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Peralta News – Director of Peralta Colleges Foundation to Receive Distinguished Honor

11 October 2011. 1 comment

The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce that Stephanie Casenza, Executive Director of The Peralta Colleges Foundation, has been selected to receive the San Diego Press Club’s 2011 Andy Mace Award for Outstanding Contributions in Public Relations during its annual Excellence in Journalism Celebration on October 25, 2011. Casenza spent much of her career in the San Diego region before joining the Peralta Colleges Foundation in June 2010.

The Andy Mace Award is one of three special awards presented in recognition of excellence by the San Diego Press Club.  This award is given to the individual public relations practitioner who, over the course of their career, has exemplified fairness and integrity, as well as effectively disseminating the truth to concerned publics.  Past recipients who have received the award comprise the committee that selects each year’s winner.

“It is such an honor to have your peers nominate you for this prestigious award,” says Stephanie, “and it’s a pleasant surprise, too.”

“Ms. Casenza was appointed to the position of Executive Director for The Peralta Colleges Foundation a little over a year ago,” says PCF Board of Directors President Karen Friedman. “We’re happy to have her on board and congratulate her on being selected for this honor.”

Casenza has worked in the non-profit field for 25 years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and a master’s in business from the University of San Diego.  She is among the two percent of public relations professionals who have earned the universal accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America.

Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges – has served Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing East Bay students of all ages with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.  To learn more, visit

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