Business Professor; Fire Inspector Honored
February 21, 2007
William Knowles, a lecturer in WSBE, was recognized with the 2007 Outstanding
Faculty Award at the annual Greek Awards Banquet. According to Paul Ramsey,
interim coordinator of Greek Affairs, professor Knowles was nominated by
two chapters, and both wrote in their nomination forms about how he makes
his classes fun and interesting, and also noted how quickly he learns his
students’ names. They said he is genuinely engaging in his class
and shared this sense that he really cares about helping students be successful.
Brendan O’Sullivan, fire inspector for the Town of Durham, regularly
goes above and beyond the call of duty, and for that he was also recognized,
with a standing ovation. The Greek chapters gave him the Tiffany Snyder
Dedication Award for his enthusiasm for Greek life, willingness to provide
a positive role model for Greek members, and his optimism for the improvement
of the Greek system.
According to Ramsey, “When Brendan conducts inspections in their
houses or checks on their assemblies to make sure they're being done properly
he speaks to them plainly and directly, and everything he covers with them
is about making sure that they are living and operating within a safe environment.
On top of that, Brendan comes into the houses when invited and gives presentations
to the students about fire safety. That's above and beyond what his job
In addition, O’Sullivan regularly attends athletic events and other
events in the community.
“He’s approachable and engaging and they sense his genuine
care for them,” Ramsey said.
The Tiffany Snyder Dedication Award was developed in honor of Tiffany
Snyder, the former interim Panhellenic advisor and member of the Greek
Affairs staff. In her time at UNH she demonstrated how to deal gracefully
with chaos and crisis. Her willingness to go above and beyond standard
expectations inspired UNH’s Greek system to remember her in a very
personal, unique way, with an annual award to be given in her name.