Cal State Northridge will present Distinguished Alumni Awards this Saturday, April 12, to former U.S. Census Bureau director and General Motors executive Vincent Barabba and to founding CNBC business news anchor Sue Herera during a gala celebration in Universal City.
This is the fifth year the university has made the awards, which are the highest honor given by CSUN's Alumni Association. CSUN President Jolene Koester, Alumni Association President Irene Tovar and Master of Ceremonies Bill Griffeth, a Herera colleague at CNBC, will preside during the dinner event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
"We are proud of Vincent Barabba and Sue Herera and are pleased to honor them and showcase their accomplishments. They serve as an inspiration and role models to our current students, and affirm the quality of the education that our alumni receive while at the university," said Gray Mounger, assistant vice president of alumni relations.
Tickets to the event, which includes a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. dinner and program, are available from the CSUN Office of Alumni Relations. Tickets can be ordered online using a credit card at www.csunalumni.com or by calling (818) 677-2137. Ticket prices are $80 per person or $800 for a table of 10.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to those who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, bringing distinction to themselves and their alma mater. Past recipients have included former AT&T Vice Chairman Charles Noski, charter schools pioneer Yvonne Chan, Los Angeles Times executive Frank del Olmo and opera star Carol Vaness.
This year, the university is honoring Barabba, a 1962 marketing graduate who recently became chairman of the Internet Home Alliance after retiring from General Motors, and Herera, a 1980 journalism graduate who has become one of the nation's most respected and well-known television business news journalists.
Barabba(right) arrived at CSUN in its founding year and was elected Associated Students president in 1960, succeeding Robert Hilburn, who now is the pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times. Until last month, Barabba had spent two decades heading General Motors' Corporate Strategy and Knowledge Development Division.
] Previously, Barabba twice served as director of the federal Census Bureau, and is the only person to hold that position during the administrations of both major political parties. He headed the Census Bureau from 1973 to 1976 under President Ford and from 1979 to 1980 under President Carter, with an intervening role as manager of market research for Xerox Corp.
Barabba also has served as a lecturer and/or advisory board member at Harvard, Penn, MIT and Stanford. During a career spanning five decades, he authored the best-selling book "Meeting of the Minds," and co-authored "Hearing the Voice of the Market" and "The 1980 Census: Policy Making Amid Turbulence."
In his service to the university, Barabba worked as one of the founding organizers of the Northridge Alumni Association while completing his M.B.A. at UCLA in 1963. He later served on CSUN's College of Business and Economics' dean's advisory board and gave the commencement speech to business college graduates in 1992.
Herera (right)co-anchors CNBC's nightly "Business Center" newscast with fellow Northridge alum Ron Insana. She also works as a credit and futures market reporter and covers the stock market, foreign exchanges and options markets for the network. Herera has been with CNBC since its inception in 1989.
Herera has co-anchored "Market Wrap" and has anchored "The Edge." She has hosted or moderated CNBC specials including "Tomorrow's Technology Gorillas," "The Great Game: The Story of Wall Street" (March 2000) and "CNBC: Inside China," an in-depth report on topics including the Shanghai stock market, China's education system, U.S. companies represented in the nation, real estate development in Beijing, and manufacturing, agriculture and culture in China.
Before CNBC, Herera spent eight years as an anchor and reporter with Financial News Network in Los Angeles, where she served as a co-anchor with both Insana and Griffeth, the latter a 2000 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Herera also authored the acclaimed book "Women of The Street: Making It on Wall Street‹The World's Toughest Business."
Herera has stayed in touch with the university and credits her Northridge education with helping pave the way for her career success. She has been a key part of the growth of CNBC, which now provides information to more than 175 million homes worldwide, including more than 86 million in the United States and Canada.
@csun | February 10, 2003 issue
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