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December 15 , 2006
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CSU Dominguez Hills Receives Ambassador of Education Award From Millenium Momentum Foundation
Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills was honored at the Millenium Momentum Foundation’s (MMF) 3rd Annual Opening Doors Scholarship Awards with the Ambassador of Education Award, on December 12, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr. received the award on behalf of the University, along with Del Huff, Senior Deputy, Compton Courthouse and chair, CSUDH Foundation Board of Directors.
“The university's commitment to educating and professionally developing a diverse pool of students in the fields of public administration, public policy, and related service fields, is not only commendable, but will also serve as a standard for other institutions of higher education to follow in years to come,” says Jason L. Seward, founder and chief executive officer, MMF.
"I'm very delighted that Dominguez Hills won the award. We won it because we have consistently
produced graduates who can go out into the public affairs world, the public administration world,
and the political science world to succeed and do well," says Lyons. "I know that in the future, the public administration department will continue to do as great work in producing
ambitious and successful graduates."
Among those honored were Tony Plana, actor and humanitarian, who received the Humanitarian of the Year Award; Jimmy Valentine, executive director of the African-American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project, who was given The President’s Award; and Verizon, which was named the Champion of Diversity.
Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-34th District) and Congressmember Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL, 2nd District) were honorary co-chairs of the event. Also participating in the event were Los Angeles City Council President The Honorable Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer, III, and actor Andy Garcia.
CSUDH has had three Best & Brightest Scholarship recipients. This year, Monet Williams (Public Administration) received a MMF scholarship, following Gloria Harper in 2005, and Deidre Knighten in 2004.
Established in 2002, MMF is committed to increasing the number of students and young professionals from diverse backgrounds in the fields of public administration, public policy, and other public service related fields. The organization serves as a community-based resource bridge between the classroom and the workplace, helping students to transition from meeting their academic objectives to becoming effective leaders in today's competitive workforce. In addition to scholarships, students receive access to a mentor, internship placement, job placement services, professional development workshops and forums, and various other forms of career guidance.
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