Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 31, 2002

Cal State Fullerton's Alumni Association Bestows Accolades for 2002

Two award-winning members of Cal State Fullerton's Class of 2002 have been selected for special recognition by the CSUF Fullerton Alumni Association.

Karen Arkle of Fullerton and Susan Shoho of Placentia will be saluted Friday, May 31, during the university's annual Honors Convocation on the eve of commencement ceremonies. Each will receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

The CSUF Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award will be presented to Arkle. She maintained a 3.94 GPA and is a candidate for a bachelor's degree in child and adolescent studies, as well as a multiple-subject teaching credential. Her other honors include the Timothy S. Ray Scholarship and the Outstanding Junior of the Year Award from the Child and Adolescent Studies Department.

Arkle is contributing to a book on mathematics assessment for elementary-school teachers. She has been a student teacher at Centralia School in Anaheim and will begin her teaching career at an elementary school in Tustin following commencement.

"She is committed to the success of each of her students, to provide balanced learning opportunities so that children can develop along many lines - not just academically - and to continuing her own learning," said Andrea M. Guillaume, professor of elementary and bilingual education.

Shoho, a Placentia resident, was selected for the CSUF Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award, for her exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements. She will be among the first class of CSUF graduates to earn a master's degree in gerontology. The recipient of the Beverly and Arnold Miller Scholarship in Gerontology and the CSUF Emeriti Scholarship, Shoho was most recently awarded the California State University STARS Award, which recognizes community participation and the promotion of service-learning curricula.

"Ms. Shoho was a student in two graduate courses in gerontology that I conducted in 2001, " said Carl Renold, assistant professor of human services. "During the course of the year, she displayed high levels of skill, suggesting a successful future career in the academic world."
Shoho has applied for admission to the allied health doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Besides high-achieving graduating students, the alumni also select an outstanding faculty member for special recognition, in connection with commencement.

Lorraine E. Prinsky, professor of sociology, is the CSUF Alumni Association's 2002 Faculty Service Award recipient. The Huntington Beach resident developed the Sociology Department's internship program and has been a leader in service learning. She also developed a course that gave students an opportunity to apply what they learned about sociology in the community.
Prinsky has participated in the Campus Compact Summer Institute on Service Learning at USC and also served as a team leader at the CSU's Engaged Department Institute. She joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1972 and holds a doctorate from UC Irvine.

Photos: High-resolution images of the honorees can be downloaded from the university's Web site at:

Media Contacts: Patricia J. Boggs, Alumni Relations, at (714) 278-2586 or
Susan Katsaros, Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4854 or

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