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Marilyn Keiner Receives Prestigious Lindback Award

June 18, 2007

Linwood resident Marilyn Keiner, associate professor of Paralegal Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College, was honored at the college's recent commencement ceremony with the prestigious Lindback Award. 

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia has endowed the award for 42 years. It acknowledges the dedication and classroom skills of outstanding teachers at selected colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey with an honorarium of $4,000. ACCC was added to the list of institutions in 2001.

"The Lindback award recognizes an esteemed member of our faculty who has significantly enhanced the process of student learning, affected the motivation to learn, inspired a greater interest in academic pursuit, and touched the lives of students in a meaningful way," ACCC President Dr. Peter L. Mora said in presenting the award at the 40th annual commencement ceremony in May.

A colleague who nominated Keiner for the award wrote, she "creates a positive environment for learning in her classroom. Through the use of assignments and class work, both collaborative and non-collaborative, she encourages students to become a community of learners who seek answers to questions at all levels of learning."

Keiner joined the college in 1990 as an adjunct instructor and coordinator for the Paralegal Studies program; three years later she accepted a full-time position as assistant professor, for the same program.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University, and received her juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University.

Practicing law for nine years, including serving as law clerk for a Superior Court judge in Cape May County, gave Keiner the experience she needed to correlate the relationship between the outside world and the classroom to her students.

Keiner hopes to use the Lindback stipend to honor her late father, Augustine Malerba, a former educator, by establishing a scholarship at ACCC in his memory.

"I am honored to be a teacher," Keiner said. "I get to see students think, respond and create. They have given to me so much. I hope I have given to them just as much in return."