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Honors Tutorial College announces outstanding tutors

ATHENS, Ohio (July 3, 2006) -- The Honors Tutorial College recently announced its outstanding tutors for the 2005-06 academic year.  David Young, assistant professor of chemistry, and Thomas Carpenter, Charles J. Ping professor of humanities and professor of classics and world religions, received the honor.

Outstanding Tutor Awards recognize sustained excellence in tutorial work.  Tutorials are the distinguishing educational element of the Honors Tutorial College as students undertake a substantial portion of their coursework either one-on-one or in small groups with faculty tutors.  Several factors that go into the selection of an awardee include student nominations, evaluations of tutorials, number of tutorials taught and observations by colleagues and HTC administrators.

"The Honors Tutorial College cannot achieve its unique educational mission without the contributions of faculty members of [this] caliber," Fidler said.

Young has long been praised by HTC chemistry students for his tutorial work.  Students consistently point to the quality of his tutoring and the enjoyment they experience in working with him.

"Over the years of [Young's] association with the Honors Tutorial College, he has been a major contributor to the education of HTC chemistry students," Fidler said.  "He has been an energetic tutor, and a careful and dedicated thesis director."

HTC students and administrators alike also have praised Carpenter.  Students described him as "very distinguished, humble and approachable."

One student's nomination said, "He demonstrates how effective and inspiring a tutorial can be.  He is always friendly, but nonetheless professional and knowledgeable in his material.  His teaching skills are excellent in the sense that he was never spoon-feeding me, but he patiently directed me to a certain realm of thinking."

Young and Carpenter will be honored at a dinner at the Konneker Alumni Center in October and with placement of a photograph on the HTC "Wall of Fame" at 35 Park Place.

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