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Cal State L.A. to Hold 30th Annual Alumni Awards Gala
Honoring 41st U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin
Los Angeles, CA -- On Thursday, November 6, 2003, California State University, Los Angeles will celebrate the outstanding contributions of its alumni and students to their professions, communities and the University, at the 30th Annual Cal State L.A. Alumni Awards Gala. (Dinner reception starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the CSULA campus.)
Alumna of the Year: The Honorable Rosario Marin Â83, the 41st Treasurer of the United States, firmly believes that Âof him to whom much is given, much is expected.Â She was the highest-ranking Latina in the Bush Administration and the first U.S. Treasurer born outside of the country. Marin attended college while working full time, and received her degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Marin has previously served as mayor and councilwoman of Huntington Park, California, a city of 85,000 residents with a population that is 99 percent Hispanic. She was first elected to the City Council in 1994 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1999. In 2000, while serving the people of Huntington Park, Marin worked for AT&T as a public relations manager. Her commitment to public service led Marin to continue her education. She graduated from Harvard UniversityÂs John F. Kennedy School of Government Programs for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. On June 15, 2002, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from her alma mater Cal State L.A. She has also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Whittier College. Marin was sworn in as the 41st Treasurer of the United States by Treasury Secretary Paul OÂNeill on August 16, 2001.
University Service Award: Gary Townsend Â69, chief deputy assessor for Los Angeles County, has been actively involved in politics most of his life. He was an elected delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. During his career, he has served as district director for Congressman Matthew Martinez, chief deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Woo, chief deputy for Los Angeles County Assessor Kenneth P. Hahn, and is currently chief deputy for Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach. Townsend is active in numerous charitable endeavors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Youth Golf Program, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, and the Cal State L.A. Alumni Association. He also serves as chairman of the Alumni AssociationÂs Legislative Committee. At Cal State L.A., Townsend was student body president, a member of the debate team and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He earned a bachelorÂs degree in political science from Cal State L.A. in 1969.
Master of Ceremonies: Actor Cliff DeYoung Â68, known for his extensive and prestigious accomplishments as an actor in film and television, was honored in 2001 as a Cal State L.A. Distinguished Alumnus. DeYoungÂs film and television career spans more than 30 years and includes starring roles and guest appearances in countless television movies, miniseries, and a wide variety of feature films. He was most recently seen opposite Mia Farrow in the Lifetime Network production of The Secret Life of Zoey, and a starring role in Masterpiece TheatreÂs American Collection, Almost a Woman. DeYoung returned to Cal State L.A. in 2002 to help celebrate the reopening of the Arena Theatre, performing Cliff DeYoung in the Works of SAMUEL BECKETT. DeYoungÂs most recent stage appearance was in The Three Sisters at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
The 30th Annual Cal State L.A. Alumni Awards Gala will present the UniversityÂs Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni from the UniversityÂs six Colleges: Emiko Banfield Â73, vice president of shared services, Southern California Edison; Stuart K. Spencer Â51, president, Spencer, Roberts & Associates; Dwight Streit Â80, vice president, Microelectronics Technology, Northrop Grumman; Beverly Nix Meier Â74, executive vice president of business affairs, Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency; The Honorable Morris B. Jones Â71, Superior Court Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court; and Robert W. Brown Â74, president, University of West Los Angeles. Additionally, Cal State L.A.Âs Professor of Chemistry Linda Tunstad Â83 will be honored as this yearÂs Distinguished Faculty Alumna.
Two exemplary Cal State L.A. students will also be honored: Autumn S. Ivy (B.S., Biology), Outstanding Senior Student, and Shankari Patel (M.S., Anthropology), Outstanding Graduate Student.
For ticket information, contact the Cal State L.A. Alumni Association at (323) 343-4980.
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