PRLog - Sep. 4, 2012 - NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- (CHICAGO) -- The Chicago State University Foundation’s 18th Annual Friends of CSU Gala will celebrate “Women in the Business of Transforming Lives,” a salute to women in the fields of business and community involvement on Thursday, September 20th. Valerie Van Meter, senior vice president, chief financial officer and director, Office of Minority & Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will be recognized by the CSU Foundation as the Corporate Honoree and recently retired Sun-Times Columnist Stella Foster is the Community Honoree. The Awards Gala, which raises funds to support scholarships that benefit Chicago State University students, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Van Meter, who has served in leadership roles with the Federal Reserve since 1993, leads the Central Bank Services division in addition to overseeing the Bank’s Finance division and directing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a member of the Bank’s Management Committee. Her recognition by the CSU Foundation reflects her stellar business career but also recognizes her passion for education and ensuring the growth of minority professionals in the field of banking.
Foster signed off of her signature column on August 6th this year, but left behind a legacy of “yeah, I said it!” journalism that few have matched. Having taken over the column from her mentor Irv Kupcinet, who passed away in November 2003, Stella’s Column debuted in December of that year and became a mainstay of the paper. Because of its popularity the twice-weekly column expanded to five days a week just this past May. Foster is a humanitarian who champions causes close to her heart like child abuse, teen pregnancy, social issues and violence and crime in her beloved city. She was selected as CSU’s Community Honoree because of her dedication to women’s issues and her support of education. Coincidentally, Foster briefly attended Chicago Teacher’s College, the predecessor to Chicago State University, before changing her career path.
“I am very humbled to be selected as an honoree this year”, Foster remarked. “The fact that I attended Chicago Teachers College makes it even more special. Although I didn’t
graduate, the things I learned there played a big part in my career as a writer.”
“Chicago State University is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for under-represented youth, and I am truly honored to be recognized as its Corporate Honoree,” Van Meter said. “The work of the CSU Foundation is critical in supporting such students through its financial and programming support.”
“It is indeed an honor to recognize and celebrate these outstanding women,” said Dr. Wayne D. Watson, president of Chicago State University. There is an African proverb that says ‘when you educate a woman, you educate a nation’, and these honorees are exemplars of this philosophy, one that resonates within the CSU community. These honorees continue
the tradition this event has created of highlighting corporate, philanthropic and community
leaders that support CSU programs and community-based initiatives.
Rounding out the evening’s celebration of women will be a performance by noted recording artist, songwriter and international performer Terisa Griffin. Fox 32’s Robin Robinson will emcee the event. The Gala will also highlight the achievements of the CSU College of Education and CSU students while providing needed student financial support. This year’s chairperson is Kim McCullough of AT&T.
A special addition to this year’s event is an auction of high-end fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts donated by noted Chicago area fashion designers. Items from Barbara Bates Design (Bates was a contestant on the inaugural season of NBC’s Fashion Star), international designer, Haj, and Shell Reyes, owner of Shell Reyes Designs and Appraisals, Ltd. will be a part of the auction, dubbed Fashication:
Sponsors for this year’s event include the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Ariel Investments, LLC, AT&T, ComEd, PNC Bank, and UPS. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the CSU Foundation website at www.csu.edu/
About the Chicago State University Foundation
The Chicago State University Foundation was chartered in 1967 and incorporated in 1968 as an independent, charitable organization with the sole purpose of soliciting, receiving, and administering private gifts to the Chicago State University. The CSU Foundation is committed to ‘helping one student at a time’ by raising funds to support CSU students and program. www.csu.edu/