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Dayton Rothrock Alumni Fellows Announced

posted Aug 28, 2009 in ALUMNI

McPherson College is pleased to announce its 2009 Dayton Rothrock Alumni Fellows: Martin Ward ’78, and Ann Baus ‘83. This award honors professional educators who exemplify the goals and model the mission of the teacher education program by effectively blending the art and science of teaching.

Since his graduation, Marty Ward has been active in the education field. Ward currently teaches teacher education courses related to lesson planning, teaching methods, classroom management, assessment, and students with special learning needs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is entering his fifth year as the chair of the teacher education department in the college of education. As a student at MC, Ward studied special education and elementary education, which eventually led him to pursue graduate studies in counseling and Wichita State University and later complete his doctoral work in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.

“One’s school years represent a very exciting, influential and memorable period in his or her life,” Ward said. “I have enjoyed working with students during this time in their lives when they are striving to accomplish challenging, meaningful goals that often have a major impact on their future.”

Ward and his wife Carol reside in Corpus Christi. He has two grown sons and a two year old grandson. Ward’s parents, John and Bonnie Ward, live in McPherson at the Cedars. Both his parents are MC alumni.

“To be recognized by my alma mater as having made a contribution in my area of study means a lot to me,” Ward said. “It brings back fond memories of the many talented classmates that were also studying to be teachers when I was in school at McPherson. Some of them have already been honored with this award.”

Ward continued, “Dayton’s name on this award is especially meaningful to me. As I came to know Dayton as a professor and mentor, one of his qualities that I noticed that has become engrained in my approach to teaching is that of demonstrating respect and appreciation for the ideas of the student. Dayton consistently communicated to his students that their ideas were of value and could truly make a difference. While I am thanking Dayton, I also want to thank Dr. Monroe Hughbanks who supervised my student teaching experience at McPherson.”

Ann Baus graduated from MC in 1983. She currently lives in Alexander with her husband Mark. When not in the classroom, she spends her time helping on their family farm. Baus currently teaches ESOL at Barton County Academy in Great Bend. Throughout her years in education, however, Baus has taught several different subjects including biology, general science, physical science, zoology, botany, earth science, and three levels of Spanish.

“I love knowing that I have made a difference in another person's life, hopefully in a very positive way,” Baus said.

The Bauses have three daughters ages 21, 18, and 10.

Ward and Baus will be honored at the Dayton Rothrock Alumni Fellow Luncheon and Awards Banquet in Mingenback Hall on October 3 at noon. Pre-registration is required to attend the luncheon.

The Dayton Rothrock Fellowship was initiated in 2004 in honor of Dr. Dayton Rothrock ’47, who spent 32 years serving his alma mater as a faculty member, department chair and trustee. He was named Professor of the Year in 1984-85 and now holds the title of professor emeritus of education and psychology.


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