Baseball Legend and Top Presidential Political Strategist to Speak at University of La Verne 2013 Spring Commencement

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Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda and celebrated political consultant Joe Trippi will speak at the University of La Verne’s 121st spring commencement.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda and celebrated political consultant Joe Trippi will speak at the University of La Verne’s 121st spring commencement on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Trippi, an analyst for FOX News and former Silicon Valley consultant, is known for the strategies, tactics and tools he created during the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. He was the first political strategist to realize the potential of the internet in campaigning and will be speaking at the first La Verne commencement ceremony of the day at 10 a.m.

Lasorda, now in his 63rd season with the Dodgers organization, served as the team’s manager for 20 seasons before retiring from that position in 1996. He was named vice president the same year and eventually became the senior vice president after a short stint as interim general manager in 1998. Lasorda currently serves as an advisor on all areas of the Dodger organization and his responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for international affiliations, and speaking at various engagements throughout the year. He will speak at the 3:30 p.m. commencement ceremony.

“These two speakers are world-renowned. Both Dodger Baseball icon Tommy Lasorda and political strategist Joe Trippi will bring insight and perspective to our graduating students and provide them with advice they can take with them for the rest of their lives,” La Verne President Dr. Devorah Lieberman said.

Trippi began his political career in 1980 working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. In addition to working on several presidential campaigns, he has also consulted on congressional, senate, gubernatorial and mayoral races, which include the successful campaigns of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. As a technology guru, Trippi has consulted with several leading corporations including Toyota, MasterCard, DaimlerChrysler, SES Americom, LabCorp, IBM, Lionsgate Films, BestBuy and MSNBC. He has also spoken to employees of Yahoo!, Google and Bebo and he was Wired Magazine’s 2004 Rave Award winner for his use of innovative technology in politics. Trippi is the author of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything” which tells the story of how he used passion and the Internet to alter the course of American politics forever.

Lasorda was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in his first year of eligibility in 1997 and he was the 14th manager and the 52nd Dodger inducted. He has also met United States presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. It was the latter President Bush who asked Lasorda to serve as U.S. delegate to U.S. National Day at the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, in 2005.

Though much of his life has involved baseball and numerous sports-related successes, Lasorda also takes time to speak for the American Heart Association, visit patients of the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., and work as the official spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, which is an official Major League Baseball charity.

In addition to his commitment to serving as a keynote speaker at this year’s spring commencement ceremony, a $25,000 scholarship in his name has been created to benefit worthy students of the University of La Verne.

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