News Release| CSULA; Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles; CSU; Honors Convocation; 2009

Celebrating academic success in a big way, Cal State L.A. to salute 3,000

 Noted education alumna to keynote 48th Annual Honors Convocation April 24

What:            48th Honors Convocation at Cal State L.A., a tradition

                     highlighting student achievements.

When:            Friday, April 24,  7 p.m.

Where:           Eagles Nest Gymnasium on the CSULA campus. For campus map, parking information or directions, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php

Info:              For event details, call the Academic Affairs office at Cal State

                     L.A., (323) 343-3808.


Los Angeles, CA CSULA alumna Marquita Grenot-Scheyer will return to her alma mater to address thousands of high-achieving students Friday, April 24, as the keynote speaker at California State University, Los Angeles’s 48th Annual Honors Convocation, to be held 7 p.m. in the University’s Eagles Nest Gymnasium

Grenot-Scheyer, who holds a joint Ph.D. in special education from Cal State L.A. and UCLA, is a professor of education and dean of the College of Education at CSU Long Beach. She currently serves as the CSU Chancellor’s Office representative on two statewide education committees and on the advisory board for the National Institute for Urban School Improvement. A recipient of Cal State L.A.’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, Grenot-Scheyer also received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education from Cal State L.A.

With formal pageantry, Friday’s special program will recognize nearly 2,600 Cal State L.A. students whose academic records place them in the upper fifth percentile of their peers. Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, and general education honors program participants will be acknowledged. More than 280 new freshmen will also be recognized for bringing to the University a 3.5 grade-point-average (or higher) on their high school records.

In 2008, more than 750 Cal State L.A. students received scholarships supported by donors and grants from outside agencies. Among them are David Chang-Ho, who received the Kenneth Sweetnam Family Scholarship; Krishana Hodgson-DeSilva, the Joe Shapiro Endowment; Misty R. Jackson, The Frito-Lay Scholarship; Victor Sanchez, the AT&T Uno Endowment; Airess Star Padda, the Billie Jean King Sports Endowment; and Gerardo Zarate, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarship.

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For further details on the University Honors Convocation, call the Cal State L.A. Academic Affairs office at (323) 343-3808.

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