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Oct. 3, 2003
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Contact: Thomas Knox
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CSU Dominguez Hills Appoints New Alumni Relations Director
CARSON, Calif. – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has named Sheila L. Butts as its new acting director of Alumni Relations. Butts is a 23-year veteran of the University and comes into the position with an optimistic outlook considering the opportunities she plans to offer alumni as they reconnect with CSU Dominguez Hills. She formerly served as corporate outreach liaison and career counselor in the Office of Student Development for the University.
“Our alumni are a lifeline for the University, because we are a family,” she said. “You raise your children to go out to become productive, successful citizens,” Butts explained. “That is what we do at Cal State Dominguez Hills.” Butts said helping to cultivate the talents of CSUDH students has been, “a blending of academic enhancement, social growth and professional development combined with instilling moral and ethical values. When our students are productive as alumni, they will contribute to advance the University family.”
Butts is no stranger to Cal State Dominguez Hills and understands the importance of loyalty and friendship as it relates to working with students. The Los Angeles native has amassed more than a decade of experience in her leadership roles at CSUDH.
She began her service with Cal State Dominguez Hills as a student activities counselor in 1979, shortly after receiving her master’s degree in science from Iowa State University. From 1981 to 1983, she served as the coordinator for the CSUDH University Union. In 1983, Butts was promoted to assistant coordinator for the Internship Program and served there until she accepted the assistant director of Student Programs position in 1986. Continuing her involvement with students, she accepted still another promotion in 1986 as the CSUDH corporate outreach liaison and career counselor.
Butts is known for her involvement in diversity programs including cultural diversity valuing and disabled student services She co-chaired a major fund-raising event to inaugurate the Miriam Matthews Honorary Scholarship and has lead many University presentations on Conflict Resolution, Career Development and Team Building.
In each capacity, Butts has fostered a philosophy of connecting the University with the surrounding community while fully engaging students in the process of advancing the university.
“Our president, James E. Lyons, Sr., has a record of community involvement,” Butts
said. “I want our Alumni Relations office to work in that same capacity.
The success of our Alumni Relations office will help determine the success
of a major area of the University at large,” she said.
“One of my first opportunities will be to find all of our alumni who are spread across the country and invite them to our special November 13 reunion gala,” Butts said. “As I make contact with our valuable pool of alumni, I will work to encourage them to reconnect with their University and invest in the lives of other students.”
Butts received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach in 1978 and went on to earn her master’s degree in science with an education concentration and an emphasis in counseling and student personnel one year later from Iowa State University.
Butts said when alumni invest in their university they invest in themselves and their community at large. “I am excited and honored to be a part of this experience,” Butts said.
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