Congratulations to DNR graduate student, Brandon Kraft, who was selected as this year’s CALS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Natural Resources. Teaching Assistants have a very important role in the University’s instructional program, and this award is a great opportunity to recognize Brandon’s performance in this role. And congratulations, as well, go to former DNR Outstanding Graduate TA, Liz Craig, who has been recognized with this year’s award from the Core Biology Program.
In addition to lunch at the event on Thursday, May 7th, the attendees were each presented with a certificate signed by their department chair, Donald Viands – associate dean and director of academic programs for CALS – and CALS Dean Kathryn Boor. The award also came with an inscribed golden apple, which Viands playfully warned was heavier than it looks (but not real gold). Lastly, the selected TAs each received a $100 award, the announcement of which drew spontaneous applause and cheers from the winners in the room.
“TAs definitely make a significant contribution to our teaching mission in the college, and we want to recognize that. You make a huge impact on the students you interact with,” said Viands. “We’re here to celebrate the positive things that you all have done.” Before calling upon faculty members to praise their TAs as Viands presented the awards, he shared a quote from American historian Henry Brook Adams: “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops”