Retired professor wins singular award
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Recently retired Professor of Geography Kenneth Wong has received the Earl J. Fennell Award for his accomplishments as leader of the university’s Land Surveying and Mapping Program.
The annual award from the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) is given to one leader across the United States and Canada in recognition of educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. He accepted the award at the annual ACSM convention in Salt Lake City in February.
Wong, who retired in December after 81/2 years at St. Cloud State, increased the number of surveying majors by 250 percent and raised the amount of scholarship money available to students from a few thousand dollars to $28,000. He also developed the “2+2.5” model that allows students to complete two years of preparatory work at partner vocational technical colleges, then complete their four-year degree at St. Cloud State. St. Cloud State surveying students have one of the highest passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Surveying Examination in the country.