March 11, 2003
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu

Professor to be honored on International Women's Day

California State University Bakersfield professor Helia Corral will be honored by the League of Women Voters of Bakersfield at the International Women's Day banquet, Wednesday, March 19 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Bakersfield.

Corral teaches modern languages and literatures at CSUB. She is receiving the award in education because of her extraordinary commitment to her students and for building cultural awareness. Corral said the award is a great honor.

"I think the recognition of people who are foreign born has a great deal of value because it not only shows that someone who's foreign can do something, but also that someone who's foreign born is being taken into consideration in this society. To me, that's very lovely," Corral said.

Corral was born in Mexico City, Mexico and came to CSUB in 1974. She has bachelor's degrees in accounting, English and Spanish from San Diego State University; a master's degree in Spanish from the University of California, San Diego; and a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Southern California.

The League of Women Voters hosts the International Women's Day to recognize women who were born in another country and have made a significant contribution to their communities. Awards are given in health, education, law/government and community service.

Corral believes that her greatest contribution to Bakersfield is her work with students. She works with them outside the classroom and engages them in many cultural activities. Corral founded the Club Literario Hermes at CSUB, which produces an annual literary magazine that publishes students' work and hosts cultural field trips.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with no host cocktails and free wine tasting. The Mt. Vernon School choir will provide entertainment and the featured speaker will be Shohreh Rahman, a Bakersfield College administrator who was the 2002 International Women's Day education award recipient. Tickets for the dinner are $30 and available by calling event chairman Larry Pitman at (661) 836-9177 or Ann Chamberlin at (661) 871-0471.