President's High Table 2011

President's High Table 2011

REDLANDS, CA (February 23, 2011)— Beth Doolittle, a senior lecturer in mathematics and the caretaker for the University’s beloved Bulldog mascots, has been named the University of Redlands Mortar Board Professor of the Year.

As part of her award, Doolittle will deliver a President’s High Table speech at 5:30 p.m. on March 16 in the Casa Loma room. Reservations for the University community are $14.50 per person and $18.50 per guest and can be made by contacting Chris Deyo at (909) 748-8308 or at christine_deyo@redlands.edu.

Selected by the students of the University’s chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society, Doolittle and four other nominees from the College of Arts and Sciences were honored at a reception Tuesday. In a presentation featuring student speeches to introduce the nominees, Doolittle was described by senior Katie Ostrinski as a dedicated and inspiring teacher—and a Bulldog through and through.

Doolittle has served the University community since 2001, helping students achieve both inside and outside the classroom. She attends every Bulldog athletic event with the Redlands Bulldog mascot (formerly Duke, currently Thurber) to whom she has been the official caretaker since 2003. It’s not an easy job, Ostrinski said, but Doolittle does it with pride, “firm in her belief that it is important for students to see faculty outside of the classroom.” “You can find her at every single home sporting event that takes place on campus, as well as any other event a student asks her to attend.

She also volunteers her time at every single basketball game, as she is the official scorekeeper for the University of Redlands basketball teams,” Ostrinski said. During her tenure at Redlands, Doolittle has taught more than 61 courses. Currently she is teaching three courses of finite mathematics as well as a course on Integrated Calculus that Doolittle proposed and designed.

Doolittle’s work also goes beyond the University; she has been a celebrated presenter at the American Association of University Women’s Math and Science Conference for Eighth Grade Girls, a conference put on to inspire young women to take math and science classes.

Four other professors who were nominated for their excellence were also recognized during the Mortar Board’s ceremony:

  • Andrew Meyertholen, an associate professor of physics
  • Anthony Suter, an associate professor in the School of Music 
  • Claudia Ingram, a professor of English Literature 
  • Kota Inoue, an assistant professor of Asian studies

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