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Homecoming 2005 Honors Two Outstanding Alumnae

Oct." 26, 2005 -- Nearly 200 alumnae, trustees, regents, and friends of the College gathered at Homecoming on the Chalon Campus in October to pay tribute to Victoria Russell Kennedy '68 and Maria Gutierrez Ott '70.

The recipients of the Outstanding Alumna Awards 2005 exemplify the best of MSMU as the College celebrates 80 years of making history.

Victoria received the award for community service for her work helping people with vision loss. Victoria, who received her bachelor's degree in music, is the volunteer president for the North Bay Chapter of The Foundation Fighting Blindness. She also serves as chair of the Board Development Committee and the Planing Committee of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Victoria has retinitis pigmentosa, and generously devotes much of her time to raising funds for research and serving as a resource for people who are newly diagnosed with retinal degenerative diseases.

Maria became superintendent of the Rowland Unified School District in July and previously served as senior deputy superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she was responsible for educational services and the supervision of area superintendents. She has earned numerous awards including the Mount's Lamplighter in Education Recognition; Distinguished Educator from California State University, Los Angeles; Educational Leadership Award from the Council of Mexican American Administrators; and Hispanic Woman of the Year Awards from the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation.

Other Homecoming activities included workshops on making floral arrangements, meditation, and the Supreme Court, among other topics. Founder's Day Mass was held in Mary Chapel.

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