May 30, 2003::No.249
Alumni Association Names
Outstanding Graduate Student and Senior
A budding financial services entrepreneur
and a future teacher from the Class of 2003 are being honored by
the Alumni Association during Cal State Fullerton’s 44th annual
Jason Lorge and Carey Kirian — recipients of
the Outstanding Graduate and Outstanding Senior awards, respectively
— each will be awarded $1,000 and commemorative plaques at
tonight’s Honors Convocation, held on the eve of commencement.
The awards are presented to the graduating Cal State Fullerton senior
and graduate student who are academically outstanding, demonstrate
service to their departments, university and/or community, and are
active in extracurricular, academic or professional activities.
Lorge, of Sierra Madre, is an M.B.A. candidate with
a concentration in finance. He currently works in the College of
Communications as director of technology and following graduation,
plans to gain additional experience in the financial services industry.
“In five years, I’d like to have my own
comprehensive financial planning operation and real estate holding
company,” he says. “I want to do it all.”
His service to the community includes volunteering
five to 10 hours a month for the Boy Scouts of America and Order
of the Arrow, its affiliate citizen group. He is an Eagle Scout
and as a volunteer, helps organize and participates in such activities
as recycling drives, beach cleanups, tree plantings, camping trips
and derby races for younger scouts.
On campus, Lorge is a member of the Golden Key International
Honor Society and served as the university’s chapter president
as an undergraduate. Under his leadership, the group was awarded
Most Improved Chapter out of 325 chapters worldwide. He also serves
on the boards of the University Honors Society Council and Phi Kappa
Phi Honor Society.
The Outstanding Senior Award honoree, a transfer student
from Cypress College, distinguished herself early on at Cal State
Fullerton and last year was named the “Outstanding Junior”
in the Child and Adolescent Studies Department.
“I’ve always had an interest in elementary
school children,” says Kirian, who will start CSUF’s
teaching credential program in the fall. “I’ve had good
experiences working with the little ones, so that’s what I
want to do.”
The Norwalk resident presently works with first-graders
as an instructional aide for an after-school program in Santa Ana,
and will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in child and
Kirian’s community involvement has centered
on her desire to make a difference in the lives of children, including
serving as a mentor at New River Elementary School in Norwalk. For
the Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children,
she was a student ambassador and committee leader for the group’s
spring 2002 conference. That same year, she was program co-chair
of the fall conference.
At Fullerton, she has served in various capacities
of the Child and Adolescent Studies Student Association, including
president, board member and recently, president of the community
projects board, with responsibility for finding community volunteer
projects for the organization’s members.
The 7 p.m. Honors Convocation is held in the Titan
Student Union’s Portola Pavilion. Commencement ceremonies
are at 8 a.m. May 31 and June 1 on the sports fields north of Titan
Gym. Individual college exercises follow at various locations on
||Patricia Boggs, executive director of alumni
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