Tabor’s Terman feted by alma mater

Max Terman, longtime faculty member at Tabor College, was honored in October as Alumnus of the Year of his alma mater, Spring Arbor (Mich.) University.

Terman, selected for his outstanding contributions to higher education in the field of science, was honored at the annual alumni awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 15, during homecoming festivities.

Alumni award recipients are selected on the basis of the broadest aspects of Christian service to humanity and achievement in the recipient’s chosen vocation, community service or service to Spring Arbor University.

Award recipients also follow a life that exemplifies Christian principles.

As a student at Spring Arbor University, Terman majored in biology. He was selected Natural Science Student of the Year in 1967.

Active in basketball and baseball, Terman played for Spring Arbor’s championship baseball team in 1964. He received his doctorate in zoology from Michigan State University in 1973.

Terman’s first-and only-teaching position has been at Tabor College, where he has been a professor for 36 years.

He has also taught at AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Mich., and has been given research appointments at Kansas State University, Argonne National Lab in Chicago and Audubon International in Selkirk, New York.

Named Outstanding Educator of America in 1975, Terman also was named Marion County Conservation Teacher of the Year in 1999.

The Ecological Society of America has certified Terman as a senior ecologist based on his research and publication record of more than 25 articles and two books.

His research articles cover topics in animal ecology and behavior, science, the Christian faith and environmental science.

Terman’s book, “Earth Sheltered Housing: Principles in Practice,” details his award-winning solar, earth-sheltered home. His book “Messages from an Owl,” describes a 10-year radiotelemetry study on a hand-reared great horned owl. He is presently working on “The Ecology of Golf,” a book that examines the ecological aspects of the sport.

Terman also hopes to write a novel on the experiences of one of his ancestors who served in the Civil War.

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