Tribute to Dr Alwyn Louw
We at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL),
along with the rest of the Stellenbosch University (SU) student and staff
community, mourn the loss of our colleague Dr Alwyn Louw.
Alwyn had a
keen interest in and a significant influence on learning and teaching research
and innovation aimed at enhancing students’ learning experiences. He was
passionate about students and an exceptional teacher, as is evidenced by his having
received the First-year Achievement Award numerous times over the years. First-year
students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences nominate for recognition
the lecturer who has influenced their academic success the most during the
often challenging first year of study. Dr Louw’s passion,
insight and experience changed and touched the lives of many students in the extended
years he had received several grants from the Fund for Innovation and Research
in Learning and Teaching (FIRLT), which attests to his dedication to this
calling. He often partnered with colleagues and was eagerly invited to participate
in research, as his knowledge, expertise and generosity were highly
appreciated. As a result of his successful FIRLT projects he often presented at
the annual SU Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference, and was
again scheduled to co-present a paper – which has been shortlisted as a
potential prizewinning presentation – at this year’s virtual SoTL Conference.
academic accolades are noteworthy, what most of us will remember Alwyn for is
his warm-hearted, friendly, kind, generous and approachable personality.
Meeting Alwyn in lecture halls, passages or his office, one would be greeted with
a ready laugh, an open smile and an inviting nature. We will miss him dearly.