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December 7, 2000

CSUS to Honor Philanthropists with New Award at Commencement

The first-ever California State University, Sacramento Presidentís Award will be presented to Hong Kong philanthropists Winnie and Kenneth Leung during the Universityís commencement ceremonies this weekend. Ceremonies will be held on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16 at Arco Arena.

The Leungs will receive their award during the College of Business Administration commencement ceremony at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16.

The Presidentís Award honors outstanding service to the University, to higher education or to the public and common good.

Winnie Leung graduated from CSUS in 1966 while an exchange student from Hong Kong. The successful international businesswoman and entrepreneur was named the College of Business Administrationís Outstanding Alumna in 1985 and was awarded the CSUS Alumni Associationís Distinguished Service Award and Order of the Hornet in 1989.

Winnie Leung established the CSUS alumni chapter in Hong Kong. She and her husband Kenneth, an honorary CSUS alumnus and Hong Kong banker, also started an endowment to fund a scholarship in political science and donated replicas of two historic Chinese statues to the CSUS library.

The Leungís three children are also CSUS graduates. Josephine earned her bachelorís degree in business administration in 1991, Phyllis graduated in 1995 with a bachelorís degree in interior design and Daniel receive his bachelorís degree in business administration with an international business concentration in 1999.

In addition to the presentation of the Presidentís Award, the College of Business Administration commencement will feature an address by graduating student Angela Solvin. Other commencement speakers include Anne Rudin, former mayor of Sacramento, addressing the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies commencement; James C. Barone, director of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base addressing the College of Education commencement; Orin N. Bennett, vice president of MHM Engineers and Surveyors, addressing the College of Engineering commencement; and Ernest Olson, recreation and leisure studies professor, addressing the College of Health and Human Services commencement.

The schedule for commencement ceremonies can be found online at

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