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Award for scholarly excellence presented to Dr. Ray Bower at 101st Commencement

Posted: May 20, 2014


University President John C. Bowling (R) presented Dr. Bower with the faculty award for scholarly excellence during Olivet's 101st Commencement.

Dr. Ray Bower received Olivet's 2014 Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence during the 101st Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Having joined the faculty in 1987, Dr. Bower will soon be retiring from his position as professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. His areas of special interest for teaching and research are human learning, memory and cognition.

In 2011, he received the Bill M. Sullivan Founder's Award from the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR). The award is the highest honor given by ANSR, and Dr. Bower was chosen unanimously by his peers for his work in developing a new generation of social researchers to serve the Church of the Nazarene.

For the past 11 years, ANSR has also sponsored the Harold Young Research Award (HYRA) as a way of engaging students from the 11 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities in researching issues that pertain to the Church of the Nazarene. Over the past decade, Dr. Bower has mentored Olivet students in their research for this prestigious award and has enjoyed working with five winners and four runners-up.

“Dr. Bower is highly respected by his colleagues and students — steady, dependable, passionate and a model of Christ,” said Dr. Kent Olney, ONU sociology professor.

A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Bower earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology.

He is a member of two national honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa; a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science; a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association; and a member of ANSR.

“Dr. Bower’s focus on challenging his students in their academic pursuits is one of the many ways he helps Olivet provide ‘Education with a Christian Purpose,’” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic affairs. “Sharing his own passion for learning, he encourages his students to stretch into new discoveries and observations. He is a man of service, on our campus and in our world.”

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