Learning Communities program awards Nies and Oakes for their advocacy

Loring Nies
Loring Nies
William Oakes
William Oakes
Loring Nies, professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering; and William Oakes, associate professor of engineering education and director of EPICS; recently were named two of three Purdue 2012-13 Learning Communities Advocate Award winners. Every year, students involved in Purdue Learning Communities are surveyed about their instructors and the LC program staff choose a winner or winners based on student testimonials.

Nies and Oakes were among 110 Learning Communities' instructors during the fall 2012 semester, and 40 who were nominated for the award. Among the comments submitted by students about Nies: "Loring Nies was very inspiring. He made me want to pursue a career where I can make a difference." "He allowed his quirky and friendly character to positively enhance the material taught. I learned an enormous amount from my instructor, and I will definitely try to schedule another class with him later in the future."

About Oakes, student comments included: "My LC instructor always went above and beyond to help us with our work and was always available if we wanted to talk to him about anything not relating to his class or outside of school all together." "My Learning Community instructor was the main reason why my LC experience was so great. He engaged us all within the first week of coming to Purdue by hosting an intimate picnic at his home where I met many of my now closest friends. He also incorporated our Learning Community into our engineering class which made our engineering class seem much more worthwhile since we saw the correlation between our EPICS projects and our engineering lessons."