Professor believes education should be a beacon of light in students’ lives

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ddrisu Awudu, professor of management in the School of Business, encourages his students to ask questions and think critically about everything they study in class — whether on ground or virtually. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Awudu stepped up to the challenge by supporting his students and working diligently to ensure his students continued to stay on track during the uncertain times.

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“Switching to online learning had actually spurred more class participation, and allowed Professor Awudu to ask more questions and encourage participation to a larger degree than in the physical classroom,” Ryan Smith’20 said of the transition during the COVID-19 pandemic. “He had the most seamless transition out of all my classes, and really tried make the students’ lives easier as we all struggled through this difficult time.”

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“My passions are influenced by an over-arching principle of positive impact whenever possible,” Awudu said. “Not only do I strive for my students’ academic success, their professional success and their pursuit of higher degrees are dear to my endeavors and discussions with students.”

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“This is a collective effort and a result of the teaching guidance and mentorship I receive from my colleagues in the School of Business, in particular, and Quinnipiac, in general. The award is dedicated to everyone who teaches at Quinnipiac and decides to light a candle in a student's life than curse the darkness,” Awudu said.