Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blair Orr receives Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award

By Alanna Knapp of Tech Today

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech University Professor Blair Orr of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science has received the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award in the associate professor/professor category. He is singled out especially for directing Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Master's International Program, which allows students to combine two years of Peace Corps service with a graduate degree program. Involving eight disciplines, Michigan Tech has the largest number of Master's International programs nationwide at one university.

Orr earned a PhD in Forestry Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and came to Michigan Tech in 1992.

From the start, he taught economics and began the University's first Master's International program, forestry, in 1995. He became the director of all eight programs in 2006.

"Blair brings to the University his creativity, his time, a passion for international programs, and, most importantly, a commitment to students' success," said Dean Margaret Gale.

Students returning from the field tell Gale that they are well-prepared for their service.

"They are confident," she said, "and, with Blair's guidance and influence, prepared for service abroad." Read more of this article by Alanna Knapp, Tech Today student editor ...

Editor's Note: See also our March 31, 2010, article "Peace Corps lauds Michigan Tech, Portage Health for Master's International programs," about the visit of Eric Goldman, Peace Corps Masters International national manager, and the awards he presented to Blair Orr and to Portage Health.

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