California State University, Northridge



May 22, 1997

Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler,
(818) 677-2130

Astronaut Scott Horowitz Returns Home

Astronaut and space shuttle pilot Scott Horowitz returns home to Southern California next week to visit local schools and deliver a commencement speech at Cal State Northridge.

Horowitz' first visit will be to Acacia Elementary School in Thousand Oaks at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28. He will present the fifth grade class with an American flag he took with him on a recent space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.

Horowitz was a student at Acacia and credits sixth grade teacher Wendell Smith with encouraging him to realize his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Smith told Horowitz to "follow your dreams to the end of the earth and beyond" in a 1966 letter.

Later Wednesday morning, Horowitz will visit Newbury Park High School, followed by a visit to Redwood Intermediate School at 2 p.m.

Horowitz, a Northridge alum, will give the commencement address at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at graduation ceremonies for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

At that time, he will be conferred the honorary degree of doctor of science by the California State University Board of Trustees in recognition of his contributions to the space program and serving as a role model for citizens of all ages.

(Horowitz will be available for media interviews from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday before the ceremony at the University Club at the corner of Zelzah Avenue and Nordhoff Street in Northridge.)

(For details on his Wednesday schedule, call Sharon Sickler at Acacia Elementary School at (805) 495-5550. For details on Horowitz's May 29 schedule, call Dianne Appel at CSUN at (818) 677-5824.)