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 June 9, 2005

Carol Selkin
Media Relations Director 
(323) 343-3044


Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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For immediate release:

Dr. Harold Goldwhite, Former CSU Trustee, to Speak at CSULA Master’s Hooding Ceremony, June 10, 5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA – For the second year, California State University, Los Angeles will hold a Master’s Hooding Ceremony on the evening preceding the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. The master’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. in the University Athletic Stadium. Dr. Harold Goldwhite, emeritus professor of chemistry and former CSU trustee professor, will address the master’s candidates. More than 1,500 master’s degrees will be conferred.

Harold Goldwhite

Professor Harold Goldwhite has been an honored member of the Cal State L.A. Chemistry faculty for 43 years. He joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1962 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1967, and was awarded the status of emeritus professor in 2004. He is past director of, and currently serving as faculty consultant to the California State University Institute for Teaching and Learning, a systemwide resource for faculty.

Dr. Goldwhite was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) by Governor Pete Wilson in 1998 and reappointed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2000. The Board establishes policy for the CSU and manages and administers all colleges within the system. Dr. Goldwhite's service on the Board ended in 2003. He was the second CSU Faculty Trustee from Cal State L.A., following Cal State L.A. colleague Dr. Robert D. Kully, who inaugurated the post.

Dr. Goldwhite was born in England and received a Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cambridge University. Before joining the Cal State L.A. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Goldwhite was a lecturer for the Chemistry Department at the University of Manchester (England) Institute of Science and Technology and served as a research associate at Cornell University. His honors include visiting professorships at the University of Strasbourg, France, the National University of the Andes, Merida, Venezuela, and at other universities in England and Mexico. He was honored as Cal State L.A.'s Outstanding Professor in 1967 and was recognized by the CSU Board of Trustees as an Outstanding Professor in 1978.

Dr. Goldwhite has been highly active in both academic governance and community and professional organizations. He was chair of the Chemistry Department at Cal State L.A. from 1971 to 1977 and from 1992 to 1993, and served as acting chair in 1984 and 1991. He was also chair of the University's Academic Senate, served in the Statewide Senate of the CSU as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Senate. He was one of the prime movers in the local chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and was a member of the California Faculty Association board of directors from 1979 to 1983. A member of the American Chemical Society, he has served as chair of the Society's Southern California Section.


WHAT: The Commencement of Cal State L.A.’s 58th graduating class will be a festive celebration. More than 15,000 people are expected at this year’s Undergraduate Commencement to witness the conferral of more than 3,600 bachelor’s degrees on SATURDAY June 11. At the Master’s Hooding Ceremony, June 10, more than 1,500 degrees will be conferred. On June 11, Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, will address the undergraduate class of 2005, and Raul Yzaguirre, recent past president and co-founder of the National Council of La Raza, will receive a CSU Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. On June 10, Harold Goldwhite, former CSU Trustee and CSULA emeritus professor of chemistry, will address the master’s candidates.

WHEN: Undergraduates: Sat., June 11, 2005, 8:00 a.m. Master’s: Fri., June 10, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cal State L.A.’s University Athletic Stadium, at the southeast corner of the campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways.

INFO: For photos or interviews, call the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office at (323) 343-3050.

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