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Join us in congratulating our brother, Mark Whitters, for being named Eastern Michigan University’s Lecturer of the Year for 2010.

Mark has been teaching history courses to undergraduate students at EMU since 2005, in addition to his role in our brotherhood life in Detroit, Michigan. Mark had this to say about the award, “I’m humbled by the award and grateful to the many faculty members who put forward recommendations.”

Mark Whitters

Mark during a winter walk. Christmas Retreat 2010.

EMU’s article on Mark mentions how his life in the brotherhood effects his teaching:

That he does some of his best work in a community setting should come as no surprise. Whitters is himself a member of a religious community, an ecumenical brotherhood called Servants of the Word. The group focuses on living a simple, communal, celibate life and serving God by serving others.

“I think (community is) something the system leaves out,” he said. “We’re so focused on goals and consumption and achievement and being on the fast track that we’re totally consumed with the system. There’s a need to humanize our lives. Relationships are important to me.”

Read the whole article at the location of the original news feature at Focus EMU Online:

Or read the original article in this PDF capture of the news item: [PDF 131 KB]


Mark Whitters
Mark Whitters is a lifelong committed brother and one of the original members of the SW household in Detroit. He has lived there for over ten years. He commutes to Ypsilanti for his work in the Department of History and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University. During the summers, he often volunteers for the Detroit Summer Outreach. His hobbies are jogging and cross-country skiing, languages, and (more) studying and writing.
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  • Barry Jones

    Way to go Mark!

  • Robert Pawlosky

    Congratulations, Mark! A deserving recognition for your thoughtful and able gifts in the service of the many undergrads who have been in your classes. I was very pleased to read of the account of your classroom style and teaching techniques. Your life bears much fruit.

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