By Prusela Phillips, Office of Development and Alumni Relations
We are pleased to share the story of Normita Fenn (BA ’65, MBA ’83)
Retired, General Electric
“GGU is important to me because it’s where I received a BA and an MBA,” shares Normita Fenn. “Back when we were called ‘Golden Gate College,’ I was an undergraduate student. Like many of our students today, I worked part-time while taking classes. The experience helped me get acclimated to life in the U.S.”
Normita immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 to pursue an education from GGU, which led her to a fulfilling career with General Electric — first as a Sales Analyst and later progressing to several other opportunities at the company. Subsequently, her MBA allowed her to pivot into a new field: marketing.
Support of GGU & Awards
Normita continued her deep involvement with GGU after graduation as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and has also served on the Golden Gate University Board of Trustees. In 2006, her long-time commitment and dedication to GGU were recognized when she and her husband, Robert Fenn, received the “Volunteers of the Year Award.”
An avid proponent of the Nagel T. Miner Scholarship Program, Normita helped grow it to help international students in their GGU education. She says: “I was fortunate to have a good education and a rewarding career, and this scholarship program is one small way to help those students get an education.”
Normita continues to be involved in the Bridge Society: a program for alumni and friends who put GGU in their wills or estate plans. “I decided to join the Bridge Society in recognition of the institution which gave me so much,” she says.
Honored in the Philippines
She has not been forgotten in her native country. Normita was honored by her high school alumni association in the Philippines at award ceremonies during the 2018 Alumni Homecoming in April.
The MHSAAI Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a senior alumnus (60 years and above) of Morong High School who has achieved meritorious professional and community distinction throughout his or her career and life. The winner, in a past or present career, must have consistently rendered distinct, illustrious and meritorious service that clearly made that person a credit to their profession, community, and the school. The winner is recognized as an outstanding Philippine citizen who has led an exemplary life of service to the community.
The commendation states: “Normita Feliciano Fenn has been a resolute participant in the Morong High School alumni community in California and the community of expatriates from Morong and nearby towns in the province of Rizal in the Philippines. She is a founding member and past president of the MHSAAI Northern California Chapter. She has spearheaded and participated in socio-cultural and civic causes and activities here and abroad. Up to this day, she continuously lends her social capital and her communication skills to create awareness to rally people to worthwhile causes.”
During her acceptance speech, Normita thanked her fellow alumni for the honor, Golden Gate University for the education she received, and her employer, General Electric, for the opportunity to achieve a productive career.