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State Relations Director Receives Community Hero Award

June 13, 2013

Frances Teves, Cal State Fullerton director of state relations, was honored by the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) for her dedication and contribution to the diverse Orange County community. The award was presented to Teves June 6 by State Sen. Lou Correa during an organization ceremony in Santa Ana.

The CSUF alumna — she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1999 — has served as the University's director of state relations since 2004, working with elected officials, students, faculty, staff and community members, as well as with her counterparts at neighboring universities, community colleges and school districts. She is currently completing an M.A. program in public policy at USC.

Teves was recognized for building bridges across different cultures to serve the Orange County community. She has been involved in a Twitter campaign ("CSU Is the Heart of California"), advocacy cards for each member of the Fullerton legislative delegation that provides picture, background and contact information to make it easy for advocates to get to know their representatives and have the information they need to take action, and a "Reinvest in Higher Education" postcard campaign with Associated Students Inc.

"This is well-deserved recognition for Frances," said Owen Holmes, associate vice president for government and community relations. "She continues to be an advocate for higher education, works collaboratively with a number of constituencies, and continues to engage with students, faculty, staff and members of the community."

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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