years his current scholarly research is on how current students of color succeed
in higher education dr. black has taught early childhood education coordinator
for a nonprofit program seeking to keep young men of color in high school and
that campaigns for reform-minded school board candidates here to share why
that’s fantastic teacher was nominated its student Kelsey miles and but thanks for making me remember we do
here thank you for the awards committee for selecting me department for hiring
and supporting me going being who I will think it every chance I get why you’re
still employed by the University I was having a conversation with my daughter
the other night she was talking about she was embarrassed when she gets called
out in class and she’s five years old in kindergarten and I can understand that
and I said that’s like stage fright you said what is that she says that’s when
you get scared to go in front of a group of people that do things she said you
get stage fright I said yes right before I walk into every class he said you’re a
teacher I said till I get nervous and shaking hands before every class every
time because each time is an opportunity to succeed and an opportunity to fail
for students like he’ll see who you don’t know until many many years later affected them positively you don’t know your intent in your heart is rosemary
Indesit we teach is good enough to help those of a surcharge reach the next
level I do understand the class was a place of learning for everybody we will
again knowing so much and hopefully work out knowing more in each opportunity
that we get to be fortunate for more wonderful students and learn from them
in their struggles in their hopes and dreams they give us as much as we give
them went to and thinking the person who I would not be here with the students
here in this my wife is a professor my partner my friend mother the was
wonderful child in the world the other partner in my mutual aid society admiration society and mutual aid
somethings think you specifically for the gift of love and support for me to
be able to do is an associate professor and food
safety extension specialists in the Department of Food Science and human
nutrition her teaching research and outreach efforts are focused on
improving food safety all along the food chain Dr bunning currently serves as the
co-leader of the animals people and the environment concentration in the
Colorado School of Public Health one of the favorite parts of her job is
mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in the development and delivery
of outreach education material here to introduce dr bunnies tonight is student
Rachel can started my Masters in the fall of 2011
there’s any food safety geeks out there you all know this is a really important
time for us to an early September of 2011 the state of Colorado Health
Department noted there was this abnormal increase in with syria cases turns out
this was the beginning of the second deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in
the us- we had Listeria in our Rocky Ford cantaloupes 2012 suspected food had
been identified immediately gathered her food safety suited you got it together
to discuss potential research projects her first instinct was to reach out to
her students and to make it a growth and learning experience for us her goal was
to prevent this from happening again but her method was through mentorship
encouragement of her students to step up and contribute maurices focused spread
from the farm to fork within those first few months she partnered with the CDC
FDA color Department of Agriculture local growers consumers and she
organizes wonderful symposium to get all of these individuals together she’s a
champion first safe food supply and she instinctively reached out for
researchers to regulators to get them to collaborate and discuss what went wrong
how can we avoid this in the future she secured USDA grant to research consumer
handling practices of the cam lobes defying the easiest and most effective
way to reduce the contamination on capitol of the overall with this
outbreak she developed numerous tools for consumers and help educate them and
she really increase produce safety in the state of Colorado so in addition to
all of her food safety research has been instrumental in developing the
fermentation program at CSU which is one of only a few in the country and the
classroom I really enjoyed her teaching style she didn’t use that traditional
lecture approach she’s always engaging eyes talking about real-world scenarios
and really introducing us to different career option he’s more than a teacher
to a lot of us she’s a mint or she supported she’s always available she’s providing guidance and sharing her
expertise she continues to be a great resource and teacher to me even though
I’m no longer here and I’m grateful for her encouragement and her inspiration
graduation talk to people about the numerous ways
and all of the results from that you worry more that you’re going to be
ruining some of their favorite foods for them than inspiring them so that you
like the focus has always been how do we convey this but still make sure that
that they’re still advocates 444 good healthy diet as well and there was just
thirteen years ago I had a crazy idea to go back to graduate school when my
children were in college I didn’t think this through very well I just thought so
kind of funding to try and there’s the university right here that my children
went to but i i contacted some people and started taking some classes and
luckily found the right man tour pack him to see me of a non-traditional
student you saw that I was interested in something really helped guide the way
and and it’s been a fun journey and the highlight is interacting with the
students like Rachel and Shannon coleman tenure track professor professor at Iowa
State working in food safety and it’s just been a great experience and I will
share a little bit about Rachel she was in my graduate class four years ago she
was so quiet I really worried whether she was really interested in what was
going on and last month she came back to my class guest lecture and she was
confident she was she was engaging she was bright I learned things I didn’t
know from regional and was it was it was a highlight the best moment ever had
issue thank you very much possible could last from the Alumni
Association and Jillian answer don’t you go out in the hallway can you please
give everybody a big wave in let’s acknowledge your hard work and i’m happy for them to get to see
this into reality our fourth recipient with us tonight is
choo choo choo choo challenge you to take it that rate ok I really wanted to
this is senior teaching appointee for the department of languages literatures
and cultures she grew up in Taiwan and received a Bachelor of Arts in
journalism from the University in Taiwan and her Masters of Arts from the
University of Minnesota she was born in teaching all levels of Chinese courses
it’s your shoes since 2003 and received the College of Liberal Arts Excellence
in Teaching Award in 2007 the issue alumnus Travis hall who had the
privilege of learning a little bit about tonight and has fantastic stories in his
own right is here tonight to make a few remarks on
her nomination so Travis works daily life but you’re
looking to learn Chinese it’s useful to have a Chinese names you can stay in the
zone you’re setting chinese so in the first half he has to do in that first
week is to go home and choose a name for ourselves and we use go back to your
house is our book never Google Translate of course and we pick ourselves a name
we come back to class and everyone around triumphantly announcing their
their new Chinese names if you think a tattoo parlor can mess up Chinese just
imagine what we can do in that first week of Chinese we get back to class
MyClass had a student named glorious dragon and it turns out he picked the
name for a dragon I chose Hall of 100 trades could I thought it’ll help keep
me going in the difficult Chinese class but it turns out the characters I’d
picked sound a lot like mister hall gets the bill for mr Hall rotten egg so
luckily for you help us out and pics pics of names that work a little better
and laughed out of meetings just use own name has two characters that seemed to
say looking for Jade and she might house in class that this came about as a
belief that our parents had to help save destiny as the $6 her parents might have
chosen Jade a symbol of kings and their name to bring us the Masonic for their
second child and her brother is thankful for that I think that the jail is
seeking janitor named I was more of a foreshadowing the work that she would do
here at CSU those who matter and then in a classic brings an energy and
enthusiasm for life and teaching that seems almost boundless at times using
games activities and even the occasional song-and-dance number to keep students
engaged in focus in class lower their stress levels was still learning this
most difficult of languages throughout the course of weekly one weekly
one-on-one speaking exercises with other students are mentorship of the Chinese
club and then you end of the year party hosted her home professor to get to know each other
students well and invest in them on a personal level and despite the fact that
some semesters is tied up to 21 credits and the program that she started in 2003
with twenty students now has up to 100 students per semester her connection
with her students and the positive almost family-like atmosphere that she
thought her classroom for students to their prep work not only the meter high
standards but to keep their fellows to help their fellow classmates progress
the fact that many of our students come back year after year to visit is a
testament that sense of purpose in you the unity that we all feel her class
she’s a constant advocate and supporter future students encouraging them to seek
out new opportunities and putting their needs before her own last year in a
bicycle accident left her with dozens of stitches he still came to class that
week to teach their students had prepared weeks for their stressful but
important midterm oral presentations when she’s not giving classes profession
she can be found her office and Clark we saw a picture during the presentation
earlier line with photos of her Chinese classes past and present peace and
listening to our less than perfect Chinese and serving as a mentor to so
many of her students so I think that looking for Jayden her name was
important ever incredible efforts here at CSU to find that special worth and
each one of her students and really drop the best of them I know that I’m not
alone in saying that without the pressure to my CSU experience and quite
honestly my life would not be the same it is therefore my great privilege to
present to you a recipient of the 220 16 best teacher award professor cheating
shoe congratulations 25 relation to all the recipient is good in
our own way but one thing we have in common is that we love what we do and we
do teachers ACS you ever feel for people to see the best thing without your
effort in nominating I will be here tonight and Carol and heli many others secret admirers I just found out tonight
now you are spending efforts in nominating me and I appreciate that and
it’s it really makes a huge difference for me to come to work and do what I
love it I have to traditional students here tonight days and feel you to age Dylan’s make it
inspiring for me to go to class and you set up such a good example for the next
generation because you work so hard you can be honest in class and you really
inspire the young generation to do good work and thank you that it is also quite
a blessing for me that what if you could be here tonight and I always said that
Chinese class is the family and families stay together but I would like to thank
mary from the Department of Foreign Language you really support me and
believing at johns and believing address for the last 14 years now we have a
final program and we have a very successful Chinese program and thank you
for your support current students who came tonight thank you for coming here
to cheer for me but you still have to do your homework tonight Association for this honor amazing event thank you for making
tonight so special a little bit about her doctor in gill
dean of the College of Liberal Arts and ingest McCubbin from the College of
Health and Human Sciences thank you both so much for being here tonight I know I had an awful lot of events and I know
your time is precious and we appreciate you sharing it with us this evening in
honor of the teachers from your college’s next recipient is dr. Todd clap clap
received a Bachelor of Science in Biology Master of Science and in that in
the end it’s PhD in biomedical sciences from Colorado State University he now
serves as an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of
Veterinary Medicine and biomedical sciences he’s received numerous
professional accolades including the Colorado State University Excellence in
Education Award the outstanding academic advising award and graduate education
and they’ll be so we craft memorial graduate scholarship for examining
career promise and teaching with us tonight is Jordan policy to make a few
remarks on time nomination students in the room university faculty members that I’ve had
the pleasure of interacting with have pushed me to my academic limit in order
to elicit success and others have gotten you towards interest that I never
thought that I would have however most of these amazing faculty members have
made me choose one or the other doctor bob is the one professor that I’ve had
pushed me academically to the point where I thought that I could never learn
everything he expected and he challenged me to find a new passion is also allowed
me to really engage and self-guided learning which is something that I
really really about you I first met doctor club when I took a class where we
were getting medical case studies and then we’re tasked with determining what
could be wrong with our patient in this class we were all taught how to layer
and how to approach problems without simply memorizing the information we
would talk to start with what we know and then asked questions from their
first don’t like myself I consistently jumps to the answer without really
thinking about why it was correct doctor was the first professor that really
challenged me to ask myself how and why I chose the absurd that I did he was the
first one to make me Inc integrate the singular pieces of information that I
had memorized and create an anatomical story that explain why it was the answer
that I did this is experience was not unique to my college story one nominator
wrote I have found by my own experience and by witnessing the experience of
others that by engaging in material outside of class time a student is able
to get so much more out of the class not only do they learn the material for that
course better but they also realize it is a great method and begin to apply
this to other classes and get more out of their entire education even more
importantly this can change the way that one approaches all problems in life and
even if you never use an enemy or neuroanatomy again the skills they learn in taking courses
with dr. club can change but like I witness this effect first-hand since my
first class with dr. Klopp I change my learning style and have changed how to
have learned how to apply the lessons that I learned in the classroom too much
broader aspects of my life not only as doctor shopping amazing instructor but
he’s a mentor to myself and so many other students his drive to be
consistently improving on everything he does his desire to mentors students to
unlock the full potential and his engaging teaching style that speaks to
so many different types of learners and encourages the new user learning
techniques and his ability to make students walk away from his class with
the skills that they can carry two other aspects of their lives are only some of
the reasons that I look up to him the biggest impact that he has had on my
life personally and the lives of so many others that he has always made it clear
to me that I am in charge of my college career and that I am the sole author of
my unique college experience he understands his role as a faculty member
but is also acutely aware that the most important person in a student’s career
as the student themselves his impact is so great because he charges each and
every one of his students with the responsibility to embrace their own
education and 264 students like myself the best motivator for me is when dr.
club so sarcastically said it’s okay to be outraged knowing full well that this
light the fire in me to succeed however the professor and a comment or I know
that doctor got this far from average according to one of his students he is
the hidden gem of CSCO and I couldn’t agree more congratulations doctor group of faculty today so thank you thank you to the
Alumni Association thank you to dr. last in your team for putting this wonderful
evening thank you to my wife undying support of long weekends and
evenings at this career requires appreciate it I’m a little surprised
because I I can be a little bit of a smart-aleck in class and I do have some
quotes some of this stuff like I was half expecting to be roasted in in in
the introduction there’s a very kind words thank you
Jordan I feel very lucky I think that I feel very lucky to have the support of
the administration I feel very lucky to have colleagues that support me that
push me and feel very lucky to be able to work with students are so bright and
dedicated and this award really is a product of the team and the students
thank you dr. Temple Grandin is considered one of
the world’s TOP EXPERTS in two areas animal welfare and I am aware and dr.
Grandin received her PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois
in 1989 and now teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design insights and animal behaviour innovative
approaches to livestock handling including methods and designs for humane
slaughter that had become in the industry standard in 2010 time magazine named her one of the 100
most influential people in the world I would now like to welcome and millions
Sagara Fernanda to this page to share with us why she nominated dr. grand for
this award good evening ladies and we all know
Colorado State University has great professors there are many professors
that may come to mind when thinking of the best teacher earlier this year I
came across the nomination for this award and immediately I had Temple
Grandin on my mind but well I thought she’s such an amazing professor that you
must have already received this award but then I thought let me check the list
so I checked I checked it again and she wasn’t there to my surprise and
immediately I started filling out the form which was great because they could
relieve great moments of such a wonderful class with such an amazing
professor a class that changed my perception of animals in class we would
walk behind her arms all to pretending to be and she would guide us into seen as a
cow and feeling as a call my family and friends no way to talk about Brandon a
lot I have a story with her and I must have told the two most my close friends
who here has never fallen asleep in class at least once in your life well I felt we all have and and I fell
asleep on Temple Grandin s-class but it was not because I was bored or partied
all night it was because I was going through difficult times ahead freakin
panic attacks and the night before her class I had one so the end of class
Temple Grandin woke me up in front of everybody and called me out I was so
embarrassed and I felt I needed to apologize so I went to talk to her after
class and I said I won’t apologize for sleeping in choirs this is very unusual
and I feel very embarrassed I have been having panic attacks and last night I
had one and I did not sleep this is not an excuse but I feel a need to tell you
she didn’t say much I don’t actually remember much I just remember her
grabbing my notes and she wrote on her phone number and she’s call me this
afternoon I was very surprised and a little scared too but that same
afternoon I called her and we spoke on the phone for an hour and a half she
gave me many tips on how to manage my panic attacks he was very comforting to
me to talk to somebody who understood what I was going through that phone call
meant a lot meant a lot to me at the time so Temple
Grandin has impacted my life inside and outside of class and I’m sure she has
impacted the lives of many other students and for that tonight I’m
honored to present to you Temple Grandin the best teacher award
congratulations explained everything is really important
now I think I’m going to restore my prepared remarks about you know really
like the beginning speaker talking about knowledge is civilization well back when
they were building a new library they’ve got like little inscription on a break
if you gave some money I roll knowledge is civilization but on a break somewhere
in library at about fifteen years ago those floods in a wrecked the library I
found that that was very upset and I got why am I so upset about the wrecked
library because even though most surprised person or online or something
do a lot of people that wouldn’t read the material because of that blood and
then my class yes I want my students to learn about Carol but I also want to
learn some skills they can take on so I started project where they have to look
up a narrow subject on animal behavior for different databases let’s learn how
to look things up online and made me really happy when I had a student
ailment you solved the family medical problem with that or another student
that work to defeat Jordan explained or how to move the cattle and she came back
the next week it’s really does and just to end up I’m I just don’t know what to
say I was just so happy to get this and the important thing is helping students
to become everything that they can thank you as you had the opportunity to experience
tonight’s recipients have been selected as the Colorado State University best
teacher because of their unwavering commitment to helping their students
strive for excellence you have heard tonight how each of these recipients
dedicate their time and exceptional knowledge to leave their students into
making a difference and inspiring students to reach their potential and
thoughtfully engage with their respective subject matter please join me
once more in congratulating our 2016 best teacher award recipient the Alumni Association thank you again
for joining us for this wonderful wonderful celebration of excellence in
teaching please stick around and personally congratulate the end and
enjoy in the dirt reception and end the freedom network in communicate with each
other recipients if you could please come on with your words will have a
group picture taken and again thank you so much for being here

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