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Nov. 22, 2002
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Contact: Thomas Knox
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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Holds Scholarship Dinner and Dance

"Evening of Elegance" proceeds to endow the Deborah Sears Scholarship Fund

CARSON, Calif. - The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will hold its inaugural "Evening of Elegance" scholarship dinner and dance on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Carson Community Center, 3 Civic Plaza, Carson at 7 p.m. The "Evening of Elegance" begins with a silent auction at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a dance at 8 p.m.

Deborah Christine Sears served on the faculty of Cal State Dominguez Hills for 20 years. A published author, Sears was associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences when she succumbed to cancer in 1996 at the age of 47. She received a bachelor of arts degree in 1971 and a master of arts degree in 1973 from New York University. Sears went on to receive her doctorate in psychology at Princeton University in 1978, where she also taught.

Shortly after her death, the Deborah C. Sears Memorial Scholarship Fund was begun in an effort to honor her memory and provide scholarships to deserving students. Beginning in spring 2003, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have a junior or senior academic status and demonstrate scholastic excellence, financial need, and outstanding service to CSU Dominguez Hills and the local community.

"We are guided by the concept that higher education is not an endeavor in which only a few, for economic or social reasons, can be productive participants," said Joyce Johnson, CSUDH professor of English and president of the BFSA. "Such an ethically and culturally diverse student population as we have at Cal State Dominguez Hills reflects the changing face of America."

California State University, Dominguez Hills takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Visit the university website at for complete information on campus curriculum and activities. Please call (310) 243-3337 for ticket information.

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