Not everything that happens at IPR, The Institute of Production and Recording has to be about audio production and music business. IPR’s faculty often have ties that reach beyond the media arts and deep into their own community spheres of influence. Take Rebecca Buller, for example…
Along with being IPR’s Dean of Students, Rebecca has been a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University for 16 years where she teaches a course called Technology Application in Human Service Administration. She genuinely enjoys giving back to the community and teaching others how to do the same. “I love teaching the class, I have fun every time I do it”, says Buller.
As part of course curriculum, Buller’s students are required to identify a non-profit organization, do an inventory of the organization’s technology, evaluate what they use, and make a technology recommendation. Students get hands on consulting experience, and, in return, make a positive impact on the community. Her course is a great jumping off point for connecting course content with community partnerships. Personal satisfaction and service are their own reward, but, for the first time, Rebecca is being professionally recognized for her efforts.
Metropolitan State University holds a yearly survey to see which faculty is best implementing curriculum offering students opportunities to engage the community; the survey is based on faculty course syllabi.
Once the results are tallied, Metropolitan State President Sue K. Hammersmith awards the faculty whose class best demonstrates the “Circle of Engagement” ethic. We’re proud that this year’s award for “The President’s Circle of Engagement” recognizes IPR’s very own Rebecca Buller.
Please join us in congratulating Rebecca as her life’s work is reaching beyond the walls of IPR. Way to go Rebecca!