Students Honor Svenson

Art Svenson instructing class

Art Svenson was named the Mortar Board Professor of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday night in the Casa Loma Room.

Svenson, a professor of government, also won the award in 1992.

“It is a great honor to receive this from Mortar Board,” Svenson said. “I have great respect for them, and that they put me forward and selected me this year. I’m speechless.”

Students were asked to nominate their favorite professors in November, with this year’s nominees including Jack Osborn, executive professor of business administration; Heather King Shamp, professor of English; Nicholas Shunda, assistant professor of economics; and Greg Thorson, professor of government.

“To be nominated is an honor, but the greatest honor is to be with the other four people nominated,” Svenson said. “My honor is joining them on stage.”

Each nominee was introduced by a student, with Jacqueline Yaeger ’13 doing the honors for Svenson. During her speech, she touched on the great pride Svenson has in the University of Redlands, his zest for teaching, and the inspiration that he gives to his students.

“He is certainly one of the most intriguing characters at the University of Redlands,” she said. “He has won before, and it is easy to see why.”

Svenson also had high praise for his student, who serves as his peer advisor.

“She is one of the top two students that I’ve had in my lifetime,” he said. “To be introduced by her, with that great introduction, that made this especially special.”

As Mortar Board Professor of the Year, Svenson will speak in March at the President’s High Table Dinner. Mortar Board is a national honor society, with the University of Redlands Chapter presenting the Professor of the Year Award and its wine and cheese reception annually.

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