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OWU professor is Sigma Alpha Epsilon's faculty member of the year

August 24, 2004

[ Clifford Cook, professor of accounting at Ohio Wesleyan
University ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Clifford Cook, professor of accounting at Ohio Wesleyan University, was selected as the winner of Sigma Alpha Epsilon's First Annual Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2004.

The Faculty Member of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding professor in four areas: impact on students, commitment to helping students achieve academic potential, support for students outside the classroom, and support of Greek life. According to a letter written to Cook from Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the students of the Ohio Delta Chapter felt that Cook exceeded all four criteria for the award.

"It was an honor to be nominated for the award, and even more of an honor to be selected for national recognition," Cook said.

Cook accepted the award July 31 at the opening session of the 69th Annual Leadership School, which took place in Evanston, Ill., at the national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In addition to a plaque and an honorarium given to him, Sigma Alpha Epsilon purchased a book of Cook's choice to be presented in his honor to Ohio Wesleyan's Beeghly Library. Cook selected Management: Inventing and Delivering its Future, a collection of speeches and collaborative faculty/student research prepared to honor the MIT Sloan School of Management 50th Anniversary.

Cook is the faculty advisor to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Ohio Wesleyan. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is North America's largest social fraternity, with more than 260,000 initiated members since 1856. The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for its members based upon the ideals set forth by the founders and as specifically enunciated in "The True Gentleman Initiative," a comprehensive member-education program.