Mazeika Sullivan, assistant professor in CFAES's School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), spent part of the morning March 28 collecting study samples, knee deep in the nearby, still cold Olentangy River.
He returned to Kottman Hall that afternoon, where he met a warmer, drier and unexpected welcome.
In a surprise visit to SENR's monthly faculty meeting, Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto presented Sullivan with the university's 2014 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award honors Ohio State faculty members for superior teaching.
"Mazeika is an exemplary teacher in every sense of the word. He is actively engaged with our students from the time they first visit as prospective majors until well after they graduate and move on to careers or advanced study," said CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, who attended the ceremony.
"He is one of the faculty members most frequently mentioned by our graduates as the person in whose course they learned the most, or who impacted them in the most meaningful way during their studies."