15Apr Professor Honored with Service Excellence Award by Wendy Weichenthal Marion, Ohio — Science Professor Luann Wilkinson was honored with the Service Excellence Award. Students nominate faculty and staff who have made a difference in her journey. Wilkinson teaches anatomy and physiology, a series of classes many students find challenging. Student Shelbey Bollinger of Sycamore nominated Wilkinson for this honor. President Ryan McCall, Dean Jamiliah Tucker, and other employees presented the award in the anatomy class this week. Bollinger shared her nominations with the class and her professor. Professor Luann Wilkinson, left, receives the Service Excellence Award from Dr. Ryan McCall, president of MTC. “Luann is always excited to teach her students about anatomy and physiology with a positive and energetic attitude. She makes waking up early to attend an 8 a.m. class well worth it,” Bollinger wrote. “Not only is Luann intelligent and well educated on the subject, but she does an excellent job of displaying the information to the class with no confusion.” Bollinger praised her efforts to reinforce the subjects by providing lecture notes, outlines, links, images and other resources to help students grasp a challenging subject. For those who struggle, Wilkinson is willing to help right away. “After exams, she will personally meet to discuss low test scores, study tips, habits, and any other questions that students may have about the exam. She also encourages students to email her any time of day throughout the week with questions. Her response to questions is always quick and accurate, whether asked in class, out of class, or via email,” Bollinger stated. Bollinger found that Wilkinson made a measurable difference that helped students get excited about a tough subject. Bollinger is working on her associate degree to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, a challenging course of study. “Anatomy is not an easy subject to learn or teach. Thankfully, I have had the wonderful opportunity to receive guidance and insight from one of MTC’s finest professors, Luann Wilkinson,” Bollinger wrote. “Luann has made my experience as a student at Marion Technical College amazing. I am so thankful to attend a college that has such personable teachers who care about their students as much as Luann does.” After 25 years of teaching at MTC, the award was meaningful for Wilkinson. “I was totally surprised. It was wonderful! It’s great to be recognized, especially by our students,” Wilkinson shared. Wilkinson has a Master of Science degree from the Medical College of Ohio and a Bachelor of Science from Ashland University.