NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Helping Hand Award at Bethel College was given to psychology professor Paul Lewis during awards convocation last month. Established by North Newton residents J.O. and Esther Schrag, the annual award recognizes an employee of Bethel College who has made a significant impact on the lives of students. Junior Joe Haviland from Newton nominated Lewis for the award. Haviland’s essay described Lewis’s teaching and academic excellence as well as his sensitivity to Haviland during a personal crisis this year.
"What is immediately obvious about Paul," Haviland wrote, "is the amount of interest he shows in his students. He has always encouraged me to do my best and made sure I understood the material. As an academic, Paul is an amazing role model."
Haviland’s essay also described the genuine sympathy Lewis offered Haviland in the months preceding and at the time of the death of Haviland’s mother. Haviland appreciated the way Professor Lewis "transcended traditional boundaries and showed that he truly cared," Haviland said.
Lewis is the sixth faculty or staff member to be honored since the award was established in 1998.