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05-04-2000

Peck Of Brooktondale To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Clarkson University senior Gregory M. Dilmore of Binghamton, N.Y., credits much of his academic success to Walter Peck, his physics teacher at Whitney Point Central School in Whitney Point, N.Y.

Dilmore, a chemical engineering major, nominated Peck for the Clarkson University Inspirational High School Teaching Award, which he will receive during Commencement Weekend Activities, May 13-14.  Peck is a resident of Brooktondale, N.Y.

“Mr. Peck encouraged students to think for themselves and to do their best; not just in physics, but in everything they did,” said Dilmore.  “He made sure students understood what was going on and were able to solve problems in different ways. He made learning inside and outside of the classroom fun.”

For the eleventh consecutive year, Clarkson University will recognize some of the exceptional teachers who have influenced the lives of Clarkson students.  Five people who taught members of Clarkson's Class of 2000 will receive the Inspirational High School Teaching Award.

In early spring, Clarkson seniors are asked to nominate the high school teacher that they feel most influenced their lives and helped shape their education and career choices.  Five educators were then chosen from the nominations to receive this award.

Award selections are based on information and insights provided by the students on the nomination form.  The information includes the reasons for choosing this particular teacher, how the teacher influenced the student and an actual situation in which the teacher demonstrated characteristics of an outstanding educator. 

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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