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Dean chosen as distinguished alumna

Dean chosen as distinguished alumna

Dr. Marlene Zipperlen ’67 has been chosen to receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be awarded during the university’s Charter Celebration, April 20-21. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award given by the Alumni Association. Alumni selected for this honor have distinguished themselves in their professions, demonstrate pride in their alma mater, and reflect honor on the university.

Zipperlen, who has served as Dean of the College of Education at UMHB since 2003, was also the founding dean of the university’s first doctoral program. From her days as student government president as an undergraduate, to her years as a superintendent of schools in Rogers and Clifton, to her work with the doctoral program in education at UMHB, Zipperlen has represented the university well through every undertaking. She attributes her success to the education she received at her alma mater.

“God’s plan for me and for my career began at UMHB. It is an incredible honor, and I am humbled to be considered a distinguished alumna. The university continues to inspire me, and provides me opportunities to influence both undergraduate and graduate students.
— Dr. Marlene Zipperlen

“My time at UMHB as an undergraduate student was one blessed with new experiences, a wealth of new friends, and a wonderful Christian environment which nurtured an aspiring young teacher,” Zipperlen said.

Zipperlen was nominated by Helen Harris ’75, Ed.D. ’11. In one of her first teaching assignments after graduating from UMHB, Zipperlen coached Harris on the varsity tennis team in Killeen ISD. Recently, the two were reunited when Harris worked with Zipperlen as a graduate student in the doctoral program and Zipperlen served as the chair for Harris’s dissertation.

“Dr. Zipperlen is known as an innovator in education,” Harris said. “She is an inspiration to her students, a leader among faculty, and a committed Christian. She continues to demonstrate initiative, innovation, creativity and a superior work ethic in every task she undertakes.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented during Alumni Chapel Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for this and other Charter Celebration events!