23rd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony


Contact: CSLA Alumni Association,
(323) 343-4980 or
Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant,
(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- February 26, 1996 -- On Tuesday, March 19, 1996, California State University, Los Angeles will honor eight individuals whose outstanding achievements have brought distinction to the University. The University's highest alumni honors, these awards will be presented by the Alumni Association at the 23rd Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. A reception and the ceremony will take place in the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. campus.

Vice President of Workforce Diversity at Hughes Electronics Corporation David R. Barclay, a Pacoima resident, will be honored this year as Cal State L.A.'s Outstanding Alumnus. La Canada-Flintridge resident Donald O. Dewey, Dean of CSLA School of Natural and Social Sciences, will receive the Cal State L.A. Alumni Award of Merit.

In addition, Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards will be presented to alumni of the University's six Schools: Glendale resident Montserrat Fontes (School of Arts and Letters); Pasadena resident Hayden C. Eaves III (School of Business and Economics); Houston, Texas resident Sy Liebergot (School of Engineering and Technology); Altadena resident Linda Sasser (School of Education); Chatsworth resident Colleen S. McLaughlin (School of Health and Human Services); and Monrovia resident Linda J. Horn (School of Natural and Social Sciences).

In the past, such notable alumni as educator Jaime Escalante, novelist Joseph Wambaugh, LAPD Deputy Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, past President of Screen Actors Guild Barry Gordon and astronaut Samuel Durrance were honored at this Alumni Association event.

For ticket information and reservations, call the CSLA Alumni Relations Office, (323) 343-4980.

1995 Outstanding Alumnus Award
The Outstanding Alumnus Award is presented to a Cal State L.A. graduate who has brought favorable recognition to the University because of his or her achievements.

David R. Barclay, '61 B.A., Physical Education, Vice President, Hughes Electronic Corporation
David R. Barclay has been actively involved in equal opportunity, affirmative action and human relations programs for three decades. Named a Corporate Vice President at Hughes Electronics Corporation in August 1990, Barclay currently serves as the corporate advocate and chief officer for the development of programs for a diverse workforce. He has been employed at Hughes since 1971.

Barclay has been active in numerous community and industry organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, National Black United Fund and the San Fernando Valley branch of the NAACP, as chair of the Employment Practices subcommittee and Human Resources Council of the Electronic Industries Association and as a member of the Development Board of CSLA. He is currently chair of the Corporate Advisory Committee for the California Academy of Mathematics and Science; chair of the Aerospace Industry Equal Opportunity Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors of LEAP/PPI (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics/Public Policy Institute).

In November 1988, he was named outstanding alumnus by the CSLA Black Support Group (BSG) and in October 1991, he received BSG's award as Business and Community Leader of the Year. Numerous other organizations have honored Barclay for his dedication to his field and his corporate leadership in the community (Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, JUGS, Southern California Employment Roundtable, and LEAP).

Barclay lives in Pacoima with his wife, Pauline, and two adult children.

1995 Alumni Award of Merit
The Alumni Association of California State University, Los Angeles presents the annual Award of Merit to an individual who has given distinguished service to the community and has assisted the University in achieving its goals.

Donald O. Dewey, Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences, CSLA
Dr. Donald O. Dewey will retire in June after 33 years on campus and an astounding 26 years as a dean. In 1970, Dewey began serving as CSLA Dean of the School of Letters and Sciences. When that school was subdivided, he became Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences. He is the longest-serving administrator in the history of Cal State L.A. and has worked with a series of University Presidents and Academic Vice Presidents who have all praised the excellence of his administration.

Despite his administration duties, Dewey has never lost sight of the University's commitment to teaching, research and community service. He has continued to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and was selected to receive the University's Outstanding Professor Award in 1976. In addition, he led summer workshops for high school history teachers and continues to publish and give presentations in his areas of expertise: the U.S. Constitution and President James Madison.

Dewey has served in leadership positions in the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, the American Society for Legal History and the Organization of American Historians. He has maintained an active role with the CSLA Academic Senate and served on the Statewide Academic Senate from 1972 to 1978.

Dewey and his wife, Charlotte, have three children.

1995 Distinguished Alumna, School of Arts and Letters

Montserrat Fontes, '66 B.A., English, '67 M.A., English
Montserrat Fontes is a distinguished writer whose first novel, First Confession (Norton: 1991), has been widely praised as a major contribution to Chicana fiction. Her work is often taught in the CSLA U.S. Ethnic Literature course. Her second novel, Dreams of the Centaur, was released this past January and is currently being translated into German and French.

Fontes has served the community as an educator; after 21 years of service at University High School, she has recently joined the faculty at Marshall High School where she teaches advanced placement English and journalism.

She has received numerous endowments and grants, including honors for two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars, a Carnegie-Mellon grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities independent study grant. Fontes has had four book reviews published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and has been a guest speaker for organizations, including the California Association of Teachers of English, the Journalism Education Association National Convention, and the University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor's Conference. She earned her master's degree in one year at CSLA.

Fontes is a Glendale resident.

1995 Distinguished Alumnus, School of Business and Economics

Hayden C. Eaves III, '72 B.S., Business Administration (Accounting)
Hayden C. Eaves III is currently President and CEO of Hayden Holdings, Inc., an investment firm. He recently left his 22 year association with Trammel Crow Co., a real estate services company, where he had achieved the position of west region President and CEO. Major projects completed under Eaves' management include The Citadel, a factory outlet mall on the Santa Ana Freeway in Commerce, and Rancho Pacifica, a 1.6 million square foot distribution development in the South Bay.

Eaves is a member of the Executive Committee of the Junior Achievement of Southern California and of the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Pasadena Assistance League and many other community organizations.

During his career, Eaves has been honored as the Humanitarian of the Year by the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1993) and received the Real Estate Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council (1993). The Junior Achievement of Southern California awarded him the Silver Leadership Award in 1993 and the Bronze Leadership Award in 1992.

Eaves and his wife, Joanne, live in Pasadena and have two adult children.

1995 Distinguished Alumnus, School of Engineering and Technology

Sy Liebergot, '63 B.S., Engineering (Electrical)
Sy Liebergot began his engineering career with North American Aviation in Downey before graduating from Cal State L.A. (then Los Angeles State College) in 1963. His space career began at the very inception of the Apollo lunar program when he joined a newly formed Flight Operations Group. In 1964, he transferred to Houston, Texas as a member of the Flight Operations Group in support of NASA Mission Operations at the Manned Spacecraft Center.

Liebergot switched to NASA after about a year and became a veteran flight controller through his work on AS-202, AS-501 (first Saturn V launch) and Apollo flights 8-15. Liebergot was the lead EECOM (Electrical, Environmental, Consumables) for Apollo missions 12-15 and for the American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission. He was an EGIL (Skylab EECOM) for all of the Skylab program missions, and contributed his knowledge to early shuttle missions and to the space station design.

As EECOM in mission control on Apollo 13, Liebergot was at the focal point of the crisis when the oxygen tank exploded. He has contributed to several books concerning Apollo 13, the PBS Apollo 13 documentary, the movie Apollo 13 and, most recently, was the technical advisor for a CD-ROM devoted to the Apollo 13 mission.

As part of the Apollo 13 Operations team, Liebergot was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also received a NASA commendation award for his leadership role in the Apollo-Soyuz international space mission.

Liebergot is presently employed by Johnson Engineering Corporation as a Neutral Buoyancy Senior Project Engineer. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Craig.

1995 Distinguished Alumna, School of Education

Linda Sasser, '90 M.A., TESOL, '90 M.A., Educational Administration
Linda Sasser currently serves as a member of several advisory boards for the Charter School of Education at CSLA. She brings a point of view about language minority students that has provided many insights into program development through the auspices of a grant funded by the ARCO Foundation. She is also recognized at the State Department of Education as an expert in this field. For this reason, she serves as an adjunct professor of education at CSLA teaching courses on second language acquisition and supervises student teachers.

Since 1980, Sasser has worked in the Alhambra School District. From 1980 to 1988, she taught ESL and since 1988 she has served as the Secondary ESL Program Specialist. From 1990 to 1992, she taught at Alhambra night school, and has been a part-time lecturer at Pasadena City College since 1993.

Sasser's achievements also include earning two master's degrees simultaneously at CSLA, serving as co-director of the UCLA Writing Project in 1988 and 1994, serving as a consultant for the UCLA California Writing Project since 1987, and acting as an adjunct professor of education at Claremont Graduate School and Cal State Dominguez Hills. In addition, she has been a long-time leader in CATESOL, the state-level professional organization for second language acquisition and has provided input into the development of California State Department of Education policy on the language development of language minority children. She is widely-published.

Sasser lives in Altadena and has two children who are currently attending college.

1995 Distinguished Alumna, School of Health and Human Services

Colleen S. McLaughlin, '79 M.S.N., Nursing
Colleen S. McLaughlin currently serves as Regional Nursing Consultant, Systems and Research, for the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals of Southern California. She has worked with Kaiser since 1987, prior to which, she worked with Associated Pathologists, Inc. and as a school nurse in the Los Angeles Unified School District. From 1968 to 1971, McLaughlin worked at Montefiore Hospital in New York. In 1968, she earned her B.S.N. from Hartwick College in New York.

McLaughlin has served as a preceptor for graduate students in nursing administration in the CSLA Department of Nursing master's program, and has been instrumental in supporting the needs and goals of the department. She authored numerous grants on behalf of CSLA since 1988, totaling about $265,000.

McLaughlin initiated the Joint Service/Education Conference which addressed issues of concern to both service and education in Southern California. In addition, she has held leadership positions on nursing administration professional bodies, including the Nursing Executive Council, the Hospital Council of Southern California and the Organization of Nurse Executives.

As a volunteer, McLaughlin has participated in the Homeless Project, Habitat for Humanity and Crop Walk, and has chaired major community projects through her church. During vacation time, McLaughlin has traveled to Ecuadorian orphanages and a village in the High Andes to provide health care support and education.

A Chatsworth resident, McLaughlin enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, biking and hiking.

1995 Distinguished Alumna, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Linda J. Horn, '83 M.A., Physics
Dr. Linda J. Horn combined her employment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1977-present) with knowledge gained from graduate studies at CSLA (M.S.) and UCLA (Ph.D., 1992) to become internationally known in the field of planetary rings. She worked on the Voyager Project from its initial launch in 1977 to its conclusion in 1990. She participated in the collection and analysis of infra red data from the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and is co-author of 50 publications and abstracts.

During the past seven years, Horn has been active in the scientific and organizational work of the on-going Cassini Project. She has the leadership role of Deputy Project Scientist and coordinates the work of JPL and European science teams.

Horn regularly donates time as a peer reviewer of NASA and JPL proposals, journal papers and conference abstracts. In addition, she visits K-12 schools to give talks on planetary rings and NASA missions. She has appeared several times as a guest scientist on the KPFK Wizards show. Horn serves on the Planetary Science Date Steering Group and the Advisory Council for Planetary Date System Ring Node, and has given Physics Colloquium lectures at Cal State L.A.

From 1982 to 1989, Horn received seven Voyager Group Achievement Awards and in 1982 earned the NASA Scientific Achievement Award. She was honored in 1990 with the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for Voyager IRIS Neptune Encounter.

Horn lives in Monrovia with her two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.

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