WSU to Unveil Wall of Distinguished Professors

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will unveil its Honor Wall for Presidential Distinguished Professors during a special ceremony Nov. 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Stewart Library.

Located in the west atrium of the second floor of the library, the wall will spotlight those who are honored through the university's Presidential Distinguished Professors program, which recognizes and rewards WSU faculty members who demonstrate the highest quality of teaching, scholarship, research and community service.

The WSU Board of Trustees approved the first group of Presidential Distinguished Professors in March 2006, naming microbiology professor Craig Oberg, history professor Gene Sessions and zoology professor Sam Zeveloff as the inaugural recipients of the award. The trio formally received their awards at WSU's spring commencement exercises.

Each Presidential Distinguished Professor will receive a cash prize of $16,000, payable over four years, which may be used to further professional academic goals. Honorees also will retain the Presidential Distinguished Professor title throughout their tenure with the university. Upon retirement from WSU, "Emeritus" will be added to the end of the title.

"Our faculty are passionate about teaching, and their dedication is invaluable to our students and their education," said Provost Michael Vaughan. "It is fitting for WSU to have a significant award that recognizes the contributions of our faculty. The Honor Wall for Presidential Distinguished Professors provides a visible and lasting tribute."

Funding for the annual recognition program was made possible by a generous gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

"I believe this program will become an important tradition for WSU," Vaughan said. "We are very grateful to this donor for recognizing the important role our faculty play in the lives of our students and the vitality of the campus."

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