Ronald Mendel Named Mount Union College Great Teacher

April 24, 2008

Dr. Ronald W. Mendel with Dean DravesMount Union College has named Dr. Ronald W. Mendel, assistant professor of human performance and sport management, as the College's 2008 Great Teacher.

The award was presented Thursday, April 24 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.

Mendel earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master of arts degree in education, both from Walsh University. He also earned a doctoral degree in exercise physiology from Kent State University.

Mendel, program director of exercise science, has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2004. He serves as the advisor to the Exercise Science Club and serves on the Human Subjects and SCHOLAR Day committees.

“Not only is this man a great educator, he is the smartest man I know,” said one student nominating Mendel. “His education, research and desire for the subject encouraged not only me, but others, to want to learn the most that we could. He went beyond the teacher status and was a fabulous, guiding mentor and someone with which to talk. Anytime I had a problem or just wanted to talk, he was always willing to sit down and do it. Professional yet fun, Dr. Mendel was my favorite professor at Mount Union College.”

“Dr. Mendel has been my advisor and professor for the last four years,” said another student nominating Mendel. “Not only has he been a mentor but a great friend. He has supported me in every way possible as well as helped me earn a degree that I love. I cannot thank him enough for the support, determination and hard work he has shown me.”

The Great Teacher Award, initiated in 1962, is sponsored by the Alumni Association and recognizes excellence in teaching - the foundation upon which the reputation of Mount Union has been built.

Mendel was chosen as this year's Great Teacher by a selection committee consisting of the officers of the senior class, the two past recipients of the Great Teacher Award, the president and immediate past president of the Alumni Association and the president of the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women.

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