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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 requires.”

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.

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