Bundy recognized with President's Award for Engagement with Students

March 19, 2009

Richard Bundy, professor of music education in the College of Arts and Architecture and director of the Penn State Blue Band, has received the 2009 President’s Award for Engagement with Students.

The award is given to a faculty member who goes beyond his or her responsibilities to engage and encourage students in learning. The honorees have made themselves available to interact with students outside class, link students to opportunities and help them build their confidence as learners and potential contributors to society.

In addition to his visible role as director of the 300-plus member Blue Band, Bundy, a Penn State faculty member for more than 22 years, is recognized for his teaching and advising and his extraordinary efforts to engage and encourage students -- Blue Band students as well as students in the concert band and music education majors. “I have never worked with someone who is more thoughtful and careful in preparation, presentation, assessment and follow-through for coursework,” a nominator said.

As an adviser, his primary concern is the needs of the students and how they are best met. He meets regularly with students outside of class to prove further information, enhance their understanding or address any questions.

“My Penn State experience would not have been the same without Dr. Bundy,” a recent graduate wrote. “He leads his students by daily example through his professionalism, humility, passion for music and caring for people. Dr. Bundy’s continuing mentorship and support allowed me to leave Penn State and enter the field of music education prepared and supported.”

Last Updated March 19, 2009