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05-31-2002

Titus Of Bristol Receives Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

Potsdam, N.Y. -- To Clarkson University Senior Jarett Lowman, of Barkhamsted, Conn., Donald Titus, American history and social studies teacher at Northwestern Regional High School in Winsted, Conn., was that rare and magical combination of caring, generous educator and charismatic classroom entertainer that made learning about history a memorable and exciting experience.

Lowman nominated Titus of Bristol, Conn., for the 2002 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award. Titus was one of six high school educators chosen to receive the award at Clarkson’s commencement weekend, May 11-12.

“Mr. Titus brings history to life by telling entertaining American history stories in his own unique manner,” said Lowman. “Even though I am an engineer and haven’t taken a history class since high school, I still am pretty fresh on American history, thanks to Mr. Titus.”

“He was always interested, too, in the well being of his students,” added Lowman. “Whenever I had a problem with homework or needed a paper proofread, he was more than happy to help out. I don’t think I ever saw Mr. Titus upset or angry; he always seemed to be smiling. Much of this positive energy flowed right into his students, and even if you were having a bad day this one teacher could turn it around with either his big smile or of one of his entertaining stories.”

For the 13th consecutive year, Clarkson University recognized those educators who have made an indelible impact on the lives of Clarkson seniors. In early spring, graduating students are invited to nominate the one educator whom they feel has shaped their lives and influenced career choices. Winners are chosen from the nominations to receive the award.

“As a university, we rely on the talent and dedication of high school educators to prepare our students for the special challenges of college and adult life,” said Clarkson University Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Kelly. “It seems fitting, then, to recognize these remarkable individuals who have given so much time and energy to help young people develop the motivation and skills necessary to ensure their futures.”

Titus and the other award recipients received the awards at a special dinner on the evening of May 11, and were honored during the commencement ceremonies the following day.

[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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