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North Hennepin Professor Names Prof of the Year

Eugenia Paulus, professor of chemistry at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn., was named the 2008 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year. Paulus was presented with the award during a ceremony Thursday in Washington.

According to the ASribe article, Paulus elected to teach at a community college so she could "make a difference at a place where everyone is welcome." The article then goes on to say that Paulus has challenged students to reach their fullest potential, advocating the use of scientific principles to help solve everyday problems. Her commitment to their success led her to develop a "Web-based, step-by-step tutorial" after she realized that many of her students lacked hands-on laboratory skills. And after conducting research showing that local employers needed working students to be proficient in certain laboratory techniques, she developed an industry skills course and helped raise $65,000 for the equipment needed to teach it.

According to the Star Tribune article, Paulus, who has taught at the Brooklyn Park campus for the past eight years, is the first professor from Minnesota to win the national award recognizing professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and for dedication to their fields and profession.

Both articles take completely different angles on this story. The AScribe article talks about all of the different winners individually, not taking too much time for any one winner. The Star Tribune article is more of an in-depth personal piece on Paulus herself and great things she has done during her teaching years.

Overall, the Star Tribune article is more along the lines of what we would do in this class. The AScribe article just mentions everyone, not really ever doing too much analysis of the the people.