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Message from Board President Your Association at Work Upcoming Alumni Events Beach Pride on the Road Faculty Spotlight Campus Calendar of Events Volunteer Spotlight Dinner with Twelve 49ers Past Event Photos Beach Fund Board of Directors

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE JERRY K. GALBREATH ’62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services Jerry Galbreath began his term as president of the CSULB Alumni Association in July. Professionally, the Seal Beach resident retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles after working for 30 years in its criminal investigative unit as a manager and commander. For the past 17 years, Jerry has been a senior compliance consultant with Auto Advisory Services, which works with auto dealerships to insure that they comply with state licensing requirements. As a student, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity. His alumni activities have included serving on the Alumni Association board in various positions since 2005, and functioning as the University Student Photo by Victoria Sanchez Union board of trustees alumni representative for three years and a member of the TKE alumni board. In addition, he and his wife, Bonnie (’65), are Legacy Members for the President’s Scholars Program and support the College of Education. Jerry has been a Seal Beach planning commissioner for two years. They have one daughter, Dana.

Dear Alumni Association members and friends: I’m honored to be serving as president of the Alumni Association, which is comprised of 37,000 members, and to engender your support for our prestigious alma mater. Thank you to all who display Beach Pride in various ways by sharing your CSULB experiences with friends, neighbors and colleagues; advocating for The Beach with our elected officials; posting “Go Beach” on Facebook or LinkedIn; participating in events featuring our talented students; supporting our students as donors; and/or wearing emblematic clothing in the community. In this issue of Beach Connection, we are focusing on our regional alumni and how they bring The Beach to their locale. Although the majority of our alumni have remained in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, many have moved away to pursue job opportunities, family connections and for other reasons. In the last two years, we have increased our regional alumni programming efforts when the opportunity arises. The reception has been very positive and heartwarming among those who want to connect with their collegiate roots. Significant numbers of alumni live in Palm Springs, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Washington, D.C., and the New York tri-state area. We hope that you enjoy this issue. GO BEACH!

Guy Heston ELECTED as President of the CSU Alumni Council For the second time within the last five years, a CSULB graduate was elected president of the CSU Alumni Council, which is designed to advocate for more than 2.6 million alumni from 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. On the cover: CSULB has over 250,000 alumni across the nation and the world. To view an interactive map, visit Shown on the cover are (clockwise from top left): James Wallace (’72), Ore.; Richard L. Krahenbuhl (’61, ’64), Wyo.; Cameron Stephenson (’09), Va.; Maureen Book (’57, ’64), Pa.; Bill Tilney (’61), Texas; and Kristin Landucci (’04) and Kurtis Haygood (’05), Calif.

Guy Heston (’73, ’87), who served as the CSULB Alumni Association president from 2005-07, was sworn in at its June meeting. He has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2005 as CSULB’s volunteer director. “I am very confident that Guy will enhance the Council’s relationships with our alumni and campus leaders due to his vast experience and his exceptional interpersonal and public speaking talents,” says CSU alumni trustee Bob Linscheid. The Long Beach resident’s alumni activities have been varied and far-reaching. They have included regular meetings with CSU and CSULB top leaders and elected California state officials; hosting students for dinner in his home; negotiating major contracts that helped expand CSULB’s alumni engagement efforts; and writing op-ed newspaper columns. Guy recently retired as the chief operating officer and executive vice president at Long Beach Transit (LBT) after 30 years with the agency. In that role, he worked with CSULB to develop the successful U-Pass program, which provides free rides on LBT buses to students, faculty and staff. He also helped secure federal funding to beautify campus bus stops. From 2007-09, Claude John “C.J.” Klug (’54, ’58) served as the Alumni Council president. The former Alumni Association president has remained involved with our Golden Graduates program and assisting with re-engaging alumni from the 1950s.

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YOUR ASSOCIATION AT WORK Stay Connected: LinkedIn and Facebook The Alumni Association is here to facilitate your networking and reminiscing through social media. Join us and learn about upcoming events, network with fellow 49ers in your region and see photos from past events. We look forward to seeing you online.

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

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ORANGE COUNTY SPEAKER SERIES: FEATURING CARSON LEV (’80) LOCATION TBD THURSDAY, OCT. 6 5:30 P.M. RECEPTION 6:15 P.M. PRESENTATION PRICE TBD What do medical CT scanners and Hot Wheels cars have in common? They're both products that CSULB alumnus Carson Lev helped create. After a career in medical product design, Carson spent more than a decade at Mattel, Inc., including serving as director of design for Hot Wheels. He was responsible for building the only two Hot Wheels toy cars turned into full-size, functioning vehicles! Today, he's CEO of his own automotive marketing firm and vice president of Foose Design. Come hear Carson share behind-the-scenes insights about his projects. For more information, contact Jackie Wetteland at 562-985-2230 or by e-mail at

CSULB ALUMNI DAY AT THE TIM BURTON EXHIBIT LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) SUNDAY, OCT. 30 10 A.M. BRUNCH AT THE ANNEX, CSULB CAMPUS NOON SHUTTLE TO LACMA 1-5 P.M. LACMA 5 P.M. SHUTTLE ARRIVES AT CSULB $60 MEMBERS, $65 NON-MEMBERS Celebrate Halloween with the Alumni Association as we enjoy brunch on campus then travel via shuttle coach to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to view a major retrospective exploring the full range of creative work by Tim Burton. This exhibit includes his work as an artist, illustrator, film director, photographer and writer. Burton is known for his unique expression in such films as: Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Beetlejuice and Nightmare Before Christmas. The exhibit brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. Hundreds of never-before-exhibited artworks and sketches will join a selection of film posters with music accompaniment composed for the exhibition by Burton's longtime collaborator, Danny Elfman. Each guest will also receive the audio tour of the exhibit. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606 or, or visit

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BEACH ALUMNI MIXER LOCATION TBD THURSDAY, OCT. 13 6-8 P.M. A social and business mixer for our Young Alumni. Network with fellow 49ers, connect with Beach friends, exchange business cards and enjoy DJ entertainment during CSULB’s Homecoming Week. Space is limited, so visit for details and to get your ticket! GOLDEN GRADUATES CELEBRATION WEEKEND 2011 GOLDEN GRADUATES CELEBRATION THE GRAND LONG BEACH EVENT CENTER THURSDAY, NOV. 10 4 P.M. See page 13 for details.

CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS SATURDAY, DEC. 3 CARPENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 12:30 P.M. LIGHT RECEPTION (GERALD DANIEL RECITAL HALL FOYER) 2 P.M. CURTAIN $30 MEMBERS, $35 NON-MEMBERS The Alumni Association invites you to start the holiday season with a tropical flair, enjoying the music of the islands at Caribbean Christmas! Traditional holiday musical favorites are given new life by the Steel Drum Ensemble, one of the largest (40-50 members) and finest pan ensembles in the United States. The group performs works from Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba and Brazil, and is directed by the internationally recognized Dr. Michael Carney. A light reception will be held prior to the performance. For more information, contact Sally Schliesmayer at 562-985-1606 or, or visit

49ER MEN’S BASKETBALL HITS THE ROAD AGAIN THIS FALL! HOMECOMING 2011 MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. IDAHO LOT 13, WALTER PYRAMID, CSULB SATURDAY, NOV. 12 Come back to campus to participate in a week full of Homecoming activities, culminating in the Homecoming Day festivities and game on Saturday, Nov. 12. Join us for a delicious barbecue meal in the Alumni & Friends tent, visit with classmates and friends, and take a campus tour. After the festivities, join fellow fans in The Walter Pyramid to cheer on The Beach as they take on Idaho! Visit for the latest information and all the ways to celebrate your CSULB Homecoming.

Look for upcoming details on our website for exciting match-ups in these areas: SAN DIEGO 49ers vs. San Diego State Saturday, Nov. 19 KANSAS 49ers vs. University of Kansas Tuesday, Dec. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 49ers vs. University of North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 10



Alan Heywood 1972, B.A., Radio, TV and Film 1975, M.A., Instructional Systems Technology Salem, Ore. Advice I’d give to recent graduates is to do research, research and more research. Realize that the culture where you may be moving will be very different from Long Beach and Southern California. I have lived in Oregon for 19 years and have been back to campus several times. I stay connected to The Beach mostly through newsletters, the local newspaper, the Long Beach Press-Telegram online, etc.

Elaine Dykhouse 1989, B.A., Kinesiology & Physical Education Citrus Heights, Calif. I moved up north over 15 years ago but have family in Southern California. We came down about five years ago and visited CSULB so I could show my daughter my alumni brick, show her the campus and get some clothing from the store. Advice I’d give to new graduates is that mentors are really important when starting any career, so no matter where you move, try to create a network of supporters and mentors who will help you along your path.

1985, B.S., Management Fremont, Calif. I was born and grew up in the Bay Area. I am married and have three children and live in Fremont. I work in the Business Operations Department at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale. I visit the campus most of the time when I'm in Southern California. I went back to watch the Dirtbags in an NCAA tournament and saw a men's basketball game in The Walter Pyramid on Alumni Day in 2007. I show my Beach Pride by following the sports teams, and I donate once or twice a year to CSULB. I read the e-mails I receive as often as I can. I have a Long Beach State Dirtbags license plate holder!

Barbara Cornish 1966, B.A., Elementary Education Goleta, Calif. My husband and I used to come to Santa Barbara a lot for weekend vacations. I got a teaching job here in 1968, and we bought our home in Goleta then. I had lived in Garden Grove, graduated Long Beach in 1966 and worked for Fountain Valley School District until moving to Santa Barbara in 1968. Advice I’d give to new graduates is to find a location that meets your needs in terms of environmental desirability.

Cynthia Morris-Olagaray 1991, M.S., Industrial and Organizational Psychology Woodbridge, Calif. I married a wine grape grower. He already owned land in Northern California, so I moved there. I have lived out of the Long Beach area since six months before my marriage in 1990, so 21 years. I have been back to show my high school-aged twins the campus and to visit the bookstore and a professor. Advice I’d give to new graduates: Keep your contacts with people you know at Long Beach. I still have some contacts at the university and from my work days in college that remain valuable resources.

Victor Gearhart 1972, B.S., Chemistry Torrance, Calif. I moved to Southern California in 1962 to work in the aircraft industry and retired from what was Hughes Aircraft over 21 years ago. I have been back to campus several times to attend basketball games and visit the bookstore. I stay connected to The Beach through the Alumni Association and the CSULB Web page.

Kaye Davis-Denison Mulugheta Belay 1994, B.S., Civil Engineering 2000, M.S., Civil Engineering Oakley, Calif. I left Ethiopia in 1978. After working for two years on a road project in the Sudan, I went to Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia for six years during the construction of the infrastructure and their industrial cities. Then, via Greece, I came to the United States. I worked and went to school from 1986-00. In 2000, I had my master’s degree and E.I.T., which led me to a job with the State of California.

1962, B.A., Elementary Education Mission Viejo, Calif. My husband became an attorney in South Orange County. I retired in 2005 after teaching sixth grade history and English in the Capistrano Unified School District for 37 years. We have visited the campus many times. Many of my former students have attended Long Beach State. The advice I’d give to new graduates would be to get involved in your new local community and become an active, participating American citizen. Always remember your roots and the unique college experiences that made you who you are. Speak highly of those who helped you along the way.

CSULB is proud to have over 250,000 alumni living and working across the country and the world. Thirty-eight thousand alumni live outside California, with 49ers living in each U.S. state and territory. Visit our newly launched regional alumni Web page to learn how many alumni live in your state. Then join us on Facebook and LinkedIn to tap into your regional network for reminiscing, reconnecting and professional networking. Our goal is to keep you connected no matter how close or far away you live from The Beach. We recently surveyed alumni across the nation to learn what life events led them to where they are today, how long they have been away from Long Beach and how they show their Beach Pride. Here are excerpts from what they told us.

Cheryl Cunefare Custer 1994, B.A., Finance Springfield, Ill. I have been back to the Long Beach area numerous times to visit friends. I have taken my family to CSULB so they could see where I went to school. I stay informed by logging on to the university website, through The Beach Web postings and by talking to friends in the Long Beach area. I show my Beach Pride by sporting CSULB alumni license plate frames and by wearing T-shirts that I have purchased.

Jeff Mathews 1999, B.S., Computer Science Boulder, Colo. My CSULB computer science degree has given me the opportunity to live and work in several interesting areas of the country. I worked in Cambridge, Mass., for a startup that was an MIT Media Lab spinout. That was quite an experience, which turned me into a bit of a startup junkie. I've since moved to Boulder, where recently I've become more of a serial entrepreneur. I've been building green technology companies and working hard to push them through from concept phase to prototype and then into production. Advice I’d give to a new graduate is that the further east you travel, the less like Southern California the culture seems to be.

Tayo Ladeinde 2009, M.S., Aerospace Engineering Stony Brook, N.Y. I completed my master’s degree and couldn't find a job in California. I applied and was accepted into the doctorate program in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. I am currently spending a school year interning at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., as part of my Ph.D. program. Advice I’d give to new graduates is to enjoy your time in California. There's no state like it.

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Victoria Hall 1993, B.S., Chemical Engineering Rockville, Md. I have lived out of the Long Beach area for 13 years, but I have visited the campus several times to meet with teachers and alumni staff, visit the Japanese Garden and attend graduation. Advice I'd give to recent graduates would be to move to Washington, D.C. There are a lot of job opportunities, here. Plus, the schools for your kids are great, and there are lots of free activities, such as the Smithsonian, and free sightseeing of many historic places.

Dr. Greg Whitaker 1990, B.S., Biochemistry El Paso, Texas After CSULB, I spent two years doing biochemical research in Southern California. I then obtained a podiatry degree in Chicago in 1996 and returned to Southern California for a year before heading to medical school in South Florida. After med school, I completed my internship in Montclair, Calif., and my anesthesiology residency at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since I went to med school on the U.S. Army's dime, I did my four-year active duty payback at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. After departing the army in 2009, I remained in El Paso, becoming a partner in a private practice anesthesia group. Advice I’d give to a new graduate is don't look back! There's a whole “lotta” world out there!

Joanne Pilot 1984, B.S., Health Science: School Health Raleigh, N.C. My husband was recruited to a job in Raleigh, so we relocated here from San Clemente, Calif., 15 years ago. I have been back to the campus several times to visit the bookstore (have to buy the CSULB swag) and to show my children the campus. Advice I’d give to new graduates is be flexible; wherever you move to won't feel like home for a while. But that will change.

John Roland 1963, B.A., English: Literature Miami, Fla. I began my career as a television news journalist in Los Angeles, then on to New York in 1969 for the rest of my career...35 years. I recently retired and moved to Miami. I visited the campus a few years ago just to take a walk around the campus. I worked at the university for a couple of years in the sixties and helped put together the sculptures that are scattered around the campus. Advice I’d give to new graduates is follow your dreams wherever they take you. And despite the old saying, you CAN go home again.







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?


Making a positive impact on the lives of students and others with whom one comes in contact is certainly the highest calling for an educator, or for any individual. I could not wish for more than to have students and clients reflect upon my teaching, mentoring or personal example as they lead their professional lives. I am humbled and highly honored by the alumni who have named me for special recognition. Q: As a professor, what are some of your favorite memories from your time at CSULB? There are so many special memories that it would take pages to reveal them all. I have especially enjoyed seeing students receive their degrees, after watching them struggle and succeed in academic and clinical courses. Having the privilege of watching undergraduates succeed as graduate students, graduate students excel as outstanding clinicians in the field, and others presented with doctoral degrees, is an ongoing source of joy and fulfillment. I will always remember the camaraderie and friendship of my highly competent and cooperative faculty colleagues. Q: What led you into the field of communicative disorders? Helping others has always been a high calling in my life. After a short career as a middle school and high school teacher, I was led into speech-language pathology by a television program that highlighted the problems of a teenager with communication problems. My mother, a highly educated professional woman, lost her ability to speak following a stroke in her 50s. Sad memories of my mother's struggle, brought to the forefront again during the TV program about the teen, caused me to call CSUF the following day. Thus, my new career was launched! Q: What advice do you have for today's current students? Study diligently, set your goals, and don’t let anything discourage you or divert you from your vision. The path to becoming a speech-language pathologist requires rigor and dedication - - it’s a tough curriculum with lots of science. The hard work is well worth it. For those who succeed, there is 100 percent employment, a satisfying and rewarding professional career, and a good living. I would definitely choose speech-language pathology if I were to begin again!

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Madding

Carolyn Conway Madding joined CSULB in 1989 as a full-time lecturer. Since 2001, she has served as the Department of Communicative Disorders chair. Her area of specialty is the provision of speech-language pathology services to linguistically and culturally diverse clients across the spectrum of disorders and ages. Madding also is a bilingual, California licensed speech-language pathologist and holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech Language-Hearing Association. She has served as project director of several grants from the U.S. Department of Education ($1.8 million) for the education of bilingual graduate students in speech-language pathology. From 1997-11, she was a consultant and bilingual parent group facilitator for the Tracy Infant Center in Cerritos. She chairs the California Association of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders and, in 2009, was a Diversity Champion Award recipient and Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Prior to her university experience, she worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist at the California Youth Authority, in area hospitals, clinics, and in home health sites. Madding loves literature, languages and travel, having visited 49 U.S. states, 113 countries and all continents except Antarctica. She also is supporting a Kenyan girl through high school.




Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: ART IN THE PURSUIT OF SOCIAL CHANGE University Art Museum, CSULB Saturday, Sept. 10-Sunday, Dec. 11 $4 general public Free to UAM members; CSULB students, faculty and staff; children under 12 if accompanied by an adult The UAM, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), will mount “Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change,” a survey of the press’ work and their connections to artist collectives of the time. Founded in 1967 by a unique group of L.A. activist-artists who created an “alternate everything” printing and publishing business, the Peace Press (1967-87) emerged from the tangle of progressive political and alternative groups that flourished during the decades between 1960 and 1990. The exhibition is co-curated by UAM Associate Director Ilee Kaplan and CSPG Executive Director Carol Wells, and features more than 100 posters addressing such issues as feminism, workers’ rights, civil liberties, anti-nuclear protests, environmental concerns and anti-war demonstrations. The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded grants to the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Museum of Latin American Art and the CSULB University Art Museum as part of its regional initiative, “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California. “Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change” is a part of that project.

CARPENTER CENTER CABARET SERIES: DAVIS GAINES Carpenter Performing Arts Center Wed., Sept. 21-Thurs., Sept. 22 6-6:45 p.m. dinner/beverage service 7 p.m. performance Single ticket prices vary, call for details

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 lowest-priced ticket to any athletic home games by presenting their membership card at the box office on game day. No other discounts or promotions apply. Visit 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.


After two sold-out appearances, Broadway star Davis Gaines returns once more for an exquisite evening of spellbinding song. Hailed by the New York Times as “the closest thing to a vocal Superman,” Gaines ignites the intimate cabaret setting with his voice of astonishing versatility and beauty.

BOB COLE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: University Symphony Orchestra Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Sept. 23 8 p.m. $15/$10 Conducted by Johannes Müller-Stosch, the evening features the acclaimed Cole Conservatory of Music orchestra.

CARPENTER CENTER WIT & WISDOM SERIES: AN EVENING WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Sept. 24 8 p.m. $55 regular (series pricing available) One of Hollywood’s most unpredictable stars, Academy Award-winning actress, dancer and author Shirley MacLaine is famous for her witty, colorful and multi-dimensional roles. Join us for a provocative evening of frankness and fun as MacLaine combines a montage of memorable film moments with private revelations about her extraordinary life, career and spiritual journey.




SEPTEMBERGENERAL ART GALLERIES EVENTS Art Galleries, FA-2, CSULB Fall and Spring Semesters Free The Department of Art at CSULB has five art galleries that are completely devoted to student art. In these galleries, students mount more than 180 exhibitions per year. Opening receptions for all galleries are Sundays from 5-7 p.m. Weekday hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., with Wednesday Open Houses from noon-7 p.m. The Department of Art website provides a detailed listing of each week’s exhibitions. Visit


“AS YOU LIKE IT” DIRECTED BY MAUREEN HISKEY University Players Studio Theatre Fri., Oct. 7-Sat., Oct. 15 Tues.-Sat.: 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15: 2 & 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 9 & Mon., Oct. 10: closed $15/$12 Love, melancholy, romantic entanglements and gender reversals punctuate this Shakespearean comedy, which delivered to the world such memorable quotes as “All the world’s a stage…” and “Too much of a good thing…”

MFA DANCE CONCERT CSULB Dance Department Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater Thurs., Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 14: 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15: 2 & 8 p.m. $20/$16 MFA students present their choreography in this evening of stimulating dance. Performed by undergraduate and graduate dancers, each piece is an original work and represents a diverse perspective and interpretation of today's world.


Here are some simple ways you can assure a CSULB education for future 49ers. You can: SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Oct. 1 8 p.m. $45 Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions, the Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble possesses stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues music, spirituals, reggae, African chants, jazz improvisation and more. Sweet Honey’s collective voice produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms that inspires audiences with a heartfelt call for a more just and humane world.

ZOPPÉ ITALIAN FAMILY CIRCUS Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thurs., Oct. 6-Fri., Oct. 7: 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8: 1, 4, & 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 9: 1 & 4 p.m. Thurs.: $15 all seats Fri.-Sun.: $30 ringside seats/$20 bleacher seats The Zoppé Family Circus returns to welcome your family into the intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the old-world Italian tradition. The adventure begins as Nino the clown leads you on a journey that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Surprise location to be announced.

• Designate a gift to the campus through your retirement plan • Create a gift to the campus with a life insurance policy beneficiary designation • Name a gift to the campus in your will • Make a gift now and receive fixed income for the rest of your life • Give an income stream to the campus now, then the principal to your heirs • Explore giving other assets, like your home, real estate or business Many of these options do not require cash right now and some can even provide for you or your family in the future. Want to learn more? Office of Estate and Gift Planning 562-985-5489 • This information is for education only and not intended to be legal, tax or financial advice. To see how these ideas may affect your particular situation, please talk with your advisors.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUEST PAUL OAKENFOLD The Carpenter Center and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Oct. 21-Sat., Oct. 22 8 p.m. $40-$75

The lecture series concentrates on a national or global imperative and brings experts to address the topic. The format is flexible, with some events as an individual lecture and some as roundtable discussions, followed by a “Question and Answer” session. The series is videotaped for later broadcast on the local TV stations and Webcast on the BeachTV. Sponsored and hosted by the Dean’s Advisory Council, whose members include industry senior executives as well as community members and friends of the college, the Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series is presented free of charge. Please rsvp via email at

Paul Oakenfold is one of the world’s best known DJs; his aural explorations are on the cutting edge sonically, rhythmically and musically. Oakenfold’s deep interest in combining his mixing skills with a live orchestra has resulted in the opportunity to push the envelope even further and redefine the role of the DJ in a performance setting.

FIFTH ANNUAL CSULB DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES JUAN WILLIAMS “MUZZLED: POLITICAL DEBATE IN AMERICA” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Thurs., Oct. 20 7:30 p.m. $100 sponsor ticket (includes reception/dinner at The Pointe) $60 preferred seating $45 reserved seat tickets $30 CSULB faculty/staff & seniors; $20 CSULB students (with I.D.) Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, a former NPR senior correspondent, Washington Post award-winning columnist and New York Times best-selling author, will speak on the continuing role of race in our national dialogue and how the media limits political debate. For tickets, visit the CPAC website or For sponsor table information or group sales, contact Dr. Art Levine, director, at or 562-985-5673.



OCTOBERJAPANESE GARDEN MEMBER TEA & TOUR Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., Oct. 16 1-3 p.m. Admission: cost of membership Join us for a lovely afternoon on campus at the exquisite Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB. The day will include a docent led tour of the garden with a special 30th anniversary display, 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. Become a member of the Friends of the Japanese Garden to participate in this and many other events throughout the year. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To become a member or to RSVP, call 562-985-2169.

OCTOBERGENERAL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES SMART GRID: ITS IMPACT ON YOU The Pointe Event and Conference Center, CSULB Thurs., Oct. 27 4-4:30 p.m. registration and networking 4:30-6 p.m. panel of experts Free

NOVEMBERARTS Photo by Rich Niewiroski Jr.

LONG BEACH STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. UC RIVERSIDE George Allen Field Fri., Oct. 21 3 p.m.

“EXECUTION OF JUSTICE” BY EMILY MANN DIRECTED BY TREVOR BISHIP University Players Players Theatre Fri., Nov. 4-Sat., Nov. 12 Tues.-Sat.: 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5 & Nov. 12: 2 p.m. matinee Fri., Nov. 11: closed $15/$12 Critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical examination of the trial and conviction of Dan White, the man who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and openly gay City Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978.

OPERA MASTERPIECES Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Gerald Daniel Recital Hall Sat., Nov. 12: 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13: 4 p.m. $10/$7 Scenes, arias, duets and ensemble pieces from some of the best-loved operas in the world.

FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST CONCERT CSULB Dance Department Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater Wed., Nov. 16-Fri., Nov. 18: 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19: 2 & 8 p.m. A selection of works choreographed by faculty and our guest artist-in-residence, featuring both graduate and undergraduate dancers.

“LOUIS SLOTIN SONATA” BY PAUL MULLIN DIRECTED BY EBERHART KOHLER California Repertory Company Queen Mary Royal Theatre Fri., Nov. 18-Sat., Dec. 10 Tues.-Sat.: 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Dec. 3 & Dec. 10: 2 p.m. matinee Tues., Nov. 22-Sun., Nov. 27: closed $20/$16/$12 “Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future.” A hand slips and humanity must live with the fallout.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS CARPENTER CENTER SPECTACLE SERIES: MOMIX: “BOTANICA” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Nov. 19: 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20: 2 p.m. $45 regular (series pricing available) Defying categorization just as its dancers defy gravity, Moses Pendleton’s company of dancer-illusionists is celebrated around the world for its ability to conjure enthralling images using light, shadow, props and the boundless invention of the human body. Widely hailed as their hottest show yet, “Botanica” traffics in the tension between illusion and reality, following the rhythms of the seasons, but also the evolution of the world and the passing of a day. To a score that includes Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” flowers bloom, go to seed and die; vegetable, animal and mineral—all in human form—combine and metamorphose in spectacular moving tableaux, creating a total dance theatre environment.


DECEMBERARTS CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Dec. 3 2 & 8 p.m. $20/$13 Michael Carney, director WINTER FESTIVAL CONCERT Bob Cole Conservatory of Music First Congregational Church Sat., Dec. 3: 4 & 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4: 4 p.m. $25/$15/$8 Jonathan Talberg, director

METALES M5 Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. $25 Get ready for a lot of brass, a lot of music and a lot of fun as Mexico’s leading brass quintet unites classical and world music, contemporary repertoire and pops arrangements in a program that breaks the barriers of musical genres. From famous film scores to the opera and from Bach to the roads of Michoacán, Metales M5 is fresh, funny and entertaining.

CARPENTER CENTER SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES: LINDA TILLERY AND THE CULTURAL HERITAGE CHOIR Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Nov. 27 2 p.m. $35 regular (series pricing available)


Get set for an uplifting and joyous afternoon as Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir take you on an illuminating and highly spirited journey of the rich musical traditions rooted in the Deep South. Tillery and her quartet of singers create dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy as they weave spirituals, blues, gospel and jazz together into a cultural celebration.

HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA – HOLIDAY CONCERT Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., Dec. 4 2 p.m. $37 The holidays will be in full swing, as the inimitable style of the Harry James Orchestra delivers Yuletime favorites along with classic tracks like “I’ll Get By,” “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You,” “I Cried for You,” “I Had the Craziest Dream” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before”—all under the direction of lead trumpet virtuoso Fred Radke. A bravura performance!



Art Department Holiday Art Sale Upper Campus Art Department Gallery Complex Potter’s Guild & CSULB Art Department Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m.: opening Mon., Dec. 5-Thurs., Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free Sale of art made by CSULB Art Department students/staff/faculty from the following disciplines:

Ceramic Arts Fibers Metals

Printmaking Painting Photography

Legendary Musician Lou Reed and Producer Bob Ezrin Carpenter Performing Arts Center Fri., Jan. 27 8 p.m. $45 Hailed as the founding father of alternative rock music, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed is revered by fans worldwide for reshaping underground music with his own style while pushing boundaries as an opera composer, playwright, poet and photographer. Reed sits down with Bob Ezrin, the noted music producer who has helped refine the sound of artists from Alice Cooper to KISS to Pink Floyd. Join us for a rare moment in music history as these two legends share a combined 90 years of experience, giving voice to their thoughts, processes and motivations.

Golden Graduates Celebration Weekend 2011 Golden Graduates Celebration The Grand Long Beach Event Center Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 4 p.m. All graduates, faculty, staff and friends from 1950-61 are invited to the 2011 Golden Graduates Celebration during Homecoming Week. It will be an opportunity for all to reconnect with friends and take a nostalgic trip back to the days of Long Beach State College. Photo by David J. Nelson

The Class of 1961 will gather for its 50th reunion and be inducted into the Golden Graduates Society.

Visit for more information about this exciting event. On the website, you can: Share your memories • View the list of former faculty and staff • View the university's history from the beginning since 1949 To learn more about the event, program, or if you would like to submit memorabilia, contact Leticia Lozoya, Alumni Programs coordinator at 562-985-2539 or e-mail

Class of 1961 50th Reunion Reception Pyramid Annex, CSULB Campus Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Class of 1961 and friends will gather for a private reception on campus to honor our newest inductees to the Golden Graduates Society.

Photo by Robert Dur on





Photos by David J.Nelson


Q: Why did you become a volunteer of the Alumni Association? I want to be a part of the Beach Family. I’m very proud of my son for being a CSULB student. Helping out at the Alumni Association helps me stay in the loop with the different events and activities that take place on campus. I first volunteered for Homecoming, and since then, I have volunteered regularly at most of their events. Q: When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies? I love to read, and I enjoy helping out at Tincher Preparatory, my younger son’s school. I also like going to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center to work out. I enjoy spending time with my family, and we go on field trips as often as possible. Q: What advice would you give to other alumni or parents who would like to become more involved with CSULB?

Above, left: Lisa Mendoza at the 2011 Commencement flower sales. Right: Lisa with co-volunteer Monica Solis ('08) at Concerts in the Grove.

Lisa Mendoza is a Beach Parent Volunteer with the Alumni Association. She lives in Long Beach with husband Sergio and their two sons, Sergio Lewis and Austin Nicholas. She’s been happily married for 21 years to Sergio, who is also a Beach Parent Volunteer. Lisa attended CSULB for one semester as a math major and her dream is to one day return and get her bachelor’s degree. She worked at McDonnell Douglas, but her passion is being home with her family and volunteering.


They need to sign up to volunteer for the Alumni Association. You meet great people, and you connect with fellow alumni. It is so much fun, and they take good care of you. Not to mention it helps you stay up to date on everything that is going on around campus. The CSULB Alumni Association has a variety of events, and there is always something for every volunteer. I encourage everybody to try to volunteer at their events! Q: What are some of your favorite events that you enjoy volunteering for? I really liked Homecoming; I came in the week before to help with event prep work and got to know everything that goes on behind an event such as this. My husband and I volunteered the day of Homecoming and really enjoyed seeing how people enjoyed coming back to campus and the Homecoming festivities. I have also enjoyed volunteering at the Rose Parade float, the LB Dirtbags games, Commencement making flower arrangements and during the Concerts in the Grove.

Alumni AssociAtion Our Alumni Association volunteers provide countless hours participating in events as well as assisting with mailings and other projects throughout the year. Without them, many of our events would not be possible. Our volunteer group is comprised of current Beach students, alumni, Beach parents, staff and faculty emeriti, as well as Friends of the University, who enjoy donating their time to the Alumni Association and its many programs. During 2011-12, over 200 active volunteers donated over 1,100 hours of their time to events and office support projects, and made a difference in our many programs. You, too, can help. volunteer today!

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SUCH AS: • Volunteering at events such as Concerts in the Grove, Homecoming, Commencement, among others. • Providing office support by assisting with mailings and event prep work. • Becoming involved in legislative advocacy by visiting legislators both locally and in Sacramento. • Serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. • Mentoring students and helping them through their college career. • Hosting events at home or local venues. • Serving as a guest speaker at events such as the Speakers Series. • Representing the university as an ambassador. • and much more!

VOLUNTEER DAYS Volunteer Days include a variety of office support projects such as mailings and pre-event prep work. Volunteer Days shifts are 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. To learn of the upcoming Volunteer Days and other opportunities, visit our website at The Volunteer Days location is 1000 N. Studebaker Road, Suite 1 Conference Room, Long Beach, CA 90815. If you are interested in helping your Alumni Association, as well as making new friends with fellow volunteers, please contact Janet Gonzales, Alumni Programs coordinator at or 562-985-7022.


Above photo, Dinner with Twelve 49ers included, back row, left to right: Lauren Garcia (’11), Kevin Bacica (’11), Amanda Green (’11) and Ryan Pinto (’11); middle row, left to right: Jeff Klaus (’01), Alejandra Espinoza (’13), Jennifer Maravillas (’13), James Suazo (’13), Jorge Soriano (’14), Allison Gallagher (’14) and Heriberto Mares (’12); and, front row, left to right: hosts Rodney Rideau and Guy Heston (’73, ’87). Photo at right, left to right: Dr. Mohammed Forouzesh, Heather Dalrymple (’13), Shanna Parker (’13) and host Roberta Smith (’90, ’94).

Back by popular demand, the Dinner with Twelve 49ers made its return this past spring! Dinner with Twelve 49ers is a unique student alumni program sponsored by the CSULB Alumni Association, which pairs students with local alumni, faculty and staff for an intimate gathering. Alumni dinner hosts open their homes to bring fellow 49ers together in a warm, friendly environment for good conversation, good food and Beach camaraderie. Dinners hosted by our alums have ranged anywhere from a six-course, candle-lit dinner to a casual pizza evening on the couch. Dinner hosts are also in charge of choosing the topic for discussion. Our most recent dinner hosts have included Guy Heston (’73, ’87), whose dinner topic for the evening was working in the public sector; as well as Roberta Smith (’90,’94), who chose to focus her dinner discussion on working in the medical field. We are currently planning for 2011-12 Dinner with Twelve 49ers evenings and looking for alumni hosts. Students have especially been looking forward to dinner topics surrounding the areas of: business, education, engineering and exercise science. For more information about hosting a dinner, please contact Sasha Leonardo at or 562-985-5880. For additional photos from this event, please see page 16.


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 Alumni Brick Plaza II 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 result in your name, major and year of graduation being 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. Order your brick online at or use the envelope provided. Make sure to add promo code “Beach Connection” to your order!

Pictured at the Alumni Brick Plaza II are, left to right: Patty Morita-Nagai (’80, ’91), Ben Nagai and Bob Nagai.

PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Washington, D.C., Hill Day Reception

JanUary 2011, Irvine, Calif.

March 2011, Rayburn House Office Building Photo by Nancy Yoho

Photo by Leticia Lozoya

49ers vs. UCI Men's Basketball Reception

Left to right: Robert Noland (’72), Lynda Heran (’71), Paul Heran (’70) and President F. King Alexander.

New York: CSU ALUMNI Reception

Chicago Alumni Reception

March 2011, Manhattan, New York

March 2011, Chicago, Ill. Photo by John De LaTorre

Left to right: Ted Reed; Gerry Reed (’63); Gerry's grandson, Leslie Reed (’07); Friend of the University Todd Murray; Barry Curtis (’88); and Tristan Curtis.


Left to right: John Byun (’05), Jaclyn Johnson (’11), Art LaPierre (’78, ’83), faculty member Christine Guter, Carolyn Kelley (‘80, ‘96), Olga Artemova (’06, ’10), Lindsey Eldred (’10) and Joshua Chai (’07).

Nashville Alumni Reception

30-Minute Beach CleanUp

April 2011, Nashville, Tenn.

April 2011, Belmont Shore, Long Beach, Calif. Photo by Jeanie White

Photo by Sasha Leonardo

Left to right: Friend of the University Gail Zimmerman and Daryl Van Valkenburg (’71).

Event attendees in the home of Richard (’73) and Jeanie White.

CSULB alumni and students.

PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Alumni Brick Plaza Viewing Reception

Photos by Tony Alves

May 2011, CSULB Campus

Left to right: Scott McClellan, Janice McClellan (’83), current student Rachel McClellan and Denver McClellan.

Left to right: Sig Gergens, Helga Gergens (’92) and Helga Gergens, Sr.

Alumni Awards Banquet 2011

Photo by David Schmitz

Photo by David Schmitz

May 2011, Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, Calif.

Distinguished Alumni recipients from past years.


Left to right: Presidential Distinguished Service Award recipients George and Gloria Deukmejian with President F. King Alexander.

Beach Alumni Mixer at Hotel Maya

Some of the alumni attendees gather at the Beach Alumni Mixer.

Photo by Saren Rem

Photo by Saren Rem

June 2011, Long Beach, Calif.

Left to right: President Scholars Christina Robertson (’05), Paul Nguyen (’10) and Brandy Bandaruk (’09).


Photos by David J. Nelson

Loyalty Donors and Recurring Gifts Program

“I work at the Beach Fund because I love interacting with alumni, getting to know people, and gaining insight as far as how to deal with school and the ‘real world’ once I graduate. Also, it's great working for an organization on campus that helps students directly. Working here is beneficial to me as well as the rest of the campus.”

“The Beach Fund allowed me to gain a deeper connection with the university by creating a relationship with both alumni and current students.”

— Rebecca Hasquet, ’12 Music

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

— Joseph Sacro, ’12 Sociology

On a daily basis, our students act as ambassadors to our alumni. It is a bond that has been forged throughout CSULB’s history. Every year, we invite our alumni to participate in the tradition of giving back to The Beach. This personal phone call allows our alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and to join fellow alumni who continue to show their support of the university. When our alumni receive a call on behalf of the Beach Fund, they create a unique connection with the student caller as they continue to make a difference to the thousands of students of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Please help us continue this noble tradition of support for our students.

“I feel honored to work at the Beach Fund because I enjoy attending Cal State Long Beach and like hearing about alumni experiences at the university and how they became successful. Lastly, I work at the Beach Fund because I get to be an advocate for the school and help enhance it.” — Rochelle Fergerson, ’14 Business

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



CONNECTION Staff: Janice Y. Hatanaka, ’84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association



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

Rick D. Alpert

President-elect Kathy Bazarian

’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

Antonio Alves Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing

‘72, B.A., History Teacher Specialist, Downey Unified School District (ret.)

Janet Gonzales, ’08 Coordinator, Alumni Programs

Past President Nancy Yoho

Noemi Guevara, ‘08 Administrative Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

’81, B.A., Geography Vice President, Rand McNally and Company (ret.)

Elva M. Hermosillo, ’05 Assistant to the Executive Director Leticia Lozoya, ‘09 Coordinator, Alumni Programs Sasha Leonardo, ’04 Coordinator, Student and Recent Alumni Programs Sally Schliesmayer, ’87 Director, Special Events 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 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 (toll-free at 888-883-0007). In addition to fully meeting 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.

Vice President-Membership/Marketing Norma Kolb

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

Kim A. Armstrong

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

Lucia Galindo Kos

‘60, B.A., Elementary Education Teacher/Librarian, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.)

‘75, B.A., Spanish Project Manager, Southern California Edison

Vice President-Programs Kathleen Hansen

Marnos Lelesi

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

Secretary Edward Apodaca ’84, B.A., English Language and Composition Customer Support Analyst, Verizon Fiber Solution Center

Treasurer Robert "Bob" Irwin ‘67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.)

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

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

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

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 more than 250,000 strong. We welcome feedback and suggestions, and encourage you to contact our office by phone at 562-985-5252 (toll-free at 888-883-0007), by e-mail at, via the Web at, via our page on Facebook or group on LinkedIn, or by mail to the address on the back cover of this magazine. We love hearing from you!


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