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Three professors honored with state, national awards

March 11, 2013

Grant, an assistant professor of biology, will be honored Friday, March 15, in Wausau with the Milton Pella Grant of Excellence from the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers. The honor recognizes her work with science-based illustrated novels and provides $1,000 to help expand the project.

From left, Jennifer Grant, Nancy Murray and Tom SlupeShe will create a website to facilitate dissemination of the novels to K-12 science teachers and to generate ideas for future novels that will be tailored for K-12 class use on an individual basis.

Grant’s students at UW-Stout write and create the novels, which are used by some Menomonie High School science students as supplemental texts.

Grant also received a Front and Center award in 2012 from WSST for developing the project.

Murray, a professor of business, received a Meritorious Teaching Award at the Marketing Management Association spring conference in Chicago. The award, sponsored by Hormel Foods, recognizes teachers for excellence in collegiate marketing education.

Murray has created a variety of experiential education opportunities for students, such as factory and mill tours in China; study abroad in England, France, Scotland and China; student participation in national and international tradeshows and conferences; visiting various corporate facilities; developing internship opportunities; and advising a student professional organization, Stout Retail Association.

She is teaching this semester in China.

Slupe, a former professor and now lecturer in electricity and electronics, received an honorary lifetime achievement award from the Wisconsin chapter of SkillsUSA.

Slupe was honored at the recent 30th annual UW-Stout SkillsUSA regional competition, which he founded. He ran the competition, the state’s second oldest, for many years and has been a SkillsUSA adviser. He also is a former contest coordinator of the state SkillsUSA competition.

Just a handful of people have received the lifetime award in Wisconsin, according to Brent Kindred, state SkillsUSA director and state Department of Public Instruction consultant for technology and engineering education. Kindred presented the award.

SkillsUSA was founded in 1965 and has more than 320,000 members in 50 states.

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