|April 6, 2000
Volume 30 Number 16
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Robert Cottrell and Fred Ryan Receive CSU Stanley T. Wang Excellence Awards
Professor Robert Cottrell, Department of History, and Vice Provost for Information Resources Frederick Ryan, have received two of five Wang Family Excellence Awards in the California State University system.
CSU trustee Stanley T. Wang established the Wang Family Excellence Award in the amount of $1 million in1998. Its purpose is to recognize and celebrate CSU faculty and administrators for extraordinary accomplishments. The Chancellor's Office will honor the recipients at the May 9 trustees meeting in Long Beach and will present each of the awardees with $20,000.
In a letter of nomination, President Manuel A. Esteban wrote of Cottrell, Chico's Outstanding Professor for 1998-99, "Bob Cottrell is a model university citizen, an uncommonly gifted and productive scholar, and a dedicated and energetic teacher."
Cottrell came to Chico in 1984 to teach history. As well as being recognized by his students and colleagues for outstanding teaching, Cottrell is a prolific writer and scholar. He has published two noteworthy biographies, Izzy: A Biography of I.F. Stone and The Social Gospel of E. Nicholas Comfort, in the last decade and has a third, Roger Nash Baldwin and the ACLU, in press as part of Columbia University Press' Contemporary American History Series.
In addition, Cottrell has recently completed two other manuscripts, 1920: The Black Sox, Blackball, and the Babe and Rube Foster, Blackball Giant, and is writing a sixth, Uncertain Order: the World in the Twentieth Century, which is already under contract.
Fred Ryan's duties as vice provost for Information Technology encompass the entire range of academic and administrative technology offered on a university campus. Esteban described him as one of fewer than 10% of university technology leaders in the country (and one of only two in the CSU) who manages a unified service enterprise which merges all the information handling activity on campus.
Ryan has spearheaded a comprehensive effort to create an "Electronic Learning Community" at CSU, Chico which encompasses infrastructure, faculty and staff development, support of faculty in curriculum design, provision of adequate hardware/software for faculty, student laboratories, and wired classrooms. It also includes the training and technical support to enhance the goal of student learning.
Esteban said of Ryan, "Ryan's work touches every single student, staff, and faculty member on campus, and, apart from the president, there is no other administrative officer whose scope of responsibility is similarly broad. Ryan's leadership and direction have been key to moving this university into the information age."
Esteban was recruiting students in San Diego when Chancellor Reed contacted him and informed him that two out of five recipients of the Wang Family Award were for CSU, Chico. Esteban said, "It was obvious to me that Chancellor Reed was both happy about the news and impressed that we have such excellent faculty and staff. Needless to say, I am proud of Fred Ryan and Robert Cottrell and pleased to be the one to inform and congratulate them." -- KM
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