2007-08 California State University, Chico Outstanding Adviser Award
Recreation and Parks Management professor Roger Guthrie has been selected as this year's Outstanding Academic Advisor by the Faculty Recognition and Support committee, and I am pleased to share the news with you.
With a Ph.D. in Leisure Studies from University of Illinois, Dr. Guthrie joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 1989. In addition to teaching a full load, Dr. Guthrie spends countless hours each week advising students. He coordinates two different options: Community and Commercial Recreation and Special Events and Tourism. He averages 100 advisees during the academic year and still makes time to advise students during the summer session. Quoting many of his colleagues, "students line up in front of his door waiting to speak to him." Concerned that students receive consistent advising, Roger created electronic advising forms for each pattern with each option for recreation majors. These were such a success that they were adopted by the faculty in the department. Dr. Guthrie serves his students with expert guidance and assistance toward their success as recreation professionals. He is well known for his professional networking. He maintains contact with alumni and uses them, as well as other professional contacts, as a resource to help students secure internships and get jobs after graduation.
In addition to academic advising, Roger teaches the budget and finance course, one of the most difficult and time consuming for students. His demand for excellence combined with belief that the students needed to learn these concepts led him to hold regular Sunday study sessions. He is a member of several Park and Recreation Societies and is actively involved in research and the Klamath and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. Dr. Guthrie has presented at numerous conferences and conducted countless recreational users surveys.
Roger leaves a lasting impression with his students. He listens to the students, customizes class schedules and career plans to fit each student, and keeps an eye on the big picture.
Please join me in congratulating Roger Guthrie, a truly Outstanding Academic Adviser.
President Paul Zingg, December 19, 2007