Posted on March 31, 2008 by Christopher Thrall
Gerhard Lotz receives the Murray Lauber Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Gerhard Lotz (Physics) has been named the 2008 recipient of the Murray Lauber Distinguished Service Award at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. The award was established to recognize outstanding citizenship and exemplary contributions to the overall life of the campus by an academic staff member. Murray Lauber, Professor Emeritus (Mathematics), was the first recipient in 2007.
Lotz, who began teaching at Augustana in 1990, is the award-winning coach of the Vikings cross-country running team, which has won five national team championships in the past five years. He has promoted the sport by helping to organize the annual Puffin-for-a-Muffin road race, developing a race results workbook that has been widely adopted by other programs, and working with area high school coaches. He has also worked as a race official for biathlon and cross-country ski events.
In recent years Lotz has served as co-chair of a special academic planning committee and as a member of the executive and salary committees for the Association of Academic Staff: University of Alberta. In addition, he is a familiar face on campus at concerts, lectures, student conferences and faculty colloquia. Nominators praised him as a role model, a thoughtful voice on difficult issues and a supportive colleague.
Lotz was presented with the award at an informal ceremony late in March.
“The prolonged applause of the campus community was a measure of the respect he has earned as a teacher, coach and colleague,” said Dean Roger Epp. “Gerhard has given a great deal to Augustana. We’re fortunate to have him here.”
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