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Bob Coffeen Named 2006 NSCA Educator of the Year

Aug 2, 2006 3:42 PM

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In recognition of his continuing efforts to improve the electronic systems industry through the generous provision of his teaching talents, Bob Coffeen has been named 2006 NSCA Educator of the Year. Coffeen's instructor and course evaluation rankings were so stellar, he unequivocally qualified for this, the highest recognition an NSCA Expo Instructor can receive.

In addition to this top ranking, NSCA also established five new "Instructor of the Year" Awards to coincide with the new structure of the NSCA University launched in 2006. An award will be given for the top-rated instructor within each of schools, beginning with this year's recipients: Tony Whaley, "Architects Will Call You," College of Business; Bill Thrasher, "Design Considerations for Houses of Worship," College of System Design; R. Bob Adams, "Sales Considerations for the Religious Market," College of Systems Sales; Chris Foreman (co-instructor Ken Debelius), "Basic Audio for Non-Audio Professionals," College of Technical Knowledge; and Brad Nelson, "BizSkills for Project Managers," College of Project Management.

Coffeen has established a broad record of support for NSCA education and the industry as a whole, especially since retiring 10 years ago from the acoustical consulting firm he founded in 1964. Today, Coffeen is a member of the faculty of the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas, teaching five courses in architectural acoustics and electro-acoustics primarily to architecture and architectural engineering students.

"We would like to recognize Bob Coffeen for his overall achievements and contributions to the industry with the 2006 Educator of the Year award," says Chad Sowers, senior manager of education programs for NSCA. "He not only taught several classes of his own at NSCA Expo 2006, he also volunteered to help with several others. Bob's willingness to share his expertise sets a fine example of the volunteerism that helps improve the knowledge and skills of electronic systems professionals. We wish to thank him for his continued efforts, and we look forward to working with him on more educational opportunities in the future.

"I am most pleased that I have been named Educator of the Year by NSCA," Coffeen says. "The ever-expanding NSCA education program is quite remarkable in its organization and its ability to reach engineers, designers, technicians, managers, etc. at all levels in the electronic systems world. I am always amazed at the number of courses offered, the number of subjects covered, and the excellent organization of the program. It provides educational opportunities not easily accessed from other sources or simply not available from other sources. NSCA should be very proud of its excellent education program, and I am honored to be a part of this program."

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