2006 Recipient - Bill Cox
Media Specialist, Institutional Planning & Budget
Bill Cox is the person to turn to when it comes to classroom technology. He does it all; design, installation, maintenance, as well as educating people about it.
In the nomination letter, Cox is said to be not simply an excellent technician, but something of a visionary.
“Prior to 1993, the University of Western Ontario had a mere handful of classrooms with arcane, and largely unused a/v systems. At that time, most instructors relied solely on chalkboards and overhead transparency projectors as presentation aids. Furthermore, each building and faculty governed the purchase, and maintenance of their respective a/v resources.”
It goes on to say, “Bill saw the need to provide, integrate and manage new, permanently installed, robust instructional technology on a campus-wide basis.”
Cox enthusiastically gives life to a new idea, with his method being objective, positive, and always producing excellent results.
In a supporting letter, it says, “I have known Bill for at least 15 years now and have always found him to be one of the most dedicated, professional, and talented people here at Western. Bill’s work and advice are of the highest calibre, whether it be designing the audiovisual installation for a new classroom, retrofitting an existing teaching space, or simply providing direction on the best way to wear a microphone. Bill is not content to simply ‘fix’ a problem – he constructs solutions that last and work for both instructors and students.”
While Cox says he considers it an honour to be chosen for the award, he notes he was just doing his job.
“One of my operating principles is to always try to imagine what it’s like to be the person asking for help,” says Cox. “Once you put yourself in the place of the person asking for help, it’s pretty difficult not to help them.”
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