CSU, Chico News

Honorary Doctorate Recipient Is Also an Author: Book Signing of ‘Second Impressions’ on Saturday, May 19

Date: 05-10-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Sandy Lerner, in Chico to receive an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19, will sign her new book “Second Impressions” Saturday afternoon from 3­–4 p.m. at the Chico State Wildcat Store.

Lerner, writing under the pseudonym, Ava Farmer, has written a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” in the idiom of the times. It continues the story of the Darcy family and their friends over the next 10 years after the end of “Pride and Prejudice.”

The California State University Board of Trustees and CSU, Chico will confer Lerner’s honorary doctorate. She will be the speaker at Commencement ceremonies on both May 19 and 20.

Lerner co-founded Cisco Systems, Inc., maker of the first commercially viable router that allowed computers to network. She also founded Urban Decay, a cosmetics company, and helped create Petlink, a database system of missing and up-for-adoption cats and dogs. Last year Lerner published “Second Impressions,” her first novel.

Lerner is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural JANE Award from the Jane Austen Society of North America, the IEEE Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement, and awards from the Feminist Press, United Animal Nations and Friends of Animals.

She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from CSU, Chico in 1975, and earned an MA in econometrics at Claremont College and an MS in statistics and computer science at Stanford University. She is the 1996 Distinguished Alumna from CSU, Chico’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.