Ekland-Olson Surprised with Friar Award

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship co-chairs Alyssa Davis and Billy Calve present their annual award to Sheldon Ekland-Olson. The $25,000 fellowship, the largest annual monetary award to a UT professor, is given for demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate teaching level.
  

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship co-chairs Alyssa Davis, Plan II and sociology senior, and Billy Calve, government senior, present their annual award to Sheldon Ekland-Olson, the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Professor in Sociology, director of the School of Human Ecology and former provost. The $25,000 fellowship, the largest annual monetary award to a UT professor, is given for demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate teaching level.

In keeping with tradition, members of the Friar Society and several past winners burst into Professor Ekland-Olson's 10 a.m. class on Thursday, April 11, surprising the winner and students in his class with the good news. Watch the surprise unfold and see Professor Ekland-Olson's reaction in the video below.

[Photo by Marsha Miller. Video by Chad Schneider.]