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Award presentation

Pictured (from left) John Zumbrunnen, Eddie Espinoza, Vanessa Mariscal, Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, Jessica Rubio, Chinyere Nwabeke, and Richard Gustin. (Photo credit: Joe Koshollek)

UW-Fond du Lac Professor Richard Gustin is one of three recipients this year of an Alliant Energy/Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award presented in the UW System. This award recognizes outstanding commitment to student success.

Gustin teaches communications and theater arts courses at UW-Fond du Lac and also directs two campus theater productions each academic year. A play he wrote and produced, “Being Seen,” was recently part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

“Professor Gustin has enriched the learning of our students and campus community in ways that have broadened their educational experiences, brought together diverse perspectives on difficult issues and fostered an appreciation for liberal education,” said John Short, UW-Fond du Lac Dean/CEO. “His programs will undoubtedly lead those involved to view their lives and communities in new ways and to become engaged citizens and lifelong learners.”

This is the third recipient of the Underkofler Award for teaching at UW-Fond du Lac. Professor Sayeed Payesteh, business/economics, and Professor Michael Jurmu, geography/geology, are previous recipients of the award.

The Underkofler awards are given in tribute to the energy company’s long-time senior executive, the late James R. Underkofler, who was a staunch proponent of excellence in undergraduate teaching. It is presented to teaching faculty from UW System campuses located within Alliant Energy’s service area.

The award was presented on Oct. 30 in Madison.


Laurie Krasin