Computer science professor honored for mentoring

Dr. Laura Leventhal with BGSU's Faculty Mentor Award

BOWLING GREEN, O. —“When I saw the announcement for the Faculty Mentor Recognition Award, I immediately thought of Laura Leventhal,” wrote Rachelle Hippler, a computer science instructor at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands campus, in her nomination letter. “She is the true definition of a mentor—a trusted friend, counselor, teacher and role model.”

Leventhal, a computer science professor, was presented the award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on March 22.

Leventhal’s nominator pointed out her commitment to Firelands, explaining she was one of the first instructors for the courses sent by interactive video and was instrumental in getting upper-level computer science courses offered at the campus.

She is also one of the coordinators in the cognitive and computing sciences dual degree option—a five-year course of study in which students earn dual master’s degrees in psychology and computer science along with a Ph.D. in psychology.
“Laura’s enthusiasm is infectious,” wrote Dr. Dale Klopfer, a psychology associate professor. “I am a more productive researcher as a result of knowing her.”

In letters of support, Leventhal’s colleagues consistently praised her personable nature and willingness to go above and beyond to help with any problem.

“Laura is truly a generous colleague who is willing to collaborate in both teaching and in research,” said Dr. Julie Barnes, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. “She also is an exemplary model in the area of service.”

Dr. Guy Zimerman, the undergraduate coordinator in computer science, summed up her impact. “Laura is an encourager.  She is a master at finding something positive with which to praise and spur people forward.  She exudes a ‘you can do it’ spirit and I think it would be hard to overstate the significance that such encouragement can have on people’s lives.”
                                                           

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(Posted March 23, 2010 )