TU Prof Named National Big Brother of Year

Thursday, July 08, 2010

TU business professor Art Rasher has been named the 2010 National Big Brother of the Year and was recognized by President Barack Obama during a June 21 event in the Oval Office.

Art RasherUniversity of Tulsa business professor Art Rasher has been named the 2010 National Big Brother of the Year and was recognized by President Barack Obama during a June 21 event in the Oval Office.

Rasher, associate professor of management with the Collins College of Business, has been active with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for more than a decade. Nine years ago, Rasher was partnered with 8-year-old Victor, a student at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School, had recently lost the only male in his life when his grandfather died. The student was struggling with schoolwork and had fallen behind a grade level. For an hour each week, Rasher would visit Victor at his school, which is adjacent to TU’s campus. Over time, the relationship grew stronger and Victor started showing a remarkable improvement in his schoolwork.

In the nine years since that first pairing, Victor has completed his freshman year at Booker T. Washington High School, which is a competitive magnet high school recognized as one of the nation’s top high schools. He also is making plans for attending college, which is something he was unlikely to have thought about before his matching with Rasher.

“As a professor at TU, Rasher understands the importance of education, and he has been able to convey this to his ‘Little Brother’ over the course of their match,” said Lillian Tucker, the specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Tulsa, who matched the two. “Victor’s teachers remarked that they saw great improvements not only in Victor’s academics, but also his relationships with peers.”

In February, Rasher was recognized as the recipient of the 2009 Big Brother of the Year award for Tulsa and Oklahoma. In April, he received a President’s Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and other organizations.

Rasher has been active in community organizations and is a past recipient of the university’s Medicine Wheel Award for Meritorious Community Service. He has received the Mayo Teaching Excellence Award for his work in the classroom and also has received a Best Paper Award at the National Meetings of the Academy of Management. He is also the cohost of the radio show Business World on the local NPR affiliate. Before joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa, Rasher was on the faculty of Florida State University and Michigan State University and was employed by Andersen Consulting Company and Union Oil Company of California.

Contact:
David Hamby
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