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UCR Alumni Association to Present Annual Awards for Excellence

Edward J. Blakely, New Orleans' recovery director, heads the list of distinguished alumni to be honored.

(April 11, 2007)

RIVERSIDE ( — The UCR Alumni Association will recognize six graduates of the university and a retired coach for excellence in their professions and service to their communities at the 2007 Alumni Awards of Distinction Banquet on Saturday, April 21.

Edward J. Blakely, the mayor’s executive director of recovery for the city of New Orleans, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is the most prestigious presented by the UCR Alumni Association and is based on national and international distinction in one’s field and significant contribution to mankind.

Blakely, who earned a B.A. degree in history from UCR in 1960, will be honored for his work creating the strategy for rebuilding New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Blakely also is the chair and professor of urban planning at the University of Sydney. He is internationally known for his work in planning and local economic development. UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development is named in his honor.

Also recognized for their achievements will be:

• Jean Easum, Alumni Service Award. Easum, an expert in Navy air-launched missile testing, maintenance and repair, became the first director of business development and strategic planning at the command level at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. She chaired the Science and Technology Education Partnership Teacher Conference in Riverside for the past four years and coordinated the Regional Science Olympiad Competition. She earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from UCR in 1975.

• Daniel Goldmark, Outstanding Young Alumnus. Goldmark, an assistant professor of musicology at Case Western Reserve University, specializes in American popular music, film and cartoon music, and the history of the music industry. He co-edited “The Cartoon Music Book,” and his monograph, “Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon” was published by the University of California Press in 2005. He earned a B.A. in music from UCR in 1994.

• Brian Hawley, Honored Alumni Award, Bourns College of Engineering. Hawley is chairman and chief technical officer of Luminex, a privately held company based in Riverside that develops products for storing, archiving, distributing and protecting data. Luminex was named to the Deloitte Fast50 list as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southern California in 2002 and 2003. He earned a B.S. degree in computer science from UCR in 1989 and an M.S. in computer science in 1991.

• Joel Reynolds, Honored Alumni Award, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He is director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban and Southern California programs. A senior attorney for the council, he specializes in issues of coastal protection, land use, marine mammal protection, environmental justice and transportation. He previously worked for the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. He earned a B.A. in political science from UCR in 1975.

• William Fenical, Honored Alumni Award, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Fenical is a professor of oceanography and director of the Center of Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the discovery of medicinal compounds derived from marine microorganisms. He also is co-founder of Nereus Pharmaceuticals, a private company licensed through the university to market marine medical discoveries. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from UCR in 1968.

• Dr. Franklin A. Lindeburg, Distinguished Service Award. Lindeburg, also known as “Lindy,” was UCR’s first athletic director. He also served as a physical education instructor, assistant football coach, basketball coach and golf coach before he retired in 1998. The award recognizes faculty or administrators for service to the campus and commitment to the Alumni Association.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the University Theatre and patio. Dress is business attire. Reservations are required and are due by Thursday, April 12. Tickets are $75 per person, $50 for Alumni Association members. To RSVP call 951-827-3144. Parking for this event is free.



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