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Students recognize 279 A&M System Faculty

By Scott Harvey

College Station – The Texas A&M University System Tuesday awarded more than $92,000 to outstanding faculty at A&M-Commerce for receiving the Fall 2010 Student Award for Teaching Excellence, formerly known as Teaching Excellence Awards.

A total of 37 A&M-Commerce faculty received the award, which gives students the opportunity to recognize their instructors.

The winners represent the top 25 percent of those who participated and will receive checks for $2,500 each. Over 250 awards were given throughout the System, totaling more than $697,000 in awards. A&M-Commerce had the third most recipients, behind West Texas and A&M-San Antonio.

"Teaching is very important to us," said Michael D. McKinney, chancellor of the A&M System. "And when the students being taught give special recognition to the teachers who are making an impact on them, it says a lot about the quality faculty we have throughout the system."

The Teaching Excellence Awards were initiated by McKinney in 2008 to honor and reward the system's top teachers as selected by students. Faculty members who teach courses of three hours or more and have a minimum of 16 students are eligible.

Texas A&M University-Commerce recipients are as follows:

Michael Hanna, Sang Suh, R. Creider, Kent Montgomery, Ka Sai Un, William Thompson, Kathleen McCraw, Jeffrey Herndon, Nikolay Sirakov, Ellen Faulkenberry, Debra Newton, Thomas Faulkenberry, Kaiqi Xiong, Abdullah Arslan, Mutlu Mete, Linda Kapp, Mildred Pryor, Alma Mintu-Wimsatt, Christine Alexander, Jason Burton, Greta Spradling, Charlotte Larkin, Omar Brown, Kishor Guru-Gharana, Alan Francis, Gordon Heslop, David Bennett, Augustine Arize, Sonia Taneja, Jennifer Sennette, Mark Reid, Rebecca Adams, Rebecca Stephens, Karin Tochkov, Leah Wickersham, Tara Tietjen-Smith, and Shahab Aslinia.

About the A&M System:

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state's economy.