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Inside: Golden Grads Review | Upcoming Events | New Alumni Brick Plaza

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Message from Board President New Alumni Brick Plaza Site Upcoming Events What Is Your Beach Connection? Faculty Spotlight Calendar of Events Golden Grads Beach Fund Past Events 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 truly appreciate your support during these challenging times. In my role as president, it’s been a pleasure meeting many of our Alumni Association members and Beach students, and I’m always in awe of the talent and passion that they have for Cal State Long Beach. Through our collective energies, our alma mater will thrive to educate our next generation of leaders. In this issue, you will have the opportunity to meet some of these supporters and the reasons they stay connected to The Beach…whether it’s promoting the university to neighbors and colleagues, wearing emblematic clothing, volunteering in various capacities, hiring our graduates, attending events and/or being donors. More than 150 alumni responded to the informal online survey in October asking for your thoughts. Also featured in this issue is the Faculty Spotlight on emeritus art professor Archie Boston, who was named the 2004 Outstanding Professor. Many of his former students are very successful designers and artists. If you are not receiving our Beach Pride e-newsletters twice a month, please contact us to update your e-mail address. It’s a great way to learn of opportunities to stay in touch with The Beach. Thank you again. GO BEACH!

Alumni Association Web Quick Facts FAcebook FAns:


Linkedin group members: 3,566 Join today at

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WEB SITE Our Web site is one of the best ways to connect with us. In fact, our site receives an average of more than 7,000 visits each month. It offers a wealth of information on our programs and upcoming events but also allows you to do much more:

On the cover: Front row, left to right: Colleen McDuffie (‘09), Silvia Costanza (‘09), Alvaro Castillo (‘98), Evelyn Meade (‘70), Stephanie Hearrell-Luis (‘92). Back row, left to right: John Briscoe (‘79), Kathleen Hansen (‘82), Michael Bernbaum (‘92), Jean Conwell (‘66), Crystal Blaylock (‘06), Kevin Garcia (‘06). Photo by Victoria Sanchez.

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Update your contact and other information. Become a fan of our page on Facebook. Request membership in our LinkedIn group. Purchase tickets for any of our upcoming events or view photos from our past events. 4 Purchase or find your alumni brick in the brick plaza. 4 Become a volunteer. 4 See our upcoming regional alumni programs. 4 Use our Find a 49er program to send a message to a former classmate or professor. Visit to stay connected. Have a suggestion for the Web site? Send us an email at

YOUR ASSOCIATION AT WORK: NEW ALUMNI BRICK PLAZA! Every graduate leaves an imprint. Why not leave

a legacy? The CSULB Alumni Association is pleased to announce the addition of a second Alumni Brick Plaza due to the program’s overwhelming popularity. The new site is nestled around the infamous Prospector Pete statue and is now available to CSULB alumni.

3 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 over 3,000 CSULB graduates. Your $150 donation will not only get your name, major and year of graduation etched 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.

NEW BRIck PlAzA oRdER FoRm YOUR BRICK’S INFORMATION: First and Last Name Grad Year Major

The plaza is open to CSULB graduates only and makes a great gift! PURCHASER’S INFORMATION:

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. The engraved bricks are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Purchaser’s Name Purchaser’s Address City

To purchase your brick today, please fill out the form on this page and return using the enclosed envelope. You may also contact the CSULB Alumni Association at 562-985-5252 or call toll-free at 888-883-0007. To purchase your brick online, visit us at

Alumni Association members receive a special price of $125 until

June 30, 2010!



Preferred E-mail Check enclosed Please Charge My: Card Number Signature This brick is a gift.



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Join CSU alumni who live in the Washington, D.C. area at a reception on Capitol Hill 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

Photo by Cheri Kinley

Photo by Chris Bennion


In just 30 minutes, you can make a difference! The CSULB Alumni Association and the Community Action Team of Long Beach 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 provided. Refreshments provided. WIN DOOR PRIZES!!! Be sure to sign in by 10 a.m. and get a raffle ticket to win some great door prizes. The drawing will be held at approximately 10:35 a.m., after the half-hour cleaning. RSVP by April 16 and secure your spot by contacting Sasha Machado at 562-985-5880 or Visit for more information. Sponsored by your CSULB Alumni Association and the Community Action Team of Long Beach.



Join the fellow CSULB alumni and friends for brunch at the Wyndham Resort, Orange County, and a matinee performance of Hairspray, Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon and 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Musical. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or Parking is included in the price.


Our annual gala honoring the 2010 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 tickets and for more information on all events, please visit

Photo by Tony Alves






Exclusively for the classes of 2000-10. The CSULB Alumni Association invites you and your friends to attend a social business mixer for the newest Beach alumni. Network with other 49ers, connect with Beach friends and exchange business cards at 300 Anaheim! What is 300 Anaheim? It’s bowling–with a twist. Mix and mingle in the venue’s private lounge space featuring: state-of-the-art lanes, billiard tables, floor-to-ceiling music video screens, full service bars, and much more! Admission includes complimentary appetizers, unlimited bowling, bowling ball, shoes and parking. Make sure to bring your business card for our big raffle! Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible, as we will not be admitting “walk-ups.” Contact Sasha Machado at 562-985-5880 or

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A return favorite, this Long Beach group boasts alumni of Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College, Millikan High and Stanford Junior High. These four venerable rockers have jammed together in various combinations for almost 40 years. The Long Beach Press Telegram calls them “the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach.” The highly acclaimed “oldies” band performs vintage Top 40 and popular tunes from the ’40s through the ’70s like “Mustang Sally” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” If you like Elvis, The Beatles and the Eagles, you will love the Elm Street Band. JULy 24 Tommy TASSi And The AUThenTiCS




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A Southern California tradition for over 70 years, the Pageant of the Masters will hold the 2010 exhibition, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry,” on the seaside hills of Laguna Beach. With incredible recreations, 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. With the Alumni Association, you will have a special opportunity to go behind the scenes and wander through the elaborate grounds of the Festival of the Arts. Preceding the show, enjoy dinner at the Tivoli Terrace. Tickets go on sale Feb. 16. For more information, contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022 or by e-mail at

Back by popular demand and rated one of the best bands by concert audiences! Tommy Tassi and the Authentics is a highly renowned oldies band that has been entertaining and pleasing audiences of all ages since 1978 with their riveting spirit and energy. They can perform many requests due to their myriad repertoire of the popular hits from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Lead vocalist Tommy Tassi, who has an uncanny ability to sound like many of the legendary artists, has guided the band to their popularity and success. AUGUST 7 STone SoUL

Making their Concerts in the Grove debut, Stone Soul brings you the finest classic soul and Motown, presented with the passion, artistry and skill that the original performers brought to the stage. No style of music enjoys wider appeal. Timeless hit songs by legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, The Temptations, James Brown and many more are sure to please people of all ages. AUGUST 21 The emperorS

Also making their Concerts in the Grove debut, The Emperors are a clear Long Beach favorite. The Emperors have performed in opening acts for Peter and Gordon, the Rolling Stones, The Righteous Brothers and later, Steely Dan. Known for tight ensemble playing, strong vocals and an exciting stage show, The Emperors have put their mark on many high-energy covers. The Emperors have scored big with fans with songs like The Who’s “Tommy,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” among others. For more information, visit our website at or contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022 or e-mail at

For tickets and for more information on all events, please visit


What is Your Kevin Garcia

Tony J. Gill

’06, B.A., FCS Child Development Family Studies Los Angeles, Calif.

’91, B.A., Criminal Justice Security Administration Men's Golf Team, ‘86-‘91 Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

Community Advocate and Speaker Since graduating, I am proud to talk up “The Beach” whenever I can. I love to wear my CSULB “hoodie.” Recently, I have gone back to one of my former professor's classes to speak with her students. This was one of my favorite classes, and it has been an honor to return to it. Finally, in my job as a high school counselor, I promote CSULB to my students. I encouraged one of my graduating seniors from last year to join the Learning Alliance at CSULB, and so far, he seems to like it. I can't wait to see more of my students attending CSULB in the future.


Alumni Association Member Since graduating from CSULB in 1991, I have mostly lived away from Long Beach, including now, as I live in New York. However, I sport the Long Beach State name and logo whenever I can on my sweatshirts, T-shirts and beanies! All my family still live in Long Beach, and one of my favorite things to do when I come home to visit is go to the bookstore to purchase a new piece of Beach wear! Go Beach!

Evelyn Meade

Raynard Mayo

’70, B.A., Speech Communication Long Beach, Calif.

’96, B.A., Secondary Education Overseas Military, Armed Forces Pacific


Community Advocate and Alumni Association Member

I worked for the Long Beach Unified School District for 37 years. My husband and I are both graduates of CSULB. We have stayed connected over the years by sending our children to the music conservatory and contributing to the CSULB Foundation. Kaleidoscope has always been a favorite of ours, also. Sometimes, it's just nice walking the track and enjoying the flora and fauna. It's a beautiful campus.

Although I am stationed overseas in the Pacific, where I serve as a teacher with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA), I always promote CSULB to my students. Our DODEA school community serves all military families stationed overseas in the Pacific, Asia and Europe. Many of our kids have been overseas for some time and have no access to visiting universities on the U.S. mainland. So I enjoy sharing my CSULB experience with my students. Every year, we provide a college fair on campus. In order to prepare for the event, CSULB has been able to provide materials for applying to CSU Long Beach. In addition, I am always promoting Long Beach State’s International Program (IP) Study Abroad. As a former study abroad participant, I have had lifelong experiences and friendships from studying and living abroad through IP CSULB. Go Beach!

Taylor Dudley ’05, B.A., Political Science Mission Viejo, Calif. Volunteer, Donor, Event Attendee, Alumni Association Member and Greek Life As a college student, my connection and love for the university stemmed from my membership in Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta). Through Tri Delta, I made numerous professional contacts and meaningful friendships, and I enjoyed opportunities for personal growth, leadership and philanthropic giving. Today, as an alumna, my connection to the university remains through Tri Delta. Since graduation, I have represented CSULB as a consultant for Tri Delta and facilitated conventions and leadership seminars for collegians and adult volunteers throughout North America. No matter where I go, I'm always proud to tell people I'm a Tri Delta from CSULB.

Tim Schugt ’93, M.A., Elementary Education Long Beach, Calif. School Community Liaison For the last several years, I have maintained my Beach connection through my employer. I work with the university to place student teachers, work study, and serve students. It's always nice to have that CSULB connection.

Alumni connections are critical to the success of all great universities. There are many ways alumni stay connected to CSULB: volunteering for events and programs, speaking in the classroom, donating, attending athletic events, promoting The Beach to future students, hiring other CSULB grads, and countless other ways. We recently sent out an inquiry asking Beach alumni what their Beach Connection is. These are just some of the highlights of what they had to say. Take a look on our Web site at for expanded alumni highlights and quotes.

Beach Connection? browsing the vast collection at the university library, shopping at the bookstore and the social interactions at the student union. They were very excited after our visit. It thrilled me even more to see a class paper my son wrote with the quote, “I'm going to Cal State Long Beach like my mom.”

Alex J. Arjonilla ’79, B.S., Marketing Los Alamitos, Calif. Alumni Association Member I’ve stayed connected by being an Alumni Association member and purchasing an alumni brick in the Quad Area. I attend athletic and theatrical events and purchase CSULB shirts from the campus store in order to reflect my campus pride, and give priority on hiring CSULB graduates. I’ve also recommended CSULB to family and friends with courtesy campus tours.

Crystal Blaylock ’06, B.A., Political Science Long Beach, Calif. Volunteer, Community Advocate, Staff, Alumni Association Member and Chapter Alumni Advisor for Greek Organization As a young alum, I have been thrilled to be able to continue my passion for CSULB. I love meeting prospective students in my community and being able to share with them the joy I had as an active member of student life. I feel strongly that going to class is just part of one's collegiate experience, something I try to instill in all students I meet and work with. As a current CSULB staff member, I love the energy I feel when I walk around campus. It has brought full circle my experience here.

Robert Boggs ’93, B.A., Economics Fullerton, Calif. Volunteer, Community Advocate, 49er Athletics Supporter, Alumni Association Member and Library User I’m an avid volleyball fan and supporter. After graduating from CSULB in 1993, I went to graduate school in Boston, Mass., earning an M.S. in economic policy and planning, then moved back to California where I began my career in higher education. I earned my Ed.D. from the University of La Verne, but when anyone asks me where I graduated from, I am always proud to say that I'm a 49er and CSULB is my alma mater.

Michele Wilkins Sanchez ’91, B.A., Psychology La Verne, Calif. Donor, Alumni Association Member Over 20 years since graduating, I still wear my alumni T-shirt and my car still wears its alumni plate. Even more importantly, I have 14-year-old twins that had a wonderful visit to CSULB with me. I wanted to share my days in college with them–

Matt Brown ’00, B.S., Marketing Orange, Calif. Donor I come to campus a few times a year to see the changes that have been made. I follow all of the sports teams very closely on I was happy to be able to hire a new graduate of the university in 2007. Hopefully, she is the first of many. I have small children, but as they get older, I will certainly bring them to the campus and to see some athletic events.

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Jeff Birkenstein ’96, M.A., English Literature Lacey, Wash. Alumni Association Member After getting an M.A. in English at CSULB, I went on to get a Ph.D. I now teach at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Last year, I was in Cork, Ireland, for the International Conference on the Short Story in English. Charles E. May, world famous short story critic and my former CSULB English professor, was also there. Halfway around the globe, I was in some small way connected to The Beach. I am grateful to still be in touch with my mentor and friend after all these years.

Alvaro Castillo ’98, B.S., Business Administration Long Beach, Calif. Volunteer, Donor, Community Advocate, Event Attendee, 49er Athletics Supporter, Alumni Association Member, 49er Shops Board Member and Housing Board president for the Delta Chi Fraternity


Cal State University, Long Beach was more than a place where I received one of the finest educations, it was also the place where I grew up, made lifelong friends, met my wife and maximized my leadership abilities. The experiences that I had at CSULB were so wonderful and have helped to advance me so far in both my personal life and my career that I want to make sure that I can help to ensure that others reap the same benefits. For that reason, my wife and I have stayed heavily involved with CSULB and the surrounding community. I currently sit on the 49er Shops board of directors, I have held numerous positions in the Alumni Association for the Delta Chi Fraternity, but currently, I am the Housing Board president. My wife and I enjoy attending the performances at the Carpenter Center. We take our little boy to as many sporting events as we can and have never missed a Homecoming game and event since our graduation. We participate in numerous events sponsored by the Alumni Association and donate financially and through our small business, Edible Arrangements, in Los Alamitos. We truly enjoy staying connected and plan to do so for many years to come. See more responses online at

Photo by David J. Nelson

What is Your Beach Connection?

ARCHIE BOSTON/Professor Emeritus, Art Archie Boston is a nationally known art director, designer, writer, educator and publisher. He was chair of the Visual Communication Design Program at California State University, Long Beach. He has also operated his own design-consulting firm, Archie Boston Graphic Design, for the past 32 years and has served two terms as president of the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles. Since 1964, Boston has been a consistent award winner in distinguished shows across the country. He is considered one of the nation’s leading design instructors and a highly respected graphic designer. Boston was featured in Graphic Design: USA as one of 35 design pioneers in 2003. In 2001, Boston published Fly in the Buttermilk: Memoirs of an African American in Advertising Design & Design Education. Boston was named the 2003-04 Outstanding Professor of the Year at CSULB. Q. You were honored as a faculty member who has had a positive impact on CSULB graduates from the CSULB Alumni Association. As a professor, what does this mean to you? This honor means that my philosophy of design has made an impression on my current and former students. I tried to give my students realistic graphic design experiences that are required of them in our design community. I constantly receive feedback from former students as to what we should do to improve the quality of our students’ work. Good students’ work translates into good jobs in good design firms. Q. Can you tell us about your experience at CSULB? My experience at this university has been very rewarding. I love teaching eager graphic design students everything I know about my profession. I discuss the compassion, excitement and reward of doing quality work. I have also mentored junior faculty members and participated as a good university citizen by serving on committees at all levels during my 33 years of teaching. I have tried to be innovative in our curriculum, to stay abreast of change in the design profession. Q. What kind of advice can you give current students or recent alumni as they embark on the next phase of their life? Be prepared for change, because change is the only constant. Hang out with smart people. They will make you smarter. Question the status quo and try to find new ways to solve old problems. Be a leader, not a follower. Believe in yourself and don't ignore your gut feelings. Set short- and long-term goals throughout your lifetime. Q. What was your motivation for becoming a professor? I wanted to influence future generations of graphic designers to understand the value of doing quality design that solves clients’ problems. Their work should also be environmentally friendly, sustainable, and hopefully satisfy their creativity.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS OLLI at CSULB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute HS&D Room 100-101 Sat., Apr. 10 & June 26 $40/yr. membership $10 classes The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a center in the College of Health and Human Services. The university for adults over 50 years young offers non-credit classes in eightweek sessions taught by faculty, alumni, members and community experts in areas such as the arts, social and biological sciences, health and wellness and computer skills. We also have exciting historic walking tours of Long Beach. Additionally, classes are offered at Leisure World and Park Pacific Towers in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Phone 562985-8237 and visit our Web site at


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. 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 562-985-5093.

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.

FEBRUARYATHLETICS DIRTBAGS BASEBALL OPENING DAY LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS VS. PEPPERDINE WAVES Blair Field Fri., Feb. 19 6:30 p.m. $7 general admission $5 Alumni Association members

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO Carpenter Center Sat., Feb. 20-Sun., Feb. 21 4 p.m. $45

Support your Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball team as they open up their 2010 season. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit or call The Walter Pyramid box office at 562-985-4949.

Consistently sold out at the Carpenter Center, the all-male dance company returns to kick up its heels and poke more fun at the world of classical ballet. These impossibly graceful ballerinas combine highly skilled displays en Pointe with some of the funniest sights you’ll see on a ballet stage!

FEBRUARYJAPANESE GARDEN WINTER LECTURE KIMONO IN COLOR: A SPECTRUM OF SEASONS Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB Fri., Feb. 26 7 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. lecture begins Free for Friends of the Japanese Garden members and their guests only RSVP required Enjoy a lecture and kimono display that explores the use of color in ancient and modern Japanese culture. EBM Japanese Garden Assistant Director for Education Alison Redfoot-DiLiddo will draw upon examples of color use in kimono, the imagery of the four seasons based on the Garden’s kimono collection and the garden itself, as well as her research into this fascinating topic. Light refreshments will be served. Make your reservations early for this popular program. Become a Friend of the EBM Japanese Garden and enjoy all of our educational programs.

LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. UC IRVINE ANTEATERS The Walter Pyramid Wed., Feb. 24 7 p.m. $8/$5 Alumni Association members Cheer on your Long Beach State men’s volleyball team as they take on defending National Champions, the UCI Anteaters, as part of the Black & Blue Rivalry Series. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit or call The Walter Pyramid box office at 562-985-4949.



FEBRUARYGENERAL FELLOWS COLLOQUIUM DEAN'S BREAKFAST BRIEFING College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Pyramid Annex Wed., Feb. 17 7:30-9 a.m. Free for Fellows members $25 for non-members “Fishing for Answers: How managing sex change in California Sheephead ensures this heart-healthy fish can remain on our plates, as well as in our oceans.” Fish are an increasingly important heart-healthy food source, and in California, commercial and recreational fishing are economic engines generating billions of dollars each year. While U.S. fisheries have been under government management for over 200 years, fish populations are still declining, some more rapidly than others. Why? In the case of the California Sheephead, a popular food and sport fish, scientists Kelly Young and Chris Lowe have discovered the answer: fishing induced sex and size changes. Using a combination of standard fisheries techniques and new reproductive biology methods, the duo’s research is helping fisheries managers develop more effective protection for Sheephead as well as methods that can be used for other species impacted by the pressures of heavy fishing. For more information, please contact Nicole Algarin-Chavarria at 562-985-7446 or visit online at

SYNERGY @ WORK: ENGINEERING, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOB FAIR Career Development Center CSULB University Student Union Thurs., Feb. 18 Noon-4 p.m. Free


A job fair provides an opportunity for students and alumni to meet in one setting with a large number of employers who are specifically seeking CSULB students and graduates for the purpose of employment. Synergy @ Work will feature organizations hiring for full-time, part-time and internship positions in the fields of engineering, science and technology. Also, attend the Green Vendor Fair to meet with organizations sharing information about “Green” careers, “Green” products and eco-friendly services available in Long Beach and the surrounding area.

ALUMNI WORKSHOP: BRAND U - BUILDING YOUR CAREER BRAND Career Development Center CDC - Brotman Hall 250 Wed., Feb. 24 3-4 p.m. Free As a new or past alum, how can you prepare today for ways to market yourself tomorrow? By creating an effective career brand, you will inform others of what they can expect from working with you and the value you bring to the working relationship. This interactive workshop will focus on practical considerations on how best to present your skills and experience, where to find new opportunities, how to leverage past experiences, showcase resumé highlights, choose the right mentor, gain tips on networking and much more. Learn how to make the best strategic career decisions today to help you achieve your long-term career goals.

SCRAP ARTS MUSIC Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 20 8 p.m. $30 Five athletic musicians play over 140 invented instruments in this wildly theatrical, adrenaline-laced power percussion performance rooted in street performance, jazz and world music traditions.

BATTLEFIELD BAND Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 27 8 p.m. $35 See the band the Washington Post describes as “contagious Celtic funk.” Named after the Battlefield section of Glasgow, the group is credited with leading the revival of Scottish traditional music, blending new songs and old and featuring modern instruments with blazing bagpipes and fiddles.

MARCHATHLETICS LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. UC RIVERSIDE The Walter Pyramid Fri., Mar. 5 7:30 p.m. $10/$8 Alumni Association members Support your Long Beach State men’s basketball team for White-Out Night in The Walter Pyramid, complete with a Tshirt giveaway for the first 4,000 fans in attendance. This game is televised, so if you are unable to attend, tune in to FSN West.

MARCHARTS LED ZEPPELIN LIVE! STARRING HEARTBREAKER Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 6 8 p.m. $25 Rock out with this group of seasoned musicians that have not only perfected the sound, but the image, look and persona that will leave even the most diehard Zeppelin fans awestruck!

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010 BIG WEST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Long Beach State Athletics Anaheim Convention Center Wed., Mar. 10-Sat., Mar. 13 Tickets start at only $10 Join hundreds of Long Beach State fans and students at the Anaheim Convention Center to support your 49er men's and women's basketball teams in the Big West Conference Tournament. The winners receive an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament and will represent the Big West Conference in the Big Dance.

LONG BEACH STATE SOFTBALL – LONG BEACH STATE INVITATIONAL Mayfair Park, Lakewood, Calif. Fri., Mar. 12-Sun., Mar. 14 $12 general admission $6 Alumni Association members

ALUMNI WORKSHOP: BRAND U - BUILDING YOUR CAREER BRAND Career Development Center CDC - Brotman Hall 250 Tues., Mar. 23 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free As a new or past alum, how can you prepare today for ways to market yourself tomorrow? By creating an effective career brand, you will inform others of what they can expect from working with you and the value you bring to the working relationship. This interactive workshop will focus on practical considerations on how best to present your skills and experience, where to find new opportunities, how to leverage past experiences, showcase resumé highlights, choose the right mentor, gain tips on networking and much more. Learn how to make the best strategic career decisions today to help you achieve your long-term career goals.

APRILARTS SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thurs., Apr. 1 8 p.m. $45

The Long Beach State women’s softball program hosts Purdue, Notre Dame, San Diego, Buffalo and Idaho State in their annual invitational tournament at Mayfair Park.

MARCHGENERAL MEET THE INDUSTRIES EXPO (MIE) 2010 Associated Business Students Organization Council The Grand Event Center, Long Beach Fri., Mar. 5 $300 for two company representatives ABSOC will present its 38th annual Meet the Industries Expo (MIE). This interactive event allows company representatives to promote career positions, summer internships and corporate visibility to undergraduate business majors. The program for recruiters includes a networking luncheon at noon, followed by a career expo from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Please contact Jeane Relleve Caveness at 562-985-5908 or visit online at

RALSAA GRAND REUNION Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Wyndham Resort, Palm Springs, Calif. Thurs., Mar. 11 5-8 p.m. Free

Don’t miss the season’s most uplifting event, as Soweto Gospel Choir’s 25 members perform a program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel–plus modern Western spirituals and international pop.

APRILJAPANESE GARDEN ORCHID SALE AND “ASK THE EXPERTS” TABLE Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., TBA 12-3 p.m. Free Having trouble growing your own orchids? Come to our orchid sale in the EBM Japanese Garden courtyard and ask the experts from the Gardena Cymbidium Club all of your orchid questions. Once you know the answers, you’ll have the confidence to purchase new plants from the club at really wonderful prices. Open to the public.

The Annual Recreation and Leisure Studies Alumni Association (RALSAA) Grand Reunion is held in conjunction with the CPRS conference. Come for all or part of the event, which, this year, will be hosted by both the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the CPRS District 10 board.


SPRING INTO SUCCESS: SPRING JOB FAIR Career Development Center CSULB University Student Union Thurs., Mar. 11 Noon-4 p.m. Free

LONG BEACH STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. BYU Thurs., Apr. 1 & Fri., Apr. 2 The Walter Pyramid 7 p.m. $8/$5 Alumni Association members

The spring job fair provides an opportunity for students and alumni to meet in one setting with a large number of employers who are specifically seeking CSULB students and graduates for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions, and/or paid and volunteer internships. This event is open to students and alumni from all fields of study.

Don’t miss this chance to root for your Long Beach State men’s volleyball team as they take on powerhouse BYU for two nights in The Walter Pyramid.

LONG BEACH STATE TRACK & FIELD – BEACH INVITATIONAL Cerritos College, Falcon Stadium Sat., Apr. 17 All day $8 general admission $5 Alumni Association members The Long Beach State men’s and women’s track and field teams host their annual invitational meet with over 1,400 athletes from around the country expected to participate.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS BIG WEST WOMEN’S WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS Hosted by Long Beach State CSULB Campus Pool Fri., Apr. 23-Sun., Apr. 25 $10 general admission

ALUMNI WORKSHOP: JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER WITH NETWORKING Career Development Center CDC - Brotman Hall 250 Tues., Apr. 20 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free

All six women’s water polo teams in the Big West Conference will converge over one weekend at the CSULB campus pool.

Networking is key to building relationships and can be useful for developing job contacts and informational interviews. This workshop, specifically geared to the needs of alumni, will introduce the concept of networking (what it is; why it is useful), as well as engage participants in practice activities to get started.




CHRISTINE EBERSOLE Carpenter Performing Arts Center Mon., May 3-Tues., May 4 7 p.m. $55

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is holding its first Alumni Reunion Banquet. Come and join your old classmates and professors and learn the latest news about our department. Go to to see a list of those who say they may attend the banquet, and sign up to let us know you are interested and that you want to receive further details about the location and ticket prices. Contact Jeffrey A. Cohlberg at 562-985-4944 or visit the Web page at

HFHM CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management Program SeaCliff Country Club - Huntington Beach, Calif. Mon., Apr. 12 10 a.m. $190 golf and banquet


A charity golf tournament benefiting the Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management Bachelor of Science Degree Program at CSULB. For further information regarding this event, sponsorship opportunities, and to learn about the program, contact Dr. Lee Blecher, program director, at 562-985-4493 or visit online at

ALUMNI WORKSHOP: BUILDING YOUR CAREER PORTFOLIO Career Development Center CDC - Brotman Hall 250 Tues., Apr. 13 3-4 p.m. Free Learn how to make an outstanding impression in your interviews by bringing a career portfolio with highlights of your accomplishments and work experiences. Whether you provide a hard copy or present your work online, your interviewers will be impressed with this special touch.

FELLOWS COLLOQUIUM DEAN'S BREAKFAST BRIEFING College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Pyramid Annex Wed., Apr. 14 7:30-9 a.m. Free for Fellows members $25 for non-members “Sex, Drugs and Radical Chemistry: Radical solutions to removing drugs and personal care contaminants from treated wastewater.” Every day in Los Angeles and Orange County, wastewater treatment plants release roughly 1.3 billion gallons of treated wastewater into the environment, along with pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other contaminants they were never designed to remove. These chemicals end up in our oceans and groundwater with deleterious effects to wildlife and humans alike. What are these effects and how do we prevent them? Join us as Professor Kevin Kelley discusses his research on the feminization of male fish and other effects of environmental chemical contaminants, while Professor Stephen Mezyk provides large-scale solutions to contaminant removal through radical chemistry developed in his laboratory. Kelley is an endocrinologist whose research is aimed at defining the impact of pollutants and other human-derived influences on wildlife through the use of "environmental endocrine disruption" and "ecoproteomics" as measures of phenotype. For more information, contact Nicole Algarin-Chavarria at 562-985-7446 or visit online at

Television, film and Broadway star Christine Ebersole brings a potent combination of sophistication and talent to the stage. From 42nd Street to Grey Gardens, critics rave over this two-time Tony Award winner. Her show is sure to be standing room only and the series’ hottest ticket!

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., May 19-Thurs., May 20 7 p.m. $45-$68 The delicate, swinging rhythms played at breakneck speed by this French gypsy-jazz band are joined by the equally compelling voice of Isabelle Fontaine.

TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., May 22 8 p.m. $40 One of the most sought after choreographers, Trey McIntyre conjures up emotionally charged dances that defy categorization, set to musical scores ranging from Beethoven to The Beatles. The New York Times hails McIntyre as “one of America’s most surprising talents!”




NEW MEMBER TEA & TOUR Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., May 2 1-3 p.m. Cost of membership Pre-registration required

16TH 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 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 562-985-5930.

Breakfast meeting and forecast presentations of the nation, Southern California and the Long Beach economies.

MAYATHLETICS DIRTBAGS BASEBALL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEKEND LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS VS. STANFORD CARDINALS Blair Field Fri., May 7, 6:30 p.m. Sat., May 8, 5:30 p.m. Sun., May 9, 1 p.m. $7 general admission $5 Alumni Association members Support your Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball team as they take on the Stanford Cardinals and encourage breast cancer awareness. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit or call The Walter Pyramid box office at 562-985-4949.

Long Beach State Dirtbags Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans Blair Field Fri., May 14, 6:30 p.m. Sat., May 15, 5:30 p.m. Sun., May 16, 1 p.m. $9 general admission $7 Alumni Association members Support your Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball team as they host cross-town rival Cal State Fullerton. This series is always exciting, so buying tickets in advance is highly encouraged. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit or call The Walter Pyramid box office at 562-985-4949.

LONG BEACH STATE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL VS. UC IRVINE ANTEATERS Blair Field Fri., May 28, 6:30 p.m. Sat., May 29, 5:30 p.m. Sun., May 30, 1 p.m. $9 general admission $7 Alumni Association members

JUNEGENERAL STUDY ABROAD IN TAIWAN Taiwan Mon., June 14-Sun., July 4 Mon., Aug. 2-Sun., Aug. 22 $2,350 + airfare The Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management Program is offering a threeweek study abroad program in Taiwan during summer 2010. There are two sections offered for your convenience. The course title is "HFHM 274 - Global Issues in Hotel and Restaurant Management" (three units). This class is offered for all major and non-major students (undergraduate and graduate) at CSULB, other campuses and alumni. Therefore, you may want to share this opportunity with your friends who may be interested or need the units to complete their degree. For CSULB alumni, this class can be used for your credit units or personal/professional development. For more information, contact Ronnie Yeh, associate professor of hospitality foodservice & hotel management, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Tel.: 562-985-4958; Fax: 562-985-4414; E-mail:

AUGUSTGENERAL YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAMP Science Education Department Science Labs on Campus Mon., Aug. 9-Fri., Aug. 20 8:30-noon $300 ($275 for Alumni Association members) The Young Scientists Camp is a two-week, handson science camp for children entering third through eighth grade. The camp is taught by area teachers and CSULB students. This summer, we will study different earth and space science concepts. Join us for a fun-filled educational program! Visit for more details.

Support your Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball team as they take on defending Big West Conference Champions, the UCI Anteaters, as part of the Black & Blue Rivalry Series. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit or call The Walter Pyramid box office at 562-985-4949.

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


CSULB STARTS A BRAND NEW TRADITION On Nov. 13, 2009, as part of CSULB’s 60th anniversary celebration, we honored 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 has become today. For the first time ever, CSULB brought together over 250 graduates, faculty and staff who were the pioneers of Long Beach State College during 1949-59 for the Golden Decade Celebration. Everyone gathered on this evening to celebrate and reminisce about the “Golden 14Days” of Long Beach State College.

Above: Class of ’59. Left: Left to right, JoAnn Lindner and Richard Lindner ('58, '61).

Over the course of three days, our Golden Graduates and their guests were invited to join other activities during Homecoming Week. The activities included dinner and a theater night at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, barbecue with Alumni & Friends, private campus shuttle tour, oncourt presentation prior to the Homecoming basketball game and an opportunity to stay for the big game to cheer on our 49ers.

Below left: Left to right, Polly Seely Schneider ('52), Ruben Ingram ('55) and wife Marjie, Barbara (Hinrichs) Davis ('52), Dorothy (Seely) Andrews ('53), Jim Churchill ('57,'62) and Rozanne Churchill ('65). Below right: Left to right, Tommy Pestolesi (current student), Bob Pestolesi ('53) and Marilyn Pestolesi ('72).

Our Golden Graduates had a memorable experience, and as a result of these successful events, CSULB has started a brand new tradition that will continue to grow each year. Mark your calendars for next year’s celebration as we induct members of the class of 1960 into the Golden Graduate Society during Homecoming Week in November 2010! Please keep us updated with your most current contact information, including address, phone number and e-mail (and encourage your Golden Graduate friends to do the same!), by contacting Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or

Photos by Cher i Kinley

Timeless Opportunities An alumni tradition of giving supports students of

Today and Tomorrow California State University, Long Beach has a remarkable tradition of alumni support. All of our alumni give back to the university when they can, and more than 20,000 have supported the university with gifts in five or more separate years. This not only shows a continued dedication to our mission at The Beach but also reflects the sincere appreciation our alumni share for the Beach Experience.

Alumni like you have spoken out loud and clear that supporting The Beach every year is a CSULB tradition. Now, making sure that you never forget to make your yearly contribution is easier than ever. The CSULB Recurring Gifts Program gives you the opportunity to support the university’s mission, now, and into the future. The Recurring Gifts Program is convenient for you and the most cost-effective means of fundraising for The Beach, allowing us to devote more of your valued dollars toward student success. Instead of making a one-time donation, you may set up a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual giving plan whereby a predetermined gift amount is automatically charged to your credit or debit card. Because your gift will automatically renew each year, your gift provides a steady flow of funds that CSULB will use to provide timeless opportunities for today’s students and generations to come. To set up your recurring gift today, please visit the Beach Fund Web site at and click the “Give Now” button.

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

“The education I received at CSULB prepared me well for my career in education. As an alumni and a BEACH parent, it gives me great pleasure to continue supporting the efforts of CSULB. If I can help one student achieve their goal in life, then I have made a difference in our future.” Cindy Mobley Class of 1978 and Current Beach Parent

CSULB Beach Fund 2010 Update: •Halfway through the 2009-10 fiscal year,

Beach Fund students have spoken with almost 20,000 alumni and parents. •These generous and dedicated Beach

supporters have pledged more than $600,000 to enhance the education of all CSULB students. •More than 1,200 donors decided to enroll in

the Beach Fund’s new Recurring Gifts Program. We thank them for their enthusiastic commitment to the Beach Experience.

Need more information? Want to share your Beach Experience? Want to support the Beach Fund? Please give us a call at 562-985-7495 or visit us on the internet:



PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Concerts in the Grove

Left to right: Concert volunteers Kathleen Engberg (’80), Elizabeth McMillen (’87), Julie Ross, Erik Soe (’00), Joel Fruehan (’67) and Donna McGurn (‘03).

Photo by Sally Schliesmayer

Photo by Janet Gonzales

July and August 2009, Soroptimist House

Concert attendees enjoy dinner before sunset as Tommy Tassi and the Authentics take the stage.

Move-in Day at the Dorms Photo by Aaron Moore

Photo by Leticia Lozoya

Aug. 29, 2009, Lot 14C, CSULB Campus


Left to right: Volunteer Char Mirich (’08); Sasha Machado, coordinator of student and recent alumni programs (’04); and volunteer Brandy Bandaruk (’09).

While helping their daughter Deanna move into the dorms, Beach parents Dave and Denise Douglas stop by the Alumni Association tent for some refreshments.

Orange County Speaker Series Featuring CSULB Distinguished Alumna Jan Burke (’78) Left: Critically acclaimed mystery novelist Jan Burke ('78) (seated) signs Susan Cully's ('02) book after her presentation. Burke spoke on “Will You Kill My Boss for Me? and Other Harmless Requests: My Life as a Crime Fiction Writer” to a packed room. Right: Acclaimed mystery novelist Jan Burke ('78) with Janet Spidell ('08) at Burke's lecture.

Photos by Sally Schliesmayer

Oct. 22, 2009, Costa Mesa


Left to right: Elisa Gonzalez (‘04), Stephanie Zohn (‘08), Kara Hodges (‘08) and Timothy Molina (‘04).

Photo by Ed Martell

Photo by Ed Martell

Nov. 12, 2009, Cafe Sevilla, Long Beach

Right to left: Jeremiah Blattler (’04) and guest.

Homecoming 2009: 60 Years in the Making Nov. 14, 2009, Lot 13 and The Walter Pyramid


The Chiu family and friends enjoy the Homecoming festivities.

The CSULB Cheer Team gets the crowd excited. Beach students “go wild” as we score against Alaska during the season opener at Homecoming.

Homecoming photos by David J. Nelson

President’s Scholars, past and present, enjoy a photo opportunity celebrating 15 years of the program during Homecoming.

Photo by Cheri Kinley

Golden Graduates of CSULB were announced on court in The Walter Pyramid prior to the game.



MARLENE ACOSTA ’98, B.S., Marketing After receiving her degree from CSULB, Marlene worked as a private investigator and in human resources and marketing. Currently, Marlene works for a direct response marketing firm in Pasadena. She also volunteers her time working on a fundraising committee for the Pasadena Humane Society.

JOEL FRUEHAN ’67, B.S., IT Construction Joel Fruehan grew up on Balboa Island and lived in the Newport area for 24 years. Joel graduated from Newport Harbor High School and received an A.A. degree in industrial technology-building construction from Orange Coast College. After graduating from CSULB, he began working at Douglas Aircraft in the interior design section and later took a position in the engineering division at the Port of Long Beach, retiring as a construction inspector after 33½ years.

Q: You have volunteered for many years for the CSULB Alumni Association. What was your main reason for deciding to join the volunteer program? I wanted to give back to the school and to the community as well as maintain my ties with CSULB. I enjoy helping others, and volunteering has not only allowed me to do that, but I have met many great people along the way. Q: Which events do you enjoy volunteering for and why? I enjoy all of the events, but I would say my favorites are Concerts in the Grove and Commencement flower sales. It's great to work at both events where everyone seems so excited and happy. Q: How do you feel volunteering for the Alumni Association has benefitted you? I get to meet a lot of great, intelligent people who also like to help out as well. It's also a great way to network with others and meet other CSULB alums or affiliates. Q: What are some of your other interests? I enjoy reading, cooking, shopping, exercising and going to the beach.

Q: You have volunteered for many years for the CSULB Alumni Association. What was your main reason for deciding to join the volunteer program? The main reason I started volunteering at CSULB is because it’s a great school, and I wanted to stay connected to what’s happening there. I wanted to give back to the community. This is one of the more valuable places to volunteer. You not only have an impact on the university, but it’s fun to work with people, including staff, students and alumni. Q: What are some of your fondest memories of CSULB? CSULB is where I met my wife. We’ve been married 42 years! Q: Which events do you enjoy volunteering for and why? I enjoy volunteering at Concerts in the Grove and Homecoming the most. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with some great people. It’s great to find out what other alums are doing. Q: What are some of your other interests? Some of my other interests include lawn bowling, biking, hiking and kayaking. I have enjoyed traveling throughout most of Europe, parts of Asia, and Central and South America. I also volunteer with the Long Beach Red Cross, responding to small fires in nine surrounding communities to help clients affected by the fires. I recently was part of over 1,000 volunteers who worked in Compton cleaning, painting and repairing homes, schools and churches. I have also worked on maintenance at the Teen Challenge Center in Wiesbaden, Germany.


THE CSULB ALUMNI ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER PROGRAM is one of the best ways to stay connected with The Beach. Our volunteers assist with a variety of programs, including Homecoming, Concerts in the Grove, our regional programs throughout the country, as well as our student and Young Alumni programming. In addition, our volunteers that are available during the day help us to prepare and send tens of thousands of pieces of mail annually, including invitations to events and other alumni communications. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer programs, visit, or contact Sasha Machado in the Alumni Relations Office at 562-985-5880 or



CONNECTION Officers Staff: Janice Y. Hatanaka, ’84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association Antonio Alves Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Janet Gonzales, ’08 Alumni Programs Coordinator Noemi Guevara, ‘08 Administrative Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Elva M. Hermosillo, ’05 Assistant to the Executive Director Leticia Lozoya, ‘09 Alumni Programs Coordinator Sasha Machado, ’04 Coordinator of Student and Recent Alumni Programs Aaron J. Moore, ’02, ’08 Associate Director, Alumni Relations Sally Schliesmayer, ’87 Director, Special Events Jackie Wetteland Regional Director, Alumni Relations

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 universityaffiliated 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 (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. Cover photo by Victoria Sanchez.

President Nancy Yoho ‘81, B.A., Geography Vice President, Rand McNally and Company (ret.) 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 Shirley Chiavetta ‘74, B.A., History Administrative Analyst, Long Beach Unified School District Secretary Kathy Bazarian ‘72, B.A., History Teacher Specialist, Downey Unified School District Treasurer Robert Miyasaki ‘81, B.S., Zoology Dentist, R.M. Miyasaki, Jen Kin and Chin, D.D.S., Inc. Members

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

Edward Apodaca ’84, B.A., English Language and Composition Customer Support Analyst, Verizon Fiber Solution Center Kim A. Armstrong ’88, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ’91, M.A., Instructional Systems Technology ’94, M.A., Special Major Program Manager/HR Specialist/Enterprise Engineering, The Boeing Company Yolanda Benavidez ’83, B.A., Sociology Educator, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) Guy Heston ‘73, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ‘87, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Long Beach Transit Robert "Bob" Irwin ‘67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.) 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

Carol Laos ’80, B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences Practice Administrator, Art Laos, D.D.S. 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 245,000 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



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Beach Connection, Spring/Summer 2010  
Beach Connection, Spring/Summer 2010  

The magazine for members of the CSULB Alumni Association.