Beach Connection, Spring 2012
Bi-Annual Members Magazine of the CSULB Alumni Association.
THE BEACH CONNECTION 20 Years A PUBLICATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION • SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Inside: Faculty Spotlight | Upcoming Events | Ways to Stay Connected | Volunteer Spotlight CELEBRATING OF THE ALUMNI GRANTS PROGRAM INSIDE THIS ISSUE SPRING/SUMMER 2012 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Alumni Association members and friends: 2 Message from Board President 3 Your Association at Work: New Membership Card 4 Upcoming Alumni Events 6 Alumni Grants Program 8 New Alumni Association Board Members 9 2012 Distinguished Alumni 10 Faculty Spotlight 11 Calendar of Events 15 Beach Fund 16 Past Event Photos 18 Volunteer Spotlight 19 Board of Directors Spring always brings great cause for celebration at The Beach when we end the season with Commencement, one of my favorite times of the year. If there is any question about the reason for taxpayers to invest in higher education, seeing more than 8,000 proud graduates cross the stage over three days solidifies that purpose. As these new alumni embark on a new phase of their lives, we also celebrate the products of CSULB, our 2012 Distinguished Alumni, who are recognized in this issue and on the website at www.csulb.edu/alumni. Our alumni have made remarkable contributions to California’s economic and social engines. As student tuition increases, access becomes more difficult (we received over 75,000 applications for fall 2012 for some 6,500 spots), and state support for the California State University system declines—from 47 percent for 2001-02 to 26 percent for 2011-12. Your advocacy as an Alumni Association member is more important than ever. If you believe that your education at CSULB has helped enable you to pursue your life’s dreams for you and your family and to enhance your community, please share your personal story in a written letter mailed to your state elected officials. Include why the investment in higher education is needed for the future viability of our state—for our children and grandchildren. Spring is also the season when our elected officials deliberate on the state budget, so your correspondence will be timely. Please let us know if you send a letter. Thank you for your support. I hope to see you at an Alumni Association or university event. If you graduated in my class of 1962, I hope you’ll join us for the Golden Graduates Celebration next fall. Please stop by to say “hello” and GO BEACH! JERRY K. GALBREATH ’62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services Photo by Victoria Sanchez GOLDEN GRADUATES HOMECOMING WEEKEND, FALL 2011 On cover: Willow trees were replaced at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden to enhance the beauty of the serene educational venue. 2011 Alumni Grants Program recipients include, from left to right: Kevin Kelley, Biological Sciences; Mary Blasius, Institute of Integrated Research for Materials, Environment and Society; Kim Armstrong, Alumni Grants Program chair; Risto Moisio, Marketing (for Pamela Homer); (holding check) Peter Perbix, Disabled Student Services; Greg Armento, University Library; Will Wu, Kinesiology; Hamid Rahai, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Jeff Cohlberg, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Nancy Yoho, Alumni Association president; Don Para, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. For the third consecutive year, we brought together graduates, faculty and staff who were part of Long Beach State College during 1949-61. Alumni from all parts of California, Oregon, Hawaii and Texas were in attendance. In addition, the Class of 1961 celebrated its 50-year reunion by being inducted into the Golden Graduates Society. All alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, as well as faculty and staff, have played an integral role in establishing the traditions and the reason why our university is successful today. It was a great weekend to help renew some old friendships with events that included the Golden Graduates Celebration, Class of 1961 Reunion Reception and Homecoming Day. You may view more photos on the website at www.csulb.edu/goldengraduates. Look forward to more information for the 2012 Golden Graduates Celebration as the Class of 1962 celebrates their 50-year reunion. For further information, please call 562-985-2539 or e-mail Leticia.Lozoya@csulb.edu. ATTENTION CLASS OF 1962! We need your help! As a member of the Class of 1962, you and your fellow 49ers will be invited back for your 50th reunion at the Golden Graduates Celebration. This special event will take place in the fall during Homecoming Week. It will be a great opportunity to reunite with friends and visit your alma mater. We have volunteer opportunities available and great ways you can participate in creating this grand reunion for your classmates. For further information or to update us with your most current contact information including address, phone and e-mail, contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or Leticia.Lozoya@csulb.edu. YOUR ASSOCIATION AT WORK NEW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP CARD If you would like to receive the new membership card, please call the Alumni Association office at 562-985-5252 or e-mail us at email@example.com. Please make sure to type “New Card” in the subject line of your e-mail. STUDENT RECREATION & WELLNESS CENTER (SRWC) Don’t forget that CSULB Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount on annual membership to the SRWC. For more information, visit www.csulb.edu/alumni and click on the SRWC link. KAPLAN TEST PREP Kaplan will offer a 10% discount off Kaplan GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT products (retail priced $1,100 or above); and all PSAT, ACT, SAT, On Site, Classroom Anywhere™, On Demand and Premier Tutoring packages (priced $999 and above) to CSULB Alumni Association members. Also, Kaplan will offer $50 off Classroom Anywhere™ and On Demand Grad courses to CSULB Alumni Association members. We’re always looking for ways to help out our alumni, so we’ve arranged for Liberty Mutual to provide our alumni with a special discounted rate on auto and home insurance. Call toll-free at 888-379-0823 for a free coverage evaluation and no-obligation rate quote. 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 888-5602586 for more information or visit www.csulb.edu/alumni and click on the member benefits link for detailed plans. Marsh’s offerings include a special Blue Shield of California option for many recent graduates residing in California. New graduates under age 40 are eligible to apply within 135 days of graduation for guaranteed acceptance coverage through Blue Shield of California. Ways to Stay Connected There are many ways to stay connected (or reconnect) with your campus. Below are a few of the most popular ways. Visit our website at www.csulb.edu/alumni or call us at 562-985-5252 (toll-free at 888-883-0007) for more information. VOLUNTEER The Alumni Association’s work couldn’t happen without our dedicated volunteers. They help us make our events and programs successful and also help us with many projects in the office. Interested? See page 18 for more information. Over 4,500 CSULB alumni are members of our group on LinkedIn and are connecting with each other on this popular professional networking site. Do you have a job-related question, or are you looking for a job or have a job posting to share? Join our LinkedIn group and connect with other CSULB alumni. Share your memories of your time at CSULB, reconnect with other alumni, see photos of our events or just show your Beach Pride—all on the CSULB Alumni Association Facebook page. 3 UPCOMING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS ORANGE COUNTY BEACH ALUMNI MIXER – CLASSES OF 2007-12 LOCATION: TBD THURSDAY, JUNE 14 6-8 P.M. You and your friends are invited to CSULB's Beach Alumni Mixer! Come hang out and network in our gorgeous VIP section with all of your fellow recent Beach grads while you enjoy beverages, free appetizers and fun. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible as we will not be admitting “walk-ups.” Bring your business card and enter to win great Beach prizes! Sponsored by your CSULB Alumni Association and Kaplan Test Prep. RSVP by Monday, June 11, and secure your spot by contacting Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or Leticia.Lozoya@csulb.edu. PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS LAGUNA BEACH SUNDAY, JULY 8 6 P.M. DINNER AT TIVOLI TERRACE 8:30 P.M. SHOW, LOGE SEATING WITH LONG BEACH COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM 4 LONG BEACH STATE VS. PEPPERDINE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL UKLEJA ROOM IN THE WALTER PYRAMID SATURDAY, APRIL 14 5:30 P.M. BUFFET DINNER 7 P.M. FIRST SERVE $20 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OR 49ER ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERS (MEMBERS CAN PURCHASE UP TO TWO TICKETS AT THIS PRICE) $25 NON-MEMBERS; $15 CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER The CSULB Alumni Association invites you to experience the power of Beach men’s volleyball in this Southern California showdown! Hear from Coach Andy Read on the 2012 campaign and the outlook for the playoffs, and about Beach men’s volleyball alumni vying for spots on the 2012 Olympic Team. This match will be held on Senior Night, when graduating players will be congratulated and acknowledged during their final CSULB home match. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606 or Sally.Schliesmayer@csulb.edu. Tickets can be purchased online at www.csulb.edu/alumni. DINNER AND SHOW PRICES: $125 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERS $140 NON-MEMBERS BUS, DINNER AND SHOW PRICES: $145 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERS $160 NON-MEMBERS TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 1 A Southern California tradition for over 70 years, the Pageant of the Masters will hold the 2012 exhibition on the seaside hills of Laguna Beach. With incredible recreations, real people pose to become part of the original art pieces. This mystifying event celebrates what it takes to be an artist, the personal sacrifice and the art itself. Join the Alumni Association and enjoy dinner at the Tivoli Terrace, which is located on the festival grounds. For more information, contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-985-2230 or e-mail Jackie.Wetteland@csulb.edu. HOLLYWOOD CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: IRIS-A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF CINEMA HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND CENTER (FORMERLY KODAK THEATER) SUNDAY, JUNE 3 ROUND TRIP BUS OPTION (BUS DEPARTS CSULB AT 10:30 A.M.) 11:30 A.M. BRUNCH AT BOHO RESTAURANT; 2 P.M. SHOW $185 MEMBERS; $205 NON-MEMBERS: BUS, LUNCH AND TICKET $160 MEMBERS; $175 NON-MEMBERS: LUNCH AND TICKET Mark DeLong © Cirque du Soleil With the Alumni Association, you will enjoy brunch with fellow alumni and friends at the BoHo Restaurant inside the Hollywood and Highland complex. After brunch, enjoy a short walk to the theater for a matinee performance of “IRIS,” a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show conveys spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to color, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality. For more information, contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-985-2230 or e-mail Jackie.Wetteland@csulb.edu. UPCOMING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS Photo by David Schmitz 2012 Alumni Awards Banquet HYATT REGENCY LONG BEACH THURSDAY, MAY 10 5:30-9 P.M. $150 Our annual gala honoring the 2012 Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Graduates, Professor and Staff. Pictured left: The Honorable Beverly O’Neill (’52, ’56), former mayor of Long Beach and chair of the CSULB 49er Foundation, will be honored as the President’s Distinguished Service Award recipient. A no-host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. 18TH ANNUAL JEWELS OF THE NIGHT WALTER PYRAMID SATURDAY, APRIL 28 5 P.M. TICKETS START AT $100 PER PERSON 2012 BIG WEST TOURNAMENT HONDA CENTER THURSDAY, MARCH 8-SATURDAY, MARCH 10 $27 SINGLE-DAY TICKET (MARCH 8) $64 ALL-SESSION PASS (MARCH 8-10) GAMES BEGIN AT NOON ON MARCH 8 EXPERIENCE MARCH MADNESS AS A VIP! The Big West Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center in March. Purchase a $27 single-day ticket (March 8) or a $64 all-session pass (March 8-10) to the men’s tournament and receive free admission into the exclusive CSULB VIP Alumni Party. CSULB VIP Alumni Party Details • Lower-level ticket to the Big West Tournament men’s opening session on March 8 • Exclusive hospitality zone in the Vista Room on the Club Level at the Honda Center • Complimentary refreshments (non-alcoholic) • Complimentary appetizers • No-host bar available • Complimentary CSULB T-shirt For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.csulb.edu/alumni. Hosted by the 49er Athletic Club, the fundraising division within Long Beach State's Athletic Department, Jewels of the Night is the marquee event for generating revenue to support the more than 300 Long Beach State student-athletes in their quest to realize both their academic and athletic ambitions. Highlighting the event are unique auction items up for bid, delectable food from area eateries and enjoyable live entertainment. For more information, please visit http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight. For tickets and more information on all events, please visit www.csulb.edu/alumni. 5 Clockwise, from upper left, a sampling of Alumni Grants Program awards: Peter Perbix (’97, ’06), a coordinator in Disabled Student Services, poses with a computer and video equipment system that helps visually impaired students. A University Art Museum computer kiosk assists students with conducting research on the museum collection. Alumni Grants contributed toward the rebuilding of the moon viewing platform and bridge at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, which hosts hundreds of events and tours for schoolaged children. Former Alumni Association President Nancy Yoho (’81), pictured, addresses the President’s Scholars graduates on the moon viewing platform. A data acquisition system was funded to test rockets developed by students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Upgraded exhibit displays and a generator were funded for the Mobile Science Museum, which is staffed by CSULB students and tours local schools to introduce science concepts. Opposite page: The Beach Pride Center purchased the Prospector Pete mascot to instill school spirit, pride and tradition with students. 20 Years CELEBRATING OF THE ALUMNI GRANTS PROGRAM What began 20 years ago as a modest program to enhance students’ educational experiences has grown to award more than $600,000 to campus departments and programs. The Alumni Association board of directors established the Alumni Grants Program in 1991 during a period of severe budget reductions that eliminated departments and decreased enrollment. It is an innovative program that fulfills the association’s mission of supporting our alma mater. Since the program’s inception, other Alumni Associations have inquired about implementing aspects of it on their campuses. “At its beginnings, the Alumni Grants Program was very, very humble,” recalled former Alumni Association President Mike Stark (’74, B.A., film and electronic arts), who created the program. “The Alumni Association had little money at the time, but we decided to take a couple of thousand dollars from our general fund and put it toward the program. “What surprised us initially was how much these relatively small amounts of money were appreciated by the departments that received them,” he said. Over the past 20 years, 163 grants have been awarded, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, for a grand annual total ranging from $1,000 to $75,000. Recipient departments and programs are varied, including Biological Sciences, Science Learning Center, University Library, Learning Assistance Center, Theatre Arts, Mechanical Engineering, Disabled Student Services, Journalism, University Art Museum and many others. “I had no idea that this program had any chance of growing much bigger than it was,” Stark said. “I am very proud that the mechanics that we put in place many years ago have been able to help so many in the university community over the years.” The grants have been used to upgrade technology such as software, hardware and mobile devices such as tablets; install SMART rooms, specific science lab equipment, sound and lighting theater equipment, and dance therapeutic equipment; and fund campus beautification at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. One of the recipients was the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, with applications written by Professor and CSULB graduate Hamid Rahai (’80, B.S.; ’81, M.S., mechanical engineering). His department has received support for the Society of Automotive Engineers MiniBaja and Formula projects, two hot film anemometers and a diode laser processing engine. “The Alumni Association grants have different meanings for us,” said Rahai, who is also the interim associate dean for the College of Engineering. “It is the connection between friends, colleagues and supporters of the CSULB community. When I was in dire need to purchase equipment and maintain a lab for our programs, it was critical help that made a huge difference.” Another recipient was Disabled Student Services, where grants have purchased specialized assistive devices and equipment that help students with specific disabilities to increase academic performance. The applications are reviewed and selected by committees comprised of Alumni Association board members. Through the process, these alumni ambassadors become more knowledgeable about the remarkable opportunities offered to our students. They also visit some of the recipients’ departments after the grants are awarded to learn more about the individual programs. Annually, Alumni Grants recipients are honored at a campus-wide reception, where they speak about their applications. It is one of the few occasions where alumni, faculty, staff and administrators assemble together from a variety of departments to share and congratulate each other. Funding for the Alumni Grants Program is primarily derived from alumni affinity credit card royalties and other supporters, including the SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. The Alumni Association is exploring other revenue sources to continue this robust program. Former President Stark recounted that he volunteered hundreds of hours to support Alumni Association programs. But by far, “this is easily the program that I’m most proud of.” Alumni and the campus community are invited to the 21st Annual Alumni Grants Program reception on Wednesday, April 25, at The Pointe, to congratulate this year’s recipients. For more information about the reception, contact Leticia Lozoya at Leticia.Lozoya@csulb.edu or 562-985-2539. 7 Welcome, New Board Members! THE CSULB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS! THE CSULB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S MISSION 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. WELCOME, MICHAEL, COLLEEN AND ALAN! As a recent graduate who was active in campus life, Michael Anderson brings perspectives on how students and new graduates can begin their lifelong connection with The Beach. 8 Since graduating, Michael has worked as the business development coordinator for The Tech Shark Investors, which recruits investors for tech startup companies. He is also a member of RotarAct, a division of Rotary International, and volunteers at the Rescue Mission. While a student, the Huntington Beach resident held leadership roles with the Associated Business Students Organizations Council and the myBeach Senior Class Committee. Through this committee, he acquired hundreds of Alumni Association memberships from graduating seniors at various events that he helped coordinate. Michael also participated in the CSULB Study Abroad program in Taiwan and studied Mandarin Chinese for several years. In addition, he worked as an independent contractor for Condor International Advisors, LLC. He did a variety of jobs, which included writing and editing a newsletter that compiled the writings of U.S. and Chinese students involved in the U.S.-China Bilateral Trade Program sponsored by Boeing. He also produced and presented research projects on topics ranging from foreign investor visas to contemporary labor unions. Welcome, Michael! ALAN NITAKE 1970, B.A., PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1974, B.S., PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPIST, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR COLLEEN BENTLEY 1971, B.A., HISTORY DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS, CSU CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE MICHAEL ANDERSON 2010, B.A., INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SPONSOR RELATIONS, THE TECH SHARK INVESTORS For many at The Beach and in the Long Beach community, Colleen is a familiar face. As a past president of Leadership Long Beach, Colleen connected many business and civic leaders with each other and developed future leaders for the city. In addition, she served on the Long Beach Cable Communications Advisory Commission in the late 1990s, appointed by two different mayors. In addition to our board, Colleen currently serves on CSULB’s Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center Board, Long Beach Community Improvement League as treasurer, and the Long Beach Library Foundation Advisory Board. The Long Beach native and Belmont Shore resident also served in several committee leadership roles on various professional organizations related to public higher education. They included the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Public Information Officers Advisory Committee. Colleen currently is the director of special projects for the California State University Office of the Chancellor. She began working for the CSU in 1990, serving first as the media relations manager and then director of public affairs. Previous jobs were associate director of public information at UC Irvine and as a news reporter in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Her volunteer activities with the Alumni Association include annually coordinating large groups of friends and colleagues for dinner and dancing at Concerts in the Grove, our longtime summer concert series. For many years, she has volunteered assisting guests and creating flower bouquets at our Commencement booth. She previously was active with the President’s Associates, the support group for the President’s Scholars Program. Welcome, Colleen! Alan Nitake has a unique career that blends his education with his professional, family and community activities. In recognition of his accomplishments and achievements, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2009. For 24 years, he owned the Gardena Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, which he sold in 2008. For the last 12 years, Alan has been a team physical therapist at international figure skating championships held in various cities including Sofia, Bulgaria; Torino, Italy; Beijing, China; Oberstdorf, Germany; and Gangneung, South Korea. In addition to his work with elite athletes, Alan opened his center to Cal State Long Beach physical therapy students so they could gain the required clinical experience. He currently serves on the Physical Therapy Department’s advisory board, which counsels the department on the implementation of the new Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree program. Alan also served on the department’s 40th anniversary committee. As a CSULB student athlete, he received a swimming scholarship and was on the 1968 Men’s Division II National Championship Swim Team. Alan also played water polo. In addition, he helped create the Asian American Studies program. Alan and Carol, his wife of 30 years, reside in Torrance. They have three adult daughters, including Lia (’09, B.A., International Studies). Welcome, Alan! Photos by Victoria Sanchez 2012 Distinguished Alumni CSULB’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, is bestowed annually on each college by the CSULB Alumni Association. In addition to demonstrated pride and positive affinity for CSULB, awardees are chosen based on an achieved record of distinction, recognition and accomplishment in their fields, and a proven record of leadership and service to their communities and society at large. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet on May 10 (see page 5 for ticket info) and their respective commencement ceremony from May 23-25. Celebrating 51 years of alumni excellence, the CSULB Alumni Association is proud to acknowledge this year’s recipients. COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Robert Moses Choreographer and Founder/ Artistic Director, Robert Moses’ Kin 1999, B.A., Dance COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Charles W. Sewright CEO, Quest Advisors 1969, B.S., Accountancy 1974, MBA COLLEGE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Samuel R. Ward Associate Professor, Radiology,Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, UC San Diego 1997, B.S., Physical Therapy COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Richard W. Bryson President and CEO, Bryson Financial Group 1966, B.A., Economics COLLEGE OF EDUCATION COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS Jana Echevarria George Gascón Author; Professor Emerita, Educational Psychology, Admin. and Counseling, CSULB 1978, B.A., Liberal Studies 1984, M.S., Liberal Studies COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Kent W. Peterson Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering, Inc. 1986, B.S., Mechanical Engineering COLLEGE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Cynthia Mirsky Co-owner, Pacific Rim Capital, Inc. 1996, B.S., Dietetics and Food Administration District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco 1977, B.A., History COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS John E. Leonard Senior Vice President-Development, Vaccinex, Inc. 1969, B.S., Chemistry 1973, M.S., Biochemistry faculty spotlight Q &A HAMID RAHAI INTERIM ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH AND PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (MAE) COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ’80, B.S., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CSULB ’81, M.S., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CSULB ’88, PH.D., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, UC IRVINE Hamid Rahai joined the university in 1989. Rahai has a distinguished career as a teacher-scholar at CSULB. He has taught various classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, experimental techniques, numerical methods and turbulence, and has been a consultant to the local energy and aerospace industries for the past 20 years. He has supervised more than 60 M.S. theses and projects and Ph.D. dissertations, and has published more than 70 technical papers, mostly with his students as co-authors. He has received more than $3 million dollars in grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, Port of Los Angeles, Boeing Company, Southern California Edison, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Transit, among others. He has been awarded a patent (with MAE Professor and chair Hamid Hefazi) for development of a highefficiency vertical axis wind turbine and has two pending patent applications in the areas of renewable energy and diesel emissions control. He is the founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services and the recipient of numerous Scholarly and Creative Activities Awards, including the 2002-03 CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Award and the Northrop Grumman 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award. 10 Q: Many alumni have named you as a faculty member who has had a great impact on their education and lives. As an educator, what does this mean to you? It means so much to me and gives me great joy to see my students succeed. Teaching and learning are the foundation for advancement, growth and a quality life. I am delighted that I could make an impact in this area. Q: You have a long history with CSULB, beginning as a student and eventually becoming a faculty member. Can you tell us about what led you into the field of mechanical engineering? I always have had a passion for innovation and making things. I had my mind set on mechanical engineering from high school. Mechanical engineering offers you so many options; it is lifelong learning. I started working as a failure analysis engineer, then worked in aerodynamics, later focused on atmospheric turbulence and diffusion processes, and then moved to air pollution control and health impacts. My current research topics are in environment and renewable energy, and for the past five years, I have been studying the effects of diesel particulate on human lung function. All these have foundations in mechanical engineering. Q: As a CSULB professor and CSULB student, what are some of your favorite memories from your time at CSULB? I had a great mentor and supporter, the late Dr. Hillar Unt, who was the Mechanical Engineering Department chair at the time I was a student and during a period of my teaching career. We became good friends and colleagues. He was easy to talk to, understood the importance of student activities and initiatives, and was very enthusiastic about higher education and research. I’ll never forget that when I published my first paper in 1984, he was as excited as I was and very congratulatory. I have the same feeling about my students. Q: You and your department have received grants in the past from the CSULB Alumni Association. Can you tell us how these grants have helped you and your department? The Alumni Association grants have different meanings for us. It is the connection between friends, colleagues and supporters of the CSULB community. I have gone to my association for support when I was in dire needs to purchase equipment and maintain a lab for our programs. It is critical help that makes a huge difference. Q: What advice do you have for today's current students? You have to have passion about your education. You have an opportunity to get an outstanding education. Take advantage of it. Never stop learning. Hard work will pay off. It gives you lifelong fulfillment and a quality life. MAE Professors Hamid Rahai and Hamid Hefazi were awarded a patent for the development of this high-efficiency vertical axis wind turbine. CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCHARTS THE BEACH CONNECTION’S HEART CONSISTS OF THE CALENDAR, WHICH SHOWCASES EVENTS FROM ALL OVER CAMPUS. LOU REED - MM3: THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE University Art Museum Now through Sun., Apr. 15 $4 general public Free to UAM members; CSULB students, faculty and staff; children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult In 1975, RCA Records originally released Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music” as a double album. It was seen as a radical departure from previous Reed recordings of the time as it had no songs or even recognizably structured compositions. Drawing more from minimalist American composer La Monte Young’s avant-garde compositions and drone music than from conventional rock and roll, “Metal Machine Music” is now seen, in retrospect, as a groundbreaking foray into industrial music and sound art. “Metal Machine Trio,” a 2009 live performance with John Zorn at the Blender Theatre in New York, was recorded by the sound engineers at Arup Engineering. The University Art Museum presents the world premiere audio installation of “Metal Machine Trio” as an ambisonic 3-D recreation. In collaboration with the acoustic specialists at the Arup Engineering SoundLab in New York, Reed has been able to recreate for museum visitors this groundbreaking composition from exactly the same acoustic perspective he had while performing it onstage. AN EVENING WITH AZAR NAFISI Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 3 8 p.m. $35 Best known as the author of the national bestseller “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” which electrified readers with its incisive exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny, Nafisi takes audiences on a journey inside a culture, speaking out against authoritarianism and repression. Nafisi appears on the heels of her January 2012 release, “That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile.” CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA University Theater Sat., Mar. 10 4 p.m. $10/$7 Under the direction of CSULB Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis, the Concert Jazz Orchestra (CJO) performs works ranging from big band compositions to extended works for a jazz orchestra. Student compositions are programmed regularly. In addition to traditional big band instrumentation, the CJO includes a French horn section, vocalists, auxiliary percussionists, and frequently collaborates with choirs, vocal jazz groups and other ensembles. The Concert Jazz Orchestra has appeared at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the prestigious UC Berkeley Jazz Festival. WORLD PERCUSSION CONCERT Gerald Daniel Recital Hall Fri., Mar. 16 8 p.m. $10/$7 The CSULB World Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of traditional percussion music primarily from non-Western cultures. Led by Dr. Michael Carney and Dave Gerhart, this concert features the Steel Drum Orchestra and the West African Drum Ensemble. 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 Street - visit www.shopthebeach.com or call toll-free at 562-985-8880. Please call the respective contacts prior to attending an event listed in this publication. Dates, locations and times are subject to change. We thank you for experiencing the varied offerings at The Beach. UNIVERSITY PLAYERS PRESENT: “SIDE SHOW” Studio Theater Fri., Mar. 16-Fri., Mar. 23, 8 p.m. Sat., March 24, 2 & 8 p.m. $15/$12 The moving true story of siamese twins who flee the freak show but cannot escape the prison of their fused souls. UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Mar. 25 8 p.m. $15/$10 Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” featuring Sam Chou, director of keyboard studies at the Cole Conservatory of Music, as soloist. The evening concludes with “Symphony No. 4” by Brahms under the baton of Johannes Müller-Stosch. WIT AND WISDOM SERIES: AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY OSCAR WILDE’S “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Mon., Mar. 14 8 p.m. $30 Aquila Theatre makes its Carpenter Performing Arts Center debut with Oscar Wilde’s comedic masterpiece about class and namedropping. “The Importance of Being Earnest” tells the tale of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, young men who have taken to bending the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits! MARCHATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. SAN DIEGO STATE CSULB Tennis Courts Fri., Mar. 2 2 p.m. 11 CALENDAR OF EVENTS LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON CSUF Campus Sat., Mar. 3 4 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL VS. ARIZONA STATE Blair Field Sat., Mar. 10 5:30 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S SOFTBALL VS. IOWA 49er Softball Complex Tues., Mar. 13 2 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. UC IRVINE Walter Pyramid Sat., Mar. 17 7 p.m. MARCHGENERAL 12 SOLANKI LECTURE History Dept./Yadunandan Center for India Studies/College of Liberal Arts The Pointe Thurs., Mar. 1 7 p.m. Free William Dalrymple presents the 10th Annual Solanki Lecture, entitled “The Return of the King: The First Anglo-Afghan War.” The lecture will be preceded by a reception that begins at 6 p.m. For more details, please contact Professor Tim Keirn by e-mail at Tim.Keirn@csulb.edu or Professor Arnold Kaminsky at 562- 985-5279 or Arnold.Kaminsky@csulb.edu. 47TH ANNUAL COMPARATIVE LITERATURE CONFERENCE Dept. of Comparative World Literature & Classics Karl Anatol Center Thurs., Mar. 1-Sat., Mar. 3 $70 faculty $30 students Free CSULB alumni to attend panels The history of human culture has always been engaged with classifying NO and upholding the politically and socially acceptable, ethical and moral. On the flip side, it has also been equally engaged with what is deemed as forbidden, shocking, inappropriate, tasteless, improper, reprehensible and even scandalous. Censorship and freedom of expression are not just modern-day issues or debates. “Drawing the Line(s): Censorship and Cultural Practices” is the title of the 47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, artists and practitioners from all walks of the arts and the academy that aim to consider censorship in a broad scale across time periods, disciplines and languages. Please call Professor Nhora Serrano at 562-985-1589 or visit www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/complit-classics/conference for more information. RECREATION AND LEISURE STUDIES ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION Dept. of Recreation and Leisure Studies Mai Tai Bar in Long Beach Thurs., Mar. 22 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free The annual alumni reunion for RALSAA will be held in conjunction with CPRS District 10 during the annual CPRS conference in Long Beach on March 22. Please come join fellow alumni and catch up on current department events as well as collaborative projects between District 10 and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Contact Joanie Conley or Maridith Jannsen at 562-985-4071 or visit www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/recreation-and-leisure-studies for more information. “THE FUTURE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GOODS MOVEMENT: WILL WE SURVIVE OR THRIVE IN 2025?” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Mar. 28 6-9 p.m. Free CITT’s Point/Counterpoint is an educational forum in which different perspectives on a pertinent issue of interest are presented. The format allows for a comprehensive, in-depth treatment of a topic in a neutral setting. For this installment, a video presentation of “extreme scenarios” sets the stage for panelists to discuss how the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the regional goods movement system might address projected growth in containerized goods by 2025. Topics covered during the forum will include collaboration, economy, environment and technology. THESE GIFTS MAKE GIVING EASIER! Here are some simple ways you can assure a CSULB education for future 49ers. You can: • Designate a gift to the campus through your retirement plan • Create a gift to the campus with a life insurance policy beneficiary designation • Name a gift to the campus in your will • Make a gift now and receive fixed income for the rest of your life • Give an income stream to the campus now, then the principal to your heirs • Explore giving other assets, like your home, real estate or business Many of these options do not require cash right now and some can even provide for you or your family in the future. Want to learn more? OFFICE OF ESTATE AND GIFT PLANNING 562-985-5489 • email@example.com www.csulb.edu/plannedgiving This information is for education only and not intended to be legal, tax or financial advice. To see how these ideas may affect your particular situation, please talk with your advisors. APRILARTS UNIVERSITY WOODWIND QUINTET GERALD DANIEL RECITAL HALL Wed., Apr. 11 8 p.m. $10/$7 The University Wind Quintet is composed of the finest wind performers in the CSULB Cole Conservatory of Music. Known for its consistent superior quality of performance, the group is very active–performing concerts, giving presentations and participating in competitions throughout the West, including the renowned Coleman and Monterey Chamber Competitions. The University Wind Quintet has recently recorded for “The Enjoyment of Music,” published by Norton, and for Christopher Caliendo Publications. CONSERVATORY BRASS QUINTET GERALD DANIEL RECITAL HALL Thurs., Apr. 12 8 p.m. $10/$7 For campus contact information on events, please see page 11. CALENDAR OF EVENTS The Conservatory Brass Quintet is made up of the best brass players at CSULB, and tours regularly throughout the state. The group also performs at regional conventions and competitions. CALIFORNIA REPERTORY COMPANY PRESENTS: “ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD” BY TOM STOPPARD Queen Mary Royal Theater Fri., Apr. 20-Sat., May 12 8 p.m. $20/$16/$12 The Women’s Research Colloquium is a signature dinner event of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and features two selected research presentations by CSULB staff or faculty followed by discussions. The purpose of the Women’s Research Colloquium is to learn about research done by women and/or research related to women’s issues and concerns. Please call Mary Jones-Harley at 562-985-8455 or visit www.csulb.edu/org/women. “COASTAL WETLANDS RESTORATION: HOW DO WE DEFINE SUCCESS?” College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Pyramid Annex Thurs., Apr. 12 6:30 p.m. Free Hamlet’s sidekicks are back. Gambling with death and gamboling with Shakespeare. Directed by Thomas P. Cooke. CSULB OPERA INSTITUTE PRESENTS: “THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO” UNIVERSITY THEATER Fri., Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Sat., Apr. 21, 2 & 8 p.m. Sun., Apr. 22, 2 p.m. $25/$15 Mozart’s popular opera comes to life under the baton of Johannes Müller-Stosch. Stage direction by Stephanie Vlahos. FACULTY DANCE CONCERT MARTHA B. KNOEBEL DANCE THEATER Wed., Apr. 25-Fri., Apr. 27, 8 p.m. Sat., Apr. 28, 2 & 8 p.m. $20/$16 The final main stage dance concert of the season features original work by faculty choreographers Heather Ahern, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson and Andrew Vaca; and “Falling Angels” by world-renowned choreographer Jiri Kylian, artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theatre. APRILATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S WATER POLO VS. PACIFIC CSULB Campus Pool Sat., Apr. 7 Noon LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON CSULB Tennis Courts Thurs., Apr. 12, 2 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. USC Walter Pyramid Thurs., Apr. 12 7 p.m. LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL VS. UC SANTA BARBARA Blair Field Sun., Apr. 15 1 p.m. APRILGENERAL THE 2012 WOMEN'S RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN The Pointe Tues., Apr. 10 5-7:30 p.m. $20 The importance of coastal wetland ecosystems is well known. As a result, wetland managers and conservation groups have increasingly turned to restoration to offset the dramatic loss (90%) of such habitat in California. Nearby Los Cerritos, Colorado Lagoon, Huntington Beach and Bolsa Chica have undergone restoration in recent years. But what constitutes “success” in a restoration context? Working in local coastal wetlands, marine scientists Christine Whitcraft and Bengt Allen are developing new and effective approaches for assessing the health of both restored and natural ecosystems. Their efforts will enable project managers to build and maintain healthier ecosystems and plan future restorations in other wetlands. For more information about this Fellows event, visit www.cnsm.csulb.edu/fellows/events. 18TH ANNUAL JEWELS OF THE NIGHT Walter Pyramid Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. Tickets start at $100 per person Hosted by the 49er Athletic Club, the fundraising division within Long Beach State's Athletic Department, Jewels of the Night is the marquee event for generating revenue to support the more than 300 Long Beach State student-athletes in their quest to realize both their academic and athletic ambitions. For more information, please visit http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight. MAYARTS SUSAN EGAN: THE BELLE OF BROADWAY Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., May 6 2 p.m. $35 regular Broadway star Susan Egan originated the Broadway role of Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” starred in the title role of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and her vivid portrayal of Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” ran longer than any actress in Broadway history. Having sold out three Carpenter Center Cabaret appearances, Susan returns with an altogether different show, performing an electrifying lineup of some of Broadway’s most memorable songs! 18TH ANNUAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE Office of Economic Research Hyatt Regency, Long Beach Thurs., May 10 7:30-10 a.m. $125 Breakfast meeting and forecast presentations of the nation, Southern California and Long Beach economies. For additional information, please call 562-985-5061 or visit www.csulb.edu/econforecast. DANCE SERIES: BALLET MEMPHIS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., May 12 8 p.m. $45 regular (series prices available) Ballet Memphis surprises audiences with original work that brings new, inspiring ideas to life. The riveting evening of dance includes “S’epanouir,” a momentum building piece where a woman in the depths of crisis is lifted to a joyous transformation from those in her community; and “In Dreams,” a sometimes dark, always passionate journey through six of the most popular songs by legendary artist, Roy Orbison. 13 CALENDAR OF EVENTS SPRING 2012 STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE UNIVERSITY THEATER Sat., May 12 7:30 p.m. Price TBD MAYATHLETICS A screening of select student films, offering a “works in progress” view of the creativity and artistry at work in CSULB film classes. LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S SOFTBALL VS. PACIFIC CSULB Softball Complex Sat., May 12 1 p.m. HOT CLUB OF DETROIT WITH CYRILLE AIMÉE Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., May 16-Thurs., May. 17 7 p.m. $45 LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON Blair Field Fri., May 25 6:30 p.m. The Gypsy jazz sound made famous by Django Reinhardt has never been more passionate, fresh or hot than with Hot Club of Detroit, who are joined by the equally sizzling vocal stylings of Cyrille Aimée! SPECTACLE SERIES: JACK HANNA: “INTO THE WILD LIVE!” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., May 19 2 & 7 p.m. $40 regular Adventure awaits as Jack Hanna returns to the Carpenter Center with dozens of exotic animals! “Jungle Jack” introduces you to a variety of his wild, furry and feathered friends as he shares his deep knowledge of wild animals, boundless enthusiasm for wildlife conservation, humorous tales and fascinating footage of his worldwide journeys! 14 MAYJAPANESE GARDEN MEMBER TEA & TOUR: SPRINGTIME TEA CEREMONY Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., May 6 1-3 p.m. Admission: cost of membership Pre-registration required, space is limited Become a member of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and join us for a lovely afternoon of beauty and culture. Enjoy a docent led tour of the garden, where you can learn about the history and significance of the site. Witness a formal Japanese tea ceremony presented by Madame Numano from the Urasenke School of Tea. Delight in your own cup of tea and assorted desserts while meeting new people and making connections at the most beautiful spot in town! To become a member or to RSVP, call 562-985-2169. 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: 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! ORDER FORM Purchaser’s Information: Purchaser’s Name Purchaser’s Address City State Preferred E-mail ZIP Phone Your Brick Information: First and Last Name Grad Year/Major Please Charge My: Mastercard Visa American Express ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 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, USU 112 Long Beach, California 90840-0601 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. An alumni tradition of giving supports students of 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. 15 Photo by Victoria Sanchez 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 predetermined 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. Benefits of Participating in the Recurring Gifts Program • The satisfaction and pride that comes from participating in an alumni tradition of supporting students for today and tomorrow • Quick, easy and convenient way to support The Beach BEACHFUND Building the Beach Experience One Gift at a Time... • No more writing and mailing checks • Greatly reduce the number of mailings and solicitations our alumni receive • Allows your gift to have an immediate impact 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 PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Washington, D.C.: Back to College Night August 2011, CSULB Campus September 2011, Rayburn House Office Building Two of our newest Beach Families pose for a quick picture at the 2011 Move-In Day before moving their students into the dorms. Left to right: James Ahumada (’11), Chito DeBorja (’91), Friend of the University Laura Hartnez and Erin Swetland (’09). Photo by Bob Irwin Freshman Move-in Day Orange County Speaker Series: Featuring Carson Lev Photo by Jackie Wetteland Photo by Jackie Wetteland October 2011, Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, Calif. 16 Left to right: Friend of the University Brandon Sechrist, Bob Miyasaki (’81), Martin Sechrist (’75) and Friend of the University Cathy Miyasaki. Left to right: Friend of the University Barbara Hogan and Tom Greathead (’67, ’72). Beach Alumni Mixer Left to right: Leah Arao (’11), Amanda Aguilar (’10), Kristen Coop (’10) and Justin Vastine (’11). Photo by Saren Rem Photo by Saren Rem October 2011, Hotel Hanford, Costa Mesa, Calif. Left to right: Mark McCann (’05), Geoffrey Kutnick (’09), Jessica Chetsawang (’10), Rudy Chaney and Chris Cockey (’10). PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Golden Graduates Celebration Claude (CJ) Klug (’54, ’58), Norma Kolb (’60, ’83) and Dale Fairbanks (’57, ’67) at the Golden Graduates Celebration. Photos by David Schmitz Photos by David Schmitz November 2011, The Grand Long Beach Event Center Mel Lindsey (’51,’59) and his wife, Joan Lindsey, enjoying a nice evening at the Golden Graduates Celebration. Freshman Parent Program at Homecoming 2011 Photo by Victoria Sanchez Photo by Victoria Sanchez November 2011, The Pointe, CSULB Campus Archimedes and Grace Cabanig. Peggy and John Yates. Homecoming 2011 Golden Graduates (1950-61) are escorted to the court prior to the Homecoming game. Photo by David J. Nelson Photo by David J. Nelson November 2011, CSULB Campus Left to right: Friend of the University Virginia Quon, Kathy Bazarian (’72), CSULB student Joseph Swabeck, Kim Armstrong (’88, ’91 and ’94), Claudia Estrada and Richard Kaku (’71). 17 Volunteer spotlight Q &A MARTY GONZALEZ 1968, B.A., SOCIAL SCIENCE, CSULB 1984, M.A., ANTHROPOLOGY, CSULB Left: Marty takes a breather from a picturesque bike ride along the path near the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Below: A photo opportunity next to one of the many classic cars Marty saw on her UAM trip to Cuba. 18 Photos courtesy of Marty Gonzales Q: Why did you become a volunteer of the Alumni Association? After I retired from CSULB, I wanted to still be in an academic environment, and the Alumni Association provided opportunities to work with other alums as well as students and university personnel. I like being on campus, seeing the physical changes, people watching, and it's a good place for a cardio workout! Q: You are not only involved with the Alumni Association but the University Art Museum (UAM) as well. Can you tell us about your involvement with them? My involvement with UAM is relatively recent. During my trip to Cuba in May, I learned more about the UAM and their need for community involvement and volunteers. My interest in the arts and their mission to champion contemporary art, technology and visual culture resonated with me and seemed like a good fit. Under the direction of Christopher Scoates, the museum seems to have a great future with some important events forthcoming. Q: I know that you participated in the UAM trip to Cuba this past year. How was that experience? Cuba was nine days of sensory overload. Our trip was oriented toward the arts, which included music, architecture and other forms of art, but included other aspects of Cuban life. We visited the University for the Arts and saw (and purchased) some fabulous pieces done by students and instructors. We also visited artistsâ€™ studios and spoke to many artists about their craft and life in Cuba. The food was great, people were friendly; we visited two other cities in the southern part of the country, and of course, the old American cars were a sight to behold. The UAM assembled a great tour guide and planned out a fabulous itinerary that provided us with an unforgettable trip. Q: When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies? In my free time, I love bike riding along the bike trail on the beach. I really enjoy reading the Los Angeles Times and reading in general. I travel whenever and wherever I can. Since retiring, I have visited 15 different countries and numerous states, and hope to continue when the opportunity presents itself. I also enjoy taking classes at CSULB and around the Long Beach area. I am a volunteer tutor at Long Beach City College in the Disabled Student Program, and that has been a challenge and given me a lot of satisfaction. Q: What advice would you give to alumni who would like to become more involved with CSULB? There are so many ways to become involved at CSULB. Every month, the Alumni Association posts volunteer opportunities that range from stuffing envelopes to working at student/parent events. It is easy, fun, and you can donate as many hours as you would like. Q: What are some of your favorite events that you enjoy volunteering for? I really liked volunteering on Move-In Day. Parents and students were excited and anxious; some came from the East Coast, others from foreign countries. We took their pictures and put the parents on our mailing list to keep them informed of campus events. Parent/Student Orientation is another event I worked. I enjoyed reassuring parents that their child made the right choice in selecting CSULB. As a parent, you want to know that your child will not only be safe, but will have a great time on campus and, of course, get a great education. THE BEACH CSULB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2011-12 CONNECTION Staff: Officers Members Janice Y. Hatanaka, ’84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving President Jerry K. Galbreath Rick D. Alpert Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association Antonio Alves Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing Janet Gonzales, ’08 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 ’62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services ’80, B.A., Technical Theater Captain, L.A. County Fire Department Michael Anderson President-elect Kathy Bazarian ’10, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies Sponsor Relations, The Tech Shark Investors ’72, B.A., History Teacher Specialist, Downey Unified School District (ret.) Kim A. Armstrong Past President Nancy Yoho ’81, B.A., Geography Vice President, Rand McNally and Company (ret.) Vice President-Membership/Marketing Norma Kolb ’60, B.A., Elementary Education ’89, Credential, Library/Media Teacher/Librarian, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) Vice President-Programs Kathleen Hansen ’75, B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences ’82, M.B.A. President, Financial Planning Department, Inc. Secretary Edward Apodaca ’88, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ’91, M.A., Instructional Systems Technology ’94, M.A., Special Major Senior Manager, Enterprise Lean+ Learning/Technical and Professional Development, The Boeing Company Colleen Bentley ’71, B.A., History Director of Special Projects, CSU Chancellor’s Office Guy Heston ’73, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ’87, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Long Beach Transit (ret.) Lucia Galindo Kos ’75, B.A., Spanish Project Manager, Southern California Edison (ret.) Marnos Lelesi Sally Schliesmayer, ’87 Director, Special Events ’84, B.A., English Language and Composition Customer Support Analyst, Verizon Fiber Solution Center ’83, M.A., Educational Administration Principal, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) Jackie Wetteland Regional Director, Alumni Relations Treasurer Robert "Bob" Irwin Robert “Bob” Miyasaki ’67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.) ’81, B.S., Zoology Dentist, R.M. Miyasaki, Jen Kin and Chin, D.D.S., Inc. Alan Nitake ’70, B.A., Physical Education ’74, B.S., Physical Therapy Physical Therapist, Independent Contractor Roberta Smith ’90, B.S., Community Health Education ’94, M.P.H. Physician Assistant, Pro Health Partners Medical Group 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 90840-0601; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone at 562-985-5252 (tollfree 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. Robert “Bob” Spidell ’65, B.A., Economics ’08, Doctor of Humane Letters Publisher, Spidell Publishing (ret.) 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. Your CSULB Alumni Association is here to keep you connected to CSULB for life. We’re here to service and respond to our family of alumni, which is 260,000 strong. We welcome feedback and suggestions, and encourage you to contact our office by phone at 562-985-5252 (toll-free at 888-883-0007), by e-mail at email@example.com, via the Web at www.csulb.edu/alumni, via our page on Facebook or group on LinkedIn, or by mail to the address on the back cover of this magazine. We love hearing from you! 19 THE BEACH NON-PROFIT US POSTAGE PAID CONNECTION LONG BEACH, CA PERMIT #48 CSULB Alumni Association â€˘ 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0601 ConCerts in the Grove save the Dates: saturday, July 14 saturday, July 21 saturday, august 4 saturday, august 18