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May 3, 2007
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EMU's Neff to receive Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from Presidents Council

YPSILANTI — Heather Neff, professor of English language and literature at Eastern Michigan University, was one of three recipients of the inaugural Michigan Distinguished Professors of the Year Award, presented by the Presidents Council, State of Michigan.

Heather Neff
Dr. Heather Neff

Neff, who will receive $3,000, was recognized for her commitment to student research and experiential education.

"I am deeply honored by this award because it draws attention to the dedication of the EMU community to the intellectual growth and personal development of our students," Neff said. "The award reflects the many opportunities I've been given to work with great colleagues in a supportive, highly motivated environment."

"Michigan's 15 public universities are instrumental to the future of our state, as are our outstanding professors. This program recognizes excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level education throughout our state universities," said Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council. “All of the 15 nominees demonstrate the quality of education we celebrate. We'd like to thank every faculty member for their dedication to higher education and to each and every student."

The 15 nominees will be invited to the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year luncheon recognition program June 20 at the Lansing Center.


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