This year's honorees are Lynne M. Doll, president of Rogers and Associates, one of the nation's leading public relations firms; Patsy Flanigan, president, CEO and co-founder of Flanigan Farms Natural Foods Co. and a nationally recognized advocate for small businesses; and Charles H. Noski, vice chairman and chief financial officer of AT&T, the world's largest telecommunications company.
"This is one of the premier events of the university," said D.G. "Gray" Mounger, assistant vice president of alumni relations. "It is important for us to honor these people because they serve as role models not only for our students, but their peers. They demonstrate the ability of our alumni to make a mark not only in their chosen field, but on the world."
The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:30 p.m. dinner and program at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City. The evening's master of ceremonies will be CNBC business anchor and author Bill Griffeth, himself a year 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Tickets are available for $80 through Alumni Relations at (818) 677-2137.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the university's Alumni Association. It is presented to individuals who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, thus bringing distinction to themselves and their alma mater.
Lynne M. Doll (right)
'83 B.A. in Journalism (Magna Cum Laude)
Doll graduated from CSUN in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Shortly thereafter, she joined the staff at Rogers and Associates, where she gained extensive experience in developing strategic communications programs in such diverse areas as consumer product marketing, health care and telecommunications.
For six years, Doll led the public sector practice at the agency, conducting several long-term public education campaigns in areas such as the battle against teen smoking and reducing drug use among the young.
Doll now is president and senior partner of Rogers and Associates, one of the largest independent public relations firms based on the West Coast. She has won several professional awards, including "Outstanding PR Professional" in 1998 from the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She recently was named to PR Week magazine's list of "Forty PR Stars Under 40."
Patsy "Pat" Flanigan (left)
'79 B.S. in Home Economics (Food Science)
Flanigan graduated from Northridge in 1979, hoping to apply what she had learned about food science to Flanigan Farms, the business she and her husband had established nearly a decade before. Today, Flanigan Farms is one of California's largest natural food vendors.
In 1998, the California Chamber of Commerce recognized Flanigan as the "Small Business Advocate of the Year," and in 2000, she was given the "Entrepreneur Award" by the Roundtable for Women in Food Service. She also has been elected to the White House Conference on Small Business, where she helped formulate a small business agenda that was presented to Congress and the White House.
Charles H. "Chuck" Noski (right)
'73 B.S. in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) and '95 M.S. in Accountancy
Shortly after graduating and leaving the university in 1973, Noski joined an accounting firm that later became Deloitte & Touche, where he was named a partner in 1983.
He then joined Hughes Electronics in 1990 as corporate vice president and controller, serving as the company's chief accounting officer. In 1992, Hughes named Noski senior vice president and chief financial officer, and he later was elected vice chairman in 1996. After a brief job change, Noski in 1997 rejoined Hughes Electronics as its president and COO.
In 1999, AT&T hired Noski as its senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. Last February, he also was named vice chairman of the company's board of directors.
Noski serves the university as a member of the Cal State Northridge Foundation Board of Directors.
@csun | April 2, 2002 issue
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