Betsy Pollard Rau graduated in 1975 from CMU with a degree
in journalism. She taught for over 30 years in the Sacred Heart, Vestaburg and Midland school districts, spending her last 10 years at Dow High in Midland. She advised yearbooks and newspapers for most of those 30 years before retiring in 2008. From 1992-2011, she directed the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) high school journalism workshop that annually attracts over 400 students to MSU’s campus in August.
Rau currently advises the 2012 Eppy Award winning online magazine, Grand Central
) and teaches 102H, 202, 380 and 448 on campus. She also teaches in the social media online certificate program.
In 2009, she was inducted into the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame. She won the 2012 John V. Field Award from MIPA and in 2004 was named the WalMart Michigan Teacher of the Year. She was teacher of the year in both the Vestaburg and Midland school districts, and is a Dow Jones Distinguished Adviser and a National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer.
Most importantly, Rau is the Yaya of Gwenna Rose Lukenbill, age 2. She has been married to Ron Rau, the operations manager of Fabiano Brothers for 38 years and is the mother of the 1997 Michigan High School Journalist of the year, Jessica Rau Lukenbill. She is also the mother of an award winning page designer — formerly with the Detroit News, who now works for UT San Diego — Tyler Pollard Rau.
Besides being with her family, Rau’s other love is being with her second family — her students — in the classroom.