Above: Associate Professor Kevin Grisham and University President Tomas Morales
Cal State San Bernardino recently celebrated Kevin Grisham, an associate professor and chair of the school’s geography and environmental studies program with its top teaching award, the “Golden Apple.”
Grisham, who also serves as faculty advisor to the school’s award-winning Model UN and Model Arab League programs was surprised during a Social Sciences 165 class when a delegation led by university President Tomás D. Morales, 25 senior administrators, selection committee members and faculty members burst into his classroom and made the announcement. This style of presentation, identified as the faculty awards notification “ambush,” is a long-time and much-loved CSUSB tradition.
“Sorry to interrupt your class, but you are all part of the process,” Morales told the students.” When he announced Grisham had been nominated for the award by his peers and faculty to receive the 2019 Golden Apple award, the lecture hall, filled with Grisham’s students, faculty and staff erupted in cheers and applause.
As the Golden Apple recipient, Grisham will receive a $2,000 faculty development grant for research and professional activities, acknowledgement and recognition at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences commencement ceremony in June. In addition, Grisham will be honored at the university’s Faculty Recognition Luncheon.
Morales praised Grisham for his work with the university’s Model UN and Model Arab League teams as “solid evidence of his exceptional ability to teach and inspire his students.”
“Kevin is indeed one of the most inspirational and successful educators in the classroom. Do you agree?” Morales asked Grisham’s students, who cheered and applauded their professor.
Provost Shari McMahan added to the accolades and referring to Grisham as remarkable declared to the students, “Know that he has a vested interest in your success, because that’s what he does. He cares about you, we all care about you, but he’s in the classroom, feet on the ground and he sings your praises, We’re quite honored and delighted to have him as the Golden Apple recipient.”