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Stanford University Recognizes STLCC’s Hapner with Teacher Tribute Initiative

October 31, 2014

Barry Hapner  
Barry Hapner, left, is congratulated by Patrick Vaughn, vice president for academic affairs.

Inspired by the enthusiasm, energy and excellence that incoming students bring to Stanford University, the university sponsors the Teacher Tribute Initiative. This past summer, all members of Stanford’s incoming class were given the opportunity to acknowledge one former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development.

Elise Kostial studied for three semesters at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood before transferring to Stanford University as a member of the Class of 2018. She selected Barry Hapner, history instructor, for this honor.

“Professor Hapner is an inspiration,” wrote Kostial. “He is a truly dedicated teacher who shares his passion for history, as well as his knowledge of the field. Because of his class, I see the world, from colonial history to current events, from an entirely new perspective. In his class, I gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American. Professor Hapner inspired me with his advice to live ‘deliberately.’”

Hapner has taught history at Wildwood since its opening in 2007. He was honored on Oct. 24 by student members of the STLCC History Club and members of the faculty and staff.

“This honor is special because it comes from the student. The greatest thing I can get from my students is a thank you. Elise was very special,” said Hapner when he received the recognition. “I love what I do. The only way you’re going to get me off the campus is with a hook. You’ll have to drag me away.”