Education & Agriculture

0242Sixth-graders teaching first-graders how to make a tie blanket.    St. Francis Parish School of Religion (PSR) students in Aviston have something to feel very proud of — they recently raised funds and made 67 fleece blankets for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in memory of Galen Huelsmann, who lost his battle with cancer in September 2013 at the age of 16. 
    Milissa Faust, who is the director of Religious Education at St. Francis, said that sixth-grade PSR teacher Lynn Huegen proposed the idea of her students earning money to buy materials and actually making the blankets for the Galen’s Blanket program.
    “I asked if we could make it a schoolwide mission, and if she would take the lead on it,” Faust said. “Lynn graciously agreed. She, along with Susanne Albers, the other sixth-grade teacher, had their classes promote and direct the mission.”
    During this past Lenten season, the PSR students earned money doing chores at home such as feeding and walking the dog, taking out the trash, doing the dishes, setting the table and cleaning their room. The students earned $1,200.
    “With this money we were able to make 67 blankets,” Faust said. “During the PSR class all grades 1-8 participated in making these blankets. We’re very proud of them.”
    The blankets will be distributed throughout St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

KassonUMCAwardTerese Kasson    McKendree University accounting instructor Terese Kasson of Breese has received the 2018 Exemplary Teacher Award, an honor given to one faculty member each year by the general board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. The recipient is nominated by one’s full-time faculty peers and selected by a group of past recipients.
    Selection criteria include excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community.
    Regarded by her students and peers as an excellent instructor, Kasson is “knowledgeable, engaging, accessible outside of class, and helpful,” said Dr. Christine Bahr, university provost. “Her courses are fast-paced and challenging but she is always willing to meet with them individually to help them master the material. She prepares students by providing career tips and advice and emphasizing what to expect in their future jobs.” 
    Kasson is an academic advisor, started a student organization, has served on numerous faculty committees and since 2014 as the faculty athletic representative. She supports students by regularly attending their athletic events, plays and concerts.
    McKendree University recognized academic achievers across all disciplines and presented awards at an Honors Convocation held on April 26 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the Lebanon campus. The event was part of the university’s fifth annual Academic Excellence Celebration.

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