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Yale President addresses Phi Beta Kappa initiation
Former university president Donald Kennedy, Bing Professor of Environmental Science, received the 1994 Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Prize. The award recognizes a professor "who demonstrates excellence in undergraduate education." Student members of Phi Beta Kappa nominate and select the prizewinner, who receives $1,500 and a plaque. The prize is supported by an endowment from the Amoco Foundation. Graduating senior Michael Celio, who presented the award, read from students' nominating letters in praise of Kennedy's teaching. Said one: "Even though I am majoring in two subjects - English and math - which are far from anything he has ever taught, he has been advising me all year on my English honors thesis, and even went so far as to uncover a 10-year-old speech on my topic - a document that I did not even know existed." Another wrote: Inside the classroom he [Kennedy] is an engaging, knowledgeable educator who clearly loves to share his experience with students. Outside the classroom he maintains his interest and shares it with students, allowing them to profit from his knowledge while expanding their own." A third praised Kennedy with these words: "He added to my college experience more than I can say, and has raised my aspirations for the future." This year, 125 seniors and 35 juniors were elected to membership in the Stanford chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. -mas-
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