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October 23, 2009

College of Business Administration & Public Policy
Hosts Annual Awards Luncheon

(Carson, CA) – Home Depot Center developer and operator AEG and executives from Fox Entertainment and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. will be the guests of honor at the third annual College of Business Administration and Public Policy Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 5, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The luncheon will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dominguez Ballroom of the university’s Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Student Union. The afternoon will feature opening remarks from university president Mildred García, a keynote address by Roberto Orci, a writer of the summer blockbuster “Star Trek,” and presentations of the Dean’s Medallion Awards to Michael Lang, a vice president at Fox Entertainment Group, as Executive of the Year; Michael Rouse, a vice president with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., as Alumnus of the Year; and AEG as Organization of the Year.

“The lineup for this year’s luncheon is outstanding and represent the strong support the college receives each year from alumni, local business leaders and organizations,” said James Strong, dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP). “Our students are so fortunate to be able to learn first-hand from such people as Roberto Orci, Mike Lang, Michael Rouse and executives at AEG, and this luncheon is our way to acknowledge that contribution to our students’ education.”

The CBAPP advisory board of local business leaders established the luncheon and the Dean’s Medallion Awards to publicly recognize community and business partners who have played and continue to play a role in raising the prestige of programs in the college and throughout the university. Through strong partnerships with and support from local industry, the college is able to offer it students not only the theoretical frameworks they need, but access to real-world experiences that will help them succeed, Strong said.

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.

For information about the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at CSUDH, visit cbapp.csudh.edu.

Bios:

Keynote Speaker Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci is a writer and producer, who along with his partner Alex Kurtzman, has penned screenplays for a number of feature films, including 2009’s “Star Trek,” “Transformers” and “Mission Impossible II,” and television shows “Hercules,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Alias,” and “Fringe.” His producer credits include “Alias,” “The Proposal” and the upcoming films “Nightlife,” “Deep Sea Cowboys,” “Atlantis Rising,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and “28th Amendment,” the latter two he will have writer credits on. Orci grew up in Los Angeles and began writing with Kurtzman when they were high school friends. With the success of “Transformers” and “Star Trek,” the duo is now using their position in the entertainment industry to nurture other young writers. Orci was recently on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills this summer as a panelist at the Movies, Music and More Symposium co-hosted by the university and The Home Depot Center Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

Alumnus of the Year Michael Rouse
Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy and community affairs at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., received his master’s in business administration from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1983. In his role as vice president, he oversees Toyota Motor Sales’s three national education programs: TAPESTRY, a grant program for K-12 science teachers, the Toyota Community Scholars Program that awards 100 four-year scholarships to high school seniors each year, and the Toyota International Teacher Program, a professional development study program for secondary school educators. He also oversees Toyota’s philanthropic support of a variety of community organizations focused on education, medical research and care, and the environment. Rouse joined Toyota in 1981 and has held a number of management positions in the company. He serves on the boards of the California Science Center Foundation, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Stop Cancer, the United Negro College Fund and the advisory board of the Torrance Education Foundation. He lives in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Executive of the Year Michael Lang
Executive Vice President of business development and strategy for Fox Entertainment, Lang identifies and negotiates potential acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as supports various strategic initiatives across Fox assets in television, cable, film and digital entertainment. Lang joined the company in 2005 and was instrumental in forming the basis of Fox’s Internet efforts through the acquisition of MySpace and IGN. He also led the creation of Hulu.com, a joint venture with NBC Universal and now the Walt Disney Company. Lang previously ran his own consulting firm, working with clients in media and retail. Lang a member of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy Advisory Board and also is a part-time lecturer in the college teaching entrepreneurship. He was the driving force behind the creation of the CSUDH Institute for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development and Global Logistics, which has lead to the receipt of $700,000 in federal grants. He resides in Manhattan Beach.

Organization of the Year AEG
AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. It operates such facilities as The Home Depot Center on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, in addition to numerous sports arenas and theaters across the country and worldwide. The company also owns several sports franchises, including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and Los Angeles Galaxy. Through its various affiliates groups and divisions, AEG also is a major concert promoter and special events producer, co-producing such music festivals as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and major athletic events such as the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the East West Bank Classic WTA tennis tournament. The company recently completed development of L.A. Live, a four million square foot, $2.5 billion retail/residential space next to the Staples Center and is currently developing 12 arenas in China and one on the Las Vegas Strip. Several AEG executives sit on the CBAPP Advisory Board and serve as guest lecturers. AEG also has a student internship program for students at CSUDH.

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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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