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CONNECTION Staff: JERRY K. GALBREATH ’62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services

Janice Y. Hatanaka, ’84 Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Gay Arakawa Executive Director, Alumni Association Antonio Alves Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing

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Dear Alumni Association members and friends:

Janet Gonzales, ’08, ’11 Coordinator, Alumni Programs

In the near future, alumni will have a “home” when we visit our alma mater. In this issue, we wanted to give you–our members–the first “sneak peek” of the Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center.

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

The Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center will be the hospitable spot for alumni gatherings, special alumni programs, pre-game or pre-show receptions, etc. It will also welcome students–our future alumni–and showcase our proud history and notable alumni achievements.

Elva M. Hermosillo, ’05 Assistant to the Executive Director Leticia Lozoya, ’09 Coordinator, Alumni Programs

We are grateful for the generosity of Anna Ngai (’74, finance), who has committed to the naming gift of this center. We also thank CSULB President F. King Alexander for his leadership and vision for the future of our university. Our challenge now is to raise the remainder of the capital so we can begin construction on the privately funded facility. I hope that you’ll consider supporting this future campus icon that will raise the profile of our remarkable 270,000+ alumni.

Sasha Leonardo, ’04, ‘12 Coordinator, Student and Recent Alumni Programs Sally Schliesmayer, ’87 Director, Special Events


Mission Statement Courtesy of Flewelling & Moody

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.

ALYCE LAVIOLETTE ’69, B.A., Psychology ’80, M.S., Psychology-Option Community Clinical Founder, Alternatives to Violence

CLAUDE JOHN “C.J.” KLUG ’54, B.A., Business Administration ’58, M.A., Social Science-Public Administration Real Estate Broker

The Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center will be “home” to 270,000+ Beach graduates when they visit their alma mater. It will be the warm and hospitable place to:

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 90840-8101; by e-mail to; or by phone at 562-985-5252 (toll-free at 888-883-0007) or by FAX at 562-985-5488. In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, veteran status, political views, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Design, photography and editorial assistance provided by University Publications and Public Affairs, 2013. A publication of the CSULB Alumni Association.

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Claude John “C.J.” Klug is pleased to be rejoining the board of directors after a four-year hiatus so he can assist with the Alumni Center campaign. The former Alumni Association president and CSU Alumni Council president brings vast experience in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. He managed upscale Homeowners Associations (HOAs) in Southern California for 25 years and held key municipal administrative and city manager positions for 25 years. C.J. was a restaurant owner, trustee and president of the Los Alamitos School District, and is currently a real estate broker in California and Hawaii, where he lives. Most recently with CSULB, he has assisted with the Golden Graduates celebrations, Hawaii alumni reception, and he coordinates reunions with Tau Kappa Epsilon.

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Alyce, who was named the 2011 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Liberal Arts, is a nationally recognized expert in the area of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Her professional activities include founding Alternatives to Violence, having a private counseling practice, giving in-service presentations to various agencies including the military, and serving on several advisory boards. The co-author of two books is also an expert witness for family and criminal court. She’s been a longtime CSULB supporter and recently volunteered with the Alumni Association. She lives in Long Beach with her partner, Gail Billings-Beck. Alyce has two adult children, both of whom were raised in Long Beach and attended Poly High.

• Remember some of the best times of their lives in the historical area • Reflect on alumni achievements • Conduct alumni programming with fellow alums, university faculty, staff and students • Attend pre-game or pre-show alumni festivities The Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center will be ideally located on the north side of the campus off of Atherton Street, near the Walter Pyramid and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Look for updates on the center’s progress via its website in fall 2013. For gift inquiries about the privately funded center, please contact Kathy Kim at or 562-985-4722.

1981, B.M., Choral-Vocal Music 1982, Credential President and Executive Director, Orange County High School of the Arts


Russ Lesser

1964, B.S., Accountancy President, Body Glove International

G. Lorain Brault 1972, B.S., Nursing 1976, M.S., Nursing Health Care Administrator and Health Policy Advocate


Timothy Gary Plax

1970, B.A., Speech Communications 1971, M.A., Rhetorical Studies Professor, Communication Studies, CSULB



2013 BIG WEST TOURNAMENT Honda Center of Anaheim Thursday, March 14-Saturday, March 16 $27 single day ticket $64 all-session pass Available to Alumni Association members

University Club of New York Thursday, March 7 6-7:30 p.m. $25 per person Join fellow CSU alumni and friends who live in the New York/Tri-State area for the annual CSUwide networking reception with the new chancellor, Timothy P. White. For ticket reservations, visit

Tin Roof Bistro, Manhattan Beach Thursday, March 28 6-8 p.m. $10 members; $15 non-members Recent grads, you are invited to an evening of networking and fun in the South Bay as you enjoy beverages, complimentary appetizers and Beach Pride! Distinguished Alumni will be in attendance to offer words of wisdom and career tips. RSVP by March 25 to secure your spot. “Walk-ups” are not permitted. To RSVP, contact Sasha Leonardo at 562-985-5880 or

Experience March Madness as a VIP! Purchase a single-day ticket or an all-session pass to the men’s tournament and receive free admission into the exclusive and limited CSULB VIP Alumni Party on Thursday, March 14, only. Visit for more details.

Steven L. Fish

Dianne G. Van Hook

1971, B.A., Psychology 1978, M.A., Elementary Education Superintendent, Saddleback Valley Unified School District (ret.)

1972, B.A., Sociology Chancellor, Santa Clarita Community College District



Kevin L. Peterson 1986, B.S., Electrical Engineering President, P2S Engineering, Inc.


Steve Molina 1979, B.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies Co-owner, Workman Molina; Rehabilitation Consultant

Nancy D. Kimber 1990, B.S., Microbiology Gynecologist, Nancy D. Kimber, M.D., Inc.

MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI PERFORMED BY THE CSULB OPERA INSTITUTE University Theater Sunday, April 14 12:30 p.m. reception; 2 p.m. curtain $35 (limit 2 per member); $40 non-members Mozart’s classic opera tells the story of a young, arrogant, promiscuous nobleman who outrages everyone until he encounters something he cannot kill, dodge or outwit. For information, contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or Leticia.Lozoya Purchase tickets online at

2013 ALUMNI AWARDS BANQUET Hyatt Regency, Long Beach Thursday, May 9 5:30-9 p.m. $150 Our annual gala honors the 2013 Distinguished Alumni; Outstanding Graduates, Professor and Staff Member; and the President's Distinguished Service Award recipients. To place your RSVP, please contact Noemi Guevara at 562-985-7536 or See page 4 for the Distinguished Alumni recipients.

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SUMMER BEACH ALUMNI MIXER CLASSES OF 2008-13 Capital Grille, Costa Mesa Thursday, June 20; 6-8 p.m. $10 members; $15 non-members Summer is a great time to get out and network with fellow recent grads and Distinguished Alumni! The O.C. Mixer will feature complimentary appetizers, a cash bar, opportunity drawing and, most importantly, a chance to make some great Beach connections. RSVP today as space is limited, and “walk-ups” are not accepted. To RSVP, contact Sasha Leonardo at 562-985-5880 or

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Ralph S. Opacic





DIRTBAGS VS. CAL POLY SLO BASEBALL Blair Field Sunday, April 28 11:30 a.m. barbecue meal; 1 p.m. first pitch $25 alumni or 49er Athletic Club members (Members can purchase up to two tickets at this price)

$30 non-members; $15 children, 10 and under $20 barbecue meal only The Dirtbags battle Big West rival Cal Poly SLO in this key, late-season match-up. Enjoy lunch on the third baseline and watch warm-ups before taking your seat. For information, contact Janet Gonzales at 562-985-7022 or Purchase tickets at

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Celebrating 52 years of alumni excellence, the CSULB Alumni Association is proud to acknowledge the 2013 Distinguished Alumni recipients. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet on May 9 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach. For ticket information, see page 5 or visit

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CSULB's highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, is bestowed annually in each college by the CSULB Alumni Association. In addition to demonstrated pride and positive affinity for CSULB, awardees have achieved a record of distinction, recognition and accomplishment in their fields and a proven record of leadership and service to their communities and society at large.


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Distinguished Alumni

PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS 2013 Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach Sunday, July 7 6 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. show Member: $130 dinner/show; $150 dinner/show/bus Non-member: $150 dinner/show; $170 dinner/show/bus. Tickets on sale: March 1 A Southern California tradition for over 80 years! With incredible recreations, real people pose to become part of the original art pieces. Join the Alumni Association and enjoy dinner at the Tivoli Terrace, which is located on the festival grounds. For more information, contact Leticia Lozoya at 562-985-2539 or

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For an expanded list of CSULB events this season, visit the following Web pages for detailed information.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS Visit or call 562-985-5252.

GIRLS’ DAY, HINA MATSURI* Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., Mar. 3 1-3 p.m.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER Visit or call 562-985-4151.

The public is invited to enjoy an exquisite display celebrating Girls’ Day in the tea house. The exhibit includes a classic collection of Japanese courtly dolls dressed in Heian period finery. Admission is free during public hours.

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 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.

“THE THUGS” Cal Rep Aboard the Queen Mary Fri., Apr. 19-Sat., May 4 $25 general admission $20 students with I.D., seniors 55+, military, and CSULB faculty & staff For Adam Bock, the banal banter of the water cooler gives way to a far more ominous and foreboding malevolence. Visit for more information.

CSULB DANCE DEPARTMENT 2013 SPRING MFA DANCE CONCERT Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater Thurs.-Fri., Mar. 14-15, 8 p.m. Sat., Mar. 16, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20 general admission $16 students, seniors, CSULB faculty/staff & DRC members

Photo by Alison Redfoot.

A presentation of choreography by our Master of Fine Arts degree candidates.

BOYS’ DAY, TANGO NO SEKKU* Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., May 5 1-3 p.m.

Photo: Joey Navarrete and Jessica Egbert from “Being, Witnessed.” Photo by Gregory R.R. Crosby © 2012.

2013 SPRING CSULB DANCE IN CONCERT Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater Wed.,-Fri., Apr. 24-26, 8 p.m. Sat., Apr. 27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20 general admission $16 students, seniors, CSULB faculty/staff & DRC members

The tea house will feature an exquisite display celebrating Boys’ Day. The exhibit includes a classic collection of items used to honor boys and symbolize strength and prosperity. Admission is free during public hours.

ORIGAMI FESTIVAL Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Sun., July 14 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults; $9 seniors; $8 garden members; $7 children, ages 4-12 Free children, 3 and under Join over 40 origami experts and enthusiasts at our extremely popular annual Origami Festival. Eat before you arrive. Pre-paid parking is available in lot 16 across from the garden in non-metered spaces. Paper is included with the price of admission.


Photo: Jeffrey Vallance, “Juliet’s Balcony, Verona,” 2006, mixed media. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. (c) Jeffrey Vallance.

PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT “WAYS TO NOT OUTLIVE YOUR MONEY” Thurs., Feb. 21 Presenters: Delia Fernandez, Shawn LeFebvre and Paul Glowienke.

ESTATE PLANNING 101 “ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WILLS & TRUSTS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK” Thurs., Feb. 28 Presenters: Jessica Dorman-Davis, Donna Bogdanovich and Joel Napalan.

7 UNIVERSITY PLAYERS “JACK GOES BOATING” Players Theater Fri., Mar. 1-Sat., Mar. 16 A gentle romantic comedy of love, friendship and the charm of the ordinary. Visit for more information.

CARPENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER KRONOS QUARTET: “Sun Rings” Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sat., Mar. 23 8 p.m. The internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet makes their Carpenter Center debut with “Sun Rings,” a piece originally commissioned by NASA. Combining an evocative score with actual intergalactic sounds and multimedia displays, “Sun Rings” blends art and the cosmos to stunning effect. The Quartet will be accompanied by the CSULB University Choir with Dr. Jonathan Talberg, conductor. Visit for more information.

THE TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sun., May 19 2 p.m.

UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM Visit or call 562-985-5761.


A presentation of faculty and guest artist choreography.

*In the Friends Garden Education Pavilion at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the same day, at the same time: Special Girls’ Day Arts Program/Special Boys’ Day Arts Program for garden members only: Create beautiful art pieces to take home. Suitable for the entire family; all ages are welcome. No RSVP is necessary.

OFFICE OF GIFT PLANNING Visit or call 562-985-5489.

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE/ BEACH STORE ON 2ND ST. Visit or call toll-free at 800-985-8880.

“Significant Ordinaries” features the work of contemporary artists Louise Lawler, Jeffrey Vallance, William Leavitt, Mark Wyse and David Horvitz. Using methods associated with the curatorial process of arrangement and display, these artists explore, redefine and extend the act of presentation as a form of media. Visit org/uam for information.

In our age of Fox News and MSNBC, Moliere's cautionary tale of liars, cheats and con men resonates as Americans increasingly succumb to the power of the pundit. Visit for more information.


CARPENTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Visit or call 562-985-7000.

“SIGNIFICANT ORDINARIES” UAM Art Galleries Currently showing through Sun., Apr. 14

“TARTUFFE” BY MOLIERE Cal Rep Aboard the Queen Mary Fri., Feb. 15-Sat., Mar. 9 $25 general admission $20 students with I.D., seniors 55+, military, and CSULB faculty & staff

“The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” Tommy Dorsey was a master at creating warm, musical moods. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around big bands, and when it comes to playing ballads, no other band comes close! With countless hits like “Night and Day,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Marie,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Song of India,” “Opus One” and “Skylark,” the Dorsey legacy continues today under the leadership of Terry Myers. Visit for more information.

LONG BEACH STATE ATHLETICS THE 19TH ANNUAL JEWELS OF THE NIGHT Walter Pyramid Sat., April 27 5 p.m. Hosted by the 49er Athletic Club, the fundraising division of Long Beach State’s Athletic Department, Jewels of the Night, is the marquee event for generating revenue to support the more than 300 Long Beach State student-athletes in their quest to realize both their academic and athletic ambitions. Visit jewelsofthenight for more information.

UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM “CHOCKABLOCK” UAM Art Galleries Currently showing through Sun., Apr. 14 In the works of the 16 artists of “Chockablock,” the digital activities of surfing, sampling and aggregating can be discerned. These artists have embraced the paradigm of provisionality that characterizes present-day contemporary art practices. Whether visual artwork, social practice or performance, the reliance of these artists upon digital networking and the use of the Web for research, production and dissemination is revealed. Visit for more information. Photo: Amir H. Fallah, “The Redwood Healer,” 2012, Acrylic, ink, pencil, oil, collage on paper. Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris. (c) Amir H. Fallah.

“SPRING AWAKENING” Studio Theater Fri., Mar. 15-Sat., Mar. 30 Based on Wedekind's explosive classic and winner of eight Tony Awards, this exhilarating alternative rock fusion dramatizes teenage angst and the tumultuous journey to adulthood. Visit for more information.




KENNETH MILLER 1969, B.S., Business Administration 1971, MBA

Q: How did you become involved in CSULB and the CSULB Alumni Association? As an alum of the Beach and very involved as a student between student government (ASB president and senator-at-large) and the SAE fraternity (IFC vice president), CSULB was one of the most defining periods of my life, as it is for most students. Having lived away from Long Beach for most of my adult life, I always appreciated what the university did for me, but I was not close enough to help. When I moved back to Long Beach eight years ago, it provided me the opportunity to get involved again with the university. My family, led by my brother Tom’s efforts, has been a long-time supporter of the President’s Scholars Program, and that seemed a good place to start. I joined the President’s Associates, and things picked up from there. Meeting the very committed CSULB development team provided avenues to other parts of the campus that could use my help. I have now had the honor of speaking to numerous campus organizations, including the President’s Scholars, where I am leading a two-part series on “Effective Leadership”; serving as the keynote speaker for the American Marketing Association’s convocation and the Golden Key International Honour Society’s annual New Member Recognition Event; and serving as emcee for the Concerts in the Grove for the last two years. Q: What are some of your hobbies or other interests outside of volunteering? Volunteering has been a big part of my free time for years. I have been honored to serve as an usher for my church and as a visitation minister to a shut-in lady for seven years. In addition, when I moved back to Long Beach, my high school alma mater, St. Anthony’s High School, was facing significant challenges. I jumped in and have served on the fundraising Foundation Board and as immediate past chair of the SAHS Advisory Council. Along the way, I joined the Century Club and now am a director for that great organization, which provides financial support to the sports programs in Long Beach, from the elementary level to CSULB. And, most recently, I am a founding member of Food for Kids, an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in our elementary grades in Long Beach. It is a much bigger problem than people realize, with 70 percent of Long Beach elementary school children receiving fully or partially subsidized food through Title 1. I also serve as a mentor to a CSULB athlete, as arranged by the CSULB Director’s Circle. When I am not volunteering, however, I love boating, especially I enjoy those priceless sunset cruises around Alamitos Bay and Naples Island with a great group of friends and my sons. I also enjoy golf and would call myself a “tournament golfer,” as that seems to be the only way I find time to do so. Attending CSULB athletic events, especially men’s basketball and women’s volleyball, among others, are a great way to support our school. To become a volunteer, visit

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There is a long line of generations supporting The Beach. Regardless of the size of your gift, it will make an impact. Alumni participation helps to maintain and increase CSULB’s national ranking while attracting large grants from many foundations. More importantly, your participation symbolizes your support of educational opportunity, excellence, diversity, integrity and service. Thank you for being a part of The Beach family! “As an undergraduate at CSULB, I sincerely enjoyed my experiences that I was provided during my four years. I am very grateful that I was able to receive a full scholarship from the President's Scholars Program. I would not be where I am without the support of the program and its donors. I was also deeply involved on campus as a student-athlete on the track team for four years. My connection to the university and the opportunities I was granted are major reasons that I choose to give back, which is why I also got involved with the myBeach Senior Class Committee during my senior year to encourage other seniors to give back to the university and create a strong alumni connection to CSULB. I give back to the university to express my thanks and continued hope that others will have similar experiences as students at The Beach.” –Aiyana Welsh (’12) “I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a concentration in English literature in 1984. After graduation, my studies continued in the College of Education, where I earned my California teaching credential in 1985. I value my connections with the College of Education and Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education, which enable me to collaborate with fellow educators and share current teaching practices. I have been an elementary teacher in Whittier since 1985 and truly value the professional resources that CSULB continues to provide. I have always been proud to be a 49er alumna; however, my Beach pride grew tremendously in the spring of 2010 when my daughter, Joanna, decided to follow in my footsteps and attend Long Beach State. I feel that it is an honor to continue supporting my alma mater through the Beach Fund, and I am grateful for all that CSULB has added to my life. I am committed to helping current students and future alumni in their pursuit of educational opportunities and experiences that they will always cherish. Go Beach!” – Janine Perkins Montoya (’84) with daughter Joanna Montoya (’14)


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Laying the groUndwork

The CSULB Alumni Association recently asked our members about their social engagement while they were students. We wanted to know how CSULB helped develop their lifelong social network. We received hundreds of responses from alumni that engaged in structured social groups like fraternities/sororities to alums who are still friends from a study group formed 20 years ago. Thank you to those who took the time to share their stories. For additional and expanded profiles, visit

MATTHEW BROWN, ’07* International Studies Social Network: Leadership Academy What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? In 2011, I returned to the Leadership Academy as a member of an advisory board and was honored to be able to give back to CSULB. How do you stay in contact? Facebook and LinkedIn are the easiest tools, but for the strongest relations that I have built, sharing a meal and road trips.

MEAGAN FARRELL, ’92* Speech Communications Social Network: Delta Zeta Sorority What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? Once a year, a group of us DZ's get together somewhere. Last year, we all met at Lake Tahoe, and next year, we will meet in Las Vegas. How do you stay in contact? Facebook mostly. Many of us live out of state, so when someone comes to town, we will meet or see each other at our yearly reunion.

MICHAEL FARRELL, ’91* Liberal Studies L/S History Social Network: Phi Kappa Tau A favorite memory? Steve Grabiel, myself, Steve Sturdevant and Jack Huangat at the Long Beach Chili Cook-off back in the day. We entered every year in the contest and also had a band, the Pedestrians, which were Phi Tau brothers. They also played at the Nugget and at Homecoming when we had a football team. How do you stay in contact? Jack Huang lives in Anaheim, Steve Grabiel lives in New Mexico and I live in Seattle. We try to get together every few years as our friendships that we made in college at Long Beach State and through the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity have become life-lasting.

JAMES LINCOLN, ’10* Applied Physics Social Network: Running Club and Society of Physics Students Do you still keep in contact with fellow students or stay in touch with current student group(s)? Yes, some of the physics students and professors. For example, Michael Hetman is a physics technician, as is Mark McLaughlin.

Arnulfo Gonzales became a high school physics teacher for a while. And lately, Dr. Kwon of CSULB is a leader in the local physics teaching community. How do you stay in contact? Mostly at meetings, such as SCAAPT or PhysTech, or by e-mail.

MARY MILLER, ’65 Recreation and Leisure Studies Social Network: Recreation Club A favorite memory? We had many fun get-togethers, some of them at Dr. Grey’s home. We RECREATED well together. One of the most memorable times was when we had an overnight camping trip in the mountains for our outdoor recreation class under Dr. Stan Gabrielson. The girls had a tent, and the boys, who outnumbered us, had a couple of tents. They got up in the middle of the night when Dr. Gabe was asleep and pelted the girls’ tent with water balloons. We had many laughs about it in class later. How do you stay in contact? Once in every few years, I attend the Rec/Alum get-together as part of the California Pacific Southwest Recreation Conference.

PATRICIA MORITA-NAGAI, ’80, ’91 Physical Education, Physical Therapy Social Network: AIAW Division 1 National Championship Field Hockey Team, 1979 What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I organized a reunion of the team members in 2004, and I attended one team member’s and coach's induction into the CSULB Hall of Fame. How do you stay in contact? Reunion, Cal Cup Tournament, Facebook, arranged dinners, cycling, ski trips and attending family events when invited.

SUSAN RIGNEY, ’81* Sociology Social Network: Delta Gamma/Dorms What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? While I lived out of state (Ohio and Tennessee) for 15 years, I reconnected with my Delta Gamma sisters when I returned to California in 2006. How do you stay in contact? We get together for girls’ weekends, concerts and football games.

KAREN TEGGER WARD, ’92 Political Science Social Network: Gamma Phi Beta What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I keep in touch with friends from Long Beach. I have even reconnected with friends from Long Beach because our kids attend the same school in South Orange County. How do you stay in contact? Facebook and e-mail.

C.J. KLUG, ’54, ’58 Business Administration, Public Administration Social Network: Founding member of local fraternity AKX that became the first national fraternity at CSULB, TKE. What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I stay in contact with original TKEs and members of the current CSULB Alumni Board. Unfortunately, many TKE members have passed away. How do you stay in contact? E-mails and occasionally dinners, or attending special events or sporting events at CSULB.

ROB ATTRIDGE, ’69* History Social Network: Intramural Sports/Dorms What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I lived in the off-campus dorms (Los Robles) and played intramural sports for the Runs. We took second in cross country and football. I keep in contact with a group of guys from the Los Robles dorm. We had an annual backyard barbecue and attended a 49er baseball game. How do you stay in contact? We stay in contact through e-mail and phone conversations, and at least get together annually.

PETER DONNELLAN, ’72 Political Science, Public Administration Social Network: Informal Study Group Tell us about your social group and what is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? There was a group of us that used to gather between classes. We then formed a study group that helped me greatly for many classes. In addition to studying for classes, we shared our goals and desires, which helped me to greatly formulate my own. I continue to stay in touch with several of the fellows and maintain strong relationships with them and their families 40 years later. How do you stay in contact? Telephone and e-mail.

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GEORGE MICHAEL DILE, ’76 Recreation Administration Social Network: Music Department/University Choir Tell us about your social group and what is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I spent a lot of my time in the Music Department. My favorite CSULB memory was traveling to Scandinavia and Russia in 1974 as part of the CSULB University Choir. I still keep in contact with CSULB, several students and one professor. The professor I was in touch with was the late Dr. Frank Pooler, who was director of the CSULB University Choir and who also put together our wonderful 1974 tour to Scandinavia and Russia. How do you stay in contact? The main way I have stayed in touch is through Facebook and e-mails. I have wanted to attend reunions, etc., but the timing never seems to be right.

GENE GABRIEL, ’90 Speech Communication Social Network: Hawaii Club Your Favorite memory? My favorite memories were the annual luau at CSULB, get-togethers with other CSU Hawaii Clubs in L.A., dancing during the international fair and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. I keep in contact with the Hawaii Club members from back then. What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? We all live in California and Hawaii. I married my wife from the Hawaii Club. Laura Gabriel graduated in 1994 with a recreation degree and is from Hawaii, too.

GUYLAINE M. HUBBARDBROSMER, ’05 MSW Social Network: School of Social Work What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I keep in touch with a few of my former classmates, one of whom I was able to hire as a contract worker. I also have limited contact with one or two faculty members. How do you stay connected? Facebook mostly. Also via e-mail/phone on a more limited basis.

LISA MOLINA DE LA LOZA, ’79 Recreation and Leisure Studies Social Network: Delta Sigma Chi (DSC) Fraternity (becoming the first and only female Honorary Member in 1989) What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I am employed with CSULB Associated Students (1980-current) and have stayed very connected to many of my past student employees, alumni, the Recreation and Leisure Studies

Department and DSC (we just celebrated 25 fabulous years as an organization). How do you stay connected? Working on campus makes it convenient for friends and alumni to contact me. I also attend athletic events with my husband, Victor M. de la Loza, and brother, Dr. Steve Molina, who are also alumni. DSC also has an alumni chapter that I keep connected with and updated on current affairs and events.

GEORGE MEDAK, ’66 Criminal Justice Social Network: SAE Fraternity What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I attend SAE rush functions and alumni reunions. How do you stay in contact? I serve as chair of the Athletics Board and attend most basketball games, home and away. Also, I stay in contact through social media.

PATREICE PERKINS, ’04 English Special-Emphasis and Black Studies Social Network: Black Student Union and the Educational Opportunity Program What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I keep in touch with the professors in the Africana Studies Department (formerly Black Studies). I have seen them at the annual Human Rights Conference at Cal State Long Beach. I also keep in touch with fellow students. We often get together to bowl, have lunch and share stories about our latest adventures. How do you stay in contact? Meals, Facebook, e-mail, text messages and over the phone.

VIANCA TIRADO, ’11 Business Marketing Social Network: CSULB American Marketing Association What is your present connection/relationship with your friend(s) or social group? I have maintained many of my friendships established in college. In fact, my best friend is my freshman year dorm mate! I still play an active role in the American Marketing Association as a professional speaker at meetings and events and a mentor to current members. How do you stay in contact? I stay in contact mostly through events and social media.

THERESA ROHRKIRCHGRABER, ’84* Chemistry Social Network: Chicanos for Community Medicine Do you still keep in contact with your friend(s) or social group? Yes, Michael Peters, M.D. How do you stay in contact? E-mail or Facebook.



PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Alumni Center Reception

Golden Graduates Celebration

June 2012, Hyatt Regency 6IX Park Grill, Irvine, Calif.

November 2012, Pacific Club, Newport Beach

November 2012, CSULB USU Ballroom Photo by David Schmitz

Left to right: Michael Anderson (’10), Bill Bennett (’61), Joey Edwards (’07, ’09) and Kevin Nguyen (’12).

Left to right: Distinguished Alumni Karl Romero (’73) and Carson Lev (’80).

Anna W. Ngai (’74), naming donor; and Michael Lugo (’79), reception host and past president, CSULB Alumni Association. For more information about the Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center, see page 3.

Top row, left to right: Ron Batson (’62), Jan Fairbanks (’57), Dale Fairbanks (’57, ’67), Arline Walter and Mike Walter. Bottom row, left to right: Sally Clark, Gordon Procotor (’62) and Barbara Proctor.

Pageant of the Masters

Concerts in the Grove

Golden Graduates Celebration

Alumni Brick Plaza Reception

July 2012, Tivoli terrace, Laguna Beach, CAlif.

July 2012, Soroptimist House, CSULB

November 2012, CSULB USU Ballroom

November 2012, Upper Campus, CSULB

Left to right: Tracey and Chris Smith, President’s Associates and Beach Parents of President Scholar Cera Smith.

Left to right: Carol Sapp (’66), Gerald Waters (’62) and Phyllis Waters (’62). Left to right: Glenn Bakke (’61, ’72), Jean Bakke (’64), Prospector Pete, Jennifer Bakke Peterson (’86, ’91) and Jeffrey Bakke (’88).

Concerts in the Grove

Washington, D.C. Back to College Night

Homecoming 2012: Bringing Home the Gold

July 2012, Soroptimist House, CSULB

September 2012, Rayburn House Office Building

November 2012, Walter Pyramid and Lot 13

Alumni and community leaders enjoy their picnics with longtime favorite Elm Street Band, comprised of CSULB alumni.

Left to right: John Sellers, Karen Titherington (’83), Jeff Huber (’74) and Rhodes Scholar Stephanie Bryson (’11).

Left to right: Lance VanSooy (’78), Prospector Pete, Mary Lois VanSooy (’52) and Todd VanSooy (’87).

Photo by Cindy Kridel

Photo by Tino Siwabessy

Photo by Victoria Sanchez

Left to right: Jeff Guell, parent; Patty Guell; William Huston (’10); Michaele Huston, Friend of the University; Eduardo Ferrer (’73); and Patricia Ferrer (’72, ’74).

Photo by Michael Greenberg


Photo by Tony Alves

Photo by Gay Arakawa

Photo by David Schmitz

Photo by Leticia Lozoya

Photo by Gay Arakawa

Photo by Leticia Lozoya

Beach Alumni Mixer

Left to right: Norman Delaterre (’70) and Scott Charmack (’72) enjoy conversation and the luncheon before the men’s basketball game against the North Alabama Lions.

Alumni reminisce about their years at The Beach at the barbecue buffet.


Faculty spotlight



2012-13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS PRESIDENT Jerry K. Galbreath ’62, B.S., Criminal Justice Senior Compliance Consultant, Auto Advisory Services

JAMES KOVAL, MFT Director, M.S. Program, Emergency Services Administration Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Criminal Justice

PRESIDENT-ELECT KATHY BAZARIAN ’72, B.A., History Teacher Specialist, Downey Unified School District (ret.)

1977, B.A., Psychology, Creighton University 1979, M.S., Family Studies, Texas Tech University 1983, Ph.D., Family Studies, Oregon State University


One of the things I have loved about being at CSULB and about being a professor is the many opportunities I have had to create new learning experiences for myself. For me, to really be a great professor requires an exuberance for learning, which is worn on one’s sleeve, readily detectable to all those with whom one works. Moreover, this love of learning must be exemplified in practice–or as my father used to say, “Walk the talk!” I have never just taught. I have published research on topics ranging from dating violence to mid-life career change. I have served as a department chair of two different departments on campus. I developed over 12 years ago the very first exclusively online course at CSULB, and now, for the last four years, I have led the creation of an all-online Master of Science degree program in emergency management, the only master’s degree in emergency management throughout the CSU and UC systems. I guess you could say, over these last 30 years, I have been that rolling stone, as there certainly is no moss growing under my feet.

Q: Many recent 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? I have striven throughout my teaching career to create courses and classroom environments that mirror as closely as possible the “real world.” As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have seen so many couples in my clinical practice where it was clear they could have avoided so many disappointments and emotional pain if they had only understood some of the simplest findings of research on relationship development, or had learned basic communication and conflict management skills. As a consequence of these clinical experiences, I have tried to focus students’ learning to embrace a primary prevention philosophy: learn attitudes and skills today to prevent and competently address relationship problems that are likely to occur in the future. Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, how you came to CSULB and a little bit about your work in your field?

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

I just celebrated 30 years as a faculty member at CSULB. I came to CSULB right out of my doctoral studies at Oregon State.

Professor Koval's area of specialization examines the development, utilization and effectiveness of programs designed for preventing or mitigating marital and family distress. He is particularly interested in examining intervention programs to strengthen the resiliency of public safety professionals and their families against the strains of day-to-day operations as well as the impact of major traumatic incidents. For the last 25 years, Koval has been licensed as a marriage and family therapist working within community mental health agencies and in private practice. As an approved clinical supervisor, he has been responsible for the training and mentoring of marital and family therapy trainees and interns. He continues to work in a variety of roles with the local police department to support the mental health needs of their personnel.

VICE PRESIDENT-MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING NORMA KOLB ’60, B.A., Elementary Education ’89, Credential, Library/Media Teacher/Librarian, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) VICE PRESIDENT-PROGRAMS KATHLEEN HANSEN ’75, B.S., Family and Consumer Sciences ’82, M.B.A. President, Financial Planning Department Inc. SECRETARY EDWARD APODACA ’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 Senior Manager, Enterprise Lean+ Learning/Technical and Professional Development, The Boeing Company COLLEEN BENTLEY ’71, B.A., History Director of Special Projects, CSU Chancellor's Office

GUY HESTON ’73, B.A., Radio/TV/Film ’87, M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Long Beach Transit (ret.) LUCIA GALINDO KOS ’75, B.A., Spanish Project Manager, Southern California Edison (ret.)

CLAUDE JOHN “C.J.” KLUG ’54, B.A., Business Administration ’58, M.A., Social Science-Public Administration Real Estate Broker

ALYCE LAVIOLETTE ’69, B.A., Psychology ’74, M.S., Psychology Marriage and Family Counselor Founder, Alternatives to Violence

TREASURER ROBERT "BOB" IRWIN ’67, B.A., Mathematics Service Delivery Director, Computer Sciences Corporation (ret.)

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

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

ROBERT “BOB” MIYASAKI ’81, B.S., Zoology Dentist, Tri-City Dental Care, Cerritos

MICHAEL ANDERSON ’10, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies Account Executive, Net Facilities

ROBERT “BOB” SPIDELL ’65, B.A., Economics ’08, Doctor of Humane Letters Publisher, Spidell Publishing (ret.)

Q: What advice do you have for today's current students? MEMBERS Empathy. Empathy. Empathy. The more we all embrace technology as a means to conduct business and create social relationships, the more we must continually build our daily lives on a foundation that requires us to see the world through the eyes and hearts of all with whom we interact. I would also advise students to “get off their damn cell phones and listen to the words of people around them.” But, I know if I said that, my 15-year-old daughter would claim I was sounding like an old man. Even with 30 years at CSULB behind me, the one thing I can say for certain is, I feel as excited about my work now as I did the first day I walked on campus.

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