May 7, 1999
Cal State L.A. Hosts First-Ever
Los Angeles, CA --- On Wednesday, April 28, the Cross Cultural Centers at California State University, Los Angeles honored 15 Cal State L.A. female faculty and staff for their recent academic accomplishments as well as other special achievements at an inaugural reception.
During this event, a Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Jewel Plummer Cobb, principal investigator for the ACCESS Center at Cal State L.A. She is the past president and emerita professor of Biological Science for California State University, Fullerton and trustee professor for the California State University system. Her past honors include receiving the Key Pin Award for scholarship as outstanding woman alumna at New York University in 1952, the University of Illinois Achievement Award in 1954, the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by Alpha Epsilon Beta in 1979, and The Douglass Medal from Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1987. Dr. Cobb is also the recipient of 22 honorary doctorates from numerous universities and colleges in the United States. She is recognized internationally as an expert in morphology and genetics, cancer chemotherapeutic agents, women in science, and programs for minority youth in science.
Cal State L.A. women honored at the festive event included the following: Lily Baba (administrative operations manager, Pat Brown Institute)--associate producer of the film "442: For the Future," a fictionalized account blending the real-life experiences of two Japanese Americans during World War II.
Shirley Better (professor, Social Work)--the first woman in the history of the City of Los Angeles to be appointed to the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners; founder of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Carol Dunn (director, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics)--one of a handful of women athletics directors in the nation; she was appointed to the prestigious NCAA Council and will serve until the year 2000.
Marilyn Elkins (associate professor, English)--test designer and reader for Educational Testing Service; recently selected as distinguished visiting professor of English at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Neda Fabris (professor, Mechanical Engineering)--educator of the year for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Desert Pacific Region; she is the coordinator of the University's Mother and Daughter Engineering Institute.
Virginia Hunter (associate dean, Undergraduate Studies/professor, Nursing)--founding member of the San Gabriel Valley Nursing Consortium; past president of the Los Angeles Council of Black Nurses; chair of the Board of Directors for Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc.
Dorothy Keane (professor, Curriculum and Instruction)--member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and California Mathematics Association, Southern Section; author of many books, including nine widely used publications for K-8 math programs.
Hae Kyung Lee (assistant professor, Theatre Arts and Dance)--a noted choreographer and dancer, she has performed extensively throughout Korea, Japan, France, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada and the United States; she has received numerous awards and grants.
Gloria Romero (associate professor, Psychology)--recently elected to the State assembly, 49th district.
Sylvia Scott-Hayes (director, University Writing Center)--running for Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees; she sits on the L.A. County Human Relations Commission.
Behjat Sharif (assistant professor, Health and Nutritional Sciences)--member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.
Carole Srole (associate professor, History)--one of the two founding members of Women's History Month at Cal State L.A.
Frieda Stahl (emerita professor, Physics and Astronomy)--one of the first women faculty members in physics at Cal State L.A.; serves on executive committee for the Cal State L.A. Emeriti Association.
Eri Yasuhara (associate dean, School of Arts and Letters)-coordinator of the Asian and Asian American Studies Program at Cal State L.A.; co-coordinator of the Chinese Diaspora grant project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Marlene Zepeda (associate professor, Child and Family Studies)--appointed to the Blue Ribbon Child Care Task Force of the Los Angeles County Office of Education; member of the Child Care Planning Committee that is part of the Los Angeles County Child Care Advisory Board.
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. Cross Cultural Centers at (323) 343-5247.
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