Presidential Performance Scholar

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 Mar. 1, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



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

For immediate release:
Star Trek’s “Sulu” Visits
Cal State L.A. on March 9

What & Who:
George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the legendary television and film series Star Trek, will be at California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the University’s Presidential Performance Scholars program. Takei will be speaking to Cal State L.A. students in a forum facilitated by Cal State L.A. Theatre Arts and Dance department chair and professor Stephen Rothman.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 1:00 p.m.

Cal State L.A. Music Hall. The University is located at the Eastern Ave. exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the interchange of 10 and 710 Fwys. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots C and G or upper level Parking Structure II.

George Takei has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Recognized worldwide as a member of the original Star Trek cast, Takei received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986.

Among his awards is a music industry accolade—a 1987 Grammy nomination in the “Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording” category. Takei’s distinctive voice is featured in: Walt Disney Pictures’ full-length animated feature, Mulan; Star Trek audio novel recordings; Fox Television’s The Simpsons and Futurama; and numerous voice-overs and narrations.

Always a community and political activist, Takei produced and hosted a public affairs show Expression East/West, which aired on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1973. He was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, where he served for two years.

The forum is free to the public. For more details on the program, call the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4110.

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.

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