San Josť State University has named alumna Bobbie J. Kawazoe, '72, dean of counseling and matriculation at Evergreen Valley College, the 2000 Evelyn T. Robinson Outstanding African-American Alumni Award winner. The award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields.
Throughout Kawazoe's 28-year career in education, she has directed and coordinated educational programs and services, and served as a counselor, teacher and administrator. For the past 25 years, at Evergreen Valley College, she has served in many administrative, teaching and student advisor positions in which her influence was vital to the support of students and faculty.
Kawazoe has also served the community on many committees. She is currently serving on the AFFIRM Advisory and Coordinating Committee, the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, the California Association for Alcohol Drug Educators, and the Community Health Advisory Committee.
Recently, Kawazoe received the NAACP Humanitarian Commitment to the Community Award. She was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Initiative and Effort by the Santa Clara Bar Association and a Commendation for Outstanding Contributions and Service in the Field of Education by the San Josť Mayor's office.
A versatile communications professional, both as an instructor and public speaker, Kawazoe is a frequent guest speaker and has conducted and organized a number of training workshops and seminars for educational and private institutions.
This year's award is co-sponsored by SJSU's African-American Studies Department, in honor of its 32nd anniversary, and the Evelyn T. Robinson Scholarship Fund. The memorial fund was established in 1984 to honor the memory of Robinson who, during her life, encouraged many students to enhance the quality of their lives by striving for excellence in education.
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