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Jan. 20, 2004
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Cal State Dominguez Hills Educational Opportunity Program
to Hold Recognition Ceremony for “High Steps Achievers”

Former Miss Black America Candida Mobley-Wright to deliver keynote address

CARSON, Calif: – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Educational Opportunity and Student Support Services programs will hold a special “High Steps Achievers” recognition ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. The ceremony is intended to focus attention on the achievements of students in these programs.

Former Miss Black America and entrepreneur, Candida Mobley-Wright, will deliver the keynote address. She is the CEO of Voices-Inc. Media Group. Charles Walker, a former instructor for the EOP Summer Bridge Program, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Walker, a veteran of the big screen, has been featured in “Daddy Day Care” and “The Nutty Professor II.” He has also enjoyed roles on popular TV shows including “The Parkers,” “All My Children,” “The Practice” and “NYPD Blue.”

“The ‘High Steps Achiever’s’ awards ceremony is a recognition program designed to highlight the academic and personal achievement of participants in the EOP and Student Support Services programs,” said EOP director Walter C. Jones, Ed.D. “The ceremony represents each program’s attempt to involve the families and friends of participants in their collegiate life. Scholars suggest family involvement is critical to the persistence of students both in secondary and higher education institutions.”

Jones said this recognition ceremony sends a clear message to friends, families and nearby communities that disadvantaged students can excel and enjoy great success in college through the support of the Educational Opportunity and SSS programs. “This ceremony also seeks to recognize participants in the newly formed Ronald E. McNair Scholars program,” Jones added. “The McNair program’s goal is to build a bridge to graduate school, especially doctoral programs for some of the highest achieving disadvantaged students. It is our intention to highlight them as well as our community sponsors and partners.”

Jones said he expects a large turnout for this first “High Steps Achievers” recognition ceremony and anticipates this will become an annual university event.

California State University, Dominguez Hills has long been considered one of the most diverse campuses in the West according to U.S. News & World Report. CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s along with multiple-subject and single-subject teaching credentials. We take pride in being the university where dreamers become achievers. Visit the university Web site at for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.

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