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Awards and Honorees

Corporate Partner of Education Award

The Corporate Partner of Education Award is the highest award CSU Dominguez Hills bestows upon a corporation, and was established in order to recognize organizations that have made a significant impact on the campus and on the lives of students and alumni.

Univision Los Angeles Logo

Univision Contigo builds on UCI’s more than 50 years of service and engagement with the Hispanic community. The comprehensive initiative, created in conjunction with some of the country’s leading experts, organizations and foundations, strategically focuses on the areas of most importance for the Hispanic community and then provides access to a range of valuable resources and tools that will enable Latino families to set real-life goals, and immediately take the necessary steps to put those plans into action. Univision Contigo focuses on four pillars: Education, Health, Prosperity and Civic Participation. For more information, please visit UnivisionContigo.com.



Katherine B. Loker Friend of Education Award

Each year an individual or corporation is honored who has extended their leadership and assistance in support of CSU Dominguez Hills.

The award was named in honor of CSU Dominguez Hills’ long time supporter and donor, Mrs. Katherine B. Loker. Mrs. Loker’s philanthropic commitment to education and this campus, was extraordinary and dated back to the founding of CSU Dominguez Hills.

Kathleen Tibone2015- Dr. Kathleen Tibone (Class of '75, M.A.)

Kathleen Tibone, Ph.D. (Class of ’75, M.S., Behavioral Sciences) is an accomplished scientist and an enthusiastic champion of education. A graduate of Duke University, she initially elected to teach mathematics at the middle school level. Seeing the many other needs her students had besides math sparked her interest in pursuing a master’s degree in behaviorial sciences and counseling from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She recalls being impressed by the great faculty and their high level of teaching. Kathy later earned a doctorate in anatomy and physiology from UCLA and taught at CSUDH in the late 1980s with many of the faculty who taught her.

In 2011, Kathy established the Helen and Marshall Wright Career Mentorship program at CSUDH in memory of her late parents, who highly valued education. Though she knew firsthand the substantial foundation of knowledge students accrued through majors in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, she realized students did not have access to special programs that would help them develop the other skills needed to succeed in the professional world. The Wright Career Mentorship Program was founded to fill this need by offering opportunities such as practice interviews and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparatory classes. Kathy wanted to have a positive impact on as many CSUDH students as possible while also honoring her parents.

The Wright Career Mentorship program has recently expanded its reach to provide opportunities for the veterans studying at CSUDH. “I am grateful for their service to our country,” Kathy says. “If I can do something to improve their college experience and subsequently obtain a good job, I want to do that.” Supporting veterans is a cause very close to her heart; her late father was a veteran of World War II. “He would be proud that he is making a difference for other veterans.”

In addition to her support of CSUDH, Kathy spent many years volunteering her time to create lunchtime science programs for students in the Hermosa Beach School District. Students learned engineering skills by disassembling electronics and other mechanical equipment, even three cars. The students also performed dissections on sheep’s hearts proffered from local butchers, and heard directly from NASA scientists and astronauts about their work.

Kathy is delighted and honored to be the 2015 recipient of the Katherine B. Loker Friend of Education Award.


Prior Honorees

A list of prior honorees can be found here.