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October 15, 2012

Professional Excellence Award Winners Named at DWU

MITCHELL — Kim Mohr and Pat Belling are the winners of the Professional Excellence Awards for the summer term at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Kim Mohr, instructor of nursing, is the faculty winner. Mohr was nominated for her abilities and leadership on campus. She serves as the adviser for the Student Nurses Association on campus and also helped organize the state nursing education conference at DWU. She recently completed her master’s degree and always strives to provide the best educational experience she can offer to her students.

“Kim is always open to collaboration and partnership with students as well as other faculty members,” states her nomination letter.She is a consummate professional deeply committed to nursing education. Those in the hospital who work with her in the clinical setting remark on her excellent professional relationship with others in the healthcare profession.”

Mohr also believes in service to others. She spent this summer in Kenya examining health-related issues with former DWU president, Don Messer, and current dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service, Don Simmons. She explored the challenges of providing healthcare in underdeveloped countries with a particular focus on AIDS/HIV as well as women’s health and related diseases. She and fellow DWU faculty member Carena Jarding are working with DWU staff and faculty to supply nursing modules, books and supplies for a hospital in Tanzania, as well.

“Kim’s passion to share her talents, compassion and service with those less fortunate is evident in her willingness to undertake this trip.”

Pat Belling, DWU head coach for cross country and track and field, is the staff winner. Belling is described as a “model of sacrifice or service,” the campus motto.

“He has an incredibly positive, can-do attitude that manifests itself in any interaction you have with him,” states his nomination letter.

He produces excellent results with his limited resources, and his individualized attention to his athletes led to several students competing in the elite NAIA nationals. Belling is always willing to support other athletic teams on campus and volunteers for off-campus events, as well.

“Pat has cultivated a strong team atmosphere among his players, but at the end of the day, when we need a little extra help in athletics – I always say to Curt (Hart, DWU athletic director), ‘How about Pat Belling?’ He simply is always willing to go the extra mile for athletics.”

On and off-campus, Belling appreciates community. He extends his friendship and attention to a developmentally disabled student from Life Quest, integrating him into the team and activities, and making him a part of the team.

“This individual has grown tremendously through Pat’s mentoring and positive affirmation. Pat refers to him as ‘coach’ and models tremendous caring and compassion as well as our university commitment to service.” 

The Professional Excellence Award is given throughout the year to faculty and staff members. The winners are then considered for the year-end awards for faculty and staff.

Winners are given campus recognition and a gift certificate. The award recognizes employees for “outstanding service, for exemplary commitment to the university and for making a difference in the lives of students.”

The DWU Employee Recognition Committee selects the quarterly winners from nominations submitted by faculty, staff members and students.


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