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State Dominguez Hills Alumni Association’s “March Mixer”
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.
Senior Pastor Guy J. Witherspoon Jr., Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Los
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.
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.
Alumnus of the Year Guy Witherspoon (Class of 1991, 1993, 2001 - Bachelor of Science
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.
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.
California State University, Dominguez Hills • 1000 E. Victoria Street • Carson, California 90747 • (310) 243-3696
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