Honored professor makes learning come alive

Dec 6, 2012

Dr. Cynthia LepeleyHeidelberg Spanish professor Dr. Cynthia Lepeley has received special recognition among her higher education peers in the December 2012 issue of Ohio Magazine.

Each December, the magazine publishes a special Excellence in Education section; the 2012 issue is the 10th annual recognition of higher-education teachers throughout the state for their achievements and dedication. In all, Lepeley – who was the recipient of the 2012 Jane Frost Kalnow Professorship in the Humanities at Heidelberg – is among about 120 teachers at colleges and universities around the state who were recognized this year.

She also is featured in the magazine’s main article, titled Learner Centered Approach, (http://www.ohiomagazine.com/Main/Articles/4679.aspx) about educators who “know the importance of putting students first in the learning process.”

“Cindy makes learning come alive inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Vicki Ohl, associate vice president for Affairs and dean of undergraduate faculty, who nominated Lepeley for the recognition. “In her 14 years at Heidelberg, she has been the model of excellence.”

Lepeley’s enthusiasm, teaching effectiveness and compassion inspired her annual course in service learning on the Texas-Mexico border, a life-changing experience for her students. With Lepeley, the students travel to a Mexican immigrant community in Texas to prepare activities for a summer children’s program. The students stay with members of the community, providing a full language immersion opportunity. The experience is designed to challenge stereotypes about immigrants.

Ken SneadIn 2010, Lepeley became a certified medical interpreter and in 2011, she earned the rare distinction of being certified as a legal interpreter, modeling for her students a lifelong love of learning and meaningful contributions to society. A year ago, she designed and taught a course on medical interpreting to her upper-level Spanish students.

Also featured in the Excellence in Education special section is Dr. Ken Snead, visiting professor in the School of Business this year. Snead received the Master Teacher Award, the highest teaching honor for Bowling Green State University faculty. He brings to the classroom many years of experience as a cost/financial analyst with Fortune 500 companies.

Earlier this semester, Snead crafted a partnership between the business schools of Heidelberg and BGSU that provides scholarship assistance for HU’s best and brightest accounting undergraduates who choose to pursue their master’s degree in accounting at BGSU.

See the full list of Excellence in Education honorees.