Literacy professional and advocate Allen Berger ’57, G’66 was honored with the William Pearson Tolley Medal for Grownup Education and Lifelong Learning at the 2022 One University Awards on Friday, April 22.
The 1 College Awards is a celebration of excellence in teachers, scholarship, resourceful function and devoted assistance by users of the Syracuse University local community and further than.
Now a resident of Savannah, Georgia, Berger is Heckert Professor of Studying and Writing Emeritus at Miami College (Ohio). During his tutorial profession, he also taught at Southern Illinois University, College of Alberta (Canada), and College of Pittsburgh. Soon after retiring from Miami College, he joined the college of Armstrong Atlantic Point out University (now part of Ga Southern University).
“Not only has Allen Berger supported others’ lifelong mastering by way of his qualified do the job and services for many years but he is also the quintessential illustration of a lifelong learner himself,” suggests Kelly Chandler-Olcott, interim dean, University of Education and learning. “He is becoming a member of new communities and mastering new information perfectly into retirement, which I come across inspirational.”
Just after Berger graduated from Utica School in 1957—then part of Syracuse University—he served in the U.S. Military (like 6 months lively responsibility) ahead of becoming a reporter/photographer for the Lynchburg (Virginia) News. He then acquired a master’s degree from Albany Condition Lecturers University (1960), commencing his extensive profession in training. He taught English and studying for quite a few decades at Utica Totally free Academy and Monroe Higher School in Rochester, New York, right before earning a doctorate from Syracuse College School of Training in 1966.
As an educational and scholar, Berger co-authored and co-edited 10 publications, revealed far more than 400 article content and chapters on looking through and composing education, and served as a resident author in language arts at Houghton Mifflin. He is a previous recipient of the Laureate Award from the Higher education Reading through Affiliation and is a Fellow in the Countrywide Conference on Exploration in Language and Literacy.
At Miami College, Berger commenced Teens for Literacy. This program encourages inner-metropolis students to endorse literacy in their faculties and communities. It has been utilised in more than 100 faculties all through the place, together with in his adopted home of Ga, thanks to Berger’s individual advocacy.
Berger is former chair of the Stay Oak Community Libraries Board of Trustees former president and secretary of the LOPL Foundation (supporting to manage the Savannah Children’s Book Pageant) and a member of the Academic Achievements and Youth Growth panels of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Soon after retirement, Berger included to his abilities by schooling to serve on the Chatham County Board of Equalization, which lets property homeowners to attractiveness house values.
To honor his parents—Henry and Goldie Berger, who designed a profitable tailor store and dry cleansing organization in Utica—Allen recognized the Dr. Allen Berger Endowed Scholarship. Funded as a result of a planned gift, the scholarship provides monetary support to University of Schooling graduate college students, with preference given to experiments in literacy education.
Syracuse University set up the Tolley Medal in 1966 to understand exceptional contributions by national and international leaders in what was then recognised as grownup schooling. For 4 a long time, William Pearson Tolley was a single of the nation’s pre-eminent leaders in bigger education. By the time he retired in 1969, possessing served as the University’s Chancellor for 27 a long time, he had reconfigured the Syracuse campus, tripled enrollment and built lifelong mastering his occupation legacy.
In naming the award for Tolley, the Board of Trustees paid tribute to a guy whose have desire was expressed in regular, personalized support of Syracuse’s grownup education and learning routines worldwide.
Past Tolley Medal recipients are: Don McPherson ’87 (2021) Donald P. Ely (2019) Marlene Blumin (2018) Ruth Colvin ’59, H’73 (2016) Naomi Warren (2013) Deborah Appleman (2012) Ethel Blatt (2011) Tom Skrtic (2009) Morris Keeton (2004) Kay J. Kohl (2003) Milton Reid (1994) Alexander Nathaniel Charters (1986) Paul Henry Bertelsen (1983) Thurman James White (1979) Lalage Brown (1975) James Robbins Kidd (1973) Kenneth G. Bartlett (1971) Sidney G. Raybould (1970) Mohan S. Mehta (1969) and Cyril O. Houle (1966).