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California State Student Association Presents Annual Awards

Chancellor Reed, Trustee Wang, and President Gerth Cited The California State Student Association (CSSA) announced its 1999/00 CSSA Honorees at the May 9-10 California State University Board of Trustees meeting. The CSSA also presented an annual report of its activities and achievements during 1999/00.

"It's amazing what we can achieve when we make student-administration collaboration a priority," said Stephanie Rahlfs, CSSA Chair, and a CSU Chico senior.

CSU Trustee Stanley Wang received Trustee of the Year for his generosity, dedication and commitment to the CSU and its students. Wang donated $1million to the CSU -- the most ever given to the CSU system office by an individual -- to establish the Wang Family Excellence Awards.

The Systemwide Administrator of the Year was CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who was cited for his efforts in fostering a collaborative relationship with the CSSA.

"Stephanie Rahlfs has provided outstanding leadership this year," said Chancellor Reed. "I would like to thank her and her colleagues. There is no greater honor than this because students are what it's all about."

The CSU President of the Year was CSU Sacramento's Donald Gerth, who has been with the CSU system for more than 40 years, and was honored for his work in promoting collaborative relationships between student leaders and administrators on reviewing enrollment management policies.

Honorees are selected by the actions they take on behalf of the students and their efforts to make sure student needs and concerns are addressed.

The CSSA's annual report included its work on mandatory community service for graduates; the student fee policy; and the Cornerstones accountability process as the main highlights of the1999/00 academic year.

The CSSA provides a unified voice for the 360,000 CSU students who attend the nation's largest four-year public system of higher education. It represents the student perspective to the CSU Board of Trustees, Office of the Chancellor, Statewide Academic Senate, State Legislators, Governor's Office, and state agencies such as the California Postsecondary Education Commission.