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News Release| Honors Convocation; Cal State L.A.

April 25, 2011

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Cal State L.A. to honor 4,000 high-achieving students

Raytheon chief information officer to keynote CSULA’s 50th annual Honors Convocation 

Los Angeles, CA Emanuel Brady Jr., vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), will return to his alma mater Friday, April 29, to deliver the keynote at Cal State L.A.’s 50th annual Honors Convocation.

 Picture of CSULA alum Emanuel Brady

The celebratory event will acknowledge the stellar academic achievements of about 4,000 students, including those on the Dean’s Lists. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Eagles Nest Gymnasium. 

Brady—who earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cal State L.A., and his master’s degree in business administration from USC—began his career as a systems programmer for Hughes Aircraft Company in 1982. He progressed through a series of leadership positions in data center management, architecture and systems engineering and operating system management. He also served as a senior consultant in architecture and systems engineering. 

Before assuming his current position in 2004, Brady was vice president and chief information officer for Raytheon Electronic Systems. Prior to joining Raytheon, Brady directed the operations and technical support organization of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In 2010, he was selected as CSULA’s Los Angeles Information Technologist of the Year. He was named one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2009 and Executive of the Year by the Raytheon Management Club in 2007. He is also the recipient of the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award.  

With formal pageantry, Friday’s special program will recognize nearly 2,400 Cal State L.A. students whose academic records place them in the upper fifth percentile of their peers. Dean’s List honorees, recipients of scholarships and grants, and general education honors program participants will also be acknowledged. More than 300 new freshmen will be recognized for bringing to the University a 3.5 grade-point-average (or higher) on their high school records. 

In 2010, more than 1,100 Cal State L.A. students received scholarships supported by donors and grants from outside agencies. Among them are Amira Ainis (Cotsen Fellowship), Melanie Emiko Chang (California Association of Criminalists), Elizabeth Sanchez Franco (Billie Jean King Sports Endowment), Hart Gilula (Sony Pictures Entertainment Scholarship), Saralynn Shiuan Gu (Boeing Scholarship), Anthony Obisesan (Grifols Scholarship), and more.  

For further details on the University Honors Convocation, call the Cal State L.A. Academic Affairs office at (323) 343-3808. 


 What:            50th Honors Convocation at Cal State L.A., a tradition highlighting

                     student achievements. 

When:            Friday, April 29,  7 p.m. 

Where:           Eagles Nest Gymnasium on the CSULA campus. For campus map, parking information or directions, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php 

Info:              For event details, call the Academic Affairs office at Cal State L.A.,     

                     (323) 343-3808. 

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