CSU Celebrates Mardi Gras in May

Chicago (May 10, 2016)- In an effort to prioritize scholarship funds, Chicago State University’s (CSU) held its’ annual fundraiser gala, co-hosted by ABC 7 news anchor Karen Jordan and NBC 5 reporter Christian Farr which raised more than $12,000.00 for students majoring in education at the university. Held at the Oak Lawn Hilton on Friday, May 6, 2016, more than 150 guests were in attendance to honor educators and joined in celebrating the legacy of CSU educating teachers across the globe for nearly 150 years.

“The annual scholarship fundraiser is a momentous occasion for the university.  It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate extraordinary leaders who have partnered with and supported the College of Education, said Dr. Satasha Green, Dean of the College of Education.  “All of the honorees have been great supporters of the College including alumni.  We are fortunate to have such an esteemed group connect with our university”.

Attendees received mardi gras mask, beads, dinner, drinks and participated in a silent auction.  Among seven awardees, CSU alumna Dr. Janice Jackson, Chief Executive Officer for Chicago Public Schools was honored.

The fundraiser is timely as the university seeks to diversify its funding including donor support from alumni, community partners and friends.  Chicago State University was founded as a teacher training school in 1867 and is the second oldest public university in the state of Illinois.

Awardees Included
Educator of the Year Award
Mr. Rashad Talley
Community Partner Award
Mr. Jeffery Dase
Education Leadership Award
Dr. Janice Jackson
Corporate Citizenship Award
Multiple Business Systems
Karen Tolbert,  CEO
Alumni Service Award
Dr. Patrice Boyles
Alumni Service Award
Mrs. Deidra A. Turner
Alumni of the Year Award
Dr. Carol Carson-Warner 

Left to right: Dr. Angela Henderson, CSU Provost and SVP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Latrice Eggleston Williams, Director of Institutional Research CSU, Karen Jordan, ABC 7 News Anchor, Christian Farr, NBC 5 reporter, Dr. Denisha Hendricks, Director of Athletics CSU

Left to right: Dr. Angela Henderson, CSU Provost and SVP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Latrice Eggleston Williams, Director of Institutional Research CSU, Karen Jordan, ABC 7 News Anchor, Christian Farr, NBC 5 reporter, Dr. Denisha Hendricks, Director of Athletics CSU.

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