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2010 AICF Faculty of the Year: Anne McLaughlin Kuyper
By Dr. Phil Baird (Sicangu Lakota), Vice President, Academic, Career and Technical Education
21 May 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - The American Indian College Fund (AICF) announced that one of this year’s AICF Faculty of the Year award recipients is the late Anne McLaughlin Kuyper, long-time UTTC colleague and faculty member who passed away in March.

      The award program recognizes the talents and contributions of outstanding educators serving among the nation’s Tribal colleges and universities.


Anne McLaughlin Kuyper

      Previous UTTC faculty recipients were Lisa Azure (Teacher Education), Sheri Baker (General Education), Kathy Aller (Business and Office Technology) and Ray Dingeman (Criminal Justice).

      Remembrances of Anne’s were featured in last month’s United Tribes News. Since then, we have had the opportunity to reflect on her contributions to United Tribes and how much she will be missed.

      One important thing we learned was that Anne was appreciated as much, and perhaps more, by her students as she was by her colleagues.


United Tribes staff members gathered May 10 on the front lawn of Anne’s residence, the Russell Hawkins Conference Center, to honor her with a living legacy tree planting. United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

      Here are excerpts from several of the many recommendation letters written by UTTC students on behalf of Anne’s nomination for the AICF award:

      “I feel she will leave an everlasting legacy here for her students at UTTC. I wish to do all the things Anne has accomplished in her life. I would love to join the Peace Corp, and start a course I’ll love, just like Anne Kuyper.”
– Karen Merrick

      “Anne taught me a lot about myself, about you can be whatever you want to be. She was a very outgoing person, always had a smile and her little giggles when she talks about her past.”
– Lorna Black Bull

      “Ann was an awesome teacher. She would always help the students out with their work if they needed it. She always had a smile on her face and was always in a good mood.  She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet.”
– Kevin Brown

      “She taught class in such a way that she could make you believe that you can do anything you want in life and that nothing is unreachable. That Anne Kuyper was an amazing person with such a big heart. I feel blessed to have known her. She will be greatly missed.”
– Amy Lee

 

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