Karen Bauer, assistant professor of journalism at Bismarck State College, is recipient of the Jack Fellowship Award for 2012 from the Bismarck State College Foundation.
The fellowship, valued at $25,000, helps BSC faculty and staff further their education, conduct research or pursue other professional development.
Bauer plans to use the fellowship to complete a master's degree in journalism education from the University of Missouri - Columbia. The online program will allow her to remain full time at BSC, where she has taught since 2000.
Bauer took a couple master-level classes before applying for the fellowship and plans to graduate in spring 2014. She also will use the fellowship to pay for a Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, D.C. next spring. The skills she learns about writing a story in the field and uploading it on portable technology will benefit her students.
"This fellowship is going to be a tremendous help to my teaching and advising at BSC and life in general," Bauer said. "Gone is the pressure of knowing I won't have to take a class a semester or worry about making payments. I don't have to put myself on hold anymore."
Advisor to the BSC Mystician, Bauer teaches media writing, reporting and editing, English Usage and Media and Social Change. She serves on the ArtsQuest and Campus Read committees, acts as co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, and is part of the BSC Excellence Through Leadership program this year. Her undergraduate degree in English education was earned at the University of Mary.
Bauer says she is overwhelmed to be a recipient of the Jack Fellowship.
"So many who applied are my peers - people I admire and look up to," she said. "It's a privilege to be at BSC and be offered the opportunity for this education."
The late Tom and Peg Jack, lead contributors to BSC's Jack Science Center, endowed the Jack Fellowship in 1999. A committee appointed by the BSC Foundation selects the recipients.
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