Perkins receives Lindahl award for excellence

May 12, 2003

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2003_05_12.jpgPLATTEVILLE - Recognized by students and colleagues for her outstanding teaching abilities, University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professor of business administration Donna Perkins received the Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award for 2002-03. Perkins said she was touched to receive such recognition.

"It's an honor to receive this award and a privilege to know people like Tom and Lee Ann Lindahl who care so deeply about education - I'm very appreciative of both the personal and professional support I have always received from them," Perkins said. "I have also had the good fortune to be associated with many dedicated teachers and hard-working students at UWP. I thank them for mentoring me and helping me develop an understanding of what it takes to be a good teacher."

Perkins was nominated for the award by Margaret Karsten, associate professor and chair of the department of business and accounting.

"Donna's record of outstanding teaching, innovation and commitment to students is just what the Lindahl Award is intended to recognize," Karsten said.

The Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award was established by former dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agricultural (BILSA) Thomas Lindahl. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding teaching practices in BILSA. The recipient receives a plaque and $500. Perkins will be formally recognized next fall and a plaque located in the lobby of the Pioneer Tower will also display her name along with previous recipients of this award.

"Tom Lindahl is a long-time advocate of good teaching, so he and his wife decided to support teaching excellence through an endowment and award recognition," said BILSA dean Duane Ford. "We've had a string of very deserving recipients and Donna certainly fits right in with that. She's an excellent teacher and most deserving of this award."

A native of Benton, Perkins received her bachelor of science degree from UWP in 1975. She continued her education, receiving a master's of business administration from the University of Dubuque in 1989. After working for Deer & Company for more than 12 years, Perkins joined UWP as a teaching academic staff member and in 1990 became a member of the faculty at UWP. In 2000, she received the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award and is UWP's 2003-04 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar - a program that will enable Perkins to become an even better teacher.

"Through the generosity of the Lindahls and the programs sponsored by the University, I will continue to think more deeply about learning and to explore ways I can help enhance it. For me, that's a never ending pursuit and something I plan to engage in form many years to come."

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