Honors 2005

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  Apr. 7, 2005

Carol Selkin
Media Relations Director 
(323) 343-3044



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:

Cal State L.A. to Honor Top Students
at 43rd Convocation
President of the Los Angeles Urban League is
the Convocation Speaker

What & Who:
With formal pageantry, the University Honors Convocation will recognize approximately  2,328 Cal State L.A. students whose academic record places them in the upper fifth percentile of their peers. Recipients of scholarships, grants and alumni certificates of honor, and general education honors program participants (1,192 students) will also be highlighted. In addition, 149 freshmen will be recognized for having entered the University with a 3.5 GPA or higher on their high school records.

Friday, April 22, 2005, 7 p.m.

Cal State L.A. Eagles Nest Gymnasium. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Fwys.

John W. Mack has served as president of the Los Angeles Urban League since August of 1969. Mack began his career with the Urban League in Flint, Michigan, in 1964, and was appointed executive director in 1965. Prior to heading the Los Angeles Urban League, he served on the Urban League’s National staff for six months during the Whitney Young era in Washington, D.C. Mack was a leader in the 1960 student civil rights movement in Atlanta–and co-founder and vice chairperson of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a master’s degree from Clark Atlanta University. Mack is a highly respected advocate for equal opportunities in education, law enforcement and economic empowerment for African-Americans and other minorities—and a bridge builder across all racial, cultural, economic, gender and religious lines. Mack was afforded the unique opportunity to serve as a teaching Fellow in Residence at the prestigious Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics from September through December, 1998.

The Convocation ceremony will begin with a formal processional, with faculty robed in colorful academic regalia. Immediately following the Convocation , honorees and their guests are invited to programs hosted by their Colleges.

For more information, contact the Cal State L.A. Academic Affairs Office at (323) 343-3808. To cover the event, contact the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office at (323) 343-3050.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu

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