Distinguished Service Award Speech: 2009
Committee member Nancy Oft-Rose's tribute to John Cagle:
The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1979 and was first awarded in 1980. Its purpose is to honor "persons who have made considerable and longstanding contributions to WSCA and the field of communication." Today, we again offer our appreciation to these individuals for their commitment to all of us. I am honored to have chaired the Distinguished Service award committee this year. It allowed me to look more closely at the numerous accomplishments and dedication of previous award winners. Will all of the past Distinguished Service Award winners please stand, and would all of you please join me in expressing our appreciation? I also wish to thank my committee members, Tim Hegstrom, Sara Hayden, and Shane Moreman.
This is a particularly special year for we are going to honor two long deserving members of WSCA. The first Distinguished Service Award winner is the kind of member former WSCA president Robert Kully had in mind when he wrote the original draft for this award. In addition to long time participation in WSCA this individual has participated in numerous organizations.
For example - past President of the California Speech Communication Association, Association of Communication Administrators, International Communication Association, American Association of University Professors, American Institute of Parliamentarians. I could go on and on; this person is a joiner, but more importantly a doer.
A presenter and respondent on a wide variety of WSCA programs; Vice President, President, and Secretary of Communication Theory and Research Interest Group, President, Vice President, Treasurer of WSCA's executive club, and WSCA Assembly Parliamentarian. Chair and Vice Chair of the NCA's Commission on Experiential Learning in Communication.
Technologically advanced, the award winner has devoted much effort to helping in our profession as well as the larger community use technology in communication. Particularly as WSCA's Webmaster and Editor of the WSCA newsletter for a number of years. To this day he continues to be the "unofficial" photographer of WSCA – his photo postings of all of our conventions have become an archival record of our most informal and spontaneous WSCA moments. His newest photographic subject will undoubtedly be his and his wife's Eve's new granddaughter, Brooklyn! John Cagle, Professor of Communication at California State University, Fresno, is truly deserving of this award as his service represents the tradition of the WSCA Distinguished Service Award as it was originally envisioned.