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October 23, 2007


College of Business Administration & Public Policy
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 said.

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 college.”

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 space mission.

“He is unquestionably one of our most prominent alumni, a great citizen and a tremendous role model for our students,” Strong said.

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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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. 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 that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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