Wang Award Nominees Honored at Faculty Day Luncheon

Wang Award Nominees Honored at Faculty Day Luncheon
D.D. Wills, professor of Geography & Anthropology, was honored as a Wang Award nominee during the annual Faculty Day Barbecue on April 29.

Peggy Perry, professor of Horticulture/Plant & Soil Science, was also honored with a Wang Award nomination.

During Faculty Day on April 29, the Faculty Center for Professional Development honored two Cal Poly Pomona faculty members, Peggy Perry and Dorothy Davis ?D.D.? Wills, who were nominated by the university this year for the California State University (CSU) Wang Family Excellence Awards.

Established by CSU Trustee Stanley Wang, the annual Wang Awards recognize five faculty members/administrators from among the 23 CSU campuses who, through exceptional commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. This year?s award winners were Martin G. Brodwin, Cal State L.A.; Stanley M. Burstein, Cal State L.A.; Rikk G. Kvitek, CSU Monterey Bay; Susan R. McKillop, Sonoma State; and Sally F. Roush, San Diego State. Each honoree will receive $20,000.

Perry, professor of Horticulture/Plant & Soil Science, is one of three faculty leaders to develop AGRIscapes and has served as campus coordinator for the California Agricultural Leadership Programs for nearly 20 years. In 1999, Perry was instrumental in receiving the first of five grants from the California Department of Education Nutrition that has allowed her to direct the regional program, A Garden in Every School. She received the first George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in 1997.

Wills, professor of Geography & Anthropology, recently completed an assignment as university coordinator of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Self-Study Steering Committee and previously served as interim director of the university?s International Center. An anthropologist and linguist, Wills has carried out research on socialization and communicative development of children in Nigeria, Senegal and the United States. Her current research interests focus on social health issues, languages, the environment, and the nexus of culture, communication and community.

Nearly 100 faculty members attended the annual Faculty Day barbecue in the courtyard behind Building 1, where they enjoyed barbecued chicken, baked beans and apple pie catered by Kellogg West.

President Michael Ortiz, who attended the event, thanked the faculty for their dedication to the students at Cal Poly Pomona.

?This is not an easy time to be a member of the faculty of the California State University or Cal Poly Pomona because of the challenges we?re facing and the expectations that we have,? said Ortiz. ?I just want to express my gratitude for your efforts this year and the things you do on a day-to-day basis that make this institution a great place to be.?