Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay was named “Educator of the Year” by the Chico Rotary Club. Each year, the Rotary Club of Chico recognizes six outstanding educators from local schools.
“I am honored and I will cherish the award as long as I live,” said Findlay. “Teaching is close to my heart and has been a major part of my life.”
“Mike is an exemplary department chair, inspiring instructor, accomplished scholar, and a great service contributor to Butte College and the local community,” said Luozhu Cen, Dean of Student Learning. Cen nominated Findlay for the award.
In addition to his work as a dedicated and inspiring instructor, “Mike has served tirelessly over the past half dozen years as the chair of the sociocultural studies department, supporting and nurturing programs and faculty,” according to Samia Yaqub, Butte College Vice President for Student Learning.“Findlay is a respected and published scholar who has contributed to research in several fields, including Asian-American Culture and Mesoamerican Studies. But his contributions are more than just academic. He also donates his artistic talents to help beautify the campus with art—such as library beautification projects—and entertaining with music as part of the Butte College Blues Brothers/Sister Band.”
According to Cen, Mike actively participates in activities that serve the local community and is a strong supporter of local schools. He volunteers his time and expertise to K-12 schools through show-and-tell presentations on a variety of topics in anthropology and archeology. Last December, KFPR Redding Public Radio interviewed Findlay on the Mayan Calendar during the “I-5 Live” program.