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Prof. Bill Bateman

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics & Computer Science; Past President, University Senate

Difference Maker

Nominator: Gary Gaenzle, '10

Gary's Memories: I had professor Bateman for CSC 125 in Spring 2007. He was a good teacher with a sense of humor.  He was chair of the Computer Science Department at the time, but previously had been chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Professor Bateman convinced President Cevallos to split the Mathematics and Computer Science Department into two departments since it was the largest department at KU and they needed to grow separately. He oversaw the division into two departments. He also worked at summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen. He also developed the five-year BS/MS computer science program. 

He was politically active among faculty and he served two terms as University Senate president. He co-chaired the presidential scholarship event in 2007 and did a display of KU memorabilia for the 2008 On the Boulevard event in the Student Union Building. He worked on the governance website for two years after he retired to post Senate policies from the previous six years to the KU website. He taught a KU for more than 40 years. He is also working on a KU history book for the 150th anniversary of the school.

We stayed friends after he retired. He invites me to his home for his Christmas Party every year. I still seek out career advice from him. We keep in touch on Facebook. He recently asked my advice on what camera to buy since his camera had been dropped and was producing bad pictures. 

Professor Bateman was a cool teacher and now is a good friend. He has certainly made a difference at KU for many people. 

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