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Indiana, Illinois Educators Honored for Being STEM Career Mentors

June 25, 2013

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Outstanding Teacher: South Vermillion High School mathematics teacher Melinda Clark received the Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Teacher Award from Jared Goulding (top, right), associate director of admissions, and Alex Thomas, a sophomore chemical engineering student from Clinton, Indiana. (Photos by Terry Miller)
    Outstanding Counselor: Carrie Egan, college planning coordinator at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois, received the Charles G. Howard Outstanding Counselor Award from Jared Goulding, associate director of admissions.

 

Rose-Hulman has honored a trio of Indiana and Illinois high school teachers/counselors for encouraging their students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The awards were presented during the college’s Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Melinda Clark, a math teacher at South Vermillion High School in Clinton, Indiana, received the Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Teacher Award. She helps students in and out of the classroom, even if they aren’t taking her classes in geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics. Former student Alex Thomas, a chemical engineering major at Rose-Hulman, considers Clark “hands down the most influential educator I have had in my lifetime.” She has also been described as “intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, personable, honest, trustworthy, and enthusiastic about teaching.”

Receiving the Charles G. Howard Outstanding Counselor Award was Carrie Egan, college planning coordinator at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois. The former college admissions officer became involved in counseling when she realized parents needed more help in the college search process. Egan has also helped students realize their higher education goals by expanding scholarship opportunities. Before her arrival at Carmel in 2005, graduating students received $423,000 in scholarships. Last year’s graduating class received $41 million in scholarships.

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Outstanding Mentor: Eric Zalud (middle), network specialist at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, Illinois, earned the Outstanding Mentor Award from Jared Goulding (right), associate director of admissions, and Richard Shomer, a junior computer engineering major from Lansing

Eric Zalud, network specialist at Heritage Middle School in Lansing, Illinois, earned the Outstanding Mentor Award. He has helped transform his students’ lives through his leadership and advising of the school’s Tech Club. He enforces strict academic and personal conduct expectations, and is always available to offer assistance. Former student Richard Shomer, a computer engineering major at Rose-Hulman, described Zalud as someone who simply “does not give up.” The educator also contributes to his community as a leader of the local Civil Air Patrol.

Hulbert is Rose-Hulman’s president emeritus, leading the institution for 28 years (1976-2004), while Howard is a former Dean of Admissions for the college.