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California State University and the State Legislature to Honor Broadway Legend Carol Channing(September 6, 2007) Broadway legend Carol Channing will be honored on Sept. 6 at the State Capitol ;for her numerous contributions in promoting arts education in California, and will receive a proclamation of excellence from the California Legislature.
Channing, a world-renowned and widely recognized stage theater and musical artist, has played a personal and active role in campaigning for the expansion and funding of arts education in California.
“Carol Channing is an inspiration to all of California’s students. She continues to develop, support and generate funding for arts education that benefits students at every level. She is one of California’s most celebrated personalities,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
In 2005, Channing began a tour of the 23 CSU campuses to perform and share her experience as one of Broadway’s enduring stars. The previous year, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from CSU Stanislaus, the third in the campus’ 45-year history.
Channing continues to expand her commitment to California art students with the establishment of scholarships through her Dr. Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts, and still frequently visits university and K-12 campuses throughout the state.The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, more than 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 annually. 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.
Last Updated: Sept. 6, 2007