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March 4, 2005
DH 05 PH076
Contact: Pamela Hammond
(310) 243-2001


Cal State Dominguez Hills Alumni Association’s “March Mixer”
Honors the 2004 and 2005 Recipients of Alumnus of the Year

CARSON, Calif. – The Alumni Association, Inc. at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will be honoring recipients of its “Alumnus of the Year” for 2005 and 2004 at their March Mixer to be held in the CSUDH Extended Education Building on Thursday, March 17, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Allen A. Mori will introduce the recipients at the reception to be attended by alumni, faculty and staff.

The Honorable Jerome Edgar Horton (D-51st District) California Assembly,
2005 Alumnus of the Year

Senior Pastor Guy J. Witherspoon Jr., Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles
2004 Alumnus of the Year

WHAT: CSUDH Alumni Association, Inc. ‘s
“ March Mixer” Honoring 2004 & 2005 Alumni of the Year

WHERE: Extended Education Building
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747

WHEN: Thursday, March 17, at 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Please park in Parking Lot 3, west of Welch Hall near Tamcliff Avenue entrance
at Victoria Avenue.

2005 Alumnus of the Year Jerome E. Horton (Class of 1979, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2000 to serve the constituents of the 51st Assembly District. With ease, he won re-election and was sworn into office in December 2002, to serve his second term. In the 51st district, Assemblymember Horton represents Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox, Lawndale, West Athens, Del Aire, Alondra Park, Gardena, West Compton and Playa Vista.

Prior to joining the California State Assembly, he worked for the State Board of Equalization for more than 20 years. In this capacity, he specialized in business tax law and auditing, frequently lecturing to civic groups and business municipalities on tax-saving mechanisms. Horton also served as the Legislative Deputy and Business Tax Advisor for the 3rd District of the Board of Equalization. His background in business tax law and the 14 years of experience he gained in the field of real estate sales and investments proves to be of extreme benefit to his constituents.

Horton strongly believes that power is measured by one's ability to empower others. This philosophy drives the many community outreach projects he has initiated in the 51st district. Economic development seminars, mentoring high school students, and health care for every child are among the many programs he has implemented as an assembly member. He is the founder of the African-American Leadership Development Program which targets outstanding African-American youth throughout the state and enables them to participate in a weeklong training program that includes instruction in leadership techniques, critical thinking, operating within corporate America, and links them with members of the legislature as mentors. These outreach programs provide vital information, hands-on assistance and critical guidance to communities in his district as well as throughout the state of California.

In 2004, Horton has created an economic stimulus package that seeks to partner with business and promote their development. He has also proposed legislation that seeks to give sales tax credits to new businesses. With electricity rates cutting into California businesses' bottom lines, Mr. Horton has introduced legislation that creates an Office of Economic Development at California's Public Utilities Commission to assess the affects of utility regulations on the state's economy.
Assemblymember Horton serves as a member of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Elections, Redistricting and Constitutional Amendments; Insurance; and Utilities and Commerce. He chairs the Assembly Select Committee on California Horse Racing and Gang Violence and Juvenile Crimes. Among other Assembly Select Committees, he also serves as a member on Airports and Airline Industry; Community Colleges; High Priority Schools and Workforce Investment.

2004 Alumnus of the Year Guy Witherspoon (Class of 1991, 1993, 2001 - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Social & Behavioral Science, MBA) is currently senior pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles. From 1991 to 2004, this lifetime member of the Alumni Association worked for the students of CSUDH through Associated Students, Inc., serving as assistant general manager and then acting general manager.
“ Pastor Guy, as he is affectionately known, continues to minister to the students, faculty, and staff of CSUDH and his service to the student body of CSUDH has been extended into the community at-large. Also, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Behavioral Science Graduate Program.

Witherspoon is a member of the National Association of Student personnel Administrators, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Information Technology Professionals and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at California State University, Dominguez Hills, (310) 243-2237.

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Last updated Friday, March 4, 4:49 p.m.,
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