Tolowa Indians' Leader Keynotes CSU Alumni Day in Sacramento

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(March 19, 2004) – CSU alum Loren Bommelyn, nationally recognized as a Tolowa Indians’ spiritual and political leader, will give the keynote address at the annual California State University Legislative Day luncheon on Monday, March 22, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

Bommelyn, a 1980 graduate of Humboldt State University, is a credentialed teacher of Tolowa language and culture and serves on the Tribal Council of the Smith River Rancheria.

In 2002, Bommelyn received the National Tradition Bearer Award from President George W. Bush, the highest honor of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Council on Traditional Arts in Washington, D.C.

He is a recognized storyteller, basket maker, dancer and co-author of the book, Now You're Speaking Tolowa, a Tolowa language pocketbook of phrases, word lists and situational expressions.

The CSU Alumni Legislative Day, held every spring in Sacramento, is the CSU’s advocacy day. Alumni, friends of the university, the 23 campus presidents, Chancellor Charles B. Reed, and members of the Board of Trustees visit lawmakers to discuss the vital role the CSU plays in California’s economic prosperity.

Chancellor Reed will give his “State of the CSU” address at 10:30 a.m.

During the luncheon, the CSU also will honor Assembly Members Rudy Bermudez (D-Norwalk), and Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). The two legislators will be recognized for their work as members of the budget committee during the 2003 legislative session. Both were instrumental in furthering CSU goals as the state leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 409,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Every year, the system graduates about 77,000 students with baccalaureate degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.


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Last Updated: March 19, 2004

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