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Inside: Volunteer Spotlight | Upcoming Events | Campus Construction Update

250,000 Beach Grads Strong!

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Message from Board President Your Association at Work Upcoming Alumni Events 250,000 Grads Strong Faculty Spotlight Campus Calendar of Events Campus Construction Update Beach Fund Past Event Photos Volunteer Spotlight Board of Directors

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE NANCY YOHO ‘81, B.A., Geography President, CSULB Alumni Association 2005 Distinguished Alumna, College of Liberal Arts

Dear Alumni Association members and friends: During Commencement in May 2010, CSULB celebrated a very special accomplishment—we surpassed 250,000 graduates. The Alumni Association is proud to represent this amazing pool of talent who contribute to the quality of life throughout California, the country and across the globe. In this issue’s cover story, we take a look at the varied ways a few of our graduates are making a positive impact on their communities through their work.

Also in this issue is an exciting update of the major construction projects on campus, including the brand-new Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Hall of Science, and the School of Nursing addition. Also featured is the Residential Learning College that opened last year on the site of the former Brooks College on Pacific Coast Highway. If you haven’t yet heard, we have opened a second Alumni Brick Plaza location due to the popularity of the program. This is a great way to show your Beach Pride and help support alumni programming. The enclosed insert has complete information should you wish to participate. As always, please contact our friendly staff if you have any questions. You can find all our contact information on page 19. We enjoy hearing from you and thank you for your ongoing support. GO BEACH!

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 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? Visit

CSULB is immensely popular (only UCLA and UC Berkeley received more applications for fall 2010 admissions than we did!) because of our great educational opportunities, diverse student body, outstanding faculty and staff, beautiful campus and committed alumni. Funding for these resources by the state is much less than the actual cost to provide them, and our donors help make up the difference. Interested in doing your part to help? See the Beach Fund information on page 15.

Over 4,000 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. On the cover: Showing their support for CSULB and the 250,000 Beach alumni across the globe are, from left to right: Cecelia Moore (’59), John Tellez (’69), Char Mirich (’08), Larry Ling (’05), Tim Molina (’04) and Rebecca (R.D.) Hicks (’10). Photos by Victoria Sanchez.

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 page on Facebook.


We hear from alumni all over the country that they wear their CSULB logo shirts, caps and sweatshirts around town and often find other CSULB alumni in faraway places to connect with (remember, there’s 250,000 of us, now!). If you need some new Beach gear, visit to check out the wide selection of items that can be shipped right to your door. If you’re near campus, stop by The Beach on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Show off that Beach Pride!


Benefit Spotlight: Find a 49er Program Looking for a college buddy, former roommate, professor, student, staff member or classmate? The CSULB Alumni Association will help you locate your friends from your time on campus. Simply visit our website at, click on “Find a 49er” and fill out the name of the person you are looking for, your contact information and a message to the person. If we have current contact information for the person you are trying to contact, we will send a note with your message and the contact information you provided. It is then the person’s decision to respond. Just so you know, to protect the privacy of our Beach Family, we do not directly release any personal contact information to individuals.

New Alumni Benefit: Student Recreation and Wellness Center Have you heard about the most exciting new facility on campus? The brand-new 126,500-square-foot Student Recreation and Wellness Center opened in August and features state-of-the-art equipment and services for the campus community. Membership for all students is included in their student fees, and special associate-level memberships are available to alumni for $35 a month or $375 annually. For more information, see the Campus Construction Update on page 14 or visit You have to see this place to believe it!

Alumni Website Updates Have you been to the CSULB Alumni website recently? It has information on all the services and programs offered to alumni. Some of the most popular features include: • Update your contact information • Details on your membership benefits • Purchase tickets for our upcoming events • Join the new Alumni Brick Plaza or locate your existing brick in the original plaza • Request a copy of your transcript or order a duplicate diploma • Become a fan of our page on Facebook or join our group on LinkedIn • Contact us with any questions so that we may personally assist you




Tony Baxter

John Sabel

Kathy Rogers

Michael O’Grattan

Jon Storbeck

Join us for a special evening with our distinguished panel of Disney creative forces who are fellow 49er alumni. Tony Baxter will act as the moderator as the speakers share their journeys from the campus halls to their current roles at Disney. You will be treated to a unique peek into how they create and uphold many noteworthy entertainments at Disney Studios and “the happiest place on earth.” Featuring CSULB alumni panel: Tony Baxter, senior vice president, Walt Disney Imagineering; Michael O'Grattan, senior vice president, Entertainment and Imaging, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Kathy Rogers, senior show producer-director, Walt Disney Imagineering; John Sabel, executive vice president of Creative Print Marketing, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Jon Storbeck, vice president, Disneyland Park. Price includes alumni speakers, all-day park-hopper ticket, dinner and presentation at Club 33. For more information, please contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or visit our website at





49er Men’s Basketball Hits the Road This Fall! Look for upcoming details on our website for exciting matchups in these areas: Washington 49ers vs. University of Washington Tuesday, Nov. 30

Join your fellow CSULB 49ers along with alumni and friends from each of California’s college and university campuses for a hosted networking reception. This lively and very well-attended event ensures that you will rekindle old friendships, renew old rivalries and forge new friendships! The California State Society hosts this reception each fall to celebrate the great educational institutions of California. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with your Beach Pride!

North Carolina 49ers vs. University of North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 11 Arizona 49ers vs. Arizona State Tuesday, Dec. 21

The full men’s basketball schedule is available at Information on pre-game receptions for these away games is available at

For tickets and more information on all events, please visit




Golden Graduates, alumni and friends are invited to attend an evening of celebration for a special group of alumni, our Golden Graduates. These alumni graduated 50 or more years ago and helped establish the foundation of what our university represents today. Join the members of the graduating classes of 1950-60 as they reunite with friends and take a nostalgic trip back to the “Golden Days” of Long Beach State College. Plus, the class of 1960 will celebrate its 50th reunion and will be inducted into the Golden Graduate Society. There will be food, music and memorabilia to make it an unforgettable evening! For more details on this event, visit For questions, contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or e-mail


Come back to campus to participate in a week full of Homecoming activities, culminating in the Homecoming Day festivities and game on Saturday, Nov. 13. Join us for a delicious BBQ meal in the Alumni & Friends tent, visit with classmates and friends and take a campus tour. After the festivities, join fellow fans in The Walter Pyramid to cheer on The Beach as they take on San Diego State! Visit for the latest information and all the ways to celebrate your Beach Pride. YOUNG ALUMNI MIXER

A social and business mixer for our Young Alumni. Network with fellow 49ers, connect with Beach friends, exchange business cards and enjoy DJ entertainment during CSULB’s Homecoming Week. Space is limited, so visit for date and time details and to get your ticket!

26th Annual Bookstore Open House

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Their Families UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE • FRIDAY, NOV. 19 • 4-7:30 P.M. • FREE

The University Bookstore and CSULB Alumni Association invite Beach alumni, faculty, staff and friends to the 26th anniversary of a beloved campus tradition. Enjoy a free evening of food, drinks, entertainment, prizes and, of course, shopping at discount prices during this festival of seasonal cheer!

Holiday Shopping at a 15-25% Discount First 200 guests will receive a free holiday gift. For driving directions and a campus map, please visit FREE PARKING is available in lots 4 and 5 beginning at 3 p.m. Books for Children and Adults • Logo Clothing • Holiday Gifts and Supplies • Hors d’oeuvres • Caricature Artist • Games • Door Prizes • Music

Please RSVP by Nov. 17, 2010 Alumni Association: 562-985-5252 E-mail: 49er Shops Bookstore: 562-985-5093 E-mail:

Alumni Association Members!

Please present your membership card or join today for a free gift. Please bring this invitation for door prizes and as an entrance ticket for you and your guests. Name: Phone: E-mail: Alumni




250,000 Beach Grads Strong! As the marking of CSULB’s 60th anniversary drew to a close last spring, it gave rise to another great cause for celebration: we crossed the threshold of 250,000 graduates. This is a remarkable achievement and speaks to the strength of the Beach Family and the impact we make throughout California, the nation and the world. To kick off this year-long celebration, we have highlighted 25 of our alumni and the diverse ways they are contributing to their communities through their professions. Remember, for each one of the alumni represented below, there are 10,000 more CSULB graduates making their own contributions. To see more of our remarkable and diverse family of graduates and to contribute your own story, visit our website at and select The Beach Connection. We asked each alum below to share where they live and what they do. Those with an Association members. A Muhammad A. Farooq


’03, MBA, Business Administration Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Chief Medical Officer & Health Care Manager, California Institute for Men; Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Harbor City; Physician, Emergent Medical Associates, Manhattan Beach; Physician, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance; Assistant Professor III, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University


are Alumni

A Irv Gamal ’67, B.A., Social Sciences ’72, M.A., Rhetorical Studies Laguna Niguel, Calif. President and CEO, Insight Systems Group

A Keith Allen ’00, B.S., Criminal Justice ’06, MPA, Public Administration Signal Hill, Calif. Environmental Health Specialist III, City of Long Beach; Part-Time Faculty, CSU Los Angeles

A Victoria K. Hall ’93, B.S., Chemical Engineering Rockville, Md. Law Office of Victoria K. Hall Photo by Ellen Cohan Photography

A Rose Angulo

A Kevin Peterson ’86, B.S., Electrical Engineering Long Beach, Calif. President and CEO, P2S Engineering, Inc.

Kent Peterson

’02, B.A., Communication Studies Los Angeles, Calif. Associate Attorney, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

’86, B.S., Mechanical Engineering Above, left to right: brothers Kevin and Cypress, Calif. Kent Peterson Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering, Inc.

A Gregory Holman ’89, B.S., Industrial Technology: Electronics Lakewood, Calif. Engineer, The Boeing Company

A Carrie Kommers ’95, B.A., Creative Writing Long Beach, Calif. Director, dineLA, LA INC., The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alan Nitake ’70, B.A., Kinesiology & Physical Education ’74, B.S., Pre-Physical Therapy Torrance, Calif. Contract Physical Therapist

A Lori Davidson ’78, B.A., Liberal Studies’07, M.A., Elementary Education: Early Childhood Education Long Beach, Calif. Director, Early Childhood Education, Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center

Roger L. Haley ’93, MPA, Public Administration Long Beach, Calif. City Manager, City of Lynwood

A Nancy Covarrubias Gill

A Lora Kermode

’08, MPA, Public Administration Oxnard, Calif. Director of Communications and Marketing, CSU Channel Islands

’96, B.S., Marketing ’02, Multiple Subject Credential Long Beach, Calif. Owner, GEMDAS® Educational Services, LLC

Georgia Griffiths

Faelin Klein

’73, B.A., Mathematics Olivenhain, Calif. President and CEO, G2 Software Systems, Inc.

’81, B.A., Recreation Chico, Calif. Executive Director/Founder, Sunshine Kids Club

Jerome Zack ’80, M.S., Microbiology Tarzana, Calif. Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; Director, UCLA Center for AIDS Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

A Kristen Berkos ’96, B.A., Speech Communication ’99, M.A., Speech Communication Cumberland, R.I. Associate Professor of Communication, Bryant University

A Don Grant ’78, B.S., Physical Education Herndon, Va. Deputy Assistant Administrator, National Integration Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency

A Karen Heagen ’05, B.A., Studio Art Laguna Beach/San Clemente, Calif. Fine Artist, KL Heagen Fine Art

SuzAnne (Bradaric) Mathai

A Michael L. Douglas ’71, B.A., Political Science Las Vegas, Nev. Justice, Supreme Court of Nevada

’07, MFA, Theatre Arts Management Long Beach, Calif. Education Director/Marketing and Development Associate, Long Beach Opera

A Chris Hernandez A Steven L. Fish ’71, B.A., Psychology ’78, M.A., Elementary Education Laguna Hills, Calif. Superintendent, Saddleback Valley Unified School District

’81, B.S., Electrical Engineering Huntington Beach, Calif. Vice President, Northrop Grumman

Alynette M. Gladney ’99, B.A., Theatre Arts: Acting/Directing Moorpark, Calif. Radio On-Air Personality/Promotions Coordinator/Producer, KCAQ/Q104-7 Gold Coast Broadcasting, LLC






Elaine Haglund joined the faculty at CSULB in 1971 and has been named a favorite professor by many CSULB alumni. In addition to her time in the classroom, she directed the university's study abroad programs; helped establish and implement the Global Education Program in Southern California; helped coordinate the International Student Teacher Exchange Program in England, Wales and Mexico; and has been actively involved in the all-university effort to internationalize the curriculum, including overseas study/internships and international service learning opportunities. She taught for two years as a Fulbright senior lecturer in Nigeria and has taught in the People’s Republic of China, Ecuador, Micronesia, Vietnam, Turkish Northern Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nepal, Germany and Japan. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Nicholas P. Hardeman Award for Academic Leadership and Shared Governance, given by the CSULB Academic Senate, and is a member of the CSULB Carillon and Legacy Societies. Photo courtesy of Elaine Haglund, taken in Kazakhstan.

Q: Many alumni have named you as a faculty member who had a great impact on their education and lives. As an educator, what does this mean to you? Whenever former students kindly mention this, I think, “Wow! So THAT’S what is meant by a ‘psychic paycheck!’” But on a considerably more heartfelt level, I am deeply touched by such comments and feel so blessed and fortunate that my lifelong career matched my passion for the “mystery” involved in the very complex process of learning and teaching.


Q: Throughout your 38 years as a faculty member at CSULB, you have been fully involved in the internationalization of the campus. Why do you feel this is such a valuable part of students’ learning experiences? Although the U.S. is the most schooled society in the world, most high school and college students are “globally blind, deaf and dumb,” per the words of the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. I have lived and taught in five major regions of the world, and in each instance, the college students tended to know more substantive information about the U.S. than most of our own students do, not to mention how under-exposed our youth are to other countries and areas of the world. During our current students’ careers, the population of the world will increase to over nine billion people (from about 2.5 billion in 1950), and, percentage-wise, the U.S. population will diminish significantly. The complexity of international relations will accelerate, the migration of people around the globe will hasten and new international alliances will be formed. Education in the

U.S. simply MUST internationalize—first, through the curriculum and, second, by affordable overseas experiences for students and faculty to become familiar and comfortable with a broad range of cultures and languages other than their own. Q: What are some of your favorite memories from your time at CSULB? One of my ongoing joys is hearing from former students who have been accepted to doctoral programs or who have become employed (or are otherwise engaged) with institutions or organizations focused on social justice issues, such as the Peace Corps. Q: What advice do you have for today's current students? One great paradox of our time is that we’ve mastered the atom but not our prejudice. As such, I’ve often told students to put a hold on the narratives they’ve been raised with, in order to be open to new directions and careers. They may well return to the values they originally learned but seldom in the same way. Second, I urge them to become involved in multiple and diverse internships or volunteer experiences in order to broaden their potential opportunities and to personally interact and purposely network every step of each adventure. Q: How do you continue to be involved on campus? Currently, I’m very active on the CSULB International Education Committee and working hard to raise funds for the Endowment for Global Literacy that I’ve established for our faculty and students.

See page 5 for more information or visit

CALENDAR OF EVENTS One-week Student Recreation and Wellness Center Pass ASI Recreation 1401 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach, Calif. Mon., Aug. 30-Wed., Dec. 1 Free Improve your overall health and wellness in the newest addition to the CSULB campus, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). This state-of-the-art, 126,500-square-foot recreation facility with amazing views offers a five-court gym, indoor jogging track, more than 200 pieces of weight and cardio equipment, racquetball courts, free group fitness classes, a custom-made rock climbing wall, a swimming pool and 25-person spa, personal training and more! All alumni are invited to come in for a FREE, one-week pass between Aug. 30 and Dec. 1, 2010. For more information about the SRWC, please visit or call 562-985-4834.

SEPTEMBERARTS PERPETUAL MOTION: MICHAEL GOLDBERG University Art Museum Thurs., Sept. 9-Sun., Dec. 12 $4 Free for CSULB students/faculty/staff Artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6-8 p.m. Gallery talk with poet/writer/critic Bill Berkson and Manny Silverman.

AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Sept. 22 8 p.m. $65 adults $60 students & seniors Settle in for an evening of satisfying stories topped with an undisguiseable, original humor that can only belong to Garrison Keillor, as the host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” returns to share more of his unique and wonderfully wry anecdotes about life in America.

THE BEACH CAFE Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Daniel Recital Hall Fri., Sept. 24-Sat., Sept. 25 8 p.m. $15 The Beach Café, a patron favorite for several years, features the choral, vocal and opera students from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music "letting their hair down" and having a lot of musical fun with popular songs from Broadway, jazz standards, original work and current hits.

WAITING FOR LEFTY: SEEING RED California Repertory Company Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary Fri., Sept. 24-Sat., Oct. 16 Call for pricing Oppression, revolution and the desire to build a new America, Clifford Odets' powerful work resonates today with an urgent and vital poignancy. Directed by Kim Rubinstein.

THE BEACH CONNECTION’S HEART CONSISTS OF THE CALENDAR, WHICH SHOWCASES EVENTS FROM ALL OVER CAMPUS. Alumni Association Events - visit or call 562-985-5252. Career Development Center - visit or call 562-985-4151. Carpenter Performing Arts Center - visit or call 562-985-7000. Cole Conservatory of Music - visit or call 562-985-5408. Club Sports and Recreation - visit or call 562-985-7351. College of the Arts Events - visit or call 562-985-7000. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden - visit or call 562-985-8885. For 49er Athletic Events - CSULB Alumni Association members receive $2 off the lowestpriced ticket by presenting their membership card at the box office on game day. No other discounts or promotions apply. Visit or call 562-985-4949. University Art Museum - visit or call 562-985-5761. University Bookstore/Beach Store on 2nd Street - visit 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. SUSAN EGAN Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Sept. 29-Thurs., Sept. 30 7 p.m. Call for pricing You’ll recognize her from TV and film roles, but Susan Egan is a Broadway star, whose roles include Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” and the title role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” A Southern California native, Susan delivers an electrifying, powerhouse performance that leaves audiences cheering! Dinner service is available.

SEPTEMBERJAPANESE GARDEN CONCERT IN THE GARDEN Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Fri., Sept. 24 $60/person general public ($440/table for 8) $50/person EBM Japanese Garden members ($360/table for 8) RSVP required Join us for a romantic evening under the stars in the EBM Japanese Garden. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and garden viewing followed by a live musical performance. Space is limited. For more information, call 562-985-2169 or visit

SEPTEMBERATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY George Allen Field Fri., Sept. 24 4 p.m. $8 adults $5 Alumni Association members Cheer on your 49er women’s soccer team as they take on the Pac-10 Conference’s Sun Devils in a heated, non-conference matchup at George Allen Field. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit



OCTOBERARTS PILOBOLUS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Oct. 2 8 p.m. $45 general admission $40 students and seniors

CSULB DANCE MFA CONCERT Dance Department Martha Knoebel Dance Theater Thurs., Oct. 14-Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16, 2 & 8 p.m. Call for pricing Choreographic works created by CSULB Dance Department MFA candidates, featuring both graduate and undergraduate dancers.

AN EVENING WITH LEONARD NIMOY Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Oct. 23 8 p.m. $60 general admission $55 students & seniors

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this American legend, Pilobolus returns with a powerful lineup of new and classic works. Featured on “60 Minutes,” “Oprah” and the 79th Academy Awards, this ever inventive company continues to find new ways to explore movement, human relationships and is just as curious as ever!

Join us for an intimate evening of insight into one of film and television’s greatest icons. Called “the conscience of Star Trek,” by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, the award-winning actor, director, poet and photographer Leonard Nimoy shares his portrayal of the rational and emotionally suppressed Vulcan as part of a remarkable and diverse career that’s left an indelible imprint on American culture!

5D|10 CONFERENCE University Art Museum Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Oct. 8-Sat., Oct. 9 Admission charges vary Collaborative, multi-disciplinary and progressive, 5D is the new design paradigm, using virtual world building to offer a unique workspace for the development of film, animation, television, architecture, theater, game and interactive across all narrative media. The design process is no longer linear but evolutionary. Since October 2008, 5D has brought a continuous, bleeding-edge discussion of immersive design, transmedia narrative and world building—with over 100 presenters and participants—to over 5,000 people. At the 5D|10 Conference, you have a unique chance to tap into the continuing conversations and weave your own participation.


MISS JULIE BY AUGUST STRINDBERG CSULB University Players Players Theater Fri., Oct. 8-Sat., Oct. 23 Call for pricing Gender and class explode into romance in the escalating power struggle of Strindberg's naturalist masterpiece. Adapted by Craig Lucas with direction by Trevor Biship.

NINE: THE MUSICAL CSULB University Players Studio Theater Fri., Oct. 29-Sat., Nov. 6 Call for pricing Inspired by Frederico Fellini's semi-autobiographical “8 1/2,” the hoards of insistent, flirtatious and potent women haunt, hinder, agitate, inflame, tantalize, inspire, arouse, stimulate, invigorate, aggravate, torment, comfort and disarm an aging Italian filmmaker. Book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, direction by Joanne Gordon.

OCTOBERJAPANESE GARDEN MEMBER TEA AND TOUR Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., Oct. 17 1-3 p.m. Cost of membership Pre-registration required

CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Link Theater Sun., Oct. 10 4 p.m. $10/$7 The award-winning Concert Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Jeff Jarvis.

JIGU! THUNDER DRUMS OF CHINA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Oct. 10 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $35 general admission $30 students & seniors A four-time gold medal winner at China’s National Star Awards, this group of 28 musicians has dazzled audiences with their aweinspiring international hit! This authentic musical display reveals the numerous rich sounds from villages along the Yellow River in China’s Shanxi province with a high-energy performance complete with captivating choreography and costumes!

WIND SYMPHONY & SYMPHONIC BAND Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thurs., Oct. 14 8 p.m. $10/$7

Become a member of the EBM Japanese Garden and join us for a lovely afternoon that includes a docent led tour of the garden followed by Japanese tea and assorted desserts served in our Friends Garden. Learn about the history and significance of the garden, meet new people and make connections at the most beautiful spot in town! If interested, please contact the membership office at 562-985-2169.

GREEN TEA AND AUTUMN GOLD: CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW 2010 Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., Oct. 24 12-5 p.m. $7 adults $6 seniors $5 Japanese Garden members Free children 12 and under A formal tea ceremony will be presented by Madam Numano and the Urasenke School of Tea. Enjoy an exhibit of Japanese tea bowls and accoutrement as well as your own cup of powdered tea and traditional Japanese treat. Develop your own sensitivity to nature through the medium of flowers by viewing a variety of Japanese flower arranging techniques both in vases and as installations in the garden. Take pleasure in seeing presenters wearing an exquisite selection of vintage and modern Japanese kimonos featuring mums and other fall ornaments.

The CSULB Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band perform under the direction of John Carnahan and Joan DeAlbuquerque.

For campus contact information on events, please see page 9.


OCTOBERATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. UC SANTA BARBARA George Allen Field Sun., Oct. 3 1 p.m. $8 adults $5 Alumni Association members For a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, bring your friends and family to support your 49ers as they host Big West Conference rivals UC Santa Barbara. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. UC SANTA BARBARA The Walter Pyramid Sat., Oct. 30 7 p.m. $8 adults $6 Alumni Association members

NOVEMBERARTS FALL CHORAL CONCERT Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Daniel Recital Hall Sat., Nov. 6 8 p.m. $10/$7 An evening devoted to choral music, featuring the 49er Chorus, Collegium Musicum and the CSULB men's and women's choruses.

OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET CSULB University Players Players Theater Fri., Nov. 12-Sat., Dec. 4 Call for pricing At the wake of Sister Mary Rose, strangers gather to mourn the Harlem nun who nurtured and tormented them. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ widely popular dark comedy gives a contemporary voice to an eternal problem. Directed by Edgar Landa.

As the defending Big West Champions, the 49er women’s volleyball team looks to repeat their title with a win over rival and 2010 Big West Conference runner up UC Santa Barbara. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

OCTOBERGENERAL THE ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS: CALIFORNIA'S WATER CHALLENGE College of Engineering & The Engineering Advisory Council The Pointe Event & Conference Center, The Walter Pyramid Thurs., Oct. 14 4-6 p.m. RSVP required Free admission Water is life! We simply need it to survive. Where does our water come from? The faucet is only the final stop. The state’s world-renowned plumbing is now perilously stressed, forcing mandatory water restrictions for many residents. Members of a distinguished panel will discuss California’s water challenge from a supply and quality perspective, focusing on available technologies, policy and potential solutions. Panel of experts: Kip Lipper, chief policy advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg; Scott Taylor (’90), senior vice president with RBF Consulting and chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association; Shane Chapman, assistant manager of Water System Operations, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Kent Peterson (’86), moderator; vice president and chief engineer, P2S Engineering, Inc.

Fourth Annual CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series Presents ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: “POLITICS AND THE NEW MEDIA” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Reserved Seat Ticket: $45 ($40 with Early Bird purchase) Preferred Seating: $60 Sponsor Ticket: $100 Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, nationally syndicated columnist and author of 13 books, will share her perspective on the political scene and the enormous influence of the new media on the political landscape. Sponsor ticket includes a reception (5 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m.) with the speaker in The Pointe at The Walter Pyramid. Parking is $5, payable on site. To order tickets or for more information, go to or call 562-985-5673.

OPERA MASTERPIECES Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Daniel Recital Hall Sat., Nov. 13-Sun., Nov. 14 8 p.m. $10/$7 Scenes, arias, duets, trios and ensemble numbers from some of the world's greatest operas—contemporary and classic—performed by the outstanding students who are talented enough to have earned entry into CSULB's rigorous opera studies program.

NIGHT OF THE TRIBADES California Repertory Company Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary Thurs., Nov. 18-Sat., Dec. 11 Call for pricing Does art imitate life? Playwright August Strindberg's passions, fears and decaying personal life explode onstage in P.O. Enquist's powerful biography as the ultimate chauvinist is subjugated by his wife's lesbian ecstasy.

CSULB DANCE AND ORCHESTRA CONCERT Dance Department & Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 20, 2 & 8 p.m. $25/$20 For the first time in the history of the College of the Arts, the Cole Conservatory of Music and the Department of Dance collaborate on a concert that brings together live music and dance. Choreographers Colleen Dunagan, Susan McLain, Sophie Monat and Lorin Johnson, along with guest choreographer Holly Johnston (artistic director of Ledges and Bones dance company in Los Angeles and one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch), create new work inspired by the expert performance of the Cole Conservatory Orchestra.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS CSULB CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA Long Beach Community Concert Association Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Nov. 21 2 p.m. $27.50 general admission $20 CSULB alumni “The swingin’-est band in Long Beach.” CSULB’s Concert Jazz Orchestra shows off their award-winning sound with this tribute concert to the great band leaders of the 1930s and ‘40s. Last year, the CJO wowed audiences at the Monterey Jazz Festival after winning the national title for university jazz bands.

NOVEMBERATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S WATER POLO VS. USC CSULB Campus Pool Sat., Nov. 13 Noon $6 adults $4 Alumni Association members

DECEMBERARTS WINTER FESTIVAL CONCERT Bob Cole Conservatory of Music First Congregational Church of Long Beach Sat., Dec. 4, 4 & 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5, 4 p.m. $25/$15/$8 The annual holiday concert comes once again to the beautiful sanctuary of the First Congregational Church. The Winter Festival Concert features the full strength of the CSULB choral, vocal and opera studies program performing popular, classic and original holiday songs. A gorgeous tradition.

CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Dec. 4 2 & 8 p.m. $20/$13 Celebrate the holidays with an island beat! This high-energy concert features CSULB's nationally acclaimed percussion program and our ever-popular steel drum bands. Perfect for holiday revelers of every age!

STREGA NONA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Dec. 5 2 p.m. $20

Start your Homecoming Saturday early by cheering on your 49er men’s water polo team as they host water polo powerhouse USC. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit


Based on the award-winning and much-loved children’s book by Tomie dePaola, “Strega Nona” comes to the stage in the musical tale of a kindly witch who cures the ills of her tiny Italian village. When she hires Big Anthony to help out with chores, Strega Nona warns him not to mess with her magical pasta pot, but he touches it anyway. When Anthony is up to his ears in pasta (literally), can Strega Nona save the day?

HOMECOMING Long Beach State Men’s Basketball vs. San Diego State The Walter Pyramid Sat., Nov. 13 4 p.m. $10 adults $8 Alumni Association members Long Beach State men’s basketball hosts SDSU in this year’s Homecoming game. Be sure to get your tickets early because this game will likely sell out! For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS MIZUNO THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT The Walter Pyramid Fri., Nov. 26-Sat., Nov. 27 $8 adults $6 Alumni Association members The 49er women’s volleyball team welcomes Notre Dame, Akron and Seattle for two days of competition in The Walter Pyramid. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT The Walter Pyramid Sat., Nov. 27 7 p.m. $10 adults $8 Alumni Association members Support your 49er men’s basketball team as they strive for payback for a heartbreaking overtime loss last season at LMU. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

ALLAN HARRIS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Dec. 15-Thurs., Dec. 16 7 p.m. Call for pricing Back by popular demand, Allan Harris returns to put the cool in Yule with his rich, sultry sound, rhythmic bite, and sly elegance as he croons the holiday jazz classics of Nat King Cole! Dinner service available.

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Dec. 18 8 p.m. $38 general admission $33 students & seniors The Carpenter Performing Arts Center swings into the holiday season with the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s trademark big band style! Along with all of your Yuletide favorites, you’ll delight to classic 1930s and ‘40s hits from “In the Mood” and “Tuxedo Junction” to “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and “Moonlight Serenade.”


DECEMBERATHLETICS BLACK & GOLD INTERSQUAD/ALUMNI/KIDS TRACK MEET Jack Rose Track Sat., Dec. 11 11 a.m. Free A track and field competition for the varsity team (intersquad), alumni and children of alumni. Alumni will "challenge" the clock while the "Future 49ers" (kids’ events) will compete for fun, providing great moments and lasting memories. Post-event activities include an Alumni Family Mixer (light snacks provided). We ask that all participants confirm participation with head coach Andy Sythe by Mon., Dec. 6.

MARK TWAIN'S THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Jan. 29 8 p.m. $28 general admission $23 students and seniors The delicious and timeless wit of humorist Mark Twain is illuminated in David Birney’s stage adaptation, which won praise from L.A. to New York for Twain’s tender, knowing and terrifically witty observations on the nature of men, women and love. A tour-deforce performance by Birney and co-star Madylon Brans!


LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. UCSB The Walter Pyramid Thurs., Dec. 30 Time TBA $8 adults $5 Alumni Association members Support Long Beach State women’s basketball in their conference opener vs. UC Santa Barbara. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

DECEMBERBOOKSTORE SCHOOL LOGO SALE AT THE BOOKSTORE & BEACH ON 2ND STREET: 20% off all logo clothing, gifts and supplies Mon., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 12 STOREWIDE SALE: 15-50% off select merchandise Mon., Dec. 20-Fri., Dec. 24

LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. UC IRVINE The Walter Pyramid Sat., Jan. 8 Time TBA $10 adults $8 Alumni Association members Cheer on your Long Beach State men’s basketball team as they take on the UCI Anteaters as part of the Black & Blue Rivalry Series. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. CSU FULLERTON The Walter Pyramid Thurs., Jan. 20 Time TBA $8 adults $5 Alumni Association members

JANUARYARTS THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Jan. 15 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $35 general admission $30 students & seniors For more than 35 years, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have brought their signature brand of physical humor and entertainment to sold-out houses around the globe. Direct from Off-Broadway, their latest show is 100 minutes of cleverness and comedy with endless juggling (including items from the audience), a zany ballet and banter that’s part Marx Brothers, part Monty Python—100% pure glee!

The always intense rivalry with CSU Fullerton will surely heat up The Walter Pyramid as Long Beach State hosts the Titans in this mid-season matchup. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

JANUARYBOOKSTORE STOREWIDE SALE: 15-50% off select merchandise Mon., Jan. 3-Mon., Jan. 31 BACKPACK/TOTE BAG SALE: 20% off in store and on the Web Mon., Jan. 17-Fri., Feb. 4

THE MIGHTY ECHOES Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Jan. 26-Thurs., Jan. 27 7 p.m. Call for pricing America’s favorite a cappella doo-wop group and a Carpenter Performing Arts Center favorite, The Mighty Echoes return for an upbeat evening of classic hits, performing each with a passion and immediacy that needs to be experienced live! Dinner service available.

For campus contact information on events, please see page 9.




CSULB BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE! If you’ve been on campus lately, you’ve noticed the amazing amount of construction going on. These projects have been in the planning and design stages for years as part of the university’s strategy to meet the needs of today’s—and tomorrow’s—students. Here is a quick look at the biggest projects and when they will be ready for the campus community to enjoy. For ongoing updates on these and future campus construction projects, visit


STUDENT RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER (SRWC) Completed: August 2010 Building Statistics: • 126,500 square feet, state-of-the-art recreation facility • Five-court gym; indoor jogging track • 20,000 square feet of weight and cardio equipment • Racquetball courts; custom-made rock climbing wall • Swimming pool and spa; group exercise and activity rooms Funding: Systemwide revenue bond (student recreation fee). Visit for more information, including a virtual tour and SRWC membership for alumni. See page 9 for a free one-week pass.

NURSING BUILDING Completed: August 2010 Building Statistics: • 10,800 square feet • Two large teaching labs, one small lab • Computer lab; administrative offices • Mechanical room; record room Funding: State general obligation bond and donor funds. Visit to read about the latest updates and the demand for graduates of CSULB’s well-respected School of Nursing.

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COLLEGE Completed: Fall 2009 Location: Former Brooks College on Pacific Coast Highway Building Statistics: • Residence hall rooms for over 500 students • Faculty apartments • Multi-purpose rooms/study rooms • Classrooms • Dining hall Funding: Systemwide revenue bond(student rent). Visit for more photos of the facility and to learn about the new policy requiring first-time freshmen to live in campus housing during their first year.

HALL OF SCIENCE Completion Date: May 2011 Building Statistics: • 160,000 square feet • Lecture rooms • 22 research laboratories; 31 teaching laboratories • Two 180-seat lecture halls; two 80-seat lecture halls • Administrative offices Funding: State general obligation bond. Visit to learn more about how the completion of this facility will give CSULB the most advanced science complex in the CSU system.




Generations of Giving Last year, we celebrated 60 years of pride and tradition at California State University, Long Beach. This year, we continue our mission to change lives by staying committed to student success and access. • CSULB placed seventh as “Best University in the Nation for Conferring Bachelor’s Degrees to Minority Students,” according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 2008. • CSULB ranked third in the western region and eighth nationally as “Best University” for having the lowest percentage of students graduating in debt according to U.S.News & World Report in 2009.

• According to recent data on college graduates compiled by, mid-career CSULB graduates earn more than graduates of many private institutions, 28 land grant universities and 27 flagship public universities. Alumni are aware of this and have shown their support by increasing their volunteer work, joining in the campus festivities and investing in The Beach. This has led to generations giving back in many ways.

GOLDEN GRADUATES For the first time in 49er history, alumni who have graduated 50 or more years ago returned to campus for the Golden Graduate Celebration. Many Golden Graduates came to this popular event to reconnect with friends, reminisce over nostalgic memories and support the university where their careers began.

Donna Ray (Weber), ’59: “I think Golden Giving is important because, as a Golden Graduate, it gives me pride in knowing that our great university is still going strong and I can help keep it strong.”

YOUNG ALUMNI PROGRAM The CSULB Alumni Association has also been strengthening its Young Alumni Program with much success. An increase in participation from our recent graduates has been observed at the many Young Alumni Mixer events and volunteer opportunities.

Maribel Chavez, ’08: “I feel that the university has given me a quality education, and I feel that it is the responsibility of alumni young and old to help out the future generations of Beach students.”

myBEACH SENIOR CLASS EXPERIENCE Students have taken a leap forward to support the university, as a record number of graduating seniors from the class of 2010 joined the Alumni Association and made contributions to the Beach Fund in the myBeach program. Juniors and seniors volunteered as Senior Class Committee members to encourage peers to support the university and continue to stay involved, as hundreds of seniors celebrated their final semester at the Beach Bash event and Commencement.

BEACHFUND Building the Beach Experience One Gift at a Time...


Llaura Garcia, ’11: “I will surely miss my time as an undergrad when I become a proud alumna of CSULB with the Class of 2011. With all of the opportunities and everyone that I’ve met at The Beach, I will always do what I can to stay involved and support The Beach community.” As we embark on another decade of access to excellence, the fight to support education continues.

Volunteer. Stay Involved. Give Back. 562-985-5294 WWW.CSULB.EDU/BEACHFUND ANNUALGIVING@CSULB.EDU


Dec. 29, 2009, Durham Marriott, Durham, N.C.

Jan. 21, Steelhead Brewery, Irvine, Calif. Photo by Sally Schliesmayer

Photo by Nicole Hackler

North Carolina

Left to right: Kathryn Courtney (’79), Ed Mora (’93) and John Olsen (’92) enjoy the pre-game reception at Steelhead Brewery in Irvine before cheering on the CSULB men’s basketball team against UCI.

Dirtbags vs. Wichita

Orange County Speaker Series

MarCH 14, Blair Field

March 25, Center Club, Costa Mesa, Calif. Photo by Jackie Wetteland

Photo by Janet Gonzales

Left to right: Nicole Morris Hackler (’92) and Warren Hackler, Friend of the University, show their Beach Pride as the men’s basketball team plays Duke University in North Carolina.


Left to right: Jon Regnier (’77), Michelle Regnier (’91), and Friends of the University Susan Rose and Renee Simon gather at the Center Club in Costa Mesa for the Orange County Speaker Series featuring Distinguished Alumna Cynthia Stamper Graff (’75).


Alumni Grants Reception

April 11, Wyndham Resort, Costa Mesa, Calif.

April 13, The Pointe, The Walter Pyramid

Left to right: Robert York (’67); Carol York (’70); Mary Royer, Friend of the University; and David Royer (’64) gather for a CSULB alumni luncheon prior to enjoying the musical “Hairspray” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Photo by David J. Nelson

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

Left to right: Dennis Harter (’80), Jim Vandemoortel (’74) and Ronald Quarn (’77) enjoy a barbecue lunch sponsored by the Alumni Association prior to the first pitch.

The 2010 Alumni Grants Program recipients with Provost Don Para and CSULB Alumni Association President Nancy Yoho (’81).


April 24, University Theater

May 11, Nugget Courtyard, CSULB Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Photo by Janet Gonzales

Vocal Jazz Reception

Left to right: Professor Tor Hovind (’87) and seniors Daniel Oum and Collin Sam. The CSULB Alumni Association sponsored the Class of 2010 Annual Senior Beach Bash celebrating our newest graduates as they transition from student to young alumni.

2010 Alumni Awards Banquet

Palm Springs

May 13, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

May 14, Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, Calif. Photo by Gay Arakawa

Photo by Cheri Kinley

Left to right: Friends of the University Neil Patton and Fanny Michelson, along with Beach Parents Terry and Murray Auerback, gather for a dessert reception prior to a performance by the award-winning Cole Conservatory group, Pacific Standard Time.


Concerts in the Grove

Young Alumni Mixer

July 24, Soroptimist House

June 17, 300 Anaheim, Calif.

Several Alumni Association past presidents who exchanged fond memories at Concerts in the Grove are, from left, Clyde Harwood (’65), Lee Hill (’74), Yolanda Benavidez (’83), Marilyn Helgeson (’75), Bill Bennett (’61), Jack Brick (’61, ’73), Roberta Smith (’90, ’94), Bob Spidell (’65, ’08), Ralph Burgess (’63) and Gary Ellis (’69, ’71).

Photo by Rosanna Chhun

Left to right: Jeffrey Kramer (’79), Tom Viscounty (’59), Don Johnson (’67) and Frank Blum (’68). These spirited 49ers gathered at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs for networking and reminiscing.

Photo by Gay Arakawa

Distinguished alumni gather on stage for a photo opportunity.

Left to right: Mahfrin Santoke (’10), Don Nguyen (’05), Larry Ling (’05) and Sara Ramirez (’08).


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTS Q SAID HILAL ’72, B.S., Mechanical Engineering ’76, M.S., Mechanical Engineering Said Hilal and his wife Linda Lamb (’71) are the proud parents of two CSULB alumni, David (’08) and Jenna (’10). Said is the founder and president/CEO of Applied Medical in Rancho Santa Margarita, a company that develops and manufactures surgical devices. He has remained active at CSULB as an advisory committee member in the College of Engineering and as a donor and advocate for the university. In May 2009, Said traveled to Sacramento to assist the CSU in its budget advocacy efforts with the state legislature. Q: While you were a student at CSULB, what were some of your fondest memories? While working on my thesis for the master’s degree, there was a time when my discussions with my advisor, Professor Simon De Soto, would go on and on. I believed the way the commercial diving industry measured equivalent flow at depth was inappropriate, but I could not muster enough confidence to express that opinion, let alone set out to prove it. It was Professor De Soto who kept encouraging me to articulate my theory and reasons and then move on to the derivations and proof. Some of the hours of discussions and work took place on campus, others by his pool as I introduced him to scuba diving to illustrate some of the characteristics. I have fond memories of a faculty that took deep interest in bringing out the best in the student.


I also fondly remember Allen Johnson and his exceptional efforts to make international students feel welcome and supported. Thousands of miles away from home, we found a home at CSULB. It wasn’t just a campus—it was a door and an invitation to connect.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to be a volunteer advocate for the university? I owe CSULB a lot—I have always felt that way. That aside, I believe in its mission. There is no better or more effective way to improving people’s lot and outlook than education, no better way to bring them together. Increasingly, economists tie prosperity and innovation to education, especially affordable and caring education. Q: What did you find most rewarding about your participation in the CSU Budget Advocacy Day in Sacramento last year? What a great experience that was. I had the privilege of hearing President Alexander articulate how CSULB educates a kid for a full year for one-tenth the cost of incarcerating a kid that has slipped. I was with a team of educators who have been making a difference in the lives and potential of our young people. They believe in education as a way for our nation to remain competitive and to recover where we may have lost ground. They repeatedly expressed their views and beliefs to our lawmakers, who respected and appreciated the input they were hearing straight from the educators. I had the opportunity to explain how the medical device field in California benefits from CSULB and how we, in turn, benefit patients throughout the world and California and its economy. Q: What advice would you give to other alumni who would like to be more involved with CSULB? In this great nation of ours, we must not allow ourselves to take education for granted. I truly believe available and affordable education is the backbone of democracy, liberty and prosperity throughout the globe. Participating and supporting CSULB benefits nations and peace, propels the economy and maintains innovation. I know that firsthand. Applied Medical has hired over 100 CSULB graduates, and I can correlate literally tens of our issued or pending patents to these graduates. CSULB puts out outstanding, well-rounded graduates that make a difference. For alumni to be involved in CSULB is one way to support all these good causes.

Visit to volunteer.

THE myBEACH SENIOR COMMITTEE The Senior Class Committee was founded in December 2009 as part of the myBeach Senior Campaign, which seeks to provide a senior class experience and promotes the importance of staying connected with the university after graduation. Comprised of 26 students from various academic backgrounds and personal interests, the committee was established to guide the myBeach Senior Campaign by planning senior class events and promoting Alumni Association membership and the Senior Class Giving Program. Most importantly, these student volunteers work to instill lifelong Beach Pride among the Class of 2010. ERIN LIGHTFOOT, CO-CHAIR ’10, B.A., Communication Studies VJ ROSALES, CO-CHAIR ’10, B.M., Choral-Vocal Music

Q: How do you plan to continue volunteering for The Beach after you graduate? Lightfoot: I would love to volunteer at Alumni Association events and mixers. Rosales: I will continue to be in close contact with the Beach Fund, join the Alumni Association and keep my connections open with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

Q: What was the most enjoyable part about volunteering for the committee? Lightfoot: The committee meetings. We ended up laughing half the time and having a ball while making progress on whatever it was we were working on! Grad Fair, Frisco's Mixer Night and Senior Beach Bash were a LOT of fun to help coordinate! Rosales: The most enjoyable part with volunteering was working with other seniors who I had never met but had gone through everything I had as a student at CSULB. Q: Why did you choose to volunteer your time with the Senior Class Committee? Rosales: I thought it would be a good experience to pioneer the first Senior Class Committee ever at CSULB. Also, I have pride for the senior class as we go out to the work force and conquer it.

Erin Lightfoot

Q: What do you feel you have gained from this experience? Lightfoot: A better understanding about the importance of staying connected with the campus and the value of becoming a member of the Alumni Association. Q: Why do you feel it is important for other people to give back to CSULB through volunteering? Lightfoot: Budget cuts have severely impacted the CSU system, therefore in order to continue programs that keep students informed without having to spend a fortune, volunteering is an integral component. Rosales: I want my degree to look good when I go to apply for jobs. The only way that can happen is if CSULB continues to grow and develop as a university, and it can only do that with financial support from everyone that is connected to it. VJ Rosales






Janice Y. Hatanaka, ’84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

President Nancy Yoho ‘81, B.A., Geography Vice President, Rand McNally and Company (ret.)

Rick D. Alpert ’80, B.A., Technical Theater Captain, L.A. County Fire Department

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 Machado, ’04 Coordinator, Student and Recent Alumni Programs Sally Schliesmayer, ’87 Director, Special Events Jackie Wetteland Regional Director, Alumni Relations

President-elect Jerry K. Galbreath ‘62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services Past President Marnos Lelesi ‘83, M.A., Educational Administration Principal, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) Vice President-Membership/Marketing Roberta Smith ‘90, B.S., Community Health Education ‘94, M.P.H. Physician Assistant, Pro Health Partners Medical Group Vice President-Programs Kathy Bazarian ‘72, B.A., History Teacher Specialist, Downey Unified School District (ret.) Secretary Edward Apodaca ’84, B.A., English Language and Composition Customer Support Analyst, Verizon Fiber Solution Center Treasurer Robert "Bob" Irwin ‘67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.)

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 e-mail to; or by phone at 562-985-5252 or toll-free at 888-883-0007. 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, 2010. A publication of the CSULB Alumni Association.

Kim A. Armstrong ’88, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ’91, M.A., Instructional Systems Technology ’94, M.A., Special Major Senior Manager, Enterprise Lean and Learning/Technical and Professional Development, The Boeing Company Kathleen Hansen ‘75, B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences ‘82, M.B.A. President, Financial Planning Department, Inc. Guy Heston ‘73, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ‘87, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Long Beach Transit Norma Kolb ‘60, B.A., Elementary Education ‘89, Credential, Library/Media Teacher/Librarian, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.)

Lucia Galindo Kos ‘75, B.A., Spanish Project Manager, Southern California Edison Robert Miyasaki ‘81, B.S., Zoology Dentist, R.M. Miyasaki, Jen Kin and Chin, D.D.S., Inc. Robert 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 250,000 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, via the Web at, 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!






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HOMECOMING WEEK 2010! NOV. 7-14 See page 5 for more details.

Beach Connection Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 Beach Connection magazine for CSULB Alumni Association members

Beach Connection Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 Beach Connection magazine for CSULB Alumni Association members