University alumnus Dan Huebner likes to describe his philosophy of philanthropy as “living giving,” a philosophy shared with his late wife, alumna Bonnie Westby Huebner. Dan lived up to that philosophy by funding an endowed chair in honor of Bonnie. The $2 million chair focuses on learning technologies, particularly as they relate to education.
Bonnie Westby Huebner graduated from the college in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in education, later becoming an elementary school teacher in Minnesota and in California. Her husband spent his career in aeronautical engineering at such companies as GE Aerospace and Grumman Aerospace Corp.
“The chair perpetuates Bonnie’s lifelong commitment to the primacy of education, representing an investment in her memory, in teaching excellence through the advancement of technologies,” Huebner says. Supporting the emerging area of learning technologies is a good way to represent both of their career interests.
Dan Huebner (right) congratulates Aaron Doering,
the first recipient of the endowed chair he established
in his wife's name.
Aaron Doering, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, was named the first recipient of the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology. Doering is also education director of GoNorth!, an adventure learning project that connects K–12 classrooms with arctic explorers.
“I am honored, thrilled, and incredibly thankful to Dan Huebner and his commitment to the college, education, technology, and future scholars,” says Doering. “We will continue to make a difference within K–12 classrooms around the world as we rethink the way technology can transform education.”