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February 23, 2001

CSUS Honors Noteworthy Alumni

California State University, Sacramento will honor an exceptional group of alumni for their community and business leadership at the 15th annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet, March 15 in the Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center.

The event begins at 6:45 p.m. with a reception. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. and Stan Atkinson, former news anchor for Channel 3 and Channel 13, will deliver the keynote address.

Each year, the University and the CSUS Alumni Association present the Distinguished Service Awards to recognize the professional achievements and community service of outstanding alumni.

This year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Angelo Tsakopoulos, founder and president of AKT Development Corp., one of Sacramento's largest development firms.

Tsakopoulos has donated local land for schools, art galleries, museums and hospitals. He has also volunteered his time to support, among others, the American Lung Association, the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America and the Roseville Arts Center.

Receiving the Honorary Alumnus Award is Sacramento County Supervisor Muriel Johnson. Johnson is an active community volunteer for such organizations as the Stanford Mansion Foundation, the Discovery Museum and the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home.

This year's Distinguished Faculty Award goes to Robert Waste, professor and chair of the CSUS public policy and administration department. An editor and published author, Waste is a consultant for many cities throughout the country on reforming public policies and community relations.

Receiving Distinguished Service Awards this year are: Patricia Cochran, CFO, Vision Service Plan; Ron Davis, CEO, Sacramento Children's Home; Dennis Gardemeyer, CEO, Zuckerman-Heritage; Gary Kimmel, co-owner, Kimmel and Young; Gregg Lukenbill, managing partner, Lukenbill Enterprises; Kathleen McGrath, former Navy commander, U.S.S. Jarrett; Kitty O'Neal, news anchor, KFBK 1530; Ray Shaddick, retired U.S. Secret Service; and Mike Ubaldi, attorney, Duncan, Ball, Evens and Ubaldi.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and $400 for an eight-person table. Reservations may be made by contacting Sonya Lovine at (916) 278-7718 by Monday, March 5.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling Steve Black at (916) 278-7464.

The Steven Lee Yamshon Alumni Center is located at 6000 J Street, on the corners of State University Drive South and Stadium Drive.

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