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Steffanell Receives 2018 Rahamut Award


Dr. Alexander Steffanell, associate professor of Spanish at Lee University, was recently awarded the 2018 Janet Rahamut Award, given in recognition to the faculty member that exhibits the most heart for students evidenced by frequent interaction and positive involvement with them outside the classroom.

The award is named in memory of Dr. Janet Rahamut, an English professor whose tragic death in 2000 shocked the campus and left a tremendous void in the collective heart of the Lee family. The award was created to honor Rahamut’s dedication to her students, in and out of the classroom.

Steffanell Receives Rahamut Award
Dr. Alexander Steffanell

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Steffanell. “I always encourage students to become better servants of the Kingdom of God while they are here on Earth. I strive to teach them to excel in all they do and to be better human beings who spread love, care, and justice among others.”

Steffanell joined Lee’s Department of Language and Literature in 2007. He has directed several cross-cultural trips to Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. He is also the director of the annual interdisciplinary conference on Latin American and Iberian studies.

Steffanell runs the Spanish Enrichment Program, which sends Spanish majors to schools and churches to teach basic/intermediate Spanish language to children and adults. He is also the director of the Latin American Studies Program.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts from Miami University of Ohio, and his Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia.

A student committee led by the Student Leadership Council chairperson and sponsored by Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president of student development, chooses the recipient of the Rahamut Award. Steffanell was presented the award during a chapel service in April.
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