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President Braveman Receives National Award for Excellence in Experiential Education

Published September 28, 2016

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman is the recipient of the 2016 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. Presented by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), it recognizes a sitting college president who has made significant contributions to experiential education and exemplifies Burke’s commitment to college students through support of experiential education on campus and the community. The award is funded by The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars (TWC) in memory of TWC’s founder, William Burke.

Pictured at right with President Braveman at the Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, TX: (L to R) Al Cabral, associate professor of Management;  Andrew Morris, assistant vice president for Student Support Services; Emily Carpenter, director of Center for Life's Work; Joshua Hine, lead academic counselor for Undeclared Student Success; Rachel Bailey Jones, director of the Core Curriculum; Nuala Boyle, director in the Center for Civic Engagement; and President Daan Braveman.

"I was surprised and embarrassed when I received notice about this award. My embarrassment is that the Award really should go to the Nazareth College community,” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “From the College's very inception, our genetic makeup has been to create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to serve the larger community through our civic engagement programs, internships, service learning, and other experiential opportunities. And members of our college community seize these opportunities. Indeed, our core curriculum requires some such experiential learning experience and the College has received national recognition for its engagement with the larger community. So, this Award is really a tribute to our entire student body, our faculty, and our staff."

Nominator Nuala Boyle, Nazareth’s Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, described President Braveman’s work of strengthening experiential learning on the Nazareth College campus by integrating it into his campus strategic plan, fortifying community-campus partnerships, and implementing a new core curriculum that requires all students to participate in experiential learning experiences.

President Braveman will accept the award at the NSEE Conference Awards luncheon in late September. The Burke Award provides a $2,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a deserving student at Nazareth College who is involved in experiential learning.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.