SGA selects Geller, Borden-King and Girard as Professors of the Year
Minot State University's Student Government Association selected Laurie Geller, Lisa Borden-King and John Girard as the 2012-2013 Professors of the Year. In spring 2012, SGA began nominating outstanding professors from each of MSU's three colleges for this award, and it has since made it an annual tradition. This award honors three professors each year for their dedication and commitment to helping MSU students.
Geller was selected Professor of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences. Also receiving nominations for the College of Arts and Sciences were Chris Beachy, Mikhail Bobylev, Raymond Screws, Jacob Sowers, Heidi Super, Ryan Winburn and Tiffany Zieglar. Geller was nominated not only for her role as a professor, but also for her role as the Honors Program director.
Students who nominated Geller noted that in addition to teaching math and Honors courses, she teaches First-Year Experience classes to new freshmen.
"Dr. Geller is a great educator as well as an inspiring role model, who uses interactive lesson plans, probing discussions and evident passion to help students learn the curriculum and life-long critical-thinking skills," said Honors students Breanna Benson and Rebecca Ryan in their nomination letter.
Borden-King was selected Professor of the Year for the College of Education and Health Sciences. Clarine Sandstrom was also nominated for Professor of the Year for the College of Education and Health Sciences.
SGA members noted that Borden-King has always been a strong student advocate.
"Lisa Borden-King is uncommonly committed to really educating. She's taught me greatly because she's always teaching. MSU benefits from her academic mind and presence," said Senator Max Buchholz. "On top of that, she's been an important sounding board for SGA throughout the past few years as we've moved strategically to foster the things that make MSU a unique university."
Girard was selected Professor of the Year for the College of Business. Also receiving nominations for the College of Business were Sharon Reynolds and Jay Wahlund.
"Our graduate studies cohort has several international students and his [Girard's] approach was to have everyone prepare and teach portions of class and lead an open discussion period," said graduate student Derek Van Dyke. "Coming from different backgrounds and learning about different cultures is what Dr. Girard is all about."
For questions, contact Lindsey Nelson, SGA president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.