May 17, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 17

Distinguished Alumni Honored at Awards Event

Journalist Insana, Governor Lingle, Actor/Humanitarian Marin Saluted for Achievements

CNBC anchor Ron Insana, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and actor Richard "Cheech" Marin were the honorees at Cal State Northridge's annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on May 15, attended by about 400 guests at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

"The awards allow us to celebrate the many achievements of those honored," said Northridge President Jolene Koester. "These three individuals and their outstanding accomplishments exemplify the best of Cal State Northridge."

Presented to individuals who have achieved high levels of success in their chosen fields of endeavor, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the university's Alumni Association.

Ron Insana, (right)who earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1984, is anchor of CNBC's "Street Signs," which focuses on the New York Stock Exchange and commodities. Insana previously co-anchored "Business Center" with Cal State Northridge alumna Sue Herera.

A regular contributor for NBC's "Today Show" and "The Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," Insana began his career with Financial News Network (FNN) in 1984, and later became managing editor and chief of FNN's Los Angeles bureau. While at FNN, he received a Golden Ace award nomination for his role in covering the 1987 stock market crash.

"Trend Watching: How to Spot and Profit from Wall Street's Latest Fads, Manias, Bubbles and Busts," published in 2002 by Harpers Business, is the latest of Insana's three books on finance.

The first female governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle (left) graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduating from Northridge, she founded and published the Molokai Free Press.

Lingle first served the people of Hawaii on the Maui County Council in 1980, and went on to serve five two-year terms, three representing the island of Molokai.

Elected mayor of Maui County in 1990, she won a second mayoral term before her election as Hawaii Republican Party chair in 1999.

First known as one half of the comedy duo, Cheech and Chong, Richard "Cheech" Marin(right) wrote, directed and starred in the highly acclaimed "Born in East L.A."

His other film and television credits include "Tin Cup," "Nash Bridges," "Judging Amy," and the "Lion King." He also had success with his first bilingual children's album, "My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver."

Marin's personal Chicano art collection, one of the largest in the world, is part of a blockbuster museum exhibit that opened at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and is now touring nationally.

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