Campus Winner
Month: January 2013


Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month

School: The University of Texas at Dallas Region: SWACURH
Nominee: Ebru Cankaya Nominator: Sanya Peshwani

On-Campus Population: 3100 Chapter Size: 31

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Dr. Ebru Cankaya is the most caring and engaging professor I have ever had. This is my third semester with her and she still brings a smile to my face whenever I walk into her inviting classroom. The reasons she has made such a huge impact this month is because more than ever, I see her putting in an extremely high amount of effort into teaching all her classes(especially since all three of her classes are new this semester). This month my roommate had heard so much about her and was trying to get into her class; however, it was full so she was put on the wait list. I went to Dr. Cankaya and explained the situation. She was psyched that I had recommended her, and sincerely hoped that my roommate would be able to join. It just so happened a day later that a spot opened up and my roommate was able to register for the class. When I came into class the next day, I shared the news and she was sincerely and genuinely ecstatic that she would have the opportunity to teach and work with my roommate(someone she had never met, but had heard me talk about). That reaction touched my heart, like no other teacher ever has with me. Every action she takes is selfless, and she always thinks of her students first. She greets us every morning and wishes she could have Starbucks delivered to us. In order to keep us entertained, she shows us videos and shares personal anecdotes. She recently shared one with our Software Engineering class about how she used to dig in her grandparents' backyard when she was younger and find these precious metal coins. She would then donate the coins to her local museum in Turkey. The story was both applicable to our learning material as well as life in general. Tomorrow I plan on telling her "Her şey için teşekkür ederiz!" which means "thank you for everything!" in her native language of Turkish. She has taught me so much more than simply Java Programming; thanking her in all the languages in the world still wouldn't be enough.

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Date of entry into database: 2013-01-28 23:47:42