Newsletter No. 166

2 No. 166 4th June 2000 CUHK Newsletter The Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 1999 VC Presents Six Awards f or Exemplary Teaching S ix teachers from different disciplines were presented with the Vice- Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 1999 by none other than Prof. Arthur K. C. Li, the vice-chancellor himself, at an award presentation ceremony held on 26th May in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Mong Man Wai Building. Held for thefirst time in the University, the award is set up specifically to reiterate the University's firm commitment to quality teaching and to give open recognition to outstanding teachers.In his message in the programme of the event, Prof. Li described the six honorees as 'someof the best loved and most respected teachers on our campus...[who] have stood the test of peer reviews, course evaluations, and other forms of assessment; they have won the admiration of their colleagues and the hearts of their students; they teachby example and are an example to other teachers; they have been highly outstanding in a profession that requires commitment, patience, dedication, and a lot of l o v e . ' At the presentation ceremony.Prof. Li also pointed out that teaching is integral to the life of a university. He called for continued support from all quarters to help identify outstanding teacherswho deserve open recognition and to introduce moremeasures to encourage excellence in teaching at The Chinese University. Each awardee received a gold medal and a certificate ofmerit, and all six were invited to give a short speechafter receiving their awards. Here's what they said on the occasion about teaching and being teachers. Prof. David Christopher AHLSTROM Faculty of Business Administration (Management) Thank you for this award. I greatly enjoy teaching at The Chinese University. I have been teaching at CU for four years. Before that I taught at Rutgers University and New York University, and tutored students from some of the Ivy League universities. I can honestly say that students here at CU are among the best I have ever taught. They are very hard-working and seldom complain about the workload or marks. I think there is always a good feeling in my class due to the students' willingness to learn, their excellent efforts, and their good sense of humour. My students make the teaching job easy for me. I have learned a lot from them too 一 every day I learn something new about Hong Kong or China, and I am grateful for that opportunity. I dedicate this award to my students, and to my wife Serene, who is a great help to me in everything. Thank you. Prof. LEE Chi Kin, John Faculty of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) 获奖是意外的惊喜。 记得几星期前,我与教育学院的同事分 享教学心得时,他们问我获奖的原因,我 的答案是我很喜欢教书,而且是全情投 入,每每工作至汗流浃背,就如我在场刊 所说的『滴汗』。其实,我真的没有什么秘 诀,不过,从念教育文凭开始,以至取得 博士学位,再加上教书,算起来巳有十年 的光景,期间我有充足的时间向我的杰出教师,也是现在的同事 学习,大抵因而略占优势。 再者,我近年又接触到很多出色的工作伙伴,如我的学生就 已是杰出的教师,我从他们身上得到很大的启迪,使我对教学有 更多的领略。这亦是我不断求进步的动力。 藉此机会,我多谢中大、李校长、教育学院的同事、钟宇平 院长,还有我最热爱的学生的支持。我会继续努力,不会让大家 失望。 Workshop on the Development of Ecological Villages A bout 40 environmental scientists, water and soil conservationists, and government officials from various parts of mainland China and Taiwan attended an intensive workshop entitled 'Ecological Village 2000' from 9th to 13th May at the University. The event was jointly organized by the Centre for Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography to discuss rural sustainable development and ecologically-sound agricultural practices. New Asia 50th Anniversary Symposium on Care for Cancer Patients D octors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and other personnel involved in the care of patients affected by cancer of the bones and soft tissues participated in the symposium on 'Hospice Care and Palliative Management', jointly organized by New Asia College and the Society for Promotion of Hospice Care on 2nd May at New Asia College. The event was part of the programme of the Third Asia Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumour Society Meeting and marked the first time the society had extended the realm of care beyond the hospital to include patients who are dying and may need hospice care and support. The symposium was also part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of New Asia College. Renditions Paperbacks Traces of Love and Other Stories Eileen Chang occupies a unique position in modern Chinese literature. She was a popular writer with enduring appeal, whose work has inspired successive generations. As a young woman in her mid-twenties, she wrote her most acclaimed stories in Japanese- occupied Shanghai. The popularity of these works has seen major revivals in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and since the 1980s, in the Chinese mainland where her work had been banned. When she died in 1995, she had achieved near-cult status. Writing in 1961, Professor C.T. Hsia called Eileen Chang 'the best and most important writer in Chinese today [whose] short stories invite valid comparisons with, and in some respects claim superiority over, the work of serious modern women writers in English'. Published by the Research Centre for Translation ISBN 962-7255-22-X, 134 pages, HK$89 The book is sold at a 20 per cent discount to staff members at the University bookshop, John Fulton Centre. E-mail: Website: renditions