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2005.09.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Gildersleeve Honored With 2005 Distinguished Mentor Award

Omaha — Chuck Gildersleeve, a professor of geography/geology in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a recipient of the National Council for Geographic Education's (NCGE) Distinguished Mentor Award for 2005.  He is one of a handful of educators nationwide who will be honored this fall during the NCGE annual meeting, which will be held Oct. 12-15 in Birmingham, Ala.

The Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes university faculty members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional mentoring of graduate students in geography and geography education.  Nominees also must be senior faculty in active service or retired at a university in the United States or Canada.

"Dr. Gildersleeve has served UNO for many years as an outstanding and dedicated teacher," said Shelton Hendricks, dean of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences.  "This award is a very appropriate recognition of this distinguished record."

Gildersleeve will be honored for his creative efforts and work in the state of Nebraska through the Nebraska Geographic Alliance, in addition to the teachers he has mentored who have brought positive change to K-12 classrooms across the nation.  In Birmingham, he will be formally recognized at the NCGE banquet and during specially designated Distinguished Mentor sessions that will reflect the academic influence of his mentorship.

"A dear friend of mine once stated to me that the very best testament to one's teaching is from that professor's alumni," Gildersleeve said.  "My graduate students and those teachers I work with each year nominated me as a distinguished mentor, and such is the highest honor a professor and colleague can receive."

A member of the university community for more than 40 years, Gildersleeve began his full-time career at UNO as an assistant professor of geography.  He went on to serve as chair of the UNO Department of Geography/Geology before becoming a full professor of geography and a graduate faculty member.  His specialization and areas of interest include economic and urban geography, Latin America with an emphasis on land use, location theory and urban ethnicity.

At UNO, Gildersleeve has also been active on numerous committees.  In addition, he has been the state coordinator for the National Geography Bee since 1988 and the state co-coordinator of Geographic Educators of Nebraska since 1989.

His list of honors includes the UNO Great Teacher Award, Andersen-Gouttierre Award and Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence, as well as being named the National Geography Professor of the Year and International Studies Teacher of the Year.

"I believe Dr. Gildersleeve, after his many years of teaching, is still as excited, concerned and creative as a new teacher about the education of his students," said Mary Alfieri, a former UNO geography student and a current science teacher with Omaha Public Schools.  "Dr. Gildersleeve believes in education and is the number one supporter of teachers in Nebraska and, I will say, the world."

For more information, call (402) 554-4803.

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