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Brett Bruyere a Celebrate Colorado State! honoree

April 28, 2009

Brett Bruyere has a simple educational philosophy: Hands-on learning makes all the difference.

“It seems to me that if students can roll up their sleeves and get experience they can reflect on, that’s how they really acquire the knowledge they will need to succeed,” he said. “There are a lot of benefits to students being part of the community, and knowing that the community extends beyond the campus boundaries.”

Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Faculty Award

Bruyere, an assistant professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources and winner of the Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Faculty Award, relishes the opportunity to give students real-world experience. He has been the director of Colorado State University’s renowned Environmental Learning Center (ELC) since 2002, providing the community with hands-on opportunities to learn about nature. At the same time, Bruyere incorporates the ELC into his classes and research.

Kenya trips rewarding

Something Bruyere is most proud of is working with Colorado State’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Education (SLiCE) office to establish annual 16-day alternative breaks for 12 students in Kenya. While there, students participate in projects ranging from school improvement to wildlife counts. They also spend time in the women’s village of Uomja, helping residents improve schools and their cooperative lifestyle.

“To be able to facilitate these experiences for students, most of which are life-changing, is extremely rewarding,” Bruyere said.

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