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SOCHE to Recognize Six Wilmington College Faculty for Excellence

Anderson, Batiuk, Conklin, Gurtzweiler, Hock and Troike Lauded for Their Teaching Skills

November 6, 2012

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) will recognize six Wilmington College faculty members with 2012 awards for “Excellence in Teaching” Friday (Nov. 9) at its annual Faculty Awards Luncheon.

They are: Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture; Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of social and political studies; Alfred Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture; Dorothy Gurtzweiler, professor of communication arts; Lois Hock, professor of theatre; Don Troike, professor of biology.

The awards luncheon will be held during the Ohio Teaching and Learning Conference at Wright State University’s Student Union.

Anderson joined the agriculture faculty in 1985. He earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Batiuk is in her 40th year of college teaching and 29th at WC, which includes a period as dean of correctional education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marygrove College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Washington University.

Conklin joined the chemistry and agriculture faculties in 1976. A multiple Fulbright Fellow that shared his expertise in Africa and the Philippines, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania College, a Master of Arts from Fisk University and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Gurtzweiler is another long-time faculty member. She came to WC in 1975. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University.

Hock joined the theatre faculty in 1977 and has designed sets for scores of WC Theatre productions through the years, in addition to her annual summer theatre youth outreach, Kids & Company. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and both a Master of Science and Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a regional consortium of 20 colleges and universities in southwest Ohio.

Troike has been on the biology faculty since coming to WC in 1977. He plans to retire after this academic year. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Capital University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.