Development Activities

Development Activities

Asian Support Group 5th Annual Scholarship and Awards of Excellence

The Cal State L.A. Asian Support Group (ASG) hosted the Fifth
Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner at the Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant
in San Gabriel, in October.

ASG Awards of Excellence were presented to two members of the
Asian community who have made significant contributions to the
Asian Pacific community and who exemplify the type of role models
who inspire students at CSLA and the greater Asian Pacific American

The 1995 honorees were: Andrew J. C. Cherng, chairman of the
Panda Management Company, recognized for his work in multiethnic
coalition building, particularly in the rebuilding of Los Angeles
after the 1992 riots, and Hee Min Park, senior pastor at the Young
Nak Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, honored for his work with
the African American-Korean American Christian Alliance to promote
cross-cultural collaboration and understanding.

Also honored were 15 student scholarship recipients and the student
winners of the C. Y. Lee Creative Writing Contest. The contest
is named for and sponsored by C.Y. Lee, author of Flower Drum
Song and one of the best known Chinese-born authors writing in
English today. John Tao, Chengcorp, Inc., co-sponsored the competition.

About 200 friends and alumni were in attendance at the dinner
and over $5500 was raised for future ASG scholarships and the
Asian and Asian American Institute at Cal State L.A.

If you have questions about the Asian Support Group or are interested
in getting involved, please call Kristen Lawrence in the Alumni
Relations Office at (323) 343-4980.

Black Support Group Business and Community Leaders Breakfast

The Cal State L.A. Black Support Group (BSG) held its annual
Business and Community Leaders Breakfast to raise money for student
scholarships at the City Club in November.

Longtime BSG board member Patricia Miller, vice president for
human resources at ARCO Transportation Company, served as corporate
chairperson for the event. In addition, ARCO Transportation Company
sponsored the breakfast for the second year in a row.

Cheryl Cambridge, BSG president and manager of workforce diversity
for human resources at Hughes Space and Communications Company
reminded participants that over $100,000 has been raised over
the past 17 years for student scholarships. The funds raised this
year will be awarded during the 1996-97 academic year.

If you have questions about the Black Support Group or are interested
in getting involved, please call Kristen Lawrence in the Alumni
Relations Office at (323) 343-4980.

Foundation Board Adds Three New Members

The CSLA Foundation has added Fermin Cuza (+72 B.A. Business
Administration), Ron Okum ('63 B.A. Physical Education, '70 M.A.
Health Science/Safety) and Sally Suchil to its board.

Cuza, the vice president of international trade and government
affairs at Mattel, Inc., was honored with the 1994 School of Business
Distinguished Alumni Award. He sits on the board of nearly a
dozen local and national trade organizations. In 1994, Cuza was
awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award from the Los
Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The award is given annually
to a member of the international trade community.

Okum is the owner of Ron Okum Insurance Agency in Pasadena. He
is a member of the CSLA President's Associates, a CSLA Distinguished
Alumnus and a former member of the Alumni Board of Directors.
He was recently elected to the executive committee for the 1994-95
Tournament of Roses in Pasadena and will serve as the President
of the 113th Annual Rose Parade in the year 2002.

Suchil is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary
of Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc. She has an extensive list
of affiliations with prestigious boards and committees, including
the Board of Directors of the Police Foundation, Washington D.C.
She is a past president of the Women's Lawyers' Association of
Los Angeles (1300 members strong). She received her B.A. in Sociology
from USC in 1975 and her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara
School of Law in 1979.