Fall 2012 Beach Connection
The CSULB Alumni Association recently sent out a survey, asking alumni what type of CSULB opportunity allowed each of them to reach the point where they are now in their life’s work. We received hundreds of responses, each as interesting as the next. In the links on this page, you will find just a sampling of the responses, and find out why CSULB matters and how alumni became successful in their fields.
THE BEACH CONNECTION A PUBLICATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION � FALL/WINTER 2012 CSULB YOUR CONNECTION TO SUCCESS INSIDE: President's Message Your Association at Work Ways to Stay Connected Upcoming Events Calendar of Events Faculty Spotlight Volunteer Spotlight Past Event Highlights THE BEACH CONNECTION Staff: Janice Y. Hatanaka, '84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association Antonio Alves Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing Janet Gonzales, '08,'12 Coordinator, Alumni Programs Noemi Guevara, '08 Administrative Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Elva M. Hermosillo, '05 Assistant to the Executive Director Leticia Lozoya, '09 Coordinator, Alumni Programs Sasha Leonardo, '04 Coordinator, Student and Recent Alumni Programs Sally Schliesmayer, '87 Director, Special Events Mission Statement The mission of the California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association is to: assist and advance the alumni in the pursuit of excellence, continue the friendships formed in the university, build strong and mutually beneficial ties between the university and its diverse alumni, promote goodwill in the community and create a dynamic alumni program that will stimulate interest, build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for the university. Please note your name, address, phone number, major and year of graduation may be used by California State University, Long Beach for the development of university-affiliated marketing programs. If you do not wish to have this information used, please notify the Alumni Relations Office in writing at: CSULB Alumni Relations, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-8101; by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone at 562-985-5252 (toll-free at 888-883-0007) or by FAX at 562-985-5488. In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, veteran status, political views, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Design, photography and editorial assistance provided by University Publications and Public Affairs, 2012. A publication of the CSULB Alumni Association. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE JERRY K. GALBREATH '62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services YOUR ASSOCIATION AT WORK As a member of the CSULB Alumni Association, you receive many benefits, including a subscription to this magazine. Here are just a few more membership benefits, just in case you need a refresher course: http://www.csulb.edu/library/ for more information. Call the circulation desk of the CSU library you want to visit for more information. ance coverage through Blue Shield of California. For more details, visit the CSULB Alumni Association website at www.csulb.edu/alumni and check under membership benefits. COLLEGE OF CONTINUING & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (CCPE) As an Alumni Association member, you receive a 15% discount on most non-credit courses offered through CCPE (formerly known as University College & Extension Services). For details, call 800-963-2250 or visit www.ccpe.csulb.edu/ContinuingEd. PLUS MANY, MANY, MORE PERKS... Check out all of the up-to-date information on our website at www.csulb.edu/alumni. Don't forget to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn for new stories and CSULB happenings in real time! Dear Alumni Association members and friends: As this is my 50th anniversary since graduating from Cal State Long Beach, I've been reflecting back on what those college years have meant to me and my life. For this issue, we wanted to hear from alumni who made connections as students that gave them an entr�e into their careers or life's work. Thank you to the more than 250 alums who took the time to write us in an informal e-survey. A few are included in this issue with more on our website. INSURANCE BENEFITS PROGRAM Marsh Affinity Group Services offers a wide range of insurance benefits, including medical, dental, vision, long term care and life insurance, at group rate discounts to CSULB alumni. Call 888-560-2586 for more information. Marsh's offerings include a special Blue Shield of California option for many recent graduates residing in California. Most student healthcare coverage ends after graduation. New graduates under age 40 are eligible to apply within 135 days of graduation for guaranteed accept- Photo by Victoria Sanchez Several respondents cited faculty members who gave recommendations to a future employer, internships that led to full-time positions, the Career Development Center's Job Fair that resulted in interviews shortly thereafter or programs that provided insight into future jobs. Also featured in this issue is a faculty profile on Nancy Meyer-Adams of the Social Work Department, who has been named a Most Valuable Professor for three years by Outstanding Graduates. The volunteer profile is a feature on Marilyn Yee ('69). On another note, after nearly 35 years in the University Student Union, our offices have moved to the Barrett Athletic Administration Center (BAC), located south of the Walter Pyramid. We will miss the Associated Students, Inc. and the USU. Come visit us in our new offices! GO BEACH! ACCESS TO 23 CSU LIBRARIES! With your card, make use of the resources of all 23 CSU libraries: books, periodicals, microfiche, media materials, special collections and archives. Restrictions apply for certain areas. Remote access to many research databases is restricted to current students only. Call the library at 562-985-4027 or visit THE ARTS AT CSULB Present your membership card to receive alumni discounts on most performances held at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, California Repertory Company and the University Theatre. For more information, call the Arts Ticket Office at 562-985-7000. 3 Attention Alumni AssociAtion members! sAve $5 with promo code: Alumni KAPLAN TEST PREP LIBERTY MUTUAL The CSULB Alumni Association has partnered with Kaplan to bring you the following educational discounts: � 10% off all graduate programs (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT Classroom On Site and One-on-One courses) $1,100 or above � $50 off Grad Classroom AnywhereTM and On Demand courses � 10% off all pre-college programs (SAT, ACT, PSAT Classroom On Site and One-on-One courses) $999 or above For nearly 70 years, Kaplan, the world leader in test preparation, has helped more than four million students achieve their educational and career goals. Our unparalleled test preparation courses provide students with expert teachers, proven score-raising strategies and realistic practice materials. Your CSULB Alumni Association benefits include a special discounted rate on auto and home insurance from Liberty Mutual. We're proud to provide our members with a great benefit from a Fortune 100 company that protects millions of people across America. Find out more about Liberty Mutual Home & Auto Insurance. Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. For more information on Liberty Mutual programs, visit www.libertymutual.com/lm/castatelongbeach. Holiday Concert saturday, dec. 22 / 8 p.m. Join us as the legendary singer performs hit classics and Yuletide favorites! Judy Collins LONG BEACH STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 Walter Pyramid Don't miss the biggest game in Long Beach State history. Call 562-985-4949 or visit www.LongBeachState.com for ticket information. www.CarpenterArts.org � 562-985-7000 UPCOMING Alumni EVENTS Faculty spotlight/volunteer spotlight Q &A While pursuing her Ph.D., Nancy Meyer-Adams focused her dissertation research on the effects of school bullying as it pertains to the culture and climate of middle schools in urban communities. She joined the CSULB School of Social Work faculty in summer 2005. For three years (2008, 2011 and 2012), she has been named the Most Valuable Professor by the College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Graduate. Q: Many recent alumni have named you as a faculty member who has had a great impact on their education and lives, and Outstanding Graduates have named you a Most Valuable Professor multiple times. As an educator, what does this mean to you? As an educator, I feel this is the highest honor that I can receive. In fact, one of my proudest accomplishments in my academic career is that I have received a teaching award decided on by students at all three of the universities where I have been a teacher. To be recognized by students that you have made a difference in their lives is the highest recognition one can achieve in this profession, in my opinion. Q: You have a fascinating story about how you got to be a professor here at CSULB. Can you tell us about that? I was the mother of two children and a high school NANCY MEYER-ADAMS PHOTO: CHRISTOPH GERIGK PHOTO: ALUMNI RELATIONS CLEOPATRA: THE EXHIBITION California Science Center Sunday, Sept. 30 9:45 a.m. brunch at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden 12:30-2:30 p.m. exhibition at the California Science Center $50 CSULB Alumni Association members* $55 non-members* *(includes brunch and bus trip) Join fellow alumni and friends to enjoy a delicious brunch buffet at the CSULB Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. After brunch, travel in comfort to the California Science Center in a chartered bus. For more information, contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.csulb.edu/alumni. PHOTO: ALUMNI RELATIONS CLASS OF 1962 50TH REUNION & GOLDEN GRADUATES CELEBRATION University Student Union Friday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. $50 Class of 1962 members $65 Golden Graduates 1950-61, faculty, staff & guests All graduates, faculty, staff and friends from 1950-62 are invited to attend this grand reunion during Homecoming Week. In addition, members of the Class of 1962 will be inducted into the Golden Graduates Society! For more information about the event or memorabilia items, please contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Associate Professor, Associate Director and Coordinator of Academic Programs CSULB School of Social Work. '97, B.S.W., Florida International University '98, M.S.W., Florida International University '02, Ph.D., School Social Work, University of Tennessee College of Social Work BEACH ALUMNI MIXER CLASSES OF 2007-12 Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. Come network in our serene campus setting with all your fellow recent Beach grads and Distinguished Alumni. The evening will feature career networking, appetizers, beverages, raffle prizes and fun! RSVP to Sasha Leonardo at 562-985-5880 or e-mail email@example.com. dropout at the age of 17. I made a living as a waitress and bartender for 25 years. Then I went back to school and earned my G.E.D. at age 37. Shortly after earning my G.E.D. in 1992, I started taking classes at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where I was inspired by some of the teachers I had in my classes. I was so inspired that I wanted to continue on to a fouryear university to earn a bachelor's degree in social work. I earned a full scholarship to go on to Florida International University (FIU) for my B.S.W. and then continued on to complete my Master in Social Work degree in an accelerated graduate program there. Again, I was inspired by many of my professors in these programs and also through the Honors College at FIU, of which I am also a graduate, so I decided that I would love to be able to, hopefully, do the same for students one day. I started the doctoral program at the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee in 1998 and completed my doctorate in four years. So, I went from a G.E.D. to a Ph.D. in 10 years. I am also a first-generation college student. That is why being recognized as someone's Most Valuable Professor means so much to me. I know what a difference a professor who cares about students and loves to teach can make in a student's life because many inspired me to keep going and to achieve an educational milestone that I never imagined I could achieve. 4 5 While working at the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Marilyn Yee attended CSULB evening classes, where she earned a B.S. degree in social science in 1969. Soon after graduation, she got married. Yee continued to work at LBUSD, later transferring to the Long Beach Business and Technology Campus until time for the birth of her first son. After the birth of her second son, she worked part time in the ABC School District as a teacher's aide in a nearby elementary school. She and her husband, Tom, helped start a church in Huntington Beach and now are active in their current location at Journey Evangelical Church in Westminster. They continue to participate in community volunteering when possible. Q: Why did you become a volunteer of the Alumni Association? I wanted to reconnect with and participate in my former school as a way of thanking the school for my education. MARILYN YEE 1969, B.A., Social Science, CSULB PHOTO: DAVID J. NELSON HOMECOMING 2012 Lot 13, Walter Pyramid Sat., Nov. 10 11 a.m. Homecoming festivities 3 p.m. game - Long Beach State vs. North Alabama University Join us for a delicious meal in the Alumni & Friends Area, reunite with classmates and friends, take a campus tour and join the crowd in the Walter Pyramid to cheer on The Beach as the men's basketball team takes on the University of North Alabama Lions. For more information, contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.csulb.edu/homecoming. Thanks to Wells Fargo for its support. PHOTO: VICTORIA SANCHEZ ART: THE CAPITOL STEPS CAPITOL STEPS Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 6 p.m. buffet dinner, Gerald Daniel Recital Hall Foyer 8 p.m. curtain, Carpenter Performing Arts Center $60 members $65 non-members Their trademark no-holds-barred approach to the headlines of the day in song and sketch is guaranteed to keep both sides of the aisle laughing. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.csulb.edu/alumni. CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. $20/$13 Start your holiday season with a tropical flair enjoying the music of the islands at Caribbean Christmas. Traditional musical favorites are given new life by the Steel Drum Ensemble, one of the largest and finest pan ensembles in the U.S. The group performs works from Trinidad, Jamaica and Brazil, and is directed by Dr. Dave Gerhart. Visit www.csulb.edu/depts/music for more information. Q: You have become a vital volunteer for the CSULB Alumni Association, and you often bring a special someone to help out with you. Can you tell us about him? My husband, Tom, a retired computer scientist in the aerospace industry, was willing to come along on my very first stint of volunteering. He enjoyed meeting other volunteers and the CSU staff, who were always so cordial. His own alma mater, UCLA, is much farther away, so he did not mind coming along and helping out at CSULB. Tom commented many times how thoughtful and appreciative the CSULB Alumni Association was of the volunteers; he was really impressed by that. Later, Tom began volunteering through the CSULB Senior University, helping out as a "coach" in the computer science classes for about three years. Q: When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies? I try to get to our senior center aerobics classes. Also, I went from noncomputer user to surprisingly becoming an active computer user person. Away from the computer, I have been taking adult school piano and singing classes, where we perform at senior centers or assisted living sites. I have enjoyed taking line dancing lessons and trying karaoke classes for a while (really challenging). In addition, Tom and I are involved in a senior church choral group, and we go to sing and visit at assisted living facilities where church members may be currently living as residents. We are also officers in our church's senior fellowship. We both participate in Cerritos Senior Center's SPICE program at the local elementary school for grades K-sixth and have been Pen Pal participants with the second/third graders for a number of years. We do like to travel and have also gone to China to teach English as a Second Language. Cruising is one of our favorite ways of traveling. For tickets and more information on all events, please visit www.csulb.edu/alumni. Look for expanded biographies and interviews online at www.csulb.edu/alumni/association/beach-connection/. CSULB: YOUR CONNECTION PETTY SANTOS The CSULB Alumni Association recently asked alumni what type of CSULB opportunity allowed each of them to reach the point where they are now in their life's work. We received hundreds of responses, each as interesting as the next. Below, you will find just a sampling of the responses, and find out why CSULB matters and how alumni became successful in their fields of work. More highlights are on the CSULB Alumni Association website as a supplement to this story. FRANK MESSA DANIEL GEISSMANN TO SUCCESS MICHELLE ABADJIAN 1990, B.A., Sociology 1996, M.P.A. Fiscal Operations Manager, Los Angeles Port Police Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. "As an M.P.A. student in 1992, I was young and green, without any degree-related work experience. Thank goodness the M.P.A. program required grad students like me to complete an internship before graduation. With no contacts outside of school, the dean of the M.P.A. program, Dan Barber, referred me to Innovation Groups, Inc. (IG) for a paid internship. My interview went very well, and instead of an internship, I was offered a full-time job as a supervisor with benefits. I remained with IG for three years before joining the City of Los Angeles 17 years ago this month. I will always be indebted to the CSULB M.P.A. program and Professor Dan Barber for helping design my career path that I am still in love with 20 years later." PAUL S. JOHANSEN helped narrow down opportunities within that field and refine my initial job search. I struggled the first 18 months out of college, but I had a goal in mind and eventually found the opportunity to build a great career in the field I wanted to be in." ALEX GOLDBERG 1980, B.S., Marine Biology Retired, Port of Los Angeles/ Environmental Division Los Angeles, Calif. "While an undergraduate student in marine biology, I saw a flyer for a student intern position at the Port of Los Angeles. I interviewed for the position and got it in 1980. At that time, I had no idea how I would apply my degree to a career other than working at Sea World and the like. However, this internship grew into a lifetime career in environmental science, a field that was still in its infancy in 1981. I retired 30 years later from the Port. I would not have considered environmental science as a career path without having seen that flyer posted at CSULB and earned that internship. I am grateful to CSULB and the doors it opened for me. I am now a part-time consultant in the environmental field. My CSULB education, combined with my work experience, continues to be a benefit to me in the work that I do." RYAN GENEMAN 2010, B.S., Finance Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual Newport Beach, Calif. "My associate athletic director at the time, Adam Wald, took the time to understand what I wanted to accomplish and that I was looking at an internship at Northwestern Mutual. His financial advisor was at Northwestern Mutual in Newport Beach, and he took the time to introduce us. I was offered the internship in 2008. I took the offer and finished in the top 1 percent in the country out of over 3,000 interns. I ended up loving the career and graduated from CSULB. I joined the Director's Circle to support athletics and give back to my university for all that it had given me. If it wasn't for Adam Wald taking the extra time to ask me what I wanted to accomplish and what I wanted to do, I don't know how long it would have taken me to find my passion and be able to give back to such a great university. I have since set up a scholarship at the College of Business Administration for students that would like to test-drive the career of financial planning just like I did. They have to maintain a certain GPA and level of production to receive the scholarship to encourage high productivity. It's pretty amazing how everything worked out. I am so proud and fortunate to be a 49er!" KATHLEEN BOWER 1968, B.A., Art 1970, M.A., Anthropology Owner and Artist, Messa Fine Arts Long Beach, Calif. "The actor James Coburn came to my senior show and enjoyed my work. We soon became friends, and the friendship lasted from 1970 to his passing in November 2002. Over the years, many opportunities for my art came my way through this wonderful friendship." DALE BEHM 1974, B.S., Industrial Technology Chief Operating Officer, Mastercraft Companies Phoenix, Ariz. "A roundtable of 13 companies in Southern California was created to give direction as to the courses they wanted industrial technology students to take. Prior to graduation, they all held on-campus interviews and offered positions to students that measured up. I received 13 job offers from all companies and never had to send out another resume. The company I selected was a Fortune 500 company that I spent seven years with." MARIA ENRIQUE 2008, B.S., Finance Procurement Financial Analyst, The Boeing Company Huntington Beach, Calif. "During my senior year at CSULB, I had the pleasure to be a part of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership class. This was not only my favorite college class, but it also led me to work for The Boeing Company. The Student Leadership Institute curriculum consisted of visiting various local businesses and leaders to discuss how ethics was recognized in their organizations. It was great to visit real businesses to see the steps they took to make ethics a priority for their company and employees. One class we visited at Boeing was to discuss cyber-ethics, engineering and technology. Sitting in their conference room, I looked at the surrounding posters that promoted the Boeing Leadership Attributes. Reading each of the posters made me realize that Boeing's Leadership Attributes closely matched my own core values. Not only did I connect with the posters, but our speaker provided real business cases that demonstrated these values. After that class, I applied for a position with Boeing because I felt that working for a company that has similar values would be a great way to start a career. By the end of the year, I was accepted into Boeing's Business Career Foundation Program. The two-year finance leadership development rotation program was a great start to help shape my career in finance with Boeing." JENNIFER BALL become involved as a lecturer in the Great Books Program and provided a great `sound bite' for the cover of my first book. I feel deeply grateful for the passion, encouragement, knowledge and resources provided to me by CSULB and by the Philosophy Department for both the education and the preparation I received for my current career." ALISON WRYNN 1989, M.A., KPE CSULB Professor of Kinesiology "I attended an on-campus teaching job fair in spring 1985. School district officials were on campus looking for new teachers (a different time!) and I met an assistant superintendent who read my resume and invited me for an interview the next week. Within about a month, I had been hired for the following school year as a high school physical education teacher and coach. Although I left high school teaching after four years to pursue my Ph.D., that first job helped shape my career path. As a new Californian (I had done my undergraduate work back East and was just beginning my master's program at CSULB), the on-campus job fair helped start my career in teaching." DANIEL GROVE 2007, B.A., Psychology Scientific Recruiter, Kelley Services Roseville, Calif. "Just a few weeks prior to my graduation, I attended the spring job fair and approached a booth for a company called Kelly Scientific Resources, which is a division of Kelly Services. I gave the recruiter a copy of my resume, and they immediately scheduled me for an interview later that week. Just a week before graduation, I accepted the offer from Kelly Scientific and was promoted to a scientific recruiter role within just a few months. In February 2011, I was promoted to another scientific recruiting position with Kelly Services' Strategic Accounts and Operations Division." GEOFFREY KUTNICK 2002, B.S., Finance Vice-President/Portfolio Manager, U.S. Bank, Commercial Banking Group Seattle, Wash. "I got to watch older members in the fraternity go out into the world, find their first job and bounce questions off them. Because of their job descriptions---what they like, and what they didn't like--I was better able to determine what would interest me. This 2008, B.A., Dance Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor, Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center Miami, Fla. "As a dance major with an option in dance science, I was exposed to both Pilates and rehabilitation through my work in the CSULB dance clinic. I had the chance to complete an independent study on the use of Pilates-based rehabilitation of dancers with low back pain. My hours in the dance clinic and experience gained were a springboard for the beginning of my career as a physical therapist. I am currently working at Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center, which is one of the leading facilities in the U.S. for Pilates-based rehabilitation. My time at the CSULB dance clinic opened up the doors to allow me to walk into my dream job working with dancers and using Pilatesbased rehabilitation principles to help teach and heal through intelligent movement every day." 2004, B.A., English Literacy and Composition English Teacher, Antioch Unified School District Antioch, Calif. "I will never forget Dr. Elaine Haglund from the Edu./Psych. Department. She called me `special one' after I took one class from her, and because I admired her greatly, I enrolled in two more of her classes and I didn't need those credits! After graduating from CSULB, I decided to apply for grad school. She was my `go-to' professor and sent an email to me that assuaged my fears and doubts about picking a program for graduate school. Even though I didn't apply to Long Beach for grad school, I do owe her a debt of gratitude for taking the time out of her sabbatical to write a dozen letters of recommendation for me and checking in with me via email before, during and after the application process to graduate schools. I even sent her a graduation picture and invitation when I was finished with graduate school. And at the end of each e-mail, she still signed off with `my special one.'" 1989, B.S., Finance 1994, M.A., Economics Associate Professor, Economics, Washburn University Topeka, Kan. "Dr. Constantine Glezakos, who was my professor when I was pursuing my M.A. degree in economics, suggested I apply to USC for the doctoral program and a fellowship. He put me in touch with Dr. Jeffrey Nugent at USC, and I was accepted into the program with a generous fellowship. I received my Ph.D. in 2000 and began teaching at Washburn in 2001." JACK BOWEN 1996, B.A., History 2009, L.O.T.E. U.S. Army Combat/Aid Station Medic "My CSULB experience was also invaluable in shaping my career path. As an undergrad, I worked in the Department of Teacher Education. This training and experience gave me knowledge of subject matter and the teacher education & certification `process.' I feel that CSULB is especially good at this. They offer many such positions, connections and networking opportunities with faculty and staff that can make recommendations and get you started." KAREN JEAN HUNT 2009, B.A., Journalism - Public Relations Emphasis Partner - RD&M, Rudeluv Designs & Marketing Web Design & Digital Marketing Partner, FOODBEAST.com Santa Ana, Calif. "One of my first real-world experiences with marketing and P.R. came through the Bateman Public Relations Competition. The competition staffed a team of five students that were handpicked by professors based on their experience, grades and application. This competition gave me hands-on, real-life experience in the public relations field with still another year of school at CSULB to finish." VIKKI COFFEY 7 2000, M.A., Philosophy Author, Penguin and Random House Senior Lecturer, Stanford University's Great Books Program Teacher, Coach, Menlo School Atherton, Calif. "I was introduced by a CSULB professor to a colleague of hers at Stanford, who helped me to 1983, B.A., English Librarian, African Studies and African-American Studies, Duke University Durham, N.C. "After meeting John Ahouse, (university archivist), I knew I wanted a career in library studies. Today, I'm an academic librarian, and I get to make collecting trips to Africa." 1973, B.A., History 1980, M.A., Elementary Education "It was 1972, and there were few teaching jobs on the horizon. I needed to work after graduation desperately, and Dr. Claire Rodney wouldn't let me give up on teaching. She wrote a sterling recommendation for me as well as asked people to call her for additional information. As a result, I was able to land my first job immediately after graduation, something unheard of at the time. I will always have a place in my heart reserved for Dr. Rodney. `Please don't give up and go into business,' she said. `Education needs you.' I am retired now, after a wonderful career, and I thank my lucky stars every day for that great professor." For additional and expanded profiles, Log onto www. c Sulb.edu/alumni and visit the Beach Connection Link. CALENDAR of An alumni tradition of giving supports students of EVENTS ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES California's Clean Transportation Future The Pointe, Walter Pyramid Thursday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. Free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to register online, please visit www.csulb.edu/colleges/coe/views/dls/current/index.shtml JAPANESE DANCE PERFORMANCE Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sunday, Oct. 14, 1-3 p.m. Free to members Space is limited and pre-registration is required. RSVP to 562-985-8420. The Japanese dance performance will be held during public hours in the private Friends Garden. Japanese tea and treats will be served. Visit www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/ for more information. Today and Tomorrow California State University, Long Beach has a remarkable tradition of alumni support. More than 69,000 of our alumni have given back to the university. This not only shows a continued dedication to our mission at The Beach but also reflects the sincere appreciation our alumni share for the Beach Experience. Alumni like you have spoken out loud and clear that supporting The Beach every year is a CSULB tradition. Now, making sure that you never forget to make your yearly contribution is easier than ever. The CSULB Recurring Gifts Program gives you the opportunity to support the university's mission, now, and into the future. The Recurring Gifts Program is different from a one-time pledge in that the recurring gift has no predetermined end date. This cost-efficient way to give ensures that your contributions make the maximum impact on California State University, Long Beach students. Instead of making a one-time donation, you may set up an annual giving or monthly plan whereby a pre-determined gift amount is automatically charged to your credit or debit card. Thank you for considering making a recurring gift to The Beach. To set up your recurring gift today, please visit the Beach Fund website at www.csulb.edu/beachfund and click the "Give Now" button. For an expanded list of CSULB events this season, visit the following Web pages for detailed information. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS Visit www.csulb.edu/alumni or call 562-985-5252. CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER Visit www.careers.csulb.edu or call 562-985-4151. CARPENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Visit www.carpenterarts.org or call 562-985-7000. COLE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Visit www.csulb.edu/coleconservatory or call 562-985-5408. CLUB SPORTS AND RECREATION Visit www.csulb.edu/clubsports or call 562-985-7351. COLLEGE OF THE ARTS EVENTS Visit www.cota.csulb.edu or call 562/985-7000. EARL BURNS MILLER JAPANESE GARDEN Visit www.csulb.edu/~jgarden or call 562-985-8885. FOR 49ER ATHLETIC EVENTS CSULB Alumni Association members receive $2 off the lowest priced ticket to any athletic home games by presenting their membership card at the box office on game day. No other discounts or promotions apply. Visit www.longbeachstate.com or call 562-985-4949. UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM Visit www.csulb.edu/uam or call 562-985-5761. UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE/ BEACH STORE ON 2ND ST. Visit www.shopthebeach.com or call toll-free at 800-985-8880. BEACHFUND Building the Beach Experience One Gift at a Time... CAL REP/ B.S.: BUKOWSKI SONDHEIM CSULB DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING ADMIRAL ERIC OLSON Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. $35 reserved seats; $50 preferred seating $100 sponsor ticket (includes Sponsor Reception and Dinner starting at 5 p.m. at The Pointe) $25 faculty, staff, seniors and vets; $15 CSULB students Visit www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/speakers for more information. Need more information? Want to share your Beach Experience? Want to support the Beach Fund? Please give us a call at 562-985-7495 or visit us on the internet: WWW.CSULB.EDU/BEACHFUND 9 Conceived and Directed by Joanne Gordon Royal Theatre (Queen Mary) Friday, Nov. 2-Saturday, Dec. 8 Visit www.calrep.org for more information. PAVE YOUR WAY INTO CSULB HISTORY Nestled around the Prospector Pete statue located off of the northwest end of the central quad, the CSULB Alumni Association's second Alumni Brick Plaza is available to CSULB alumni. The Alumni Brick Plaza provides you with an opportunity to leave your imprint at The Beach in a unique and charitable way. The original brick plaza proudly displays the legacies of more than 3,500 CSULB graduates. Your $150 tax-deductible donation will not only get your name, major and year of graduation engraved on a premium-quality red brick, but it will also support the CSULB Alumni Association's programs such as alumni grants, alumni publications and many other services. Instructions: ORDER FORM Purchaser's Information: Purchaser's Name Purchaser's Address City Preferred E-mail State Phone ZIP Your Brick Information: First and Last Name Grad Year/Major Please charge my: Mastercard Visa American Express WINTER FESTIVAL CONCERT Bob Cole Conservatory of Music First Congregational Church of Long Beach Saturday, Dec. 1: 4 & 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2: 4 p.m. $25/$15/$8 Visit www.csulb.edu/depts/music for more information. CSULB ART DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY SALE CSULB Department of Art CSULB Art Department Student Galleries Sunday, Dec. 2 FREE Visit www.art.csulb.edu for more information. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Card Number Expiration Signature/Date Please make all checks payable to "CSULB Alumni Association" Mail all order forms and checks to: CSULB Alumni Association 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90840-8101 Contact the CSULB Alumni Association Office at 562-985-5252 for any further questions. To purchase your brick online, visit us at www.csulb.edu/alumni. Text is limited to name, major and class year (19 spaces per line) and may be edited to meet space requirements. A confirmation letter will be sent to you prior to engraving. Engraved bricks are $150 each and are tax�deductible to the extent allowed by law. The plaza is open to CSULB graduates only and makes a great gift! PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Men's Basketball vs. UCI Alumni Reception JanUary 2012, Steelhead Brewery Photo by Leticia Lozoya PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS CSU Hill Day Reception March 2012, Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C. Photo by Jackie Wetteland Photo by Saren Rem Beach Alumni Mixer February 2012, Wokcano, Long Beach Alumni Grants Reception April 2012, The Pointe, Walter Pyramid Photo by Victoria Sanchez Left to right: Geraldine Reed ('63), Friend of the University Katie Curtis, Barry Curtis ('88), Friend of the University Tristan Curtis and CSULB parent Ted Reed. Left to right: Misty Delomba ('07), Andrew Grindstaff ('10), Loren Edwards ('07), Distinguished Alumna Lucia Galindo Kos ('75) and Brandy Bandaruk ('09). Left to right: Daniel Gerges ('06), Stephanie Bryson ('11) and Justin Schafer ('10). The 2012 Alumni Asssociation Grants' Recipients with Provost Don Para and CSULB Alumni Association President-elect Kathy Bazarian ('72). Beach Alumni Mixer February 2012, Wokcano, Long Beach Photo by Saren Rem CSU New York/Tri State Area Reception February 2012, New York, New York Alumni Awards Banquet 2012 May 2012, Hyatt Regency, Long Beach Photo by David Schmitz Photo by David Schmitz 10 11 Left to right: Distinguished Alumnus Craig Smith ('85), Charlie Wirtz ('09) and Distinguished Alumnus John McElroy ('78). Left to right: Dave Schneider ('86), President F. King Alexander, ASI President Lucy Nguyen ('12) and URD Vice President Andrea Taylor ('83). Distinguished Alumni return to help honor this year's honorees at the Alumni Awards Banquet held in May 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Beverly O'Neill ('52, '56), former Long Beach mayor, Long Beach City College superintendent emerita and convening chair of the 49er Foundation, was honored with the 2012 President's Distinguished Service Award with CSULB President F. King Alexander (left) and CSULB Alumni Association President Jerry Galbreath ('62). CSU New York/Tri State Area Reception February 2012, New York, New York Photo by Jackie Wetteland Big West Conference - Alumni Gathering February 2012, Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. Photo by Tony Alves Commencement 2012 May 2012, Central Quad, CSULB Campus Photo by Gay Arakawa Photo by Janet Gonzales Left to right: CHHS Dean Kenneth Millar, ASI President Lucy Nguyen ('12), Daryl Van Valkenburg ('71), Bonnie Galbreath ('65), Jerry Galbreath ('62) and CHHS Director of Development Tyson Reyes ('75). Left to right: Marilyn Bohl and Arline Walter, Friends of the University. Left to right: 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Matt Rezvani ('75), Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani and 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Kent Peterson ('86). Left to right: Distinguished Alumna Alyce LaViolette ('69, '80) and Tiffany DeForest prepare a bouquet for a graduate of the Class of 2012. THE BEACH CONNECTION CSULB Alumni Association � 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-8101 Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 See page 4 for details.