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Dr. Lawrence Martin Receives
O.W.L. Award for 2004

 MAILED:  April 27, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — A member of the American Indian Studies Program faculty is the 2004 recipient of the O.W.L. award, which recognizes an outstanding University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member who best exemplifies the art and science of teaching adult returning students.

Dr. Lawrence Martin, professor of English and director of the American Indian Studies Program at UW-Eau Claire, received the O.W.L. Award for helping “older, wiser learners” reach their academic potential at the Student Development and Diversity Awards Celebration April 21.

Student nominators mentioned Martin’s warmth, his ability to encourage older students, and his willingness to go out of his way to make non-traditional students feel accepted and to ease their transition into college.

Martin grew up in northern Wisconsin, near Hayward, and is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Nation. He and his wife came to UW-Eau Claire from Ohio in 1998. He has a special interest in efforts to revitalize native languages, particularly the Ojibwe language, and he teaches the Ojibwe language class and various parts of the team-taught survey courses in American Indian Studies at UW-Eau Claire. He received his doctoral degree in linguistics from UW-Madison.

Martin was among 10 faculty members nominated for the award by nontraditional students. Other nominees included Judith Fadness, lecturer, mathematics; Leslie Foster, assistant professor, library services; Dr. Charles Hanson, professor of English; Dr. Jeremy Hein, professor of sociology; Gloria Hochstein, adjunct assistant professor, English; Dr. Rosemary Jadack, professor, adult health nursing; Kristy Lauver, assistant professor of management and marketing; Dr. Scott Lester, associate professor of management and marketing, and Dr. Richard St. Germaine, professor of history.

The Nontraditional Student Advisory Committee reviewed the nominations and selected the award winner. Martin received a plaque at the awards celebration. The other nominees received certificates of appreciation and will remain in the pool of O.W.L. Award nominees for three years.

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Updated: April 27, 2004