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Scott Kreher, assistant professor of biology, was selected by student vote as this year’s recipient of the Mother Evelyn Murphy Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Mother Evelyn Murphy served as dean of Rosary College, now Dominican University, from 1928 to 1937, before becoming president of the college. Under her leadership, the college’s reputation for both academic rigor and social activism increased significantly. For more than 45 years, undergraduates have voted to select the Mother Evelyn Murphy Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

Despite signs of economic recovery, it seems like the list of problems standing in the way of a secure financial future for the U.S. is getting longer by the day. From out-of-control student loan debt and habitual consumer overleveraging to Medicare insolvency and an overcomplicated tax code, we clearly have a lot to figure out in a political landscape that’s far from conducive to progress.

As I look back on those days when online discussion became part of classes, I long for the easy engagement it seemed to generate among students. In 1999, the Internet was cool. Adding online interaction to traditional courses got students excited and motivated them to perform better. Today, though, the Internet is no longer inherently cool, and is even a little boring. I can use the coercive power of grading to require online participation, but I cannot force the organic buy-in that seemed so promising in the late 1990s.

River Forest, IL – Dominican University Professor of Economics Peter Alonzi, a resident of Glenview, received the university's Excellence in Teaching Award during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 4. Alonzi has taught in the university's Brennan School of Business since 1999.