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March 27, 2006
DH 06 RH26
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CSU Dominguez Hills V.P. one of Six Magnificent Women
Justine Bell-Waters, five others to be honored March 29 at
Carson Community Center
Carson, CA— Justine Bell-Waters, vice president of University Advancement at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has been named one of the 2006 Six Magnificent Women by the Carson Coordinating Council.
The honor will be presented at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Carson Community Center. The introduction will be given by Jean Adelsman, former managing editor of the Daily Breeze newspaper and one of the Six Magnificent Women of 1997, the first year the honor was bestowed.
Carol Keen, director of the Carson Coordinating Council, said selecting Bell-Waters for the honor was something that built over time until she felt the honor was simply due: “I’ve quietly watched Dr. Justine Bell-Waters for many years and am truly humbled by her.
“As an example, I’ll say this: A few years ago, someone I know, Christine O’Neal, earned her B.A. then her M.B.A. from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Justine was one of her professors. One night I picked Christine up from class for some downtime, to go to the movies. When she got into the car, she was almost in tears,” Keen said.
“I asked her why. She said, ‘Dr. Bell-Waters is one of the toughest professors I’ve had.’ Then she hesitated, and said, ‘But I’ve learned more from her than from any other professor. I’m so glad I’ve had this opportunity.’
“I asked Justine if she would be one of our honorees,” Keen said, “and she questioned it. She said, ‘Why me?’ I told her about Christine, and Justine’s eyes got moist. Then she said, ‘Well, then, I accept. This—teaching—is what I’ve wanted to do all my life.’”
Opportunities are the chief factor in selecting the Six Magnificent Women each year. The women honored have stories of their own to tell of those who encouraged them as they grew up and showed them the possibilities. And these women, in their turn, have done the same for other girls and women, Keen said.
To be honored with Bell-Waters are Lula Davis-Holmes, Carson recreation superintendent; Mary Elizabeth Little, chair of the City of Carson Sister Cities Association; Teri Rotter, proprietor of Alpine Village; Julie Ruiz-Raber, Carson mayor pro-tem; and Itelia Walker, past president of the Carson Women’s Club.
The Carson Community Center is at 801 E. Carson Street, Carson.
Deadline for reservations for the event is Tuesday, March 28. Reservations are $15 each.
For reservations or more information, call (310) 515-5563.
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