Fred Piegonski, Executive Assistant to the President  
               Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 
                           (323) 953-4000  ext. 2243                            

                      For Immediate Release:  October 30, 2006

LACC Journalism Honor Societies Award
Three Scholarships to Collegian Staffers

Photo:  Olodort Scholarship winner Julio Huerta thanks LACC alum and nonagenarian Abe Olodort

Photo:  Nick Beck congratulates LACC journalism student Arlene Martinez

Olodort Scholarship winner Julio Huerta thanks LACC alum and nonagenarian Abe Olodort.  Nick Beck congratulates
LACC journalism student Arlene Martinez who received the Fred Allen Scholarship.  Mr. Beck is the editor of the Paisano
newsletter for the LACC journalism alumni honor societies. (Photos by Bennett J. Mintz)

New Scholarship Created in Name of Fred Allen,
LACC Alum who Became Local News Chain Editor

Three LACC journalism students received scholarships of $250 apiece from the college journalism honoraries at a recent luncheon reunion.   Awards went to Arlene J. Martinez (the first Fred Allen Memorial Scholarship), Cori Alegria (Al Stump Memorial Scholarship), and Julio Huerta (Olodort Scholarship).  Ms. Martinez is a staff reporter, Ms. Alegria is a photo editor, and Mr. Huerta is executive editor on the Los Angeles Collegian, LACC’s student newspaper.   

A total of 27 former and current Collegian scribes, along with friends and LACC faculty, attended the semi-annual reunion of Gamma Delta Upsilon and Matrix Table at Les Freres Taix in Echo Park on Oct. 15.  

The recently established Fred Allen Scholarship was created by Shirley Allen in honor of her husband, who died earlier this year at the age of 78.   A graduate of LACC’s journalism program, Mr. Allen was the editor of the Northeast Newspapers for 33 years, which comprised of nine newspapers for communities in Highland park, Eagle Rock and Mt. Washington.

The Olodort Scholarship was established to honor Abram S. Olodort, the student founder (March 1, 1930) of GDU and the second executive editor of the Junior Collegian. Currently in his 90s, Mr. Olodort is still an active participant of the honoraries.

The Al Stump Memorial Scholarship was set up to honor Al Stump (1916-1995) a famous sports journalist whose widow, GDU honorary member and LACC alumna Jolene Hodges Mosher/Stump, endowed the award.

Attending the recent luncheon were LACC faculty: Ron Burton, Collegian adviser Rhonda Guess, and Media Arts Chairman Daniel Marlos.  Among the Gadoopers (GDU members) and Matrix Tablers were Charlie Barr, Nick Beck, Bob Gamm, Irv Guzik, Wally Hadsell, Jo Hodges, Bennett Mintz, Ruth Ross, Morris Schulatsky, Dick Turpin, and GDU’s noble founder, Abram S. Olodort.                                                  

GDU and Matrix Table, LACC’s journalism honorary societies, have been awarding scholarships for more than ten years.  GDU had an active chapter on campus from 1930 to 1960.  Matrix Table was active from 1932 until 1960. LACC’s student newspaper has been published continuously for the past 77 years.                                                                                     


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