Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- January 30, 2001

New Faculty Center Will Be Named After John Rogers

The California State University Board of Trustees has given its approval to name the new CSU Stanislaus Faculty Development Center in honor of John Stuart Rogers.

Acting on the recommendation of CSU Stanislaus President, Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the board on Wednesday, Jan. 24 approved naming of the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center. Plans are well under way for the $3 million, 10,000-square-foot facility on the east side of the campus next to Warrior Lake. Ground is scheduled to be broken later this year for the building that will serve as a faculty development resource to enhance the quality of teaching, research, and learning.

The John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center will allow the University to consolidate in one convenient location a variety of instructional support offices on campus, including the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Multimedia Development Laboratory, the Office for Assessment of Student Learning, and other faculty-related offices. It will include state-of-the-art instructional and technology laboratories, the University Academic Senate offices, a large reference publication space, and conference rooms where faculty can meet as well as interact on a variety of topics.

"Consolidating these resources will make it more convenient for faculty to utilize the materials and services provided by these offices, and will allow the offices to better coordinate their activities," said Dr. Andrew Young, Director of the University's Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and an Associate Professor of Philosophy. "The meeting spaces provided by the building will also help to revitalize faculty life by creating opportunities for increased dialogue and interdisciplinary interaction between faculty members. CSU Stanislaus students will benefit from a better trained and informed faculty that has access to such resources."

"The addition of the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center at CSU Stanislaus provides an enduring legacy in honor of a dedicated, long-time friend and patron of the University, John Stuart Rogers," President Hughes said.

John Rogers and the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation have provided generous financial support to CSU Stanislaus. The Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship was established in 1991 for high-achieving Liberal Studies majors preparing to become teachers. In 1998, the Foundation donated $4 million to the University, including funding toward the Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building, slated for completion in December.

"I see the Faculty Development Center as being a great asset to the University," John Rogers said. "CSU Stanislaus is serving a great need in this region and the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation is happy to help meet that need."

John Rogers earned his bachelor's degree at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 1963. He received a Distinguished Alumni Citation Award in 1998.

John Rogers is a Vietnam War veteran whose decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1989.

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