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Hori Named CAS Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

October 19, 2016

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University alumna Roxanne Hori, a 1974 graduate, has been named the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

Hori is the associate dean of corporate relations, career services and leadership development at the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. She received her WIU degree in Afro-American studies (now African American studies).

The award will be presented to Hori during CAS' Scholars, Donors and Alumni recognition Dinner Saturday, Nov. 5. She will also deliver a lecture at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 in Morgan Hall, room 109. The lecture is open free to the public.

"Through the years I have noted the tremendous accomplishments of previous recipients of this award, a judge, physician, corporate executives, etc.," said Hori. "I am thrilled and honored to become part of an accomplished group of fellow College of Arts and Sciences alumni to be recognized by the University."

Hori joined the NYU Stern School of Business with 35 years of experience in industry and higher education. She previously worked at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, holding the positions of assistant dean, director of career management and associate dean of corporate partnerships.

At the Kellogg School of Management, Hori led a team that provided career services to more than 3,000 students in the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs, as well as to 50,000 alumni. She also created a number of innovative programs that increased student employment and alumni satisfaction and have been emulated at other business schools.

Before moving into the higher education realm, Hori served as vice president of Northern Trust Company, where she led a team in recruiting for corporate and summer internships and the Inroads program, which placed underrepresented minorities in internship positions. Early in her career, Hori worked in human resources at Arthur Young & Company and at Arthur Anderson & Company.

Hori said the experiences she had at Western, after moving from the north side of Chicago, "opened my eyes to a whole different world."

"I had the opportunity to participate in a broad range of activities from Greek life, as a little sister, to bringing rock concerts to campus," she said. "All of this, plus being an African American studies major, broadened my world view which has been a huge asset to me during my own career journey. I owe much to the faculty I had as teachers, the friends I made and the staff who coached and mentored me. I have tried to pay it forward ever since."

CAS Dean Sue Martinelli-Fernandez said Hori has built relationships with corporations throughout her career to enhance the career development of students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and NYU Stern School of Business.

"She has dedicated her career to creating innovative programs that support and increase student employment opportunities," said Martinelli-Fernandez. "Roxanne exemplifies Western's 'Higher Values in Higher Education' by her on-going contributions to her profession and life's work."

Hori currently serves on the Advisory Council for Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) and the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. She is a former member and chair of the Forté Foundation, as well as president of Midwest ACE (formerly the Midwest College Placement Association) and vice president of NACE (formerly the College Placement Council).

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