Cal State LA honors 12 distinguished women
The Cross Cultural Centers hosts 19th Annual Distinguished Women’s Awards
March 14, 2017
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The 19th Annual Distinguished Women’s Awards was held on Wednesday, March 8 in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. Dozens gathered to recognize twelve honorees and their achievements and contributions to their communities and Cal State LA. The award ceremony, held on International Women’s Day, filled the ballroom with Cal State LA faculty, as well as family members of the awarded ladies. Frederick Smith, Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, opened the award ceremony. Smith shared with the audience the record-setting number of nominees submitted to the committee, with the tally being forty-five. The committee narrowed that count down to twelve women.
Lizette Rivera, Administrative Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Department, was one of those women. She was accompanied by not only her mother, Shelly Rivera, but her daughter Laila Serrano and her niece Alexa Aristegui, as well. Her teen daughter Laila expressed to the University Times how proud she was of her mother. She says “I finally get to be here for her!”, explaining how her mother is always present when she’s being recognized for her achievements and is glad to be celebrating her mother for a change.
Faculty member Cheryl Pugh was also pleasantly surprised when she found out she would be honored for her contribution to the Undergraduate Studies Department. She tells the University Times, “I’ve interacted or spoken to almost all of the recipients in one way or another, so that’s also cool too because you’re in good company.” President Covino was in attendance and closed the ceremony dedicated to the twelve inspirational women, saying there is “no finer collection of women in the universe” than at Cal State LA. “They help explain, I think, why this university continues to gain greater national prominence and make headlines,” he added. He was referencing a recent study published naming Cal State LA the top school for upward mobility of its students.