He described himself as a “part-time, non-student hourly in
The CSU Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus, which is
committed to overall diversity at CSU, would have much more to
Glen Rask is a retired director of agricultural extension
education for CSU. Over the past 25 years, Rask has received the
USDA Award for Outstanding Achievement, the USDA Group Honor Award,
the CSU Jack E. Cermack Advising Award and the NACTA Charles N.
Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award.
Wednesday, the Minority Distinguished Service Award was added to
“Glen is a real gem, I tell you,” said Rajinder Ranu, the
Multi-Ethnic Faculty and Staff Caucus chair and a faculty member in
agricultural sciences. “I am so excited to get the chance to
(present this award).”
Ranu went on to emphasize Rask’s work with tribal colleges, the
African-American community and general student diversity in the
nation and at CSU, where he started teaching in 1972.
According to Rask’s nomination form, he has assisted with the
donation of 28 computers to tribal colleges throughout the nation,
recruited many students of diversity for the university and gave
his time to the Master of Agriculture Extension Education program,
which provides graduate education to students in remote locations.
He is also in the research project with Crownpoint Institute of
Technology Extension Service, which offers students internships in
which they work with diverse minority groups and natural
This was the first time the Minority Distinguished Service Award
has been bestowed. The honor is reserved for retired faculty and
staff members who have made contributions to diversity.
Gloria Balderrama, a staff member in the math department, was
also to be presented with the award but was unable to attend the
event because of the flu.
“Recognition for the work you’ve done, especially by your peers,
is extremely important, so it means a lot,” Rask said.
Rask said his background is what drove him to contribute to
diversity. He is the first member of his family to graduate from
“Having the opportunity to help other young people to make that
transition (motivated me).”