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Inside: Faculty Spotlight | Upcoming Events | Ways to Stay Connected | Volunteer Spotlight


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Message from Board President Your Association at Work Upcoming Alumni Events Celebrating Distinguished Alumni Distinguished Alumni 1961-2010 Faculty Spotlight Campus Calendar of Events 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: We want to thank you again for joining the CSULB Alumni Association. It’s been demonstrated that our 35,000 members support our alma mater at a higher rate than non-member alums. We attend more events. More of us are donors and contribute more regularly than non-members. If you’re part of a “Beach Family” (aka spouse, children, parents or grandchildren are CSULB grads), chances are very good that several of you are members and donors. Photo by Victoria Sanchez

As members, we receive more communications that keep us informed about university accolades, activities, and the achievements of our students, alumni and faculty. We hope that you share your pride about The Beach with your neighbors, friends and colleagues. And if you’re so inclined, show your support as an alum by writing your elected officials about the importance of investing in higher education. We’d love to hear if you do this! In this issue, we’re highlighting our Distinguished Alumni for 2011. We’re also profiling Christopher Lowe (’91), a professor of marine biology who is frequently quoted in the media and was named the 2009 Outstanding Professor. The other profile is about alumni volunteer Kristie Koepplin (’93), who drives from Oceanside to Long Beach to assist with events. Thank you, again. We depend on our members to continue to support our university and encourage other alums to do the same. GO BEACH!

KATHLEEN R. HANSEN ’75, B.A., Family and Consumer Sciences ’82, M.B.A.

The Alumni Association board of directors welcomes Kathleen Hansen as its newest member. “We are delighted that Kathleen joins us to help further promote the excellence of Cal State Long Beach to our fellow alums,” says President Nancy Yoho. “Her professional background and proven volunteer commitment to The Beach will be great assets.” Since 1985, Kathleen has been president of her Long Beach-based company, Financial Planning Department, Inc., where she advises clients on investments, financial planning, retirement and estate planning. She is a certified financial planner, and many of her clients are multi-generational. Photo by Victoria Sanchez

On the cover: In celebration of alumni excellence, the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are: top row, left to right, Mike Baghramian (’66), Nancy Beard (’77), Robert “Bob” Ellis (’58); center row, left to right, Alyce LaViolette (’69; ’80), Carson Lev (’80), Vivianne Lokken (’93); bottom row, left to right, John McElroy (’78), Darrel Reifschneider (’55), Jerome Zack (’80).

Prior to establishing her business, she worked for Buffum’s, a department store chain with 16 locations that was based in Long Beach. She acquired the job through on-campus interviews as a student. During her tenure at Buffum’s, she learned about commodities and investing as the buyer of fine china and silverware that led her to obtain her M.B.A. degree. It was also at Buffum’s that she met her husband, William Hansen, who was the chain’s president until his retirement in 1988. Kathleen, a University Cabinet-level donor, has attended several Alumni Association events, including Concerts in the Grove, Alumni Awards Banquet and the “Body Worlds” exhibit excursion. She has also attended Big West tennis tournaments, supporting the 49ers. She comes from a Beach family. Graduates include her twin sister Laurie Paolozzi (they took several classes together); Laurie’s husband, Michael Paolozzi; and Kathleen’s brother David Reams and his wife, Jill Theresa Reams. Welcome aboard, Kathleen!


Benefit Spotlight: Discounts on Athletic Games and Alumni Events Interested in attending an alumni event or watching a men’s basketball game? Did you know as an Alumni Association member that you can receive a discount on all home games and Alumni Association sponsored events? 49er Athletic Home Games As an Alumni Association member, you get $2 off the lowest priced ticket to any of our home games. Several games are free automatically by showing your membership card at the ticket office. Come to one of our many exciting matches this season! Alumni Association Events From Concerts in the Grove to networking mixers to Alumni Night at the Theater, attending one of our alumni events is a great way to spend the day or evening. For more information on alumni events, visit or call the office at 562-985-5252.

For more information on athletic games, visit the 49er Athletics website at or call the box office at 562-985-8142.

Alumni Association Benefit: Student Recreation and Wellness Center Have you heard about the most exciting new facility on campus? The brand-new 120,000-square-foot Student Recreation and Wellness Center features state-of-the-art equipment and services for the campus community. Alumni Association members get a 10% discount on annual membership or $337.50 (regularly $375). Monthly membership is $35 per month. For more information, visit and click on Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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? See page 18 for more information.

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 4,500 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 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 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!







Join CSU alumni who live in the Washington, D.C., area for a reception to recognize the California Congressional Delegation and meet the leaders of the California State University system. To RSVP, please contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-985-2230 or e-mail at NEW YORK



The Best of the West rivalry continues! Join fellow CSULB alumni, parents and friends for a BBQ and Dirtbag baseball game vs. cross-town rivals. Did you know that over 10 CSULB Dirtbag alumni currently play in the major leagues? Come support future CSULB major league players and show your Beach Pride! Contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-9852230 or e-mail at for more information. PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS LAGUNA BEACH SUNDAY, JULY 10 6 P.M. DINNER AT TIVOLI TERRACE 8:30 P.M. SHOW, LOGE SEATING WITH




Join fellow CSU alumni and friends who live in the New York/Tri-State area for this inaugural CSU-wide networking reception! The CSU chancellor will be in attendance along with several other CSU leaders. To learn more or place your RSVP, please contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-985-2230 or e-mail at as space is limited.

A Southern California tradition for over 70 years, the Pageant of the Masters will hold the 2011 exhibition on the seaside hills of Laguna Beach. With incredible re-creations, real people pose to become part of the original 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 at

30-Minute Beach Cleanup Saturday, April 16 1 Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore 10 a.m. Free Exclusively for the classes of 2006–11! In just 30 minutes, you can make a difference! The CSULB Alumni Association and the Community Action Team of Long Beach (CAT) invite you and your friends to help tidy up your university’s local beach in Belmont Shore! Free parking (when you enter the lot at 1 Granada Ave. after 9:30 a.m.). Free bags and gloves as well as refreshments provided. WIN DOOR PRIZES!!! Be sure to be signed in by 10 a.m. to get a raffle ticket for winning great door prizes. The drawing will be held at approximately 10:35 a.m. after the half--hour beach cleanup. RSVP by April 14 and secure your spot by contacting Sasha Leonardo at 562-985-5880 or e-mail at Visit for more information.

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LOCAL EVENTS DIRTBAGS VS. OREGON STATE BLAIR FIELD SUNDAY, MARCH 20 11:30 A.M. BARBECUE LUNCHEON, 1 P.M. FIRST PITCH $25 ALUMNI OR 49ER ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBER (MEMBERS CAN PURCHASE TWO TICKETS AT THIS PRICE) $30 NON-MEMBERS, $15 CHILDREN 10 AND UNDER The Dirtbags, lead by first-year head coach Troy Buckley, take on the Oregon State Beavers in a key non-conference match-up. Price includes a full barbecue lunch and game ticket. Come out early for a pre-game autograph session. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606 or e-mail Tickets can be purchased online at



Experience the magnificence of CSULB’s nationally recognized Opera Institute as they perform this classic Cinderella fairy tale with a full orchestra. Price includes a reception and performance ticket. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606 or e-mail Tickets can be purchased online at

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2011 Alumni Awards Banquet

HYATT REGENCY, LONG BEACH THURSDAY, MAY 12 5:30-9 P.M. $150 PER PERSON Our annual gala honoring the 2011 Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Graduates, Professors, Staff and President's Distinguished Service Award recipients. A no-host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022 or e-mail at



Distinguished Alumni

CSULB's highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, is bestowed annually in each academic college by the CSULB Alumni Association. In addition to demonstrated pride and positive affinity for CSULB, awardees have achieved a record of distinction, recognition and accomplishments in their fields, a proven record of leadership and/or service to their communities and society at-large. Celebrating 50 years of alumni excellence, the CSULB Alumni Association is proud to honor the 2011 Distinguished Alumni recipients. Visit for additional information regarding the Distinguished Alumni Program.

College of the Arts CARSON LEV 1980, B.S., Industrial Design

Carson Lev combined his interests in medicine and cars into a unique entrepreneurial design career. Currently, as vice president and chief operating officer for Foose Design, Carson is well-known among auto aficionados. His custom auto designs are in demand by high-profile celebrity clients, and he transformed Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy car division by marketing to adults and expanding licensing agreements. With his interest in medicine, he has designed heart valves, CT scanners and other medical devices. His wife, two children and other family members are CSULB graduates. Industrial design students have also benefited from his expertise through his numerous classroom presentations.

College of Business Administration DARREL REIFSCHNEIDER 1955, B.S., Management

In 2002, Darrel Reifschneider founded The Lite Cylinder Company, which is one of the few American companies that manufactures and sells composite propane cylinders for residential use. Previously, he served as president of the Manchester Tank Company, the second largest U.S. manufacturer of metal propane tanks and a business founded by his family. Darrel is also the CEO of Harpeth True Value Hardware, a retail store and lumber yard in middle Tennessee. In addition, he is a director for the Tennessee Commerce Bankcorp, and active with the Franklin, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Franklin Breakfast and St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

College of Education

ROBERT “BOB” ELLIS 1958, M.A., Secondary Education

Bob Ellis is a retired, long-time educator from the Long Beach Unified School District who has been very involved with CSULB. Among the positions he held during his career were principalships at Jordan, Poly and Wilson high schools; Hughes Middle School; Catalina Schools; and Fremont and Newcomb elementary schools. He was also the district’s assistant director of personnel. Besides his involvement with The Beach, Bob is active with Long Beach City College, Long Beach Human Relations Commission, Long Beach Fire Ambassadors and the California Retired Teachers Association. His wife Barbara Seelgen-Ellis is also a CSULB graduate.

College of Engineering

MIKE BAGHRAMIAN 1966, B.S., Electrical Engineering

A native of Tehran, Iran, Mike Baghramian started Bager Electronics in 1980 from his home office. Today, the company provides technology solutions, design support and innovation for new applications to the Southwest marketplace, with four offices in Southern California and Arizona. The Fountain Valley-based company acts as a manufacturer’s representative that focuses on the sales of semiconductor components. Prior to establishing Bager, Mike worked in the aerospace industry. He has been an active member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council since 2004, the Foundation Board at Community Hospital of Long Beach, and has served on the Long Beach YMCA board.

College of Health & Human Services

NANCY BEARD 1977, B.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies; 1987, M.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies Nancy Beard is a well-recognized and highly honored professional with more than 30 years of experience working in recreation and community services in Southern California. Her leadership roles include serving as a district president of the California Parks and Recreation Society and the state scholarship chair. In December 2010, she retired as a recreation manager for the city of West Hollywood. Previously, she held management positions for the cities of Seal Beach, Riverside and Newport Beach. Nancy has been an active alumna with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department by serving as a mentor, guest speaker and curriculum reviewer.

College of Health & Human Services VIVIANNE LOKKEN 1993, B.S., Nursing (BSN)

Vivianne Lokken has utilized her nursing degree in a voluntary role for the betterment of the community-at-large and CSULB. For 10 years, she volunteered in hospice with St. Mary’s Hospital. In addition, she served as a tutor for Project Read and as a docent with the Long Beach Museum of Art. At CSULB, Vivianne has assisted the School of Nursing with fundraising for scholarships, the new building addition, and is a longtime booster for 49er Athletics. Vivianne has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Her husband Lyman is also a CSULB graduate.

College of Liberal Arts ALYCE LAVIOLETTE 1969, B.A., Psychology; 1980, M.S., Psychology

Alyce LaViolette is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Among the numerous agencies where she has worked as a consultant, trainer or expert witness are the U.S. Department of State, the L.A. County Superior Court and the YWCA Women’s Shelter Program. She is also the founder of Alternatives to Violence. Alyce has presented at workshops or meetings in Japan, Israel and New Zealand, and as a book author, has appeared on various television and radio programs speaking about domestic violence. It was through her graduate work at CSULB, volunteering at WomenShelter, that her career began.

College of Liberal Arts JOHN MCELROY 1978, B.A., English Literature

John McElroy is the senior vice president and general counsel for Mitsubishi Motors of North America, which is based in Cypress, Calif. He oversees all corporate and legal issues for the auto company. John joined the company in 1985 and has held various senior management positions, including a stint as vice president of franchise development at Mitsubishi International Corporation. He received his law degree from UCLA and is a member of the California Bar Association. John is a longtime supporter of the Beach Fund and 49er Athletics. His late mother-inlaw and brother-in-law are also CSULB graduates.

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics JEROME “JERRY” ZACK 1980, M.S., Microbiology

Jerry Zack is conducting innovative research on how HIV replicates and causes disease, and studying the possibility of how stem cells could protect HIV/AIDS patients from additional infection. As the director of the UCLA Center for AIDS Research (CFAR); a professor of medicine; and professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics with the Geffen School of Medicine, he is often featured in various popular media. The former tennis pro earned his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern, his B.S. in biology at UC Irvine, and an A.A. degree from Golden West College. He is a longtime CSULB supporter.


Francisco J. Alarcon-Vargas, 1977 James F. Alexander, 1964 Cedric L. Anderson, 1979, 1988, 1994 Deborah B. Andrews, 1971, 1976 Edna M. Andrews, 1960, 1966 Leslie C. Antosy-Flores, 1985, 1998 Ronald L. Applbaum, 1965, 1966 Ronald R. Arias, 1971

Glenn L. Carpenter, 1969 Chris C. Carter, 1979 John C. Cederquist, 1969, 1971 Edward R. Cheramy, Jr., 1970 Marjorie L. Chitwood-Burri, 1966 Per B. Christiansen, 1964 Michael J. Clevenger, 1978 Gary S. Cohn, 1976

Patrick J. Goggin, 1987, 1991 Jami E. Goldman, 1996 Sharlene E. Goodman, 1973, 1975 Robert J. Gore, 1972, 1975 Shirle Gottlieb, 1978, 1981 Cynthia Stamper Graff, 1975 Jim H. Gray, 1958, 2000 Linda Sheryl Greene, 1970

The CSULB Alumni Association is proud to acknowledge all recipients David J. Armijo, 2001 James O. Armor, 1960 Edwin C. Arnold, 1967 Michael G. Auping, 1975 Denise L. Austin, 1979 John Bacich, Jr., 1967 Jerry L. Baker, 1968 Richard E. Baker, 1961 Elizabeth S. Barber, 1979 Jane H. Barrett, 1969 Danute I. Basiulis, 1976 Tony Baxter, 1969 Frank I. Benest, 1978 Carole A. Bennett, 1965, 1972 William P. Bennett, 1961 M. Martha Molina Bernadett, 1985 Dennis M. Berryman, 1961 John M. Blaydes, 1962, 1966 Dean Bok, 1964 James H. Boren, 1950 Reid H. Bowman, 1969 Joan J. Branin, 1970 Alan M. Brennert, 1977 Jack R. Brick, 1961, 1973 John V. Briggs, 1956 Barbara Brown, 1984 William J. Burbridge, 1963, 1975 Jan F. Burke, 1978 Oliver Cagle, 1971 Blanche G. Brewster Cannady, 1954 Jack B. Caouette, 1969 Michael L. Capik, 1980

Steven R. Cohn, 1973 Ronny J. Coleman, 1987, 1994 H. Brent Coles, 1979 Eugene M. Corporon, 1969 Norman M. Coulson, 1957 Larry E. Crabtree, 1976 James L. Cradduck, 1972 Jose B. Cuellar, 1969 Julie A. Davis, 1988, 1994 Jack H. Dean, 1964, 1968 John F. Dean, 1955 James E. DeOlden, 1969, 1972 Don C. Devendorf, 1966 Christine A. Dominguez, 1974, 1980 Fred Dorer, 1961 Michael L. Douglas, 1971 Eric A. Draper, 2001 Joann E. Driggers, 1973 Robert C. Dunek, 1978 Donald N. Dyer, 1963 James H. Eaton, 1987 Modesto E. Ellano, Jr., 1990 William F. Ensley, 1964 Jeffery B. Erickson, 1973, 1976 Gregory C. Escalante, 1980 Retha C. Evans, 1997 James E. Fassel, 1973 Clifford L. Faulkner, 1976 Cathy J. Ferguson, 1970 Roger S. Fouts, 1964 Lucia Galindo Kos, 1975 Steve Gawley, 1977

Georgia D. Griffiths, 1973 Kenneth W. Gronbach, 1970 Erin J. Gruwell, 1994, 1994 Christine C. Hall, 1974 Victoria K. Hall, 1993 Deborah O. Hancock, 1959 Marvin R. Haney, 1956 James C. Hankla, Jr., 1961 Tadao Hara, 1965 Robert M. Harding, Jr., 1973 Audrey N. Hauth, 1967 James A. Herman, 1956, 1958 Christopher M. Hernandez, 1981 John C. Hernandez, 1992 Said S. Hilal, 1972, 1976 Lee R. Hill, 1974 Richard D. Huffman, 1961 Robert O. Hutchins, 1962 Ruben L. Ingram, 1955 Mark Steven Johnson, 1989 Betty P. Karnette, 1961, 1969 Michael C. Keel, 1962 Richard O. Keelor, 1961, 1964 Robert D. Keene, 1970 Samuel A. Keesal, Jr., 1961 Alec D. Keith, 1962 Robin D. G. Kelley, 1983 Gerard J. Kenny, 1973, 1975 Harold M. Kester, 1969 Hiroshi Kira, 1966 Evord F. Knights, 1964 Gerhardt G. Knodel, 1970

Left column: Karl H. Romero; Naomi Rainey; Leslie C. Antosy-Flores; Ron Tani; Jan F. Burke; Mark A. Norell; J. Diego Vigil; Lucia Galindo Kos Right column: Jack Thomas O’Connell; Susan D. Parsons; Jose B. Cuellar; Jerry Miller; Robin D.G. Kelley; Jack H. Dean; Isabel Patterson; Alan D. Nitake, Misty E. May-Treanor

Bette T. Korber, 1981 Thomas Kubis, 1978 Hoon Kwak, 1982 William C. Lake, 1967, 1968 Pauline Bich-Phuong Le, 1994, 1998 Norman D. Lean, 1956 Marnos Lelesi, 1983 Joanette L. Lima, 1980 Edward G. Linhart, 1974, 1976 Richard V. Loya, 1968, 1977 David L. Maggard, Jr., 1997 Judith Magsaysay, 1978, 1979

Mark F. O'Meara, 1980 Thomas M. O'Neil, 1962 Beverly L. O'Neill, 1952, 1956 Roland F. Osgood, 1965 Marie Otto, 1967 Susan D. Parsons, 1980, 1982 Isabel Patterson, 1951, 1995 Jerry M. Patterson, 1960 Rodney L. Patterson, 1984 Douglas M. Patton, 1980 Steve L. Pentoney, Jr., 1983 Alfred L. Pepin, Jr., 1963

H. Wayne Snavely, 1969 Robert A. Spidell, 1965, 2008 Nicholas Sramek, 1972, 1979 Christopher J. Steinhauser, 1981, 1981, 1984 William L. Ste. Marie, 1969, 1976, 1981 Doug A. Strawn, 1967 Vala J. Stults, 1964, 1969 Bodh R. Subherwal, 1974 David T. Sun, 1980 Ron Tani, 1986

of the Distinguished Alumni Awards in its 50-year history! Jerry E. Mandel, 1962, 1965 Dennis H. Mangers, 1962 Larry G. Manly, 1961 Stephen C. Marble, 1972 Marianne Marsi-Manring, 1978 Edward D. Martinet, 1978 Misty E. May-Treanor, 2002 Jim Mazzo, 1980 Murphy McCalley, 1981 Michael D. McClay, 1973, 1975 Tom R. McGannon, 1973 Debra Lee McGinty-Poteet, 1982 James R. Miller, 1972 Jerry Miller, 1976, 2004 Thomas E. Miller, 1970 Jan M. Mittermeier, 1974, 1983 Pamela M. Mokler, 1997 Judy K. Montgomery, 1973 Michael J. Montgomery, 1968 Linda Moulton-Patterson, 1982 Wayne W. Murdy, 1968 Robert H. Murphy, 1962 A. Maurice Myers, 1971 Michael R. Niggli, 1971 Alan D. Nitake, 1973, 1974 Jungran Noh, 1983 Mark A. Norell, 1980 Jack Thomas O'Connell, 1975

Kenneth L. Perrin, 1964 Lorne E. Peterson, 1967 Robert L. Pitts, 1970, 1973 Patricia S. Ploehn, 1989 Aaron J. Price, 1987 Maureen D. Price, 1985 Paul D. Pursell, 1972 Naomi Rainey, 1972, 1981, 1982 John B. Rambo, 1967 Thomas A. Reep, 1977, 1993 Jon H. Regnier, 1977 Matt Rezvani, 1975 Robin A. Richesson, 1982, 1995 Patricia A. Ridgway, 1981 Janet M. Riedman, 1970 John F. Rochford, 1977 Abigail Roddie-Hamlin, 1980, 1988 Daniel B. Rodriguez, 1984 Raul R. Rodriguez, 1969 Julie P. Romero, 1990, 1991, 1995 Karl H. Romero, 1973 Paul D. Romero, 1970, 1976 Stuart M. Rosen, 1963 Marilyn Russell Bittle, 1957 Deborah L. Sanchez, 1982 Erika Schneider, 1981 Huey P. Shepard, Sr., 1957 Craig M. Smith, 1985

Jack E. Teele, 1952 William S. Tilney, 1961 Paul A. Turner, 1969 David N. Twohy, 1978 Michael P. Ukleja, 1973 Victor M. Valle, 1974, 1977 William H. VanLeuven, 1965, 1969 James Vigil, 1962 Corina Villaraigosa, 1983, 1984 Randall M. Ward, 1976 Steve L. Weber, 1969 Jon J. Weden, 1985 Betsy G. Wells, 1986, 1986 Alan J. Whiley, 1968 Jack E. Whitehouse, 1971 Donald Gene Wilcox, 1966 William A. Wilson, 1962 Joseph Wong, 1973 Bill Wood, 1968 H. Douglas Wood, 1959, 1959 Robert S. Woods, 1974 Linda C. Woolverton, 1974 Jon Yee, 1983 Delbert W. Yocam, 1971 Nancy M. Yoho, 1981 Susumu Yokoyama, 1971, 1977 Roy A. Young, 1965, 1971 Maxine Zinn, 1965

Left column: Robert A. Spidell; Christopher J. Steinhauser; Beverly L. O’Neill; Michael L. Douglas; Blanche G. Brewster Cannady; Pauline Bich-Phuong Le; David L. Maggard, Jr; Erin J. Gruwell; Mark F. O’Meara. Right column: M. Martha Molina Bernadett; Joseph Wong; Cynthia Stamper Graff; Dennis H. Mangers; Matt Rezvani; Retha C. Evans; A. Maurice Myers; Denise L. Austin




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As both a professor and a graduate of CSULB, Christopher G. Lowe lives and breathes Beach Pride. Named the 2009 Outstanding Professor, he is the graduate advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the director Photo courtesy of Chris Lowe of the CSULB Shark Lab. Since joining the campus in 1998, his enthusiasm for his profession has led to numerous faculty committee appointments, including the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ ad hoc committee for graduate support and the Biological Sciences Department’s executive committee. Due to his research in game fish ecology and the role of marine refuges in fisheries conservation, he has served as chair of the CSU Ocean Studies Institute’s diving control board (2000-08) and, since 2008, board of governors. He is a member of CSULB’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Southern California Marine Institute’s board of governors. Lowe has been elected to numerous high-profile positions, serving on the Los Angeles-San Diego region working group, California State Marine Life Protection Act; IUCN shark specialists group, World Conservation Union; and as co-secretariat, Western Society of Naturalists. He is a member of the American Fisheries Society and American Academy of Underwater Scientists. 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? One of the greatest rewards from this job is knowing that I have helped my students realize their potential and their passion. I am quite certain that my greatest scientific achievement will not actually be anything I did or discovered; it will be the students that I have helped train. They will be my greatest academic achievement. It is truly an awesome feeling to see your students surpass you and achieve the potential you saw within them. Q: As a CSULB alumnus and a CSULB professor, what are some of your favorite memories from your time at CSULB? I’ve had so many great times at CSULB with friends, colleagues and students, so it’s hard to think of a favorite. Nevertheless, I really do treasure the time I get to spend in the field with colleagues and students. I met my wife, Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe (’91, M.S., biology, also a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences), as a grad student at CSULB. Our first date was going out to collect invertebrates off the Long Beach breakwall for the invertebrate zoology class. The boat engine died and we had to be towed back in. She still thinks I broke it on purpose. Taking my graduate students to a remote field station on French Frigate Shoals in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands and teaching them how to catch and handle large tiger sharks was a lot of fun. You really get to know your students when you spend eight hours a day for a month in a 21foot boat! Q You were among a team of experts who consulted on “Ocean in Google Earth,” a feature of the latest version of Google Earth. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?

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I was asked to participate based on some of my research on sharks in Hawaii. It was nice to be able to share some of the interesting findings. Hopefully, people will find some of this work of interest and care more about protecting sharks. Q: Can you tell us about the CSULB Shark Lab and your involvement? The CSULB Shark Lab was started by Dr. Donald R. Nelson in 1969. Dr. Nelson was a world authority on shark behavior and a pioneer in the development and use of acoustic telemetry. I had the good fortune to work with Don Nelson and Dr. Dick Bray as a graduate student, and it is an honor to be able to carry on the legacy of the CSULB Shark Lab. The CSULB Shark Lab is dedicated to the study of the physiological and behavioral ecology of sharks, rays and other economically important game fishes. My goal is to advance our understanding of the ecology of marine fishes, train future marine scientists, and disseminate information to resource managers and the general public to improve conservation of marine fishes. Q: What advice do you have for today's current students? Never turn down an opportunity to learn something new, whether it is in or out of the classroom! Learning opportunities are endless at CSULB–they are everywhere. You just simply have to grab them when they pop up. Don’t be afraid of a little hard work. It may surprise you what you are actual capable of if you push yourself, and I can promise you that your professors will!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS One-week Student Recreation and Wellness Center Pass ASI Recreation 1401 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach 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. For more information about the SRWC, please visit or call 562-985-4834.


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 to any athletic home games 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.

TWO GENTS REDUX CSULB University Players Studio Theater Fri., Mar. 4-Sat., Mar. 12 $15/$12 A new adaptation of Shakespeare's classic "Two Gentlemen of Verona" by director John Farmanesh-Bocca.

PARSONS DANCE WITH EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 5 8 p.m. $45 The most ambitious and talked about production created by Parsons Dance in its 22-year history, “Remember Me” is a highenergy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music. It combines smoldering, sexy athleticism with exhilarating live vocal performances, resulting in an original and dynamic performance experience that will have audiences leaping to their feet!

ALPIN HONG Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Mar. 11 8 p.m. $25

HYACINTH MACAW California Repertory Company Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary Through Sat., Mar. 12 $20/$15 “Hyacinth Macaw” is written by Mac Wellman and directed by Jim Martin. The nuclear family is disintegrating; identity is uncertain; even the moon is dying. Wellman's language is his plaything. "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold." - W.B. Yeats.

PINK FLOYD LASERSPECTACULAR Carpenter Performing Arts Center Mon., Mar. 14 8 p.m. $30 The cult favorite returns by demand! The best of Pink Floyd—including “Dark Side of the Moon”—comes to life with vivid multi-screen video projections and state-of-the-art laser technology. All the excitement of a live concert with thrilling visuals choreographed to one of the greatest bands of all time. Includes special 3D prism glasses to enhance the experience!

Whatever your notions are about classical music, push them aside right now! With humor, style and grace, this modern day Pied Piper has been labeled a “pianistic firebrand” by the New York Times and fills the theater with his stunning technique, emotional range and rare humor—perfect for all ages!

THE ALUMINUM SHOW Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 12 2 & 8 p.m. $40 In its West Coast debut tour, get set for an imaginative and unpredictable show that has it all! This inventive new show from Israel is a fusion of dance, puppetry and illusion that’s both playful and mesmerizing as aluminum virtually comes alive on stage! From larger than life creatures to singing slinkies, plus many more surprises—audiences of all ages will be delighted!

CSULB WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thurs., Mar. 17 8 p.m. $10/$7 The CSULB Wind Symphony is recognized as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the nation. Experience why in this concert, which will showcase the repertoire the ensemble will perform during its prestigious engagement as one of only six groups from the country appearing as part of the College Band Directors National Association conference.

GREAT BIG SEA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 19 8 p.m. $35 Come for an evening of revelry, as this Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland performs energetic rock interpretations of traditional folk songs that draw from the island’s 500-year-old Irish, English and French heritage. Their sound blends mandolin, bodhran, fiddle, concertina and vocal harmonies—their performance bellows with joy!




APRILARTS JULES MASSENET - CENDRILLON Bob Cole Conservatory of Music University Theatre Fri., Apr. 8-Sat., Apr. 9, 8 p.m. Sat., Apr. 9-Sun., Apr. 10, 2 p.m. $25/$15 French composer Jules Massenet brings the classic story of “Cinderella” to musical life in this "fairy tale" opera. Conducted by Johannes Muller-Stosch, with stage direction by Stephanie Vlahos of the LA Opera.

SUSAN WERNER Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Apr. 20-Thurs., Apr. 21 7 p.m. $45-$55


Called the “empress of the unexpected” by NPR Music, Susan Werner is one of the defining artists of the folk music genre. Her songs effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, gospel and pop, and are matched by her sophisticated wit and sassy charm! For performance tickets with dinner, or for a special seating request, please contact the Arts Ticket Office at 562-985-7000 at least 10 days before performance date. Based on availability.

DAVID DORFMAN DANCE Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Apr. 23 8 p.m. $45

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL Long Beach State vs. Sacramento State 49er Softball Complex Sun., Mar. 13 11:15 a.m.


This West Coast premiere is a dynamic engagement of movement driven by the popular—and populist—funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone. Dorfman celebrates Sly’s groundbreaking, visceral and powerful music of prophetic love, reminding us that in the face of the funk of life, there are still hopes and aspirations that reside in all of us.

MARCHGENERAL 39TH ANNUAL MEET THE INDUSTRIES EXPO (MIE) ABSOC & College of Business Administration The Grand Event Center 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach Fri., Mar. 4 Noon-3:30 p.m. $250 basic registration for 2 company representatives; donor packages available Sponsored by the Associated Business Students Organization (ABSOC) and the College of Business Administration. A formal luncheon will be held at noon, followed by a career expo from 1:30-3:30 p.m. MIE offers an interactive setting for recruiters to promote career positions, summer internships and corporate visibility to undergraduate business majors and M.B.A. candidates. The program is advertised campus-wide, so students from any major may attend. Alumni whose companies may be interested in this event are encouraged to have recruiters contact the MIE Chair Celeste Ahl via e-mail: Recruiters may also register online via the Career Development Center through

RALSAA GRAND REUNION Sacramento Thurs., Mar. 10 Recreation and Leisure Studies Alumni Association reunion. Details to come.

THE SPRING 2011 MFA DANCE CONCERT CSULB Dance Department Martha Knoebel Dance Theater Thurs., Apr. 28-Sat., Apr. 30 $20/$16 Choreography by the candidates in the MFA Dance Program.

THE POOL OF BETHESDA California Repertory Company Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary Fri., Apr. 29-Sat., May 14 $20/$15 Written by Allan Cubitt and directed by Joanne Gordon. Art collides with science, modern medicine converges with 19th century painting, and faith challenges death as redemption is revealed in the artist's eternal truth.


For campus contact information on events, please see page 11.


APRILGENERAL THE MILLER LEGACY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE INTERNATIONAL CITY Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sat., Apr. 9 2-4 p.m. Japanese Garden members only Through vision and community service, Earl and Loraine Miller made a significant contribution to the idea’s creation of Long Beach as the “International City.” Their legacy lives on through their philanthropy and continues to nurture our city’s unique character. Join us as we celebrate the EBM Japanese Garden’s 30th anniversary through a retrospective of the Miller Legacy. Light refreshments will be served. Reservation required. Please RSVP to Tracy at 562-985-2169 by April 5.

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Hospitality Foodservice & Hotel Mgt. Program SeaCliff Country Club Mon., Apr. 11 10 a.m. registration $195 (golf & banquet) Join alumni, friends and industry leaders in the ninth annual charity golf tournament in support of the Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management B.S. Degree Program. After enjoying a day of golfing at the beautiful SeaCliff Country Club, there will be a banquet with prizes, awards and an auction. Proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships and program development. For additional information about registering for the event and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Lee Blecher, program director, at Website:

EDUCATION JOB FAIR CSULB Educational Career Services CSULB University Student Union Fri., Apr. 15 Noon-4 p.m. Free to candidates School districts and other educational employers from Southern California and beyond will meet with credential candidates at this annual event. Alumni are welcome to attend. Registration information and a list of participating employers will be posted at

JOURNALISM DAY/CAREER DAY Department of Journalism & Mass Communication USU Program Council, LAGRANT USU Ballrooms Thurs., Apr. 21 9 a.m-2 p.m. Free

We all know that newspapers and TV stations are laying off workers and cutting back on everything from local news and sports to investigative reporting. Now a group of nonprofit enterprises with names like ProPublica and California Watch are popping up and shining a light on issues that newspaper and TV reporters may be too busy and overworked to cover. Such models are joining existing nonprofits such as NPR, which is growing, unlike most for-profit, ad-based enterprises. Will these news-gatherers, funded by grants and donations, be able to cover our communities and tell the stories that need to be told? Will they work? Can they last? Nonprofit journalists and members of traditional media will debate these issues. The event will also include a journalism and public relations job fair as well as panel discussions on opportunities in nonprofit public relations. For more information, contact the Journalism Department at 562-985-5779 or visit

MAYARTS CELEBRATING MUSIC - BRAHMS REQUIEM Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., May 7 8 p.m. $15/$10 The glory and power of “Brahms Requiem” fills the Carpenter Center through the combined strengths of the Cole Conservatory vocal and orchestral music programs. “Celebrating Music” helps raise travel scholarship funds for our Cole Conservatory students.

AN EVENING WITH BILLY COLLINS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., May 21 8 p.m. $35 Hailed by the New York Times as “the most popular poet in America,” former U.S. Poet Laureate and best-selling author Billy Collins generates fans all over the world with his incomparable talent for capturing subjects of everyday life—love, death, solitude, youth, and one’s triumphs and defeats. Join us for a fascinating and intimate glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliantly thoughtful man as he reads from his body of work.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS MEMBER TEA & TOUR Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., May 15 1-3 p.m. Cost of membership

MAYGENERAL 17TH ANNUAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE Office of Economic Research Hyatt Long Beach Thurs., May 13 7:30-10 a.m. $125

Become a member of the EBM Japanese Garden and join us for a lovely afternoon, including a docent led tour of the garden followed by Japanese tea and assorted desserts served in our Friends Garden. Learn about the garden’s history and significance, meet new people and make connections at the most beautiful spot in town! Pre-registration is required. Call 562-985-2169.

Breakfast meeting and forecast presentations of the nation, Southern California and the Long Beach economies. For additional information, please call 562-985-5061.

JEWELS OF THE NIGHT Long Beach State Athletics Walter Pyramid Sat., May 14 5 p.m. silent auction; 7:30 p.m. dinner $100 per person


The 16th annual Jewels of the Night auction and dinner event will once again be held at the Walter Pyramid. Twelve hundred guests are anticipated to attend. This annual fundraiser benefits the Athletics Department at CSULB. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. To purchase tickets or donate auction items, call the 49er Athletic Office at 562-985-4662 or visit for more details.

California State University, Long Beach Career Development Center, Brotman Hall 250 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840 For an appointment, call 562-985-7790 or complete our online form at


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 new Alumni Brick Plaza is now 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


Preferred E-mail Please Charge My: Mastercard

ZIP Phone


American Express

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 Your Brick Information: First and Last Name Grad Year/Major ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Card Number Expiration Signature/Date Contact the CSULB Alumni Association Office at 562-985-5252 for any further questions. To purchase your brick online, visit us at

Tradition of Giving: Loyalty Donors and Recurring Gifts Program

With more than 250,000 alumni, The Beach continues to attract record numbers of applications, receiving more than 71,000 in fall 2010. CSULB has also graduated the largest, most diverse and most successful class in its history, with more than 8,600 students receiving more than 9,100 degrees. CSULB is one of the largest universities in California, which is no easy task. The Beach has truly cultivated a tradition of giving to support its needs. Upon graduation, the CSULB degree maintains its value through generations of supporters, from students and recent graduates to our Golden Graduates. Many have earned the credibility of giving for more than 20 years, symbolizing their loyalty and support of Cal State Long Beach. The Loyalty Giving Program was introduced in 2009 as a way to recognize and give thanks to those supporters that have contributed to the university for multiple years. The Recurring Gifts Program was introduced to make it easier and more convenient for our Loyalty Donors to make a gift without receiving an additional Beach Fund call. Upon introduction, we are happy to report that more than 2,800 donors signed up for the Recurring Gifts Program through our student callers and our online giving page.

Beach Fund Update • U.S.News & World Report has once again ranked CSULB the fourth best public regional university in the western United States. • A new Chronicle of Higher Education report names Cal State Long Beach among the best public institutions in the nation in improving student graduation rates. • For the first time, state support per student, which is valued at $4,933, is less than tuition, which is $5,464. • More than 20,000 alumni, parents and friends of the university contribute to the Beach Fund each year. Thank you for your contributions! We hope to earn your continued support.

As we move forward into 2011, momentum for the program continues. On behalf of the Beach Fund student callers, thank you for your continuous support!

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

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


PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Washington, D.C.: Back to College Night

August 2010, Tivoli Terrace, Laguna Beach, Calif.

September 2010, Rayburn House Office Building

Left to right: Ann Stewart, Friend of the University; Edward Stewart (’69); Rick Zimmerman, Friend of the University; Deborah Veady (’75, ’87); Helga Gergens (’92); and Cheryl Englehart, Friend of the University.

Photo by Katrina Gordon

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

Pageant of the Masters: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Left to right: Cassandra Ma (’08), Daniel Gerges (’06), Matthew Barnett ('09) and CSULB President F. King Alexander.

Orange County Speaker Series

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

October 2010, Club 33, Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.


Left to right: Friend of the University Jessica Diaz, Uriel Diaz (’06), Gary Burke (’90, ’00), Friends of the University Lina Chau and Christina Pham, and Elizabeth Pham (’07).

Left to right: Presenters John Sabel (’84), Kathy Rogers (’76), Tony Baxter (’69), alumnus Michael O'Grattan and Jon Storbeck (’82).

Beach Alumni Mixer

Left to right: Elisa Buchanan (’04), Molly Haupt (’06) and Timothy Molina (’04).

Photo by Gay Arakawa

Photo by Gay Arakawa

November 2010, The Yardhouse, Shoreline Village, Long Beach, Calif.

Left to right: Social work graduates Ashley Weiss-Wright (’10), Thao Tran (’06, ’10), Kendra Lyman (’09, ’10) and Carly Collins (’10).

PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Golden Graduate Celebration Photo by Robert Duron

November 2010, Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach, Calif.

Golden Graduates (classes 1952 to 1960) pose for a group photo at the 2010 celebration. Homecoming 2010: Back in Black and Gold

Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Photo by David J. Nelson

November 2010, Lot 13 and Walter Pyramid, CSULB Campus

Left to right: CSULB mom and dad Rick and Brenda Aguiar.

Alumni Brick Plaza donors gather for a photo around Prospector Pete and the new Alumni Brick Plaza during Homecoming 2010. For order information, see page 14.

49ers vs. University of Washington Huskies Game and Reception

Left to right: Shannon Smith (’92), Gregory Dallaire (’61) and Michael Fox, Friend of the University.

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

Photo by Jackie Wetteland

November 2010, Ram Restaurant and Hec Edmunson Pavillion, Seattle,

Left to right: Bill Bedford (’67) and Jeremey Bedford, Friend of the University, pause for a photo while enjoying the game against the Huskies.


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTS Q Photo courtesy of Kristie Koepplin


KRISTIE KOEPPLIN, RN, 93, B.S., Nursing Kristie was born in Torrance, Calif., on Thanksgiving Day 1960 but grew up in Santa Ana and El Toro. After 40 years in El Toro, she moved with her husband, James Gray, and 87-year-old father to Oceanside on Christmas Eve 2009. Kristie earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences in 1982 from Saddleback College, her RN and operating room nurse certificate in 1985 from Saddleback College’s School of Nursing and, in 1993, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from CSULB. Kristie has been a delegate to the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress as well as a nominating committee member and now president-elect for AORN Orange County Chapter. Kristie is also a member and volunteer for the Sierra Sage-Orange County Chapter of the Sierra Club and a First Class, 10-year Girl Scout Alumnae and supporter.

Driving around campus with my mother and coming across the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, which we visited many times while I attended CSULB and after earning my BSN. Little did I know then that the garden would become the setting for my wedding on Oct. 20, 2007. Also, I enjoyed all the walking one does from class to class while viewing the beautiful scenery, sculptures and structures on campus. Q: Why did you become a volunteer of the Alumni Association? What are some of your favorite events that you enjoy volunteering for?


I believe the first event I volunteered for was a nursing/health services career fair. What better way to promote the profession of nursing and give back to the university. I have volunteered by stuffing envelopes, making floral arrangements for Commencement ceremonies, and for Homecoming and the Concerts in the Grove. After my husband Jamie and I were married at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, we started volunteering at the garden, and thus I was asked to join the Friends of the Garden Council as a member and now am the volunteer coordinator for many of the garden’s events. Q: When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies? We've heard you have an interesting collection. Can you tell us about your collection and how it got started? I have many hobbies and collections. I have over 60 Barbie dolls. The first one--I received from an aunt at age three--she is the one and only Barbie, if not mistaken, that came with three hair wigs. I have well over 500 stuffed toy animals starting from childhood to present. I have entered various contests at the Orange County Fair since 1998. My purple stuffed animal and Halloween sock collections both earned first place. I have had several photos accepted for exhibition and won the Theme Award for my “Faces of the Fair” entry. My pumpkins, tomatoes, oranges, peaches, several plant and floral arrangements, and antiques have all placed ribbons. I have placed ribbons for several on-stage contests: Best Backpacker, Best Gift Wrapper, Most Nutritious Picnic Lunch, and Best of Show for my Theme Floral entry. My Mardi Gras table setting placed second. My favorite contest is the Miniature Floral entries, in which I have won many ribbons, including the Top Award of Division Winner. Q: What advice would you give to other alumni who would like to be more involved with CSULB? Join the Alumni Association. At first, I was not able to volunteer my time but was able to donate to the Beach Fund. By doing so, you not only promote higher education but keep abreast of the university’s progress. Attend as many campus events as you can. I attended many November University Bookstore open houses and various events at the Carpenter Center for Performing Arts. Eventually, after establishing my career, I have been able to volunteer my time and, in doing so, have gained the privilege of establishing many new friendships, knowledge and even networking opportunities. Actually, by volunteering, my life has been enriched as I have received much more than I have given.

Photo by David J. Nelson

Q: While you were a student at CSULB, what were some of your fondest memories?






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

Antonio Alves Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing

President-elect Jerry K. Galbreath ‘62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services

’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

Janet Gonzales, ’08 Coordinator, Alumni Programs

Past President Marnos Lelesi

Kathleen Hansen

Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association

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

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

Kim A. Armstrong

‘83, M.A., Educational Administration Principal, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.)

‘75, B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences ‘82, M.B.A. President, Financial Planning Department, Inc.

Vice President-Membership/Marketing Roberta Smith

Guy Heston

‘90, B.S., Community Health Education ‘94, M.P.H. Physician Assistant, Pro Health Partners Medical Group

‘73, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ‘87, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Long Beach Transit (ret.)

Vice President-Programs Kathy Bazarian

Norma Kolb

‘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

‘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 “Bob” Miyasaki

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, 2011. A publication of the CSULB Alumni Association.

Treasurer Robert "Bob" Irwin

‘81, B.S., Zoology Dentist, R.M. Miyasaki, Jen Kin and Chin, D.D.S., Inc.

‘67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.)

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 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!


THE BEACH CONNECTION CSULB Alumni Association • 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0601

SAVE the DATES! Sat., July 9 - Elm Street Band Sat., July 23 - Tommy Tassi and The Authentics Emperors Sat., Aug. 6 - The emperors Sat., Aug. 20 - King Salmon Band Tickets go on sale May 4, 2011. For more information, contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022 or via e-mail at


Beach Connection Spring/Summer 2011  
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