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March 27, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull

California State University, Dominguez Hills, to Honor Scholarship Winners and Community and Corporate Friends of Higher Education

California State University, Dominguez Hills, will hold its Third Annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner on Friday, March 30, 2001. The special occasion will assist deserving students in financial need, and honor community and corporate friends whose support help bolster the university’s mission of teaching and learning.

Emceed by David V. Cruz, co-anchor and reporter at television station NBC4 in Los Angeles, the event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m., at the Torrance Marriott Hotel, 3635 Fashion Way.

Proceeds will be used for The Presidential Scholarship, awarded to a top graduating senior from each of twenty high schools, in addition to deserving community college transfer students. Such recognition of their talents and abilities as scholars will help them evolve as people and as citizens, enhancing their lives and the lives of their families, their friends, their communities.

The 2001 Corporate Friend of Education award this year will be presented to SouthBay Pavilion at Carson. Accepting the award will be general manager Sharron King. The shopping center is being recognized for funding a four-year $10,000 scholarship to the university. 

The 2001 Community Friend of Education award will be presented to Charles “Chuck” Porter. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Board at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Porter is a member also of the CSU Dominguez Hills Scholarship Corporate Gifts Committee. Moreover, he chairs the university’s School of Business and Public Administration Advisory Board.

Porter retired in 1995 as president and chief executive officer of Dominguez Services Corporation. He remains active in the South Bay business community and helping public education.

Honorary co-chairs for the event include John W. Mack, executive director of the Los Angeles Urban League and mayors in the region. They are: Daryl W. Sweeney, Carson; Donald L. Dear, Gardena; Roosevelt Dorn, Inglewood; Mike Gordon, El Segundo; Dee Hardison, Torrance; and Gregory C. Hill, Redondo Beach.=

The caliber of scholarship and level of scholarships celebrated by the dinner would not be possible without the support of the Presidential Scholarship and Awards Dinner Corporate Committee, chaired by Gil Smith, member of the President’s Advisory Board and former mayor and council member of the city of Carson.

Corporate Committee members are: Lance Burkholder, City of Carson; Maria Fernandez, Nissan North American Inc.; James D. Flynn, The Carson Companies; Angela Gibson, Pacific Bell; Jan Golleher, The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation; Sharron D. King, SouthBay Pavilion at Carson; and, Ana Reyes, SouthBay Pavilion at Carson.

The committee also includes: Walter Neil, British Petroleum; Pilar M. Perry, Watson Land Company; Chuck Porter, retired Dominguez Water Company; Neil G. Spiegel, TRW Tactical Systems; Steven R. Silbiger, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.; Rod Spackman, Chevron Products Company; Lola Ungar, City of Rolling Hills; Bill Netro, TRW Space & Defense; and, Carolyn R. Williams, Sempra Energy.

They help CSUDH expand its “world of opportunity” to qualified students across the region, from the South Bay to South Los Angeles to the Gateway communities, in the classroom, beyond the classroom through innovative technology, service learning opportunities, and community partnerships.

California State University, Dominguez Hills, believes there is no better investment or greater privilege than to contribute to the great adventure of higher education. We hope you will be able to join us March 30 to honor those who have so honored themselves through scholarship and scholarships.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director, Media Relations, (310) 243-3367.