Browne thanked for Mock Trial achievements

Dr. Neil Browne
Dr. Neil Browne

Dr. Neil Browne, Distinguished Teaching Professor of economics, received a special gift of appreciation at the Faculty Recognition Dinner Nov. 8 in honor of his work with the Mock Trial Team. Under his guidance, the team placed in the top 10 in the nation this past year.

In presenting the gift, Provost John Folkins hailed Browne’s “important contribution to the academic environment at BGSU.”

Some years back, Mock Trial had fallen on hard times, and the activity was not pursued with great vigor, Folkins related. Browne took over an activity that had been without strong leadership and, with much time and effort, moved it forward, despite not having the funding and support found on many campuses for Mock Trial.

“It is not unusual for some schools to have several teams and a tradition of accomplishment. In particular, the small liberal arts schools see this as an area where they can be competitive, and they work hard for success,” Folkins said. “Given their alumni base, their funding is likely to be robust. To break into this kind of activity and to bring the BGSU program to national prominence is a substantial and important achievement.

“This was accomplished largely by Dr. Browne and the support of his wife, Dr. Nancy Kubasek (legal studies). The effort took substantial time to recruit students, to train the students, and to manage the travel arrangements needed for the team to attend invitationals—to mention only a few. To be able to bring this activity to prominence in such a short time is astounding.”

November 13, 2006