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Released: 04/01/1998

<p> Dr. C. Michael Collins, of Alexandria, was honored Wednesday night for his excellent work in the classroom and outstanding teaching ability. </p><p> Dr. Collins, professor of computer science, received LSUA&acute;s Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence, the University&acute;s highest faculty honor. The award is presented annually to a faculty member to recognize distinction in the classroom. The presentation banquet was held at Tunk&acute;s Cypress Inn. </p><p> Dr. Collins also serves as the LSU Senior College General Business Program coordinator and advisor and teaches upper-level courses for LSU as needed. In addition, he lends his teaching abilities to provide instruction through the Short Courses, Continuing Education and Contract Training programs. </p><p> When asked what it meant to him to be named the recipient of this award, Dr. Collins said "It means peer recognition for work that I love to do and an honor to be listed among those who have already received the Bolton Award." </p><p> In support of his nomination, many faculty, staff and students provided letters emphasizing the qualities which made him an outstanding candidate for the Bolton Award. </p><p> Most evident in these recommendations were the recurring expressions of Dr. Collins&acute; "calm manner and demeanor" and "willingness to spend any time necessary to insure that they [students] truly understand." </p><p> "My greatest reward is to be present when the eyes of a student shine from comprehension," said Dr. Collins. A former student wrote that Dr. Collins "has a true desire that his students be successful." Another shared, "While ignorance in any subject can be intimidating, as a student, the subject of computer science can be extremely overwhelming in this day and time. He has the uncanny knack for breaking down the barriers between knowledge and ignorance and open up a whole new world to his students." </p><p> Other qualities reflected throughout his letters of support is his generosity in helping others by providing information as a resource, his technical advice dealing with problem solving and his consulting abilities on computer related projects. </p><p> Dr. Collins received his bachelor of arts in mathematics from Sonoma State University, California in 1972. He earned an M.S. in systems science at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1986 and continued his education at LSU to receive his Ph.D. in engineering sciences in August of 1991. </p><p> Dr. Collins&acute; research in manufacturing systems has provided the opportunity for his work to be published in related journals and presented at conferences. </p><p> Dr. Collins served as Head of the Division of Business Administration from January 1991 through August 1996. He has also been active on various committees at LSUA such as the Faculty Senate, Courses and Curricula Committee, and the Student Aid and Scholarship Committee. </p><p> In addition to campus committees, Dr. Collins is also involved in the community by serving as a computer consultant to several community organizations. One of his most recognizable activities is his participation in parades and exhibitions affiliated with the Cenla Old Car Club, of which he is vice president. </p><p> The Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence was first presented eight years ago. It is named in memory of Mrs. James C. Bolton and was funded by an endowment established through her estate. </p><p> The selection is based primarily on classroom teaching ability, but University service, community involvement, and scholarship in a particular field are considered as well. </p><p> Dr. Collins was presented a plaque and a $1,000 check by Dr. Randy Stovall, vice chancellor for academic affairs at LSUA. </p>