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October 23, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
College of Business Administration & Public
Honors Industry Friends at Inaugural Awards Luncheon
Carson, CA –The
Port of Los Angeles will be among the organizations and individuals
honored at the inaugural College of Business Administration
and Public Policy Awards Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 1.
The luncheon will take place from
noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Dominguez Ballroom of the Loker
Student Union on the campus
of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).
The afternoon will feature opening remarks from university
President Mildred García, a keynote address by Dr.
William F. Ballhaus, Jr., president and CEO of The Aerospace
Corporation, and presentations of the Dean’s Medallion
Awards to the Port of Los Angeles as Organization of the
Year, Ernest Klinger as Executive of the Year, and Lt. Gen.
Michael Hamel as Alumni of the Year.
“With these awards we publicly recognize our business
partners who have supported the college and our students
over the years, and the accomplishments of our graduates
and friends,” said James Strong, dean of the College
of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP). “We
also want this luncheon to motivate and inspire our students.
We want our students to meet people in the business community,
especially our alumni and friends, who can talk to them about
being successful in their careers and life.”
The Port of Los Angeles was selected as the recipient of
the first Organization of the Year award. According to Strong,
the port has shown its support of the college in a number
of ways over the years, including providing internships to
students, organizing special tours of the facilities so students
can see how the port operates, and serving on the College
of Business Administration and Public Policy Advisory Board.
The addition of alumni working at
the port also has resulted in closer ties between the port
and college. Michael DiBernardo
(Class of ’82), director of marketing for the port,
serves on the college advisory board and also was instrumental
in the development of the new supply chain management program.
Martin Chavez (Class of ’82), who is with the port’s
human resources office, also is actively involved on campus.
“The port has certainly been a great friend to the
university, and obviously they’re also an important
employer and really an economic engine for the L.A. Basin,” Strong
Chosen as Executive of the Year is
Ernest Klinger, chief financial officer and executive vice
president of business
development for It’s A Grind Franchise, LLC, a Long
Beach-based company. Klinger had no direct ties to the university
before joining CBAPP’s advisory board three years ago,
but now chairs the board’s executive committee and
has taught entrepreneurship classes and most recently developed
and is teaching an online seminar in entrepreneurship.
“Ernie is a great guy,” Strong said. “He
has rolled up his sleeves and really been an asset to the
Alumni of the Year honors will go
to Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, commander of the United States
Air Force’s Space
and Missile Systems Center. While a lieutenant in the Air
Force, Hamel attended graduate school at CSUDH, earning his
M.B.A. in 1974. He went on to have an illustrious career
in the Air Force in a variety of positions, including systems
development, intelligence, space operations and launch. General
Hamel has already received several awards this year. In June
he was awarded the 2007 Air Force Association Gen. Thomas
D. White USAF Space Trophy for outstanding contribution to
the nation’s program in aerospace, and in August, received
the Hartinger Medal for his contribution to the military
“He is unquestionably one of our most prominent alumni,
a great citizen and a tremendous role model for our students,” Strong
Delivering the keynote speech will be Dr. William Ballhaus,
Jr., who has led The Aerospace Corporation since 2000. The
nonprofit provides research, development and advisory services
to national security space programs and operates a federally
funded research and development center for the United States
Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office.
The luncheon is being sponsored by College of Business Administration
and Public Policy Advisory Board. Tickets are $50, with proceeds
going to support student scholarships and faculty development.
A limited number of tickets remain. For reservations or more
information, call (310) 243-3548.
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CSU Dominguez Hills -- California
State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse,
urban university located in the South Bay, primarily
Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself
on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered
Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology,
business administration, and digital media arts, new degree
programs include computer science, criminal justice,
recreation and leisure
studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus
is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex
world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and