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Dennis Barsema Named "Great Professor"

Each year the University Honors Program presents its "Great Professor Award" to an NIU professor or instructor who exemplifies the spirit and dedication to excellence in teaching and service that stands as a model to both faculty and students. Past recipients of this special recognition include C. Daniel Dillman, Nancy Nuzzo, Garry Glenn, Thomas Roberts, Carol Demoranville, Steve Franklin, Judy Santacaterina, Christopher Jones, Jason Hawke, and Nancy Castle.

The 2011 Great Professor Award was presented to Mr. Dennis Barsema at the annual "Honors Day" ceremony on Sunday in late April. Dennis teaches some of the most popular and in-demand Honors sections of classes on campus. For the past three years, he has volunteered to teach a five-week workshop on Microfinance for University Honors students that has grown to capacity and inspired many students to find ways to incorporate his lessons into their varied and diverse academic and career paths. He has directed an Honors capstone and is an inspiration to many students. His students describe him as accessible and approachable. More recently, Dennis taught in NIU's first-ever Huskie Enterprise in Leadership and Philanthropy camp, which brought high school students from across the state to NIU to learn how to make a greater impact in their schools, communities and world. Dennis is an NIU alumnus and benefactor who is committed to enhancing NIU's standing as a student-centered research university. The University Honors Program recognizes and thanks Mr. Dennis Barsema for his excellent work with NIU Honors students.