Clement N. Klaphake

Title: Retired Educator
Bellevue University
Location: Bellevue, Nebraska, United States

Clement N. Klaphake, Retired Educator at Bellevue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in anthropology and environmental science.

Growing up in rural Minnesota, Mr. Klaphake always felt connected to the outdoors. He particularly found enjoyment from birdwatching and identifying the birds during a time when there were not many field guides to search his findings. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Klaphake took an anthropology course as an elective, where he got the chance to attend trips on the discipline, finding his own niche. Subsequently, he earned a Bachelor of Science from St. Cloud State University in 1965 and began his teaching career at a high school in Paynton, Saskatchewan, Canada. He then taught in Canby, Minnesota from 1966 to 1968.

Notably, Mr. Klaphake served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 and achieved a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in 1971, offering him a wider lens to contribute to his professional career. For nearly 40 years, from 1971 until his retirement in 2010, he flourished as a professor of sociology, anthropology and environmental science at Bellevue University in Nebraska. Simultaneously, he was a student at the University of Nebraska from 1977 to 1983 and obtained a certification as a Nebraska Master Naturalist. Mr. Klaphake has also contributed as a breeding bird surveyor for the U.S. Department of the Interior for more than 20 years.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. Klaphake considers his career highlight to be his volunteer work and teaching students who are unaware of birds’ relation to the environment. He most enjoys enlightening them with new information and contributing to the ever-changing scape of environmental education. In 2019, Mr. Klaphake was the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Fontenelle Forest Association for his 39 years of service. He previously sat on the aforementioned association’s board of directors in 1995 and 1996.

To remain abreast of his industry, Mr. Klaphake maintains affiliation with the National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, Arbor Day Foundation and North American Butterfly Association. In addition, he also holds membership with the International Crane Foundation, International Wolf Center, Defenders of Wildlife, Hawk Watch International and Hawk Migration Association of North America. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Klaphake is also listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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