Two at DWU earn excellence awardsRené Pruitt and Nathan Hofer are the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for the fall term at Dakota Wesleyan University.
René Pruitt and Nathan Hofer are the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for the fall term at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Pruitt, assistant professor of education, is the faculty winner. She is described as a dedicated employee and educator who oversees volunteer projects for students and volunteers, as well.
“René is a mild-mannered, kind and caring person,” one nomination letter states. “As a co-worker, you may come to work and find flowers or candy on your desk. As a student, you might have cookies and milk during class. She puts others before herself on a daily basis.”
Hofer, director of student activities and resident director of Allen Hall and the apartments on campus, is the staff winner. His nomination letter describes him as a team player who lives for his job.
“Nathan works continually to engage, develop and entertain students,” states the letter. “He lives and breathes his career. Nathan lives learning, leadership, faith and service. … Thanks to his efforts, students no longer lament a lack of things to do on campus. He’s made sure that if students want an activity, there is one.”
The Professional Excellence Award is given throughout the year to faculty and staff members. The winners are then considered for the year-end awards for faculty and staff.