Cal Poly Pomona has unveiled a new permanent display honoring outstanding faculty members from the university’s past and present. The unveiling was coupled with the annual Provost’s Awards for Excellence Symposium, in which the three faculty awardees gave presentations on their teaching, service, and creative and scholarly activities.
The new Wall of Excellence, located on the second floor of the University Library, features the recipients of the Outstanding Professor Award from 1964 to 1996 and the Provost’s Awards for Excellence, which was established in 2010.
“It’s [faculty’s] work and their dedication to the students that brings excitement into the classroom … They bring new perspectives and new ways of thinking and that’s important as well. Their work really transforms the lives of our students,” Provost Marten denBoer said at the wall unveiling on March 14.
“What the university is also doing is transforming the community. And again, that’s the work of the faculty not just here in Pomona but throughout California and the state. Our students are doing good work, they’re building careers, they’re raising families, they’re contributing to society.”
The 2013 recipients of the Provost’s Award for Excellence are chemistry Professor Laurie Starkey, chemistry Professor Emeritus Ernie Simpson and engineering Professor Vilupanur Ravi.
Starkey talked about the qualities of an excellent teacher and used her two children to illustrate her points. Some of those characteristics are: fair, loyal, organized, role model, mentor and coach.
Simpson recounted his career highlights, which includes establishing the Cooperative Education Program in the College of Science. He also thanked his heroes and mentors, and imparted a few words of wisdom.
Ravi told the story of his career through live demonstrations of materials engineering. He showed the applications of his research into metals, ceramics and polymers, explaining the various steps of his career path.
Visit the Provost’s Awards for Excellence website for more information about the award.