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July 2007

Release Date: July 3, 2007

ASU Physics Teacher Grabs National AFROTC Award

Dr. Andrew Wallace, head of Angelo State University’s Department of Physics, has been named a 2007 Air Force ROTC Distinguished Educator, one of only nine college instructors nationally to receive the award this spring.

Wallace will join the other winners next week for a trip to Ellsworth AFB near Grand Rapids, S.D., for two days of what the Air Force calls the “bluing process,” observation and participation in a variety of Air Force training and activities.

The first day of his visit, Wallace will observe cadets on the Confidence Course and Leadership Reaction Course, then will join a flight of cadets for its afternoon education courses. The second day will feature tours of the B-1 bombers stationed at Ellsworth, followed by troop and technology demonstrations and a trip to Mount Rushmore.

For the past eight years, Wallace has actively recruited students for the ROTC program in conjunction with his Physics Department recruiting efforts.

“I’ll get to see Air Force enlisted personnel, officers and cadets in training who are physics people,” Wallace said. “They will be examples of what physicists do in the Air Force, so there will be some knowledge gained from being there to see what they actually do that will help me with recruiting for the future and also with advising students about careers available in the Air Force.”

This is the second straight year an ASU faculty member has received the AFROTC Distinguished Educator designation. Dr. Crosby Jones, professor of biology, was a 2006 recipient. Wallace was nominated for the award by recently retired ASU ROTC commander Col. Brian Brown.

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