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Owens Community College Professor John Bruning Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Owens Community College Marketing and Sales Professor John Bruning

Owens Community College Marketing and Sales Professor John Bruning has been chosen by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Region 4 (ACBSP) to receive the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award for Associate Degree Institutions for his exemplary contributions and dedication to the teaching profession.

The ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award honors business faculty in higher education who are outstanding teachers as recognized by students, peers, administrators, alumni and business representatives. Bruning, honored as the North Central Region recipient, was one of only eight individuals in the United States from Associate Degree Institutions to receive the award. States within the North Central Region include Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Selection criteria for the ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award is based upon an instructor's teaching methods within the classroom, curriculum development, professional development, institutional versatility and commitment to the community.

Founded in 1988, ACBSP is the premier accreditation of business programs at the associate degree through graduate levels. The organization's membership consists primarily of small to medium size colleges and universities and community colleges throughout the United States. Consisting of 430 membership institutions, ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education, which supports, celebrates and rewards teaching excellence. ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

Bruning, who resides in Toledo, also is one of eight finalists for the International Teaching Excellence Award which will be announced later this month at the ACBSP National Conference in Houston.

"John is an exceptional classroom teacher," said Myrna DeAustria, Owens Dean of the Business and Public Service Division, who also nominated Bruning for this prestigious honor. "He is an experiential teacher who has mastered the art of not only maintaining a stimulating classroom, but also involving students in their educational endeavors, motivating and helping them to achieve and continue their success beyond the classroom."

Bruning, who joined the Owens' faculty in 1968, earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Toledo and master's degree in marketing education from Bowling Green State University.

In his current position as Professor of Marketing and Sales at the College, he is responsible for classroom instruction within the areas of marketing and business management. Bruning also has been a significant contributor to the Division's Cooperative Education Program as Business Management Co-op Coordinator. Since 1996, he has initiated and implemented the first sequence of Owens' Fall and Spring Semester classes, coordinating on-site work experiences for more than 50 students each year.

In addition, Bruning was instrumental in designing both the sales management and human resources management telecourses, serving as the primary instructor for these distance courses. He also is a member of the Owens Faculty Association.

His commitment to the community includes serving as the Toledo Association of Grocery Manufacturer's Representatives Scholarship Coordinator, and membership on the American Society for Training and Development Program Planning and Dana Corporation Foundation Scholarship committees.

Bruning's accomplishments include honorary induction into Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Beta Delta international honor societies for ACBSP and two-year colleges, respectively. In 1990, he received the Loyalty Alumnus Award for outstanding dedication and service to the College and recently honored as the recipient of the Owens Full-Time Continuous Service Award for having the most years of educational service.

"You would be hard pressed to find a professor who gives more time to helping students," said Jeff Hardesty, Owens Assistant Professor of Business and Management, who since joining the College's faculty has considered Bruning a mentor. "Whether it's with course work, helping students with career direction or class scheduling, he is there for them. John gives of himself tirelessly, for the pleasure of helping to make each person he touches better."

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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