UW Mortar Board Honors Top Profs

December 2, 2013
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Members of the UW chapter of Mortar Board recently honored their "Top Prof," the individual who has "made exceptional contributions to the university and to the service of students." Student McKenzie Danforth of Powell, left, honored Top Prof Michael Barker, professor of civil and architectural engineering.

Members of the University of Wyoming Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board have named their "Top Profs" for the academic year.

All members of the senior honor society selected professors who have made a positive impact on their lives at UW. These professors go beyond normal classroom expectations to help their students succeed, both in college and later in their careers.

"Being selected as a 'Top Prof' is a great honor for professors because they are chosen by the students," says College of Engineering and Applied Science Professor David Whitman, one of Mortar Board's advisers.

Selection as a member of Mortar Board is one of the highest honors that a UW senior can achieve. Mortar Board recognizes students who have excelled in and out of the classroom, based on scholarship, leadership and service. Mortar Board members participate in many projects and activities throughout the year, both on campus and in the Laramie community.

Listed are the UW Mortar Board students, their Top Profs for 2013 and the professors' disciplines:

Aurora, Colo. -- Kelsey Mullikin, Michael Primus, communication disorders.

Basin -- Samuel Cauffman, Emily Guseman, kinesiology and health.

Burlington -- Joseph Davidson, Kevin Larsen, modern and classical languages.

Casper -- Melissa Berg, Michael Dillon, zoology and physiology; Ashley Creager, Rachel Watson, molecular biology.

Centennial -- Kayla Cederstrom, Kimberly Miller, elementary and early childhood education.

Cheyenne -- Cassandra Hoang, Shane Broughton, family and consumer sciences; Joshua Messer, Rachel Watson, molecular biology; Kimberly Sanchez, Todd Surovell, anthropology.

Durango, Colo. -- John Wotkyns, Ryan Kobbe, civil and architectural engineering.

Evanston -- Sharidan Aaron, Brett Deacon, psychology.

Gillette -- Cody Friedlan, Joseph Cooper, management and marketing; Morgan Pearson, David Thomas, kinesiology and health; Cinnamon Smith, James Haynes, secondary education; Heidi Solomon, John Spitler, mathematics.

Juneau, Alaska -- Shelby Oelklaus, Michael Dillon, zoology and physiology.

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Archana Thapa, Sherrie Rubio-Wallace, nursing.

Lander -- Natalie Basolo, Brad Williamson, music.

Laramie -- Milo Page, Jeff Selden, mathematics; Alyssa Schmidt, David Jones, communication disorders.

Loveland, Colo. -- Shannon Zurn, Tammy Mielke, elementary and early childhood education.

Lovell -- Danielle Peck, Mark Person, modern and classical languages.

Newcastle -- Shelby Hughes, Jennifer Lavanchy, modern and classical languages.

Powell -- McKenzie Danforth, Michael Barker, civil and architectural engineering; Megan Darrow, Milan Balaz, chemistry; Kourtnie Rodgers, Cary Heck, criminal justice; Patrick Sullivan, Paul Dellenback, mechanical engineering.

Rawlins -- Jennifer Parker, Paul Ludden, animal science.

Sugar Land, Texas -- Sydney Jones, Harold Bergman, zoology and physiology.

Torrington -- Alexis Madden, Marci Smith, kinesiology and health; Mark Schmick, Brian Cherrington, zoology and physiology.

Wellington, Colo. -- Hannah Peterson, Janice Benson, accounting.

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