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Fiat Luskin: UCLA honors philanthropic couple with first Fiat Lux Award

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At UCLA's inaugural Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership on May 2, Chancellor Gene Block presented the university's first Fiat Lux Award to Meyer and Renee Luskin, the philanthropic couple who created the new speaker series.

"I am pleased to present the first-ever Fiat Lux Award to two people who have been great and generous friends to UCLA for a very long time," Block said. "The engraving reads as follows: Presented to Meyer and Renee Luskin for their visionary leadership and enlightened philanthropy."

The new award recognizes individuals or organizations that have rendered distinguished or extraordinary service to UCLA.
 
Last year, the Luskins donated $100 million to UCLA to support the Luskin School of Public Affairs, which was renamed in their honor, and to build a conference and guest center on campus. Their gift also established the UCLA College of Letters and Science's Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership; the series' May 2 kick-off featured a speech by former President Bill Clinton at Royce Hall.
 
The Luskins, both UCLA graduates, are longtime supporters of many campus programs.

A certificate accompanying the Fiat Lux Award read: "Presented to Meyer and Renee Luskin, with profound gratitude for your enduring commitment to fueling new discovery and knowledge at UCLA. Your exemplary leadership to ensure a more sustainable, healthy and just society is an inspiration to our campus and community."

The Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership seeks to share knowledge and expand dialogue among scholars, leaders and the Los Angeles community.
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