Kennesaw State lecturer honored by Georgia Association of Economics & Finance

Michael Patrono named professor of the year for revamping global economics course KENNESAW, Ga….

Georgia (Apr 1, 2011)Michael Patrono named professor of the year for revamping global economics course

KENNESAW, Ga. – (April 1, 2011) — Michael Patrono, an economics lecturer at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, has been named professor of the year by the Georgia Association of Economics & Finance.

“Michael is a phenomenal and passionate teacher of economics who really conveys that passion for learning to his students,” said Govind Hariharan, chairman of KSU’s Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis. “He truly deserves the award. For a KSU employee to be honored in this manner reaffirms the value we place on global knowledge."

Patrono revamped Economics 1100, a global economics course all KSU students are required to take. Originally the course was taught as if everybody was intending to be an economics major, Patrono said.

 “We revised the class to be more philosophical and deal with the politics and economies of different societies around the world,” Patrono said. “With the revision it’s become incredibly popular.”

Patrono received the award recently during the spring meeting of the GAEF in Cartersville. The Georgia Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit that helps public and private teachers in kindergarten through the 12th grade, contributed a $500 cash stipend.

The Georgia Association of Economics & Finance was founded in the early 1970s. It was formed to improve the teaching of economics and finance and to create opportunities for economics and finance to be broadly understood in society.

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