Distinguished Alumni Honored at President's Dinner, Oct. 13

The SSU Alumni Association hosts the 2011 President's Dinner, an evening celebration for this year's Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Degree recipients, on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Prelude.

Three Distinguished Alumni will be honored at the event, including Hojabr Alimi ('95, B.A. Biology), Larry Brackett ('72, California Teaching Credential), and Zeynep Hakimoglu ('76, B.S. Physics).

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Program is a time-honored tradition at Sonoma State University. The award is a symbol of achievement and success presented to distinguished alumni from among SSU's six academic colleges, and is the highest honor bestowed by the SSU Alumni Association.

hoji.jpgHojabr "Hoji" Alimi is the CEO of the biopharmaceutical company, Occulus Innovative Systems. Their wound-care product, Dermacyn, is marketed globally and is one of the leading brands in its field. He graduated from Sonoma State University with an undergraduate degree in biology.

brackett.jpgLarry Brackett is the CEO and President of Frank Howard Allen Realtors, and an active philanthropist in the region. His company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of local organizations, and participated in the Marin Community Foundation's Tsunami Relief Fund, which raised more than $25,000 in just one week. He graduated from Sonoma State with a California Teaching Credential.

zee_20hakimoglu_1_.jpg Zeynep "Zee" Hakimoglu is currently president and CEO of ClearOne Communication, the leading global provider of audio conferencing solutions. The company she leads boasts a client list of numerous Fortune 500 companies. In 2007 she was named North American Audio Conferencing CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

Honorary Degree recipient Robert A. Johnson will also be recognized at the President's Dinner. Johnson is a strong supporter of sustainability, with a long legacy in agriculture and land management. He and his late wife, Sue, along with her sister Nancy and husband Cleve, were instrumental in the generous donation of the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve to SSU in 2004. The 3,670-acre Preserve lies approximately 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in southern Mendocino County.

Tickets for this special evening are $100 and can be purchased online at www.ssualumni.org. All proceeds go to Alumni Association scholarship programs.

For further information, contact Anne Biasi, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, Director, SSU Alumni Association, 707.664.2693 or alumni@sonoma.edu.

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