Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- August 9, 2000

Two CSUF Staff Members to Receive Governor's Safety Award

Two Cal State Fullerton staff members will be honored as recipients of Governor's Employee Safety Awards for 1999.

William D. Meyer, professor of theatre and dance, and Spencer Colman, campus electrician

The awards will be presented Aug. 25 in Sacramento.

The 20th annual awards program is designed to recognize outstanding individual and group performance in improving job health and safety, responding to life-threatening situations, and preventing and reducing the number of occupational injuries and vehicular accidents.

A CSUF faculty member since 1984, Meyer teaches stagecraft, drafting and stage mechanics, and rigging. "His students may be exposed to potentially hazardous situations, such as falling materials and electrical shock," said Tom Whitfield, director of environmental health and instruction safety. "To alert them to the hazards, Meyer has developed and teaches specialized safety guidelines for each of his classes." In addition, he has instituted a number of student safety policies that have become models for use throughout the campus.

The veteran technical director and Fullerton resident has worked with Shakespeare Orange County and the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Meyer has received a number of honors, including the American College Theatre Festival Regional Award for Excellence in Scenic Design. This is his second Governor's Employee Safety Award; the first honor came in 1986.

Colman has served the campus community for 19 years and was recognized with the university's "Safety Employee of the Quarter" honor in spring 1999 for his support for the university's safety program in Physical Plant.

A proactive supporter of CSUF's safety programs, he played a key role in establishing asbestos awareness classes for trade employees. "He has a gift for finding potential safety hazards and can be counted on to immediately diffuse the hazard before any mishaps occur," noted Whitfield, adding that Colman's fellow tradesmen often seek his opinions and advice on safety matters. Colman is a member of the campus's Occupational Health and Safety Committee, as well as a founding member of the Physical Plant Safety and Parking Advisory committees.

The Placentia resident is a Cal State Fullerton alumnus who graduated with honors in 1999. He is an executive board member for the State Employees Trades Council Union.

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