CSU Announces 2004 Wang Family Excellence Award Recipients:

Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, San Diego, Sonoma Recipients Each to Receive $20,000

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(April 8, 2004) – A leader in rehabilitation counseling, an ancient historian with a care for today, a practical marine habitat researcher, a broad-ranging art scholar, and a problem-solving budget and finance officer have been named as the 2004 recipients of the prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award.

The Wang award was established in fall 1998 when then-Trustee Stanley T. Wang provided $1 million to reward outstanding faculty and administrators. The award is designed to "celebrate those CSU faculty and administrators who through extraordinary commitment and dedication have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines and areas of assignment." Annually, during a 10 year-period, four faculty and one administrator throughout the CSU system will receive $20,000 awards. This is the sixth year the awards have been given.

Wang, who in fall 2000 gave an addition $1.2 million to establish student and faculty travel scholarships for China study, is the largest individual donor to the CSU system office.

The 2004 Wang Award recipients are Martin G. Brodwin, Cal State Los Angeles, Education, and Professional and Applied Sciences Fields; Stanley M. Burstein, Cal State Los Angeles, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Public Services; Rikk G. Kvitek, CSU Monterey Bay, Natural Sciences, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and Engineering; Susan R. McKillop, Sonoma State University, Visual and Performing Arts and Letters; and Sally F. Roush, San Diego State University, University Administrator.

Martin G. Brodwin

Leading Cal State L.A.’s rehabilitation programs (the undergraduate program is unique in California) to national recognition, Martin Brodwin is a passionate teacher known for his dedication to “at risk” students. His strong support of and lifelong ties to his students are evidenced by the fact that of the four dozen articles and chapters he has published and the 40 professional presentations he has delivered since joining the university, almost half have been coauthored by students and alumni. His nationally accredited internship program provides aid to the underserved East Los Angeles area, while providing invaluable learning to his students, who find him a source of strength, inspiration, and confidence.

Martin Brodwin earned his bachelor’s in psychology from UCLA, his master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Cal State L.A., and his doctorate in rehabilitation counseling from Michigan State University. Named as the 1997 Rehabilitation Educator of the Year, he is a productive scholar in the field, whose textbook on disability remains in high demand nationally.

Stanley M. Burstein

For more than three decades, Stanley Burstein has been a dedicated, teaching historian at Cal State L.A. while simultaneously producing outstanding scholarship, which can be seen in his more than 125 articles, chapters, and reviews; his many international conference presentations; and the dozen books he has written, edited, or translated. His deep knowledge of ancient Greek history combines with a drive to build connections to the modern world, to hold to the highest standards but to enable students to achieve to the best of their abilities. His commitment to education resulted in fruitful collaborations with area high schools as well as insightful program reviews for other CSU campuses. A challenging teacher, but one whose door is always open, he helped kindle the love of learning in countless students.

Stanley Burstein received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in history from UCLA. He has served as Historian in Residence for a National Endowment for the Humanities institute for secondary school teachers and was a contributing member of California’s panel to review textbook and content standards for teaching history-social science.

Rikk G. Kvitek

Believing that hands-on, cutting edge research was the best path for natural science students, CSU Monterey Bay’s Rikk Kvitek set out to find the funds to make that possible. The capstone of his success is the Seafloor Mapping Lab, which has drawn three dozen grants and contracts totaling more than $4 million in three years. This seed money funded “earn while they learn” student assistantships, support research vessels, new geospatial technology for computer classrooms and labs, the opportunity for students to author articles in their field, and the production of useful knowledge about marine habitats for the state’s Department of Fish and Game and natural resource and habitat studies for other agencies. A “superstar” teacher, he is proudest of the success of his students who have gone on to promising scientific careers.

A respected author and presenter in marine biology, Rikk Kvitek received his bachelor’s in zoology from the University of Michigan, his master’s in marine science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and his doctorate in zoology from the University of Washington. He has additional expertise in sonar and GPS navigation.

Susan R. McKillop

A 27-year veteran of Sonoma State, Susan McKillop has been an outstanding student mentor, an active faculty member who served for 8 years on the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, community museum director, and a statewide voice for arts in the inner city and rural high schools. Characterized as “passionate in the pursuit of excellence,” her broad knowledge of the cultural milieu of art brings an added dimension to her wide-ranging presentations in art history. Her pioneering use of technology allows students to tap a deep array of art images, while her focus on students has brought them invaluable ‘hands on” practice as peer teachers, cataloguers, gallery interns, and scholarly presenters.

Susan McKillop received her bachelor’s from the University of Missouri in English and Journalism, her master’s from UC Berkeley in studio art/painting, and her doctorate from Harvard in Italian Renaissance Art History. Her groundbreaking work on the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici is reshaping art history.

Sally F. Roush

The university’s first reconsideration of its physical master plan in 40 years is but one example of the open sharing approach that San Diego’s Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Sally Roush championed on campus. Drawing together representatives from every area, the ground-breaking summit meetings resulted in a forward-looking plan for the physical campus which tapped the ideas and the support of the entire campus community. Roush has worked to create transparency on how campus finances work. A problem-solver, she has worked respectfully with student boards to help them better manage their fiscal responsibilities. Her campus budget forums have led to new understanding and accord on financial decisions. She also has engaged with the community to promote the San Diego trolley project to extend a service line to the campus while keeping the disruption to a minimum.

Sally Roush’s two decades of service at San Diego State University followed a dozen years of administrative service at the University of Colorado and Colorado’s Department of Education. She received her bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Denver, where she also studied as a postgraduate student.

"Countless CSU faculty across California have dedicated their lives to teaching students, expanding knowledge and serving both their community and their field of study. The staff at CSU campuses are equally dedicated to serving students. The selection committee had a challenging task in choosing just one in each category, but these individuals are all extraordinarily impressive," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We are all grateful to Trustee Wang for providing a way to recognize these individuals for all they do for students."

Wang, who served as a CSU Trustee from 1994 to 2002, is founder, president and chief executive officer of Pantronix Corp., based in Fremont, CA. The company, incorporated in 1974, provides a range of manufacturing services for semiconductor components, subsystems and modules. Pantronix’s consumer base is worldwide in the medical, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive, instrumentation and computer industries. The China native also founded Amertron Inc., a manufacturing facility in the Philippines, in 1989.

“Great professors and leaders such as these sow the seeds for the next generation of leaders. All of these individuals have a strong passion for helping students learn and providing them with the best education possible,” said Wang. “My own professors taught me to be who I am today. The faculty recognition award is a way to demonstrate the great respect and deep appreciation I feel for them as a former trustee and student. I am a strong believer that faculty are the key to a high-quality education, which is the door to success and happiness in life.”

The Wang Family Excellence Award is administered through the CSU Foundation. Each campus president annually may nominate one faculty member from each of the four discipline categories. Each president also may nominate one administrator annually. The recipients will receive the awards at the May CSU Trustees’ meeting.

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Last Updated: April 8, 2004

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