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2008 GSEP Education Graduation
Education students in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology will celebrate their 2008 graduation on Saturday, June 21. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at Alumni Park on the Malibu campus.
Community leader, philanthropist, and lifelong professional educator Rosalyn R. Shostak Heyman and Ziegfred G. Young, founder and president of Orioxi International Corporation, will receive honorary doctorates. Former community college president Lydia Ledesma-Reese will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.
About Rosalyn R. Shostak Heyman
Rosalyn R. Shostak Heyman is a community leader, philanthropist and lifelong professional educator having served as teacher, consultant, principal, and assistant superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She served as the assistant superintendent, secondary education from 1982 to 1990. Prior to that appointment she had been principal of Berendo Junior High School in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1982.
During her tenure as an educator she brought many innovations to her district such as establishing the first computer-based classes in the nation and creating mini courses for enriched, targeted learning. She produced a video algebra course, launched career center programs for high school seniors, and has published numerous courses, articles, and multimedia presentations.
Heyman has received many awards in her profession among which are: the American Educators Medal from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, the Los Angeles Mayor's Apple Award, Los Angeles County Citizen of the Month, the Human Relations Commission's Certificate of Merit, and the Principals' Outstanding Service Award. She has also been named the 2006 UCLA Outstanding Alumnus, School of Education, and Berendo Junior High named its auditorium in her honor.
Heyman has been a community activist and a supporter of many causes with her leadership and resources. She has served in such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, the Soroptimist Club of SanFernando Valley, and the Coordinating Council of Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and Encino. She is currently a UCLA Foundation governor.
Heyman earned her bachelor's degree in business administration in 1946 and her master's degree in education in 1950, both from UCLA. Heyman is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Rosalyn Heyman lives in Woodland Hills with her husband Peter M. Showan.
About Ziegfred G. Young
Ziegfred G. Young is the founder and president of Orioxi International Corporation, headquartered in Brea, California, with offices and factories around the world. Orioxi, founded in 1986, provides production planning, manufacturing, sourcing, and fulfillment services to the garment industry. The company employs more than 2,000 with revenues of $65 million annually serving such leading brands as Reebok, Adidas, Quiksilver, and United Colors of Benetton, among others.
Born in 1945 in Shanghai, Young was the son of a prominent surgeon and the family's background placed them under the scrutiny of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. After completing college study, Young was forced to labor for several years in a coal mine in a remote region in the north. His knowledge of English, however, led to his being selected to translate imported mining equipment instructions, and later gave him the opportunity to travel to Europe on business. He eventually came to Pepperdine for graduate study and began his start-up company shortly after graduation.
Young's philanthropic interests include the support of medical research and education, and to his alma mater, Pepperdine in particular. He is an active member of the Graduate School's Board of Visitors. He and his wife Wendie are members of the Pepperdine Benefactors Circle and the lobby of the Graduate School's building on the Drescher Graduate Campus has been named in their honor.
Young received his bachelor's degree from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, in 1968. He earned both his graduate degrees from the Graduate School, earning his M.S. in 1983, and his Ed.D. in institutional management in 1988. Young was honored by the Graduate School in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Ziegfred and Wendie Young, a Seaver College alumna (1985), live in Newport Coast, California.
About Lydia Ledesma-Reese
Lydia Ledesma-Reese has held the presidency of two community colleges, Oxnard College in Oxnard, California, and Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. She was the first Latina president in higher education in Washington State.
Prior to her appointment at Skagit Valley, Ledesma-Reese served as acting president of Hartnell College in Salinas, California, where she served previously as vice president and assistant superintendent. She held other academic and administrative appointments at De Anza College, Cerritos Community College, and the University of California, Irvine.
Known nationally for her outstanding leadership, Ledesma-Reese was recognized by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 for her community leadership, and in 2006 was the recipient of the National Community College Hispanic Council's Outstanding Community College Leader Award. She also received the Courage Leadership Award from the Ventura County chapter of the League of Latin Citizens.
In addition to her distinguished career in education, Ledesma-Reese is notable for her many community leadership roles. She currently serves on the editorial board of Hispanic Outlook magazine and the boards of the United Way of Ventura County and the Central Coast Southern Region of the Girl Scouts. She has served on the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges and of the National Community College Hispanic Council, of which she was president from 1997 to 1999.
Ledesma-Reese attended Cerritos, Cypress, and Saddleback Community Colleges, earning her associate of arts degree in liberal studies in 1976. She received her bachelor's degree in speech communication from California State University, Fullerton in 1978, and completed her master's degree in intercultural/international communications in 1980. She received her doctor of education in institutional management from Pepperdine University in 1987 and has completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University.
Lydia Ledesma-Reese lives with her husband Richard Reese in Oxnard, California.