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  • APCG Distinguished Service Award

The Association of Pacific Coast Geographers is pleased to present its Distinguished Service Award to Jim Allen from California State University, Northridge. The award is intended to recognize geographers for their service to students, the discipline, the larger community, and the APCG in specific. Dr. Allen has excelled in all of these areas and is very deserving of this, the highest recognition of the APCG.

Dr. Allen's enthusiasm for geography is evident in a variety of ways, and he translates that to students by leading creative field trips. Early in his career, he was known to hop freight trains with students to help them learn economic and political geography. Over the years, he has received accolades from students for his enthusiastic and interesting teaching in the classroom. One student appreciated the way Dr. Allen "brought forth a passion for geography that I wasn't aware I had." His support for students in their efforts to master the material was recognized by another student who said, "He helped me a lot through my Population Geography and Senior Project so gets much respect for that... after giving me a D in Intro to Geography."

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Gene Turner, co-author with Jim in his immigration research for many years, commented, "Jim is a most worthy recipient of this award, having devoted his career to educating and encouraging students, carrying out innovative research in ethnic geography, and serving in various capacities in the APCG, the AAG, and other geographical organizations. He is a true gentleman of geography." Allen's research career is extensive, with many years of work focused on ethnicity and immigration. Some consider Dr. Allen and Dr. Turner's book We the People: An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity the single most important reference book ever produced by an [End Page 146] APCG faculty member. CSU Chancellor Charlie Reed presents Allen and Turner's book Ethnic Quilt to all incoming presidents of CSU campuses so they might know the demographics of their students and region. Jim served as vice president and president of the APCG and is always on the program at the annual conference, presenting the latest results of his research on immigration in the U.S., the Western region, and southern California. For forty years he has sustained an active research agenda and continues a consistent work pace even after four years of retirement.

For his scholarly contributions, teaching excellence, and service to the organization, the APCG is honored to name James Allen the 2011 recipient of the APCG Distinguished Service Award. [End Page 147]



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