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Zhaojie Zhang is an Unsung Hero

August 10, 2009
Three people planting a tree
Zhaojie Zhang (right) works with Yao Xiao (left front) Xu Yan, officers of the UW Chinese Students and Scholars Association, on the Aspen tree that will be dedicated to Ninghe Zhang, a UW Chinese student who died recently in a car accident. Zhang, a researcher in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, received the Division of Student Affairs Unsung Hero Award recognizing the many ways in which he works with the international students from the People's Republic of China.

Zhaojie Zhang, director of UW's Robert Jenkins Microscopy Center, was recently given the Division of Student Affairs' Unsung Hero Award recognizing the many ways in which he works with students from the People's Republic of China.

Last fall, Zhang was instrumental in hosting a visiting delegation of student government leaders from two Chinese universities-Shanghai University and Shanghai Normal University. He also helped prepare UW student leaders for their visit to Shanghai in March and accompanied them as a guide and interpreter on their trip. This October, he will accompany UW's Happy Jack Singers to Shanghai for their concerts as part of Shanghai Normal University's 55th anniversary.

For many years, Zhang has aided Student Affairs offices with translations of agreements between UW and Chinese universities, has helped in hosting delegations from the Chinese embassy, and made arrangements for visiting Chinese students and faculty. Last spring he was a host for the Chinese New Year celebration performances at the Arts & Sciences auditorium.

Among the other reasons for designating  Zhang a "hero" was his assistance to five Chinese students who were in a serious automobile accident, to their families, and to UW staff seeking to assist them. He is also continuing his work in developing a "4+1" academic program whereby students from Shanghai Normal University can earn a bachelors degree there and be admitted to a masters degree program at UW for graduate work in the same field.

"Zhaojie Zhang has been a true friend of our Chinese students and is always willing to help them and our Division in any way he can. We are extremely fortunate to have his advice, his contacts, and his expertise to improve our services and opportunities for both Chinese and American students at the University of Wyoming," said Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson in presenting the award.

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