Campus: CSU, Hayward -- December 7, 2000

University Ambassadors Program Wins CASE Award of Excellence

The Ambassadors Program for California State University, Hayward has been honored with the Award of Excellence in Community Relations from the five-state western region of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award was announced at the annual CASE District 7 conference Dec. 1 in San Diego.

Ambassadors for Cal State Hayward are leaders in government, education, business and the community whose goal is to become informed and influence public policy affecting higher education.

Through newsletters, a Web site, volunteer activity, campus tours and a series of meetings held in several East Bay cities, Ambassadors learn how the university is involved in their communities. The objective is that they will take this knowledge and find opportunities to communicate to others the importance of the East Bay's "hometown" university.

For the Ambassadors program, CSUH President Norma S. Rees has hosted breakfasts and receptions throughout the East Bay. Co-hosts have included more than a dozen mayors as well as legislators, county supervisors, and Cal State Hayward alumni who are corporate and community leaders.

"The objectives of the receptions and breakfast programs include encouraging attendees to contact key people to support higher education issues," Rees said. "We also want our Ambassadors to make sure they cast their votes for people who support higher education, including related bond issues."

During her presentations at Ambassadors programs, Rees encourages guests to volunteer for university advisory committees, offer internships, or participate

in campus life as a speaker or mentor.

Cal State Hayward has nearly 200 participants in its Ambassadors program.

The Ambassadors program has its own Web site that includes information about Ambassadors activities and a roster of members at

The program was listed as one of the nation's top 100 outstanding efforts in the 1999 American Association of State Colleges and Universities report, Commitment and Success: A Compendium of Best Practices at AASCU Institutions.

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