Awards Presented at Banquet
Sep 10, 2010FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DR. MARK KREJCI, Provost and Dean of the College
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
AWARDS PRESENTED AT CONCORDIA
Prestigious awards were presented at the annual Fall Faculty and Administration Banquet Aug. 27 at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. Dr. Joan Kopperud received the Flaat Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Darin Ulness received the Flaat Distinguished Scholarship Award, Dennis Duncan received the Distinguished Service Award and Dr. Daniel Breedon received the Wije Distinguished Professorship.
Dr. Joan Kopperud, a member of the English department faculty since 1989, is a teacher, mentor and scholar who exemplifies the scholar-teacher model at Concordia. Kopperud integrates her knowledge of experiential and service-learning theories into her teaching and writing encouraging students to connect theory to practice while engaging the world in meaningful ways.
Dr. Darin Ulness joined the chemistry department in 1998 consistently attracting students to his research program. His accomplishments as a scholar include 40 publications, 14 of those with Concordia undergraduate co-authors. His contributions to the college include creating the Concordia College Science Academy for elementary students, creation of a collaborative science colloquium series and furthering the work of the formal summer chemistry research program. His research has led to important insights into nonlinear optical spectroscopy and condensed phase chemistry and dynamics.
Dennis Duncan has been responsible for Concordia’s data network and extensive supporting technologies since 1995 successfully managing the explosive growth of networking across the campus. Duncan and his team also oversee more than 100 servers, the e-mail system, the new Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone system and the college’s extensive wireless network. Concordia recently appointed Duncan as the college’s first Information Security Officer with the added responsibility of protecting the information assets of the college.
Dr. Daniel Breedon joined the Concordia College music faculty in 1974. He is a respected professor of music theory and composition whose area of expertise is the musical structures associated with 20th-century music. Breedon is also a prolific composer and an accomplished violinist and keyboardist. He has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Opera for the past 20 years. An innovator and leader, Breedon has held a number of key leadership roles at the college especially in supporting the Core curriculum. He was the first to hold the position of division chair for the Core Curriculum and Integrative Studies.
The Flaat awards were endowed by Ole and Lucy Flaat, lifelong farmers in the Red River Valley. The Reuel and Alma Wije Professorship recognizes superior classroom teaching and significant service to the college and the church.