Kristine Diekman

Kristine Diekman

A North County arts and technology professor will be given the Wang Family Excellence Award at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Kristine Diekman, who teaches at CSU San Marcos, is one of four faculty members and one staff member to receive the award.

Diekman has more than 30 years of experience producing, directing and editing award-winning films and videos. She founded Video in the Community, engaging students, faculty and the community in completing more than 50 films and videos.

“Kristine is an internationally known video and new media artist whose experimental videos, documentary films and new media installations are interview-based and give voice to populations and individuals whose life experiences might not otherwise be heard,” said President Karen Haynes. “Her works cover such crucial social issues as gang prevention, reproductive health and intergenerational communication. exemplifies the highest values of Cal State San Marcos and the CSU, and embodies what it means to be a faculty member committed to sustained excellence in teaching, research, student learning and community engagement.”

The Wang Award was established in 1998 when then-CSU Trustee Stanley Wang gave $1 million to recognize remarkable contributions of faculty and administrators over 10 years. Trustee Emeritus Wang reinstated the award with a $300,000 gift to provide the $20,000 awards to each of the honorees annually for three years, beginning in 2015.