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Fall 2015 Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 151st Commencement on Sunday, Jan. 10. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Joseph Gawronski and Roger W. Engle, Jr. from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Joseph Gawronski, Undergraduate Faculty and Roger W. Engle, Jr., Computer Science Faculty.

Joseph Gawronski, known to his students simply as “Mr. G,” was born in Toledo, the oldest of ten children and the grandson of Polish immigrants.  The first person in his family to graduate from college, he completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University. A lifelong learner, Gawronski subsequently earned degrees in industrial engineering, accounting, management science and computer science.

As a teacher, he enjoys working with students and the challenge of face-to-face classroom interactions. He has been active in the community throughout his life, serving as scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America and as a cantor, leading congregational signing for churches throughout Ohio. Above all, he is a husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather who enjoys family adventures.

Student Nomination:
“Mr. G merged theory and practice application better than any professor I’ve ever had and really helped me to want to succeed. He made me understand the importance of time management and getting my work done correctly. His straight-forward approach to teaching really helped me stick with my plan to earn my degree.”

Roger W. Engle, Jr. has been an adjunct faculty member in Franklin University’s Computer Science Department since 2002.  An author and a two-time winner of the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award, Engle combines his belief in lifelong learning, his professional experiences and his sincere desire for every student to reach their dream to create an atmosphere for learning in the classroom.

As the director of corporate budgets for AT&T in Ohio, Engle was responsible for the revenue, expense, capital and service budgets for the company.  While at AT&T, he earned IBM’s Computer Man of the Year award for his revolutionary use of their software. For the last 18 years, he has consulted as a business analyst and project manager, and has been published in national periodicals many times. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Capital University.

Student Nomination:
“No matter what the subject, Professor Engle always found a way to relate the material to something real. He took the time to ensure that I learned in the classroom and was able to apply the information to real world situations. He changed the way that I approached situations in the workplace and significantly improved my understanding of real world information technology policies and environments.

About the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award
Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

While more than 100 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor.

These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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