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Spring Awards Given to Professor and Student

August 2011


The recipients of this year's Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Adult Student awards were honored at receptions April 29 and May 3. Arthur Pitz, PhD, was highlighted in the March 2011 newsletter, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Daniel Mays was the first recipient of the Outstanding Adult Student Award, which was awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to the university and/or community, through co-curricular or community activities, or professional organization involvement. 
  • Success in coping with numerous personal and professional roles.
  • Difficult circumstances overcome in order to pursue higher education. 
  • Innovative approaches to meeting personal educational needs. 
  • Special awards or honors earned in relation to his/her educational pursuits.
  • How the student may have served as a role model to his/her peers. 

Mays has been a student in the ACCEL Program since spring 2010. He took a detour from his educational journey which began at Iowa State University in 1969. While on that detour, he delivered fertilizer to farmers, attended a motorcycle mechanic program at Scott, married, helped raised a son, became a Master Gardener, and volunteered more than 100 hours per year sharing horticultural insight in the community. 

Mays currently is working as an electrician at John Deere Davenport Works in addition to managing and maintaining several apartment buildings in the area. He has lived by "The Golden Rule," an unwavering will to succeed, and moral principles; and he hasn't lost sight of a promise he made to his dad in 1971 to return to school. With less than 30 credit hours remaining, Mays will soon fulfill his promise.

We were pleased to recognize Daniel Mays as the first recipient of the ACCEL Program's 2011 Outstanding Adult Student Award.

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