Special Award Recipients

Clarke University recently presented three of its major annual awards as the 2011-2012 academic year concluded, recognizing an outstanding faculty member, student and staff member. 

The Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Karen Glover Meneve Dunham RecipientAssociate Professor of Chemistry Karen Glover was named recipient of the university's Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching - the highest teaching award given at the college. The Clarke University Board of Trustees established the award in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president. The award was officially presented at the college's 169th Commencement on May 12.

One student wrote about Karen: “I remember my first week working with Karen. All of us students were on the edge with skepticism of what to expect in the next two semesters. During that session, this professor met with each of us individually in her office to see what we expected from the class and to let us know what was expected from us. It alleviated quite a bit of apprehension for us...Very few times have I thought of a teacher who was there for more than evaluating what students learned; Karen was there to be a friend and let students know that. She is an invaluable asset to Clarke.”

A colleague wrote “As her colleague…I have been privy to Karen’s teaching…, her interaction with students and professional and departmental activities. In every case, she is a model to be emulated.”

A Clarke graduate wrote: “Karen’s personal successes and ability to teach me fundamental topics are not what make her deserving of the award. Rather, it is the way she helped guide me through my college experience. Her interest in my growth, not only as a student, but as a person was integral to my success. Had she not stuck by me when others had given up, I would not be as successful of a Clarke alumnus as I am today.”

Karen Glover holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in medical chemistry from the University of Michigan. 

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The Francis J. O’Connor Memorial Award  

Molly Molly Fitzgibbons CommencementA. Fitzgibbons, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology, Spanish and secondary education received the college's Francis J. O'Connor Memorial Award. The most prestigious award bestowed upon a graduating senior, the award is based on demonstrating leadership, cooperation, generosity, kindness and academic achievement.

Rose O'Toole Staff Service Award

Vivian Bannon, campus visit coordinator for admissions was named the 5th recipient of the Rose O'Toole Staff Service Award. The award is given annually to acknowledge outstanding achievements that have impact on institutional success and/or contribute significantly to the mission of Clarke University. This prestigious award is given in honor of Rose O'Toole, BVM, to recognize the value of the selected staff member's labors and contributions over the last 12 months. The award was presented at Clarke's faculty/staff recognition event in April.

Vivian is a modern day Rose O’Toole. She has worked tirelessly to organize student visits with an attention to detail that makes each a one-of-a-kind experience. No task is too large for Vivian. Our campus is more vibrant by way of her hard work. It makes her a truly unsung hero.

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