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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 57, Number 14 (June 15, 1956)

Two A's for teaching,   p. 24

Page 24

T WO YOUNG assistant professors,
     Israel Abramowitz of commerce
     and E. James Archer of psychol-
ogy, were named winners of the 1956
Kiekhofer Memorial Teaching Awards
last month.
  The awards, given annually to out-
standing young Wisconsin faculty mem-
bers for "excellency in teaching," are
living memorials for the beloved UW
economics teacher, Prof. William H.
Kiekhofei, whose classes in elementary
economics enrolled more than 70,000
students during the long years of his
teaching prior to his death in 1951.
  Prof. Abramowitz, '29, became a
University of Wisconsin teaching assist-
ant in 1949, while working on his
Ph.D. degree, and has been teaching at
the University ever since. All of his
degrees were earned at Wisconsin. His
Bachelor of Sciences degree, in 1949,
was in electrical engineering. His M.A.
degree earned later the same year, was
in commerce, as was his Ph.D., awarded
in 1954. He became an instructor in
February, 1954, assistant professor in
September of the same year.
  In making his presentation to Abram-
owitz Regent Gelatt said:
  "According to the testimony of his
colleagues, he has a very real enthusiasm
for teaching. Not only does he include
in his courses the newest materials, but
he also constantly strives to improve his
presentation of the old. He has achieved
a high degree of popularity with his
students, but he has not done so at the
expense of quality work. He challenges
his students by demanding the best of
them. He has their respect not only be-
cause of his high standards but also
because of his willingness to devote
extra time to help them clear up any
difficulties they may be having."
  Prof. Archer, 30, came to Wisconsin
as instructor in 1952, was promoted to
assistant professor in 1953, and has
taught a wide variety of courses, intro-
ductory and advanced. He received the
Bachelor of Science degree in 1949, the
M.S. degree in 1950, and the Ph.D.
degree in 1952, all in psychology and
all at Northwestern   University. He
was a teaching assistant both at North-
western and at the University of Illinois
before coming to Wisconsin.
  In his presentation of the award to
Archer, Regent Gelatt said:
  "According to the testimohy of his
colleagues, he has a marked versatility
which enables him to be equally effective
when lecturing to large groups in in-
troductory courses, when leading discus-
sion groups in more advanced courses,
and when directing research in small
graduate groups. He holds his students
to very exacting standards, but his per-
sonal warmth and his real interest in
students make it possible for him to
understand them and to be sensitive to
their needs and interests."
  To qualify for the awards, nominees
must be exceptional teachers who have
completed work on their Ph.D. degrees,
are engaged to teach full time at the
University next year, and have plans to
make teaching an important part of their
Award to Roark
  Raymond J. Roark, professor of me-
chanics in the University of Wisconsin
College of Engineering, has been
awarded the annual Benjamin Smith
Reynolds Award of $1,000 for excel-
lence in the teaching of future engi-
  The award was established two years
ago by the family and friends in honor
of Benjamin Smith Reynolds, widely
known Madison manufacturer who died
in 1954.
  Some 400 engineers and industrialists
from all parts of the state and nation
witnessed the presentation of the award,
one of the highlights of the Engineers
Day dinner held in Great Hall of Wis-
consin's Memorial Union.
  The presentation was made by Charles
Gelatt, La Crosse, president of the UW
Board of Regents, who lauded Prof.
Roark as "a rugged engineer who is as
exacting as only an engineer can be
exact, yet who is soft spoken, has a
pleasant, courteous manner, and a good
sense of humor. In his teaching activity
he has always made every effort to do a
complete, correct, and thorough job.
  "Prof. Roark is one of the engineer-
ing teachers who have greatly helped
the University of Wisconsin gain a top-
level position in engineering education
and research," Regent Gelatt said. "For
more than a generation he has con-
stantly held the highest respect of his
students and has steadily stimulated
their interest, curiosity, and initiative.
He has served diligently as a highly-
respected confidant and consultant of
industries throughout the state and na-
tion, and his never-ending study and
research have added greatly to engineer-
ing knowledge."
Raymond J. Roark
          Regent Gelatt extends $1,000 checks to Abramowitz, Archer.
Two A's for Teaching

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