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A "sweet" honor for 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award winners

March 06, 2009 12:00AM

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Drs. Mark Johnson, Chris Fogliasso, and Mark Peterson.

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It’s a wonderful affirmation of what I try to do for the students, which is to inspire them to recognize potential in themselves that they may otherwise not have recognized. "
~ Dr. Mark Peterson, social sciences
s="MsoNormal">Three veteran Pittsburg State University professors were named the 2009 Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award winners during Apple Day Convocation on Thursday, March 5, at McCray Recital Hall.

Dr. Chris Fogliasso, university professor of management and marketing; Dr. Mark Johnson, professor of technology management, and Dr. Mark Peterson, assistant professor of social sciences, accepted plaques in recognition of the honor.

The award, named after a popular former professor, is given to faculty members who are nominated by students. A Student Government Association committee then selects the winners.

“It’s a wonderful affirmation of what I try to do for the students, which is to inspire them to recognize potential in themselves that they may otherwise not have recognized,” said Peterson, whose 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award marks his fifth.

Fogliasso attributes her success to the material she teaches.

“I teach an unbelievable subject,” said Fogliasso, who has now won the award seven times in her 25-year tenure at PSU. “It is so relevant. I’m just blessed to get to teach it.”

All three said they were grateful to their students for nominating them for the award.

“Well, it is always an honor to get any kind of recognition, and it’s particularly sweet when it comes from your students,” Johnson said. “That’s at least some indication that you’re doing something right. I’ve been lucky in my 23 years -- this is my third time to get it. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still a pretty sweet thing to get recognized and be honored by your students.”

Following the convocation, the speakers and honorees were invited to participate in the traditional ringing of the Centennial Bell.

For more information on the award, contact the PSU Public Relations office at (620) 235-4122.

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