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    Robert D Allen
    Dr. Owen Cherrington
    inspiration posted May 21, 2010 by Robert D Allen, last edited February 10, 2012 
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    name:
    Dr. Owen Cherrington
    affiliation:
    Brigham Young University
    role in your life:

    Owen Cherrington taught the very first course I ever took in accounting.  He was very effective in the classroom.  He was well-organized and made difficult concepts seem easy.  I enjoyed his first course so much that I decided to major in accounting and I took additional classes from him whenever possible.  I always felt motivated to do my very best in his classes.  I respected him so much that it was really important to me that I do well in his classes.

    what they did:

    At one point, I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Cherrington as a Teaching Assistant for a LARGE section of Introductory Financial Accounting.  One day, just after he'd given the mid-term exam and I'd fininshed helping with the grading, he gave me a short list of names of people from the class.  He asked me to look up their contact information and give it to him so that he could contact them.  When I asked about it, he indicated that they weren't doing particularly well in the class and that they had also missed some classes.  He wanted to speak with them personally to determine if they were okay and if there was anything he could do to be helpful to them.  His willingness to seek out the students who were struggling, even though it was a very large class, was inspiring to me. 

    what it did for you:

    I think Dr. Cherrington was one of the key influences that helped me decide to pursue a career in academia.  I have tried to emulate many of the things that he did so well as an educator.   

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    • Cassy Budd

      I must admit that Dr Cherrington is the reason I continued to pursue accounting as a course of study - I was one of those students on the receiving end of a "special" phone call.  His concern for me as an individual changed the course of my professional life, and deeply impacted me as a person.  I think about him often and try to live up to the high standard he set for teaching and truly caring about my students.