September 8, 2021
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Dan Stein, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of the 2021 Ferguson College of Agriculture Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Counseling and Mentoring.
With a passion and determination to help students, Stein encourages them to do their best in the classroom – and in life.
“Everyone has a chance in life,” said Stein. “I’m saying it very clearly. As old as I came back to school, someone had to give me a chance, so I believe in giving the students a chance to prove themselves and what they can do. . ”
Stein’s desire to return to school later in his life to earn his doctorate in animal science and teach was driven by his belief that he could make a difference in the lives of students.
“As I see the students I’ve mentored succeeding in their careers, it means a lot to me,” said Stein. “Just when I think I’m having a bad semester, bad month, bad day, I get a note from a former student saying, ‘Thank you for what you have done. “It allows me to cross the hill and get back on track.”
Cynda Clary, Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Ferguson College of Agriculture, said she was impressed with Stein’s ability to connect with students on a deeper level.
“Dr. Stein’s passion for his students is evident in everything he does,” said Clary. “You can tell when someone really enjoys what they do, and it helps them connect with students by being passionate about their position.”
Clink Rusk, head of OSU’s animal and food science department, said Stein hung a plaque in his office that was given to him by one of his students that read “The Heart of Mentoring.”
“The inscription on the plaque says, ‘Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep to yourself, it’s about how much you pay to others,” Rusk said. “Due to his impeccable record in advising students, his reputation as an open door policy and a genuine passion for student mentoring, it is clear that he deserves this award.”
Cathy Mapes, Stein’s counselor and student, said that although he has only been her counselor for a few years, she has known him since 2014, when he also counseled and mentored her older sister.
“My time at OSU has included several transitions and decisions for my future,” Mapes said. “The support and encouragement I have received from him has never gone unnoticed. His diligent work ethic as a teacher and advisor is exceptional, and he always goes above and beyond what is asked of him.”
Mapes said she was always amazed by Stein’s dedication to the department, the students, her fellow professors and the university.
“Earning the trust and respect of my students is of the utmost importance to me in order to be an effective advisor and mentor,” said Stein. “I believe that the integrity, consideration and kindness shown will influence students in their willingness and desire to learn and be successful. ”
Ferguson College of Agriculture emphasizes hands-on learning and a comprehensive student experience. The college’s award-winning faculty members are dedicated to student development and are passionate about adding value to the total educational experience. With a diverse set of majors and study options, as well as over 60 student organizations, the college is committed to developing minds and inspiring purpose. Learn more about agriculture.okstate.edu.
Story by: Tanna Frizzell | [email protected]
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