Recipients from Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge and Pomona Will Receive $20,000 Each

An internationally recognized playwright, a national leader in mentoring minorities in the sciences, an international expert on environmental economics, an educator who uses magic to reach the developmentally disabled, and the recruiter of more than 350 high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars have been named as the 2001 recipients of the prestigious California State University Wang Family Excellence Award. They were selected from about 60 nominees systemwide.

The Wang (pronounced WONG) award was established in the fall of 1998 when Trustee Stanley T. Wang gave the CSU system $1 million -- the largest donation ever given to the CSU system by an individual -- 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." Over a 10 year-period four faculty and one administrator throughout the CSU system will receive the $20,000 awards annually. This is the third year the award has been given.

The 2000/01 recipients are: Edward EmanuEl, professor of theatre arts at CSU Fresno; Jane Hall, professor of economics at CSU Fullerton; Aubrey Fine, professor of education at Cal Poly Pomona; Maria Elena Zavala, professor of biology at CSU Northridge; and Valerie Bordeaux, director of university outreach and school relations at CSU Long Beach.

"Thousands of CSU faculty throughout the state have dedicated their lives to teaching students, expanding knowledge and giving service to the community and their fields of study. The staff at CSU campuses are equally dedicated to serving students. The selection committee had a tough task to choose just five, but these individuals are extraordinarily impressive," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Thanks again to Trustee Wang for providing a way to recognize all they do for students."

EmanuEl, a member of the Fresno State faculty for 31 years, has written 32 film scripts and more than 100 television, radio, and stage plays. He has directed Tony Award winners, 119 main stage productions and received the Edinburgh Fringe First Place Award for the production of his own play. He has done work for Disney Films and PBS. He developed a course for non-theatre majors, and since 1975 has taught about 10,000 students in that class.

He was awarded the Fulbright and was one of five in the nation nominated in 2000 for the Pulitzer Prize for one of his plays, which also won the David Mark Cohen National Award as the most outstanding play in America, and thus was produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C. The same play, "Dr. Sun Yat Sen, In The Mouth of the Dragon," raised $2 million for the earthquake relief fund of Taiwan. The recipient of the Distinguished Humanitarian Award by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, EmanuEl earned a B.A. and M.A. at San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in theatre history at the University of Minnesota.

Zavala, a member of the CSUN faculty since 1988, has received national and international recognition for her work with minorities in the sciences. In the past two years, she has received more than $2 million in grants for programs such as the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program. She directs that program as well as the Minority Access to Research Careers Program, and the Bridge to Doctorate Program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Through these programs she has mentored 125 minority students, who have completion rates of more than 90 percent, and have gone on to study at institutions such as Cambridge, National Institutes of Health, and Tufts. Minority students in her programs are more than nine times more likely to enter Ph.D programs.

The 1993-94 Northridge Outstanding Professor received the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House. She is the first woman president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences. She has mentored more than 100 science teachers and has written numerous articles for PBS Online, a K-12 teacher resource. She earned a Ph.D. in botany from UC Berkeley.

Hall, a member of the faculty at Fullerton for 20 years, is an internationally recognized expert in environmental economics. She has secured $1.4 million in grants and has given nearly 30 presentations to local, national and international policy making groups on the environment. She has done work for the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Western Governorsí Association. She is a member of the highest ranking advisory group (the Science Advisory Board) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work with the World Bank and U.S. Aid has been featured in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, and on all the major TV networks. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Air Quality Management in the U.S.

Hall is a campus leader in the honors program and in distance education. She has served as chair of the economics department and acting dean of the business school and is chair of the Academic Senate. She is the co-director of Fullertonís Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies. The author of more than 50 publications, and the 2000 University Outstanding Professor at Fullerton, Hall earned a Ph.D. in energy and resources from UC Berkeley.

Fine, a member of the Cal Poly Pomona faculty for 20 years, is internationally know for his eight books numerous articles and video documentaries on developmental disabilities and has given more than 70 presentations throughout the world on topics including service learning, parenting, literacy and recreation therapy. He was named as 1990 Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of California and was nominated for that award nationally the following year.

Fine has made service learning a part of all his classes and has created several programs to connect college students and children with developmental disabilities. More than 1,000 Cal Poly Pomona students became involved in service learning through his efforts in just the past three years. He has received diplomat status in two professional arenas, serves as the president of the American Association on Mental Retardation (Region II), and is on the board of the American Academy on Mental Retardation. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to Disabled Populations by the American Biographical Institute in 1989. A talented magician, he uses the therapeutic value of magic to reach youngsters, which has led to his being featured in television documentaries. He earned an Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Bordeaux, who has led CSU Long Beachís outreach efforts since 1988, has recruited more than 350 California high school valedictorians and National Merit Scholars to the campus through the Presidentís Scholars Program. The program has received statewide acclaim and provides students with a full scholarship covering all student fees, books, and housing for four years. Since the program began in 1995, average SAT scores have gone up by 60 points. This year, more than 400 California valedictorians and National Merit Scholars have applied for 70 Presidentís Scholarships.

Bordeaux has initiated several outreach programs, including: annual dinners and game nights for area high school principals; annual middle school, high school and community counselor conferences; 49er On-site Admissions, which annually admits over 500 students; annual leadership conferences for 3000 middle school student leaders; Career/College Information Night for 3,500 students and parents and for 150 universities and local business and industry representatives; and college round-up at CSULB for 3,000 sophomores and juniors. She has also led initiatives in pre-collegiate academic development, transfer agreements with local community colleges, and teacher recruitment. She previously worked for several years in various positions at CSU Fullerton, where she earned a B.A. in public relations and telecommunications.

Wang, a CSU Trustee since 1994, is founder, president and chief executive officer of Pantronix Corp., Fremont, Calif. The company, incorporated in 1974, provides a range of manufacturing services for semiconductor components, sub systems and modules. Pantronixís 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 future generations of leaders. These individuals all have a strong passion for helping students learn and providing them with the best education possible," said Wang. "My 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 Trustee and former student. I am a strong believer that faculty are most important to 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 following four categories: visual and performing arts and letters; natural sciences, mathematical and computer sciences and engineering; social and behavioral sciences and public services; and education and the professional and applied science fields. The chancellor and presidents also may nominate one administrator annually. The recipients will receive the awards at the May 15-16 CSU Trusteesí meeting in Long Beach.

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