FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Contact: Jason Hogue, Director of Marketing and Communications, 402-872-2429
Peru, Nebraska – Dr. Amber Mahan received the Barb Lewellen Award by the Student Senate. The Barb Lewellen Award honors outstanding members of the Peru State College faculty or staff for distinguished work to better the lives of students and student life on campus.
Mahan is known for helping students both inside and outside of the classroom through supporting students’ post-college success— advising on skills such as resume writing, applying for graduate school and the hiring process.
Mahan said,”Student engagement is what sets Peru State College apart from any other colleges. Having the ability to not only teach our students in the classroom, but expanding their abilities outside of the classroom is what will assist in making them successful and is what gives our students life skill traits that will show as they progress in their careers.”
“Preparation is key for future success and through engagement, we can ensure this will happen. Thank you kindly for this recognition!”
Mahan’s students also notice and appreciate her dedication.
Aaron Odovody (Swanton, Neb.), a criminal justice student, said, “She always reaches out to her students to make sure they understand assignments.”
Odvody said, “Dr. Mahan has reached out to her students to make sure they are getting assignments completed and if there is anything she can help with. I absolutely love her teaching style because it’s unique. Before I had a class with her, she actually was giving me class schedule advice.”
Mahan joined Peru State College in 2016 and is an assistant professor of criminal justice in the school of professional studies. She teaches Policing, Directed Study in Policing, Research Methods, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminalistics, Seminar in Criminal Justice and Directed Study in Seminar in Criminal Justice.
Mahan is a co-advisor for the Peru State College chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the criminal justice honors society, and has taken students to every regional and national conference for the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon since joining the Peru State faculty.