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CSUN to Bestow Honorary Degrees Upon
Producer Alan Armer, Activist Dolores Huerta

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., April 30, 2002) - Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Alan Armer and civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta will receive honorary degrees from Cal State Northridge during its commencement ceremonies next month.

Armer, a professor emeritus at the university, and Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, will each receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.

"Both Alan Armer and Dolores Huerta have made contributions to society. In very distinct ways they have touched our lives and made them better," said CSUN President Jolene Koester. "I am delighted we are honoring two such extraordinary people."

Koester will confer the honorary degree on Huerta during the commencement ceremony for the College of Humanities, which is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, on the Oviatt Lawn.

Armer will receive his degree from Koester during the commencement ceremony for the College of Arts, Media, and Communication, which is scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 31, on the Oviatt Lawn.

Armer was nominated not only for his accomplishments as an Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer of more than 350 television shows and movies, but also for his contributions to the university in the 18 years he taught in CSUN's Cinema and Television Arts Department. During that time he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the university.

Upon his retirement, Armer and his wife, Elaine, pledged $1 million for a new state-of-the-art screening room in the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Prior to coming to Northridge, Armer worked as a writer, director and producer in what is considered television's "golden era."

He wrote and produced The Fugitive (for which he was nominated twice for an Emmy), The Invaders and the first year of Cannon. He also was executive producer of The Untouchables,The Name of the Game.

Huerta has played many key roles in the United Farm Workers' evolution since its inception in the early 1960s - from negotiating its first collective bargaining agreement to heading the union's national grape boycott and directing its political and lobbying efforts.

In the more than 30 years that she has spent organizing on behalf of agricultural workers, Huerta has confronted thugs and been arrested more than 22 times for civil disobedience.

She also has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her efforts on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, including induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame, the ACLU Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award.

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