The Faculty Development Committee of Bethany College announced the recipients of the Burmeister Endowment and the Woodward Endowment Awards.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of elementary education, has been awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $505 to work on collecting and chronicling the work of Amalia Rabenius for a book about her part in Bethany College’s history.
Holly Krech Thomas, assistant professor of psychology, was also awarded a Burmeister Endowment Award in the amount of $750 to travel to the University of Colorado at Boulder to present her classroom-based research project titled “The value of contemplative practice in college.”
Gail Konzem, professor of elementary education and chair of the department of education, has been awarded a Woodward Endowment Award in the amount of $1,200 to travel to Harlaxton College in Grantham England for a sabbatical during the spring 2015 semester. Konzem will pursue efforts to gain new insights into issues of diversity in education; compare the British and American models of public education; and work toward analysis of values pertinent to the Bethany College Exceptional Teacher Model.
David Frost, assistant professor of business, was also awarded a Woodward Endowment Award in the amount of $1,686 to attend workshops in Tempe, Arizona, and Orem, Utah, to develop education ties with regional corporations in their sales training programs.
The Burmeister family established an endowment, The Henry Louis “HL” and Olinda Marie Burmeister Endowment for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity, in 1991 to support continuing education and professional development for Bethany faculty. The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning was established by Dr. Lester and Marianne Woodward. The endowment supports a variety of activities to enhance teaching and effective student learning at Bethany College.