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BVU Professor Ben Donath

STORM LAKE, IA (04/12/2018) (readMedia)-- Buena Vista University (BVU) Professor Ben Donath has been inducted into the Order of Cumberland and Tollefson.

Donath, who is the dean of BVU's School of Science and associate professor of mathematics, started his career at BVU in 1977.

The Order of Cumberland and Tollefson was established in 1994 and is named for Dr. William H. Cumberland, professor emeritus of history, who was a member of the BVU faculty from 1958-1991, and Dr. Robert Tollefson, professor emeritus of religion and philosophy, whose tenure spanned three decades and three BVU presidents. The honor is reserved for faculty members who have given exceptional service to the University. To be eligible, they must have been employed full-time at BVU during the immediate 15 years prior to retirement, hold tenure at the time of retirement, be held in high regard by other faculty and hold the rank of associate professor or greater.

"In addition to his leadership roles at BVU, Ben has done a lot behind the scenes in service to the institution, our students, and the faculty that have made a big difference in people's lives," said Tim McDaniel, assistant professor of mathematics & quantitative business at BVU. "He has been one of my professional role models, and I can never repay him."

Dr. Gail Hartsock, assistant professor of mathematics and former BVU math student, added, "Ben is simply one of the finest educators I have known. I strive to live up to his example. It is my honor and privilege to be his colleague."

A plaque is given to each inductee in recognition of this honor. Each inductee's name is also added to the Order of Cumberland and Tollefson plaque located in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus.

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Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit