More than 1,500 graduating seniors and master's degree candidates have been invited to participate in Cal State Northridge's annual Honors Convocation recognizing academic excellence. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the University Club.
Vincent Barabba, chairman of the Internet Home Alliance and former head of General Motors' Corporate Strategy and Knowledge Development Division, will deliver the keynote address. Barabba, who served as director of the U.S. Census Bureau under two presidents, was honored by CSUN as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Seven students will receive special recognition for their outstanding academic performance and contributions to the community.
- Brian Onderdonk, 22, of Simi Valley, is this year's Wolfson Scholar, an honor given each year to the university's top graduating senior. Onderdonk is receiving a bachelor's degree in music. He would like to become a conductor, and has already composed several musical pieces.
- Adam Krisan, 26, of Northridge, who is getting his master's degree in exercise science, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He plans to attend UCLA in the fall to pursue graduate studies in biomedical sciences.
- Kathleen Cone, 41, of Burbank, also will receive an Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Cone is earning a master's degree in family studies and plans to pursue a doctoral degree.
Four graduates will receive "Outstanding Graduating Senior" awards:
- Maral Farsi, 22, of Calabasas, is receiving her bachelor's degree in health education. Farsi plans to pursue a master's degree and eventually a doctorate in health administration. She now works as a health policy intern for state Sen. Sheila Kuehl.
- Jennifer Gomez, 21, of Canoga Park, is earning her bachelor's degree in women's studies with a minor in Central American studies. She plans to begin her graduate studies at Ohio State University in the fall.
- Odi Osonkie, 21, of Northridge, is earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He plans to begin graduate work in biomedical science at UCLA in the fall.
- Nelson "Ari" Soto, 24, of Canoga Park, is receiving his bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering. He has a job with General Electric.
@csun | May 27, 2003 issue
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