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Into the wild

August 9, 2009

John P. Loegering.

John P. Loegering is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota, Crookston; and in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Photo: Patrick O'Leary

It's a good thing for a wildlife biologist to be naturally enthusiastic

By Cheryl Jones

To John Loegering, teaching is a performance art. He firmly believes that students who are smiling and engaged learn far more than those who are not. Loegering augments his naturally enthusiastic and creative teaching style with state-of-the-art technology—successfully inspiring participation, understanding, and even fun.

Loegering's students describe him as passionate, dynamic, and energetic. "His enthusiasm for the wildlife field was contagious, and his positive attitude made learning fun and reinforced my love for the profession," says one.

Loegering also receives high praise for his determination to get students out into the field for real hands-on experience, and for giving them ample opportunity to be involved in his research and diverse professional activities. Students are also grateful for his open-door policy and his ever friendly, caring manner.

"I believe my role is to facilitate [students’] development, listen carefully to their ambitions, provide guidance where needed, challenge decisions when appropriate, and provide opportunities to explore career alternatives when possible."

Educational leadership is something at which Loegering also excels. He coordinated the formation of the first Crookston student chapter of The Wildlife Society, the major professional society for wildlife biologists in the world. In 2004, he was recognized as the society’s Student Chapter Adviser of the Year.

John P. Loegering is a 2009 recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

"Loegering is 'on fire' in the best of ways," says a colleague. "His positivity and professionalism are infectious to both students and faculty." Says another, "He is one of our stars. He has made a real difference in the lives of his students, colleagues, professional organizations, the discipline, and the University."