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(Boston) – Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) part-time faculty member Bruce Berman was named “Most Valuable Teacher” by JetBlue Airways and will throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 9, 2011, as the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees.
Through his MET course “Politics, Public Relations, and Public Policy: The Boston Harbor Clean-Up,” Berman has introduced hundreds of Boston University students to the ecology, politics, conservation, business, and history of Boston Harbor. He is one of the region’s foremost experts on the restoration as well as the flora and fauna of the Harbor area. Berman also teaches management and business communications in the Department of Administrative Sciences.
Berman is also communication director and spokesman for the non-profit group Save the Harbor / Bay, where he extends his role as an educator as the lead architect of free youth environmental education programs that have connected 50,000 youth and teens to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands since 2002.
He and his wife, Save the Harbor / Bay’s President Patricia Foley, are avid Red Sox fans and live for most of the year on their boat “Verandah” at Constitution Marina on Boston Harbor.
“Actually, it is quite an honor – and a big responsibility” said Berman, 55, who watches nearly every Red Sox game but acknowledges that he hasn’t played much baseball since 1971. “I have much more experience casting for big striped bass on Boston Harbor than I do pitching at Fenway Park. But I have been practicing since I got the news last week, and promise to try to do my best for my team.”
“Maybe they will play ‘Love That Cleaner Water,’” quipped Berman, who has been the spokesman for Save the Harbor/Bay for 20 years.
About Metropolitan College and Boston University
As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit www.bu.edu/met.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.