WMU News

Friesner gets teaching award

July 17, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- WMU English instructor Scott Friesner was selected as a Teacher Recognition Awardee in the United States 2001 Presidential Scholars Program. Friesner was chosen for the honor after being identified by Presidential Scholar recipient and Mattawan High School graduate Dominik Rabiej as the teacher "who most inspired and challenged him."

Friesner has worked with Rabiej through WMU's Academically Talented Youth Program and recently taught the student again in an English 320 course. Friesner received his award in Washington, D.C., during the Presidential Scholars' Recognition Week ceremonies, June 26 through July 2.

Friesner admits he was very surprised by Rabiej's nomination of him for the award. "Dominik's genius is in computing, so it's very interesting to me that this student, who has unbelievable computing skills, picked an English teacher for the award. I was actually stunned," he says. "Dominik is simply in love with learning."

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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