Achieving Excellence
in 2002 at California State University, Chico

Leading Faculty

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Photo: Cynthia Daley High Honor for Ag Teacher

Cynthia Daley, animal bio-technology, received one of the highest honors given to teachers of agriculture from the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewal Resources. The Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Daley in June 2002. Daley has received more than $1 million in grants to develop research programs in assisted reproductive technologies and alternative uses for agricultural wastes.

Biologist Honored

Jon Hooper, recreation and parks management, was named the Raymond F. Dasmann Professional of the Year for the Western Section of the Wildlife Society. Hooper teaches natural resource communication workshops to professionals and has done research on animal welfare and rights for the Department of Defense.

Dedicated Advisers

CSU, Chico faculty advisers have garnered national recognition for their dedication, enthusiasm, and skill in service to students. In the last 15 years, CSU, Chico advisers have won eight Outstanding Adviser awards from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). CSU, Chico has also received the Outstanding Advising Program award from NACADA.

Photo: Physics professor Xueli ZouLearning How to Learn Physics

Physics professor Xueli Zou has been at the forefront of creating innovative physics learning laboratories. Zou is a member of the Physics Education Research Group, which trains the next generation of physics education leaders. With a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Zou and her colleagues in the physics department have implemented an “active learning system” that teaches students to creatively design and solve their own real-world problems.

Excellence Award for Teacher of Teachers

Deborah Summers, education, was one of nine teachers to receive the California Association of Teachers of English Classroom Excellence Award in February 2002. Summers is the coordinator of the single-subject credential program for middle and high school teachers. She was nominated for the award for her teaching excellence and commitment to mentoring teachers in training.

A Novel Award

Paul Eggers, English, received a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for 20022003 to work on his second novel. The award was based on his first novel, Saviors, and was one of about 25 awards out of 1,300 entries nationwide.

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