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March 14, 2003
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Media Advisory

Philanthropist Katherine B. Loker To Be Honored
During CSU Dominguez Hills' Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner

Annual Fund-raising Gala Benefits Students

Carson, CA - Katherine B. Loker, who recently donated $4 million to California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), will be honored for her lifelong benevolence to the University. The Fifth Annual Presidential Scholarship & Awards Dinner will be held at The Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 3. Loker will be officially presented with the "Community Friend of Education Award," as University President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., guest presenters and friends of the university gather to honor student scholars and community supporters. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the hotel located near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills.

Katherine B. Loker has been an active supporter of Cal State Dominguez Hills for more than 36 years. She became a member of the College Advisory Board to the founding President Leo F. Cain in 1967. In that capacity, she worked to shape the college's vision and goals. Loker's legendary philanthropy continues today as her support provides scholarships for deserving CSUDH students. In 1999 at the University's 33rd commencement, Loker received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for her contributions and commitment to education.

CBS2 Sports Director Jim Hill, a former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers, will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies, while Janine Haydel, co-host on the popular talk show, "The Home Team," on Stevie Wonder's KJLH radio, will serve as a special award presenter. Haydel is also a graduate of CSUDH. "The Swing of Things," a 10-piece band specializing in '40s music, and the Danny Grissett Trio will provide the evening's entertainment.

Presidential scholarships are awarded annually for the outstanding academic achievements of graduating high school students and community college transfer students planning to attend CSU Dominguez Hills. Initiated in 1985 as a means of encouraging these students to continue their education and attend CSU Dominguez Hills, the full scholarships contribute to the climate of academic excellence on campus. The scholarships also provide the financial support required by many deserving students, not only during their freshman year, but also throughout the student's undergraduate education (if they maintain renewal eligibility).

Tickets cost $250 per person or $2,500 per table. Please access the University's website at for additional information on the scholarship and awards dinner.

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