CSU Fullerton -- October 15, 2003

Cal State Fullerton to Be Honored by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon, on behalf of the university, will receive the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Outstanding HACU Member Institution Award during the national association's 17th annual conference Oct. 18-21 in Garden Grove.

The award recognizes and honors "extraordinary efforts and success" by a HACU-member college, university or system that has excelled in advancing the mission and goals of the association.

Based in San Antonio, HACU represents more than 350 colleges and universities that collectively enroll two-thirds of all Hispanics in higher education. The association exists to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

Cal State Fullerton is ranked eighth in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education listing of the top 100 colleges and universities conferring bachelor's degrees on Hispanics. The university also is ranked 10th in the nation for the number of Hispanic administrators and faculty members it employs.

In addition, the university is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

A member of the HACU Governing Board, Gordon served as a panel moderator at HACU's 2003 National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

The award will be presented to Gordon during the conference's Partnership Luncheon at noon Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

On the eve of the national conference, where more than 1,000 attendees are expected, Cal State Fullerton will host about 600 area high school students on campus for the HACU Youth Leadership Day. The Oct. 17 youth event will feature talks by HACU President Antonio Flores, State Sen. Joseph Dunn (D-Garden Grove) and Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), a Cal State Fullerton graduate, as well as workshops and campus tours.

Media Contact: Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4852 or pmclaren@fullerton.edu.


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