Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, professor and chair of the mathematics & computer science department at Christian Brothers University (CBU) was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the recent Academic Convocation.
Since coming to CBU to study engineering from his home in Lebanon where he attended a Lasallian school, Bedrossian has earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in two and a half years and then a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Memphis. For the past 22 years, Bedrossian has lived the Lasallian values of excellence in teaching, care and respect for the student as an individual, and attention to faith, service and community.
Upon completing his studies in 1990, Bedrossian returned to CBU as an adjunct professor and then a full-time professor. Just as many Christian Brothers have been called to do, he responded to a need of CBU by returning to the University of Memphis to obtain a Master’s in Computer Science so that he could teach in both the Mathematics and Computer Science departments.
During his career at CBU, Bedrossian has become renowned for giving extra time to the wayward student, or the student who suffers the common ailment of math paranoia. He has given countless hours to students, both in lower level math classes as well as pushing students to the highest levels. He is noted for seeing the potential in each student and encouraging them to reach their goals.
True to his selfless nature, Bedrossian accepted three terms as chair of the mathematics & computer science department, has repeatedly developed the University final exam schedule, served on the compensation committee, and still had time to assist colleagues. As part of his commitment to being Lasallian, he speaks with Freshmen to explain the concept of the Lasallian World, and to show how a Lasallian student from across the world can make CBU in Memphis home.
As the 2013 Distinguished Lasallian Educator, world-known for his research in graph theory and possessing several theorems named “Bedrossian theorems,” Bedrossian could have gone anywhere in the world to find fame and fortune. Instead he chose to live the Lasallian values here at CBU.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as a Distinguished Lasallian Educator. It is also very humbling to me because I have been educated in the Lasallian schools from first grade through my BS degree in Electrical Engineering at CBU,” states Bedrossian. “I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and sacrifices of the Lasallian educators and [Christian]Brothers in educating and forming their students.”
The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
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