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Posted on March 10, 2016

2016 Honors Convocation Portrait of David Gustovich
2 p.m. April 2, 2016
Convocation Center 

California University will honor its Presidential Scholars at the 2016 Honors Convocation, an annual event that recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled in their studies.

In addition to meeting other requirements, undergraduates must carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 and graduate students must have a GPA of at least 3.75 to qualify as Presidential Scholars. Both full-time and part-time students may receive the award.

Are you eligible to be a Presidential Scholar?

Qualifying students will be recognized by name at this formal ceremony, held at 2 p.m. April 2 in the Convocation Center.

Each student will receive a Presidential Scholars pin from interim University President Geraldine M. Jones, as well as a certificate noting his or her achievement.

Qualifying students will receive an invitation and instructions to Honors Convocation via regular mail. Instructions to RSVP are sent to qualifying students via Cal U email. RSVPs are due by Friday, March 25, 2016.

About the speaker

Distinguished alumnus David D. Gustovich ’83, founder, president and CEO of IQity Solutions LLC, will deliver the honors address.

Gustovich is the founder of IQity Solutions, which provides cloud-based software solutions to help manufacturers manage their production operations more profitably through integrated scheduling, as well as operations, supply chain and quality management capabilities.

The company recently was acquired by NetSuite Inc., a fast-growing cloud-based provider of enterprise-resource planning software. Based in San Mateo, Calif., NetSuite has more than 36,000 customers in 128 countries.

Prior to founding IQity Solutions in 2007, Gustovich was an owner and executive partner of an international consulting firm where he worked for 23 years with many Fortune 1000 companies.

He serves on the board of directors for the Business Growth Alliance and PathNorth CEO Leadership group, and is the author of numerous articles on the creation of sustainable business value through the use of structured business technology solutions.

A resident of Wexford, Pa., Gustovich earned a degree in business administration and management from Cal U.

Faculty honors

Three faculty recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Merit Awards for Excellence will be recognized at the convocation. Award winners are:

  • Dr. Thomas Mueller, for excellence in teaching.
  • Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson, for excellence in research.
  • Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, for excellence in service.

Each recipient will receive a medallion and an award, plus a scholarship to be awarded in his or her area of study.


For questions about Honors Convocation, e-mail Jodie Rooney, academic events coordinator, at rooney@calu.edu.