May Top Ag Teacher

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

May 19, 1997

May Named Top Agriculture Faculty Member

By LeAnne Olson Huntrods
UW-RF News Bureau

Professor Lewi May has been named the 1997 Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at UW-River Falls.

Dean Gary Rohde presented the award to May at the annual awards banquet on May 1.

The college recognizes a faculty member each year for his or her valuable contributions to undergraduate education. In honoring May, Rohde stated that May has a great desire to make every opportunity a "teachable moment" for his students.

May joined the faculty in 1982 in the department of agricultural economics and he has generously given of his time, knowledge and insight, Rohde said. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from Washington State University as well as a bachelor's and master's in the same field from the University of Nebraska.

In presenting the award, Rohde said May is an exceptional classroom teacher who prides himself on being well-prepared, patient and motivational. He teaches several courses in the department and serves as the department faculty coordinator for intern students.

He is a successful teacher and "regularly implements new approaches and methods in his classes," according to Stan Schraufnagel, professor of agricultural economics. Some of those approaches are: "a day with a salesperson" where students make arrangements and spend a day on a sales route; "team competition" in his agribusiness management course; and a sales presentation that requires the students to sell May their final grade.

Rohde noted another reason May is so successful is that "he gives (the students) a higher perception of themselves and challenges them to measure up. In spite of May's high standard and reputation for "being a stiff grader" his classes remain very popular with students."

May is also quite active as the advisor of the National Agricultural Marketing Association UW-RF student chapter. He has been recognized as the University's outstanding club adviser, outstanding national chapter adviser, and was honored for 14 years of service at the 1997 national NAMA convention.

The UW-RF NAMA Chapter under May's supervision has placed among the top four in the last four years in the Outstanding NAMA Chapter contest and took top honors two of those years.

Although May is devoted to teaching, his activities are not "all work and no play," according to Rohde. For the past several years, May has taught an extension course in fishing rod building.

When accepting his award, May shared one of his familiar "vitaminds," an inspirational quote. "The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches with them but to reveal their riches to themselves."

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