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Dr. David Westenberg, professor of biological sciences, is the first recipient of the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Undergraduate Student Success in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB). Members of the Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Excellence Committee surprised Westenberg with the award while he was teaching class yesterday (March 31).
“My approach to working with students is best described by one of my mentors – be a groundskeeper and not a gatekeeper,” wrote Westenberg in his nomination statement. “Each student has taken a different path, and all deserve the same opportunity to succeed. This requires listening to students and helping them make connections and find personal relevance.”