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Laura Allan receives Laurier's Residence Academic Partnership award
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Laura Allan, assistant professor in the School of Business & Economics, has received Laurier’s Residence Academic Partnership award. The award recognizes faculty members who support academic initiatives within the university’s residences.
Allan has been involved with the Business & Economics Residence Learning Community (RLC), one of Laurier’s themed residence environments designed to extend opportunities for learning and development into residence buildings, since its creation in 2009. She frequently visits the RLC to conduct question and answer sessions about course content and the BBA program, run mid-term and final exam preparation courses, and mentor students through their first year of study.
“Given that the Business & Economics RLC was our first experience tying a residence community to a faculty, we were fortunate to find such a strong partner in Laura,” said David Shorey, associate director of residence education. “She was quick to offer her support, visited students in the RLC on that first move-in day in 2009, and has continued her efforts to connect with students in the residence community since then.”
Allan has been teaching at Laurier for almost 30 years, and since 1997 has been coordinating and teaching first-year business courses. In addition to her teaching role, she has acted as academic editor and has been co-author of three introduction to Canadian business textbooks for students. She is passionate about student success, and improving the transition from high school to university.
“I am so honoured to receive this award. My association with the residences started many years ago when I was a Don as a student at Laurier,” said Allan. I have many fond memories and a strong commitment to support residence efforts. The RLCs are such a great idea and I have seen many strong students blossom in this engaging environment. I look forward to many more years working with the staff and students in the residences.”
The Residence Academic Partnership award is bestowed to one faculty member each term. Previous recipients include Bob Sharpe, associate professor of geography, Julie Pong, an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts, and Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, associate professor in the Languages & Literatures Department.