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Bob and Mary Vogel are Miami Parents of the Year

Robert "Bob" and Mary Vogel have been selected as 2002 Parents of the Year. They were honored at a reception Wednesday.

The couple will be formally presented during halftime of the Miami-Ohio football game during Parents Weekend. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Saturday in Yager Stadium.

Bob Vogel joined Miami’s faculty in 1973 after receiving a doctorate in communication from Purdue University. He pioneered the use of both print and instructional television in teaching communication skills. Vogel received a prestigious EDUCOM Award in 1992 for his work at Miami to create an interactive videodisc on multicultural awareness. The video was broadcast on NBC’s "Nightly News" and received other national attention.

Vogel served as Miami’s first director of faculty development in learning technologies, from 1995-98, and received the alumni Effective Educator Award in 1995. He also has worked for many years in the interdisciplinary Laws, Hall and Associates program and with the Miami Tribe in Oklahoma.

Most importantly, he is recognized as an excellent teacher. As marketing professor Lynnette S. Unger wrote in her nomination of Vogel, "He is a very positive person and the students like his clear thinking and intellectual honesty."

Mary Vogel first worked for Miami as coordinator of commuter programs on the Oxford campus. Since 1988, she has been a coordinator in the office of disability services at Miami Hamilton.

Her colleagues and neighbors praise her devotion as an advocate for the students she advises. Her son Scott wrote, "I remember a particular instance when one of her students began taking classes at the Oxford campus. To help this student feel more comfortable with the transition, my mom rode the bus from Hamilton with her. Together they strolled around campus, picked out places of comfort and walked the halls of the student’s classroom buildings."

Scott received a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Miami in 2000. He works as an assistant product manager with Harris InfoSource in Cleveland, a division of Dunn & Bradstreet.

Daughter Samantha studied mass communications at Miami and graduated in 2001. She is an extension specialist with the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council in Cincinnati.

Gary Shulman, Vogel’s colleague in the communications department, summarized the couple’s commitment: "They richly deserve the honor and recognition as Parents of the Year because they have ‘parented’ their students with the same kind of loving care and personal attention that they bestowed on their children."

Parents of the Year are selected by the Parents Weekend committee of Campus Activities Council.

Date Published: 10/31/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 14

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