March 26, 2001 Vol. V, No. 13
Hundreds Expected at Inaugural Gala-Alumni/Emeriti Awards
Dinner Event at Sheraton Universal Will Feature Audiovisual Tributes to President Koester and Campus Awardees
The Cal State Northridge community will celebrate the inauguration of President Jolene Koester and the university's third annual Distinguished Alumni/Emeriti Awards during a gala evening event Thursday, April 19, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
CSUN Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Gray Mounger said about 400 people will attend the dinner and program event, which is expected to be a sell-out. Tickets are available for $75 per person, though Mounger urged those interested in attending to contact Alumni Relations as soon as possible at (818) 677-2137.
Veteran television broadcaster Joe Rico, a 1975 journalism graduate, will be the master of ceremonies. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the 7:30 p.m. dinner and inaugural/awards program, featuring audiovisual highlights of President Koester and the other honorees.
Elected officials, representatives of the California State University system, CSUN community members and others will present inaugural tributes to President Koester. The president and the other honorees also will deliver remarks. Presiding at the event will be David Novak, president of the CSUN Alumni Association.
This year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients-chosen from among those who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields and brought distinction to themselves, their community and their alma mater-are:
- Daniel Chernow (B.A. 1967, M.A. 1989): As executive director of UCLA's School Management Program, the nationally recognized and innovative educator helps school administrators improve student achievement. A former elementary school teacher, volunteer coach and Pacific Theaters vice president, Chernow also co-founded and directed Hooked on Reading, an award-winning corporate program to revitalize libraries and bring new learning materials to elementary schools.
- Steve Howard (B.A. 1977) and Bob Miller (1976): Since the beginning of their collaboration as students in the Theater Department, the team of Howard and Miller has become a staple of costume design in the worlds of cinema, television and stage. The two are Emmy Award-winning record-holders, having virtually owned the category of Outstanding Costume Design for a Daytime Drama Series, with Miller holding five awards and Howard four awards in that category. They also have contributed to such movies as Star Trek, The Motion Picture and Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan.
- Lois Roberts (M.A. 1961): A pioneer student in the university's first graduating class and former faculty member, Roberts is internationally recognized for her teaching and historical research. Roberts has written on countless subjects including the Channel Islands, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors, historic structures and Howard Hughes. During her boundless career, Roberts has advised federal agencies in national security issues and documented the histories of people and institutions from Lebanese living in Ecuador to the Ford Motor Co. in Long Beach.
Meanwhile, the university's Emeriti Merit Award this year is being given to professor emeritus Arthur Taitt of the Finance, Real Estate and Insurance Department. After coming to Northridge in 1965, Taitt became one of the most beloved individuals in the history of the institution. He helped build the University Club from the ground up and served as the club's president.
Taitt supported the arts and athletics as well, attending most of the Matadors' home football and basketball games. Through the years, Taitt also has served numerous terms on the University Club and Matador Athletic Associations boards.
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