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Homecoming 2007 Honors 'Outstanding Alumna' for Work in Middle East Politics

Oct. 31, 2007 -- Burbank resident Mary Ershoen Morris was honored in October with the "Outstanding Alumna for Professional Achievement Award" from Mount Saint Mary’s University for her ongoing research on Middle East politics.

Morris is vice president and director of programs for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, one of the largest nonprofit international speakers' forums in the United States. She also is a consultant on Middle East political issues to private industry, individuals, and government entities, and is an assistant professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Morris earned her bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's in history in 1962.

Morris spent 24 years at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, where she was a senior researcher and associate director of the Greater Middle East Studies Center. She also was associate director of the strategy and doctrine program in RAND's Arroyo Center, which performs research for the U.S. military. She is a frequent traveler to the Middle East and the author of several reports and monographs on the area, including, most recently, Issues of Engagement and the Course of Future U.S.-Saudi relations Post-September 11.

Morris received the award on the college's Chalon Campus in Brentwood during an annual homecoming celebration. Also honored during a ceremony was Erika Gallo of Lincoln Heights, class of 2001, with a "Rising Star" alumni award.

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