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ACCEL Adult Learner Program Awards

June 2011

A faculty member and an adult learner have been honored by the ACCEL adult learner program.

2011 ACCEL Excellence in Teaching Award
An ACCEL instructor for the past seven years, Dr. Art Pitz received the award for his skill in encouraging and challenging students to reach their maximum performance; ability to make learning relevant and meaningful; and capacity to engage students through innovative classroom techniques," according to the award criteria.

"We've been fortunate to have Dr. Pitz in the ACCEL Program for the past seven years," says Program Director Ruth Soedt. "In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Pitz is highly respected for his international lectures, community involvement and innovative classroom techniques. He truly embodies the Ambrose mission of enriching lives."

Pitz holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Potsdam; a master of arts in European History from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa; and a doctorate in United States history from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. 

 The ACCEL Outstanding Adult Student Award
Daniel Mays was honored for "contributions to the university and the community, successful balancing of work, family and school, and overcoming difficult circumstances in pursuit of education." Mays first began his undergraduate degree work in 1969, but was unable to complete his degree at that time. Currently an electrician at John Deere Davenport Works, he also manages several apartment buildings.

A Master Gardener, Mays volunteers more than 100 hours each year in that capacity. A husband and father, Mays "lives by ‘The Golden Rule' and possesses an unwavering will to succeed," according to Soedt. "With less than thirty credit hours remaining, Mays will soon fulfill the promise he made to his father 40 years ago, to complete his undergraduate degree."

The Adult College Curriculum for Education and Leadership (ACCEL) Program allows students to complete their undergraduate degree while continuing to work. Accelerated courses in six degree programs are offered in multiple delivery formats in a discussion-driven, adult learning environment.


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