As you listen to my presentation today, you might be thinking that I am not prepared. You would be quite correct; I am unprepared. But I have a good excuse. You see, the possibility of being considered for the Clark P. Read Mentor Award never crossed my mind. Those of you who know me and know the universities where I have worked are aware that I, and they, do not correspond to the characteristics of previous recipients of this award or the institutions that they represented. Clearly, the Mentor Award Committee, Ash Bullard, Ben Hanelt, Janice Moore, and Valerie McKenzie stretched the envelope in making their selection this year, and I am very grateful to them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who wrote to support my nomination. And I offer a special thank you to Michelle Steinauer and Charles Criscione for introducing me...

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