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UCLA Alumni Association to present its highest honor at awards ceremony

Eight distinguished alumni and two networks will be recognized

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Michelle King
UCLA

LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King has been named 2017 Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year. This year's honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony on Saturday, June 3.

With nearly 500,000 alumni worldwide, UCLA has attained world-class stature thanks in part to the contributions of its alumni. Their professional achievements, service to their communities and philanthropic endeavors all reflect on the greatness of this university.

Since 1946, UCLA, through the alumni association, has awarded notable figures whose accomplishments, leadership and service have changed the world. Among them have been John Wooden, Jackie Robinson and alumni Carol Burnett and Tom Bradley. This tradition continues Saturday, June 3, with the UCLA Awards Ceremony where eight distinguished alumni and two networks will receive the UCLA Alumni Association’s highest honor.

Topping the list is LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, a 1984 graduate, who will receive the Edward A. Dickson Alumni of the Year Award. Her successful 30-year career as teacher, principal and administrator and her leadership of district-wide reforms to increase graduation rates earned her the role of being the first African-American woman to lead the second largest school district in the country. Recently, she was named 2017 National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of Superintendents.

Ann Meyers Drysdale, a 1979 graduate, will receive the Professional Achievement Award. The standout UCLA guard led the Bruins to a national basketball championship in 1978; she became the first woman to enter the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. The decorated Olympian and participant in the 1976 games was drafted into the Women’s Professional League. She signed an NBA contract and has continued her success as the current vice president and TV broadcaster  for the Phoenix Mercury and Suns, respectively.  

The Network of the Year Award will go to the UCLA Parents’ Council, formed in 2008 by passionate Bruin family members. They’ve participated in more than 100 activities and events, ranging from coffee socials and welcome receptions to Bruin Family Weekend and donations to the UCLA Food Closet. Additionally, the council provides funds for a care-package program to support UCLA students who are veterans, parents and former foster youth.

The inaugural UCLA Impact Award will go to the Mixed Alumni Association, the first and only alumni association in the country formed to share their experiences and explore and celebrate their mixed heritage identity.

Other award recipients include two longtime UCLA staff members. Pam Cysner, a 1976 graduate and adviser for UCLA Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement, will receive the University Service Award; Steve Yu, a two-time UCLA graduate with a B.A. in 1995  and an M.B.A. in 2003, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. He is president of the L.A. Westside Alumni Network and CFO/ assistant dean of operations for the UCLA School of Law.

Capping off the list of honorees are: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige, a 1967 graduate (Public Service Award); philanthropist and charitable volunteer Chau Le, a 1988 graduate (Community Service Award); social entrepreneur Alex Budak, a 2007 graduate (Recent Graduate Achievement Award); and youth mentor and advocate for the underserved Soleil Delgadillo, a 2009 graduate (Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award).

The UCLA Award Ceremony will be held at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. You can learn more about these awards and this year’s recipients at alumni.ucla.edu/Awards

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