March 27, 2000 Vol. IV, No. 13

CSUN to Host 2000 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony

Honorees to Include Michael Day, Bill Griffeth, Irene Tovar and Edmund Peckham

Cal State Northridge will present its 2000 Distinguished Alumni Awards-to Caltech scientist Michael Day, CNBC cable anchor Bill Griffeth and community leader Irene Tovar-during a Saturday, April 15 dinner and awards ceremony in the Roof Garden of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

The 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. dinner/program, led by master of ceremonies Joe Rico of KNBC Channel 4, also will include presentation of the university's first-ever Emeriti Merit Award to Edmund Peckham, CSUN longtime dean of students and vice president of student affairs.

Tickets to the event are $65 per person or $600 for a table seating 10. For reservations and additional information, contact the CSUN Office of Alumni Relations at (818) 677-2137.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor bestowed by CSUN's Alumni Association, said Alumni Relations Director Gray Mounger. The awards recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through achievements in their professional and personal lives.

Michael Day, B.S. '88 and M.S. '90 in Chemistry (top right), suffered an injury at age 18 that left him partially paralyzed. But the Encino resident went on to graduate from CSUN and become a faculty member at Caltech, director of its Beckman Institute Crystallography Laboratory, and an expert in the field.

Bill Griffeth, B.A. '80 in Journalism (top left), began his career writing for the Daily Sundial and doing broadcasts for KCSN radio. After graduation, he anchored for the Financial News Network (FNN) in Santa Monica, and after a 1991 merger, became an anchor at CNBC, hosting several award-winning programs.

Irene Tovar, B.A. '69 in Sociology (bottom right), is the executive director of the Latin American Civic Association, which administers the largest Head Start program in the San Fernando Valley and runs several housing and social service programs. She also serves as an officer on the board of the CSUN Alumni Association.

Edmund Peckham (bottom left)came to Northridge in 1967 as dean of student activities and housing at what then was San Fernando Valley State College. A longtime campus figure, he became dean of students in 1969 and vice president of student affairs in 1985 before retiring in 1991.

March 27, 2000

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