Wang Family Excellence Awards
Cal State Fullerton Professor, Administrator
April 16, 2003 :: No. 202
David L. Pagni, a veteran Cal State Fullerton
mathematics professor who has been called “one of the most
respected math educators in the world,” and Claire Palmerino,
director of university programs geared to fast-track the training
of teachers and advising students, are among the five winners of
this year’s California State University Wang Family Excellence
They were selected from nominees from throughout the
23-campus CSU system. Each winner will receive a cash award of $20,000.
The Wang (pronounced Wong) awards were established
by CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang, who gave the system $1 million to
recognize outstanding achievements of faculty members and administrators.
Each year since 1999, the award has honored four faculty members
and one administrator.
Cal State Fullerton is the only campus with two honorees for 2003.
During the last five years, Fullerton and Cal Poly
Pomona have had four winners each, more than any other campus. This
year also marked the second time that two individuals from one campus
are being honored in a single year.
“We are as proud as can be of the two winners,
”said Ephraim Smith, vice president for academic affairs.
“Both are unique individuals. David Pagni is a leader in his
field, and what Claire Palmerino is doing is the envy of all in
the recruiting of teachers.”
Pagni (pronounced pawn-yee) joined the Fullerton faculty
in 1969 and has received more than $13.6 million in federal grants
to improve the way mathematics is taught in local schools.
He was dubbed a “math wizard” in 1996
when he dressed up as a wizard for a presentation attended by a
wide-eyed group of Santa Ana elementary school students to announce
a $6 million National Science Foundation grant to improve the way
math is taught in the Santa Ana Unified School District.
The National Science Foundation continues to support
Pagni’s efforts in this arena and recently awarded him $6.4
million to improve math programs in four Orange County school districts.
This latest effort is geared to reach more than 9,000 high school
and 7,000 middle school students.
Pagni, who earned his doctorate at the University
of Wisconsin, was described as “one of the most respected
math educators in the world” by Solomon Garfunkel, executive
director of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.
Palmerino, a member of the campus community since
1979, is the director of academic advising services, overseeing
the university’s Center for Careers in Teaching and the Academic
Advisement Center. The latter steers students through the university’s
general education program and serves as home to undeclared majors.
The Center for Careers in Teaching provides an “educational
road map” for future K-12 and special-education teachers.
Palmerino, who formerly taught in the university’s
Counseling Department, also helped develop the university’s
successful Blended Teacher Education Program, crafted articulation
agreements with community colleges and launched a program to recruit
teachers. She earned her doctorate at UCLA.
Other recipients of the 2003 Wang Family Excellence
Awards are Doug Davis of Cal State Bakersfield, Cynthia A. Daily
of Chico State and Robert Blackey of Cal State San Bernardino.
||David L. Pagni, professor of mathematics, at
657-278-2671 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Palmerino, director of academic advising services, at
657-278-4805 or email@example.com
Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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