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LATINO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER

Loyola Marymount University Summer 2016

Please consider making a gift to the LAA Scholarship program to help a bright Latino/a scholar at LMU reach their potential. alumni.lmu.edu/ laagiving

LATINO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER Summer 2016

A special thank you to the LMU Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors for their commitment and advocacy, Alex Martin Chaves ’86, Parent ’13, President Sara Mijares Del Fium ’03, Vice President Donald Alvarado ’77, Parent ’09, ’12 Marcela Bailey ’92 Martha De La Torre ’78 Alfred Fraijo, J.D. ’02 Michael Gaviña ’02, M.B.A. ’07 Jaime Jimenez ’88 David Moreno ’88 Steven Navarro ’84 Felix Nunez ’91 M.D., M.P.H. Armando Sosa ’88, Parent ’18 Cesar Trelles Elisa Vásquez ’89 Rose Yonai ’81, Parent ’10

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So much dedication, so much sacrifice, so much hope— all captured in a student’s message on her mortarboard.

Recognizing the Work and the Love Gratitude is the prevailing emotion during Día de Reconocimiento. Pride is the prevailing expression. Parents, friends and supporters get the first chance to see the graduates-to-be don their robes, sashes and mortarboards, and celebrate the academic and personal achievements of our Latino students. LMU’s annual Día de Reconocimiento gives graduating students an opportunity to recognize and thank family members and friends for the support throughout their educational journey. Although this celebration has a cultural emphasis, Día de Reconocimiento is open to all graduating LMU students, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates, Latino or not.

LAA Scholars at 2015 LAA Scholarship Awards Dinner

Save the Date for the 35th Annual Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Awards Dinner Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 THE CENTER AT CATHEDRAL PLAZA, CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS AMONG THE 2016 LMU LAA ESTEEMED HONOREES ARE: QueensCare

Community Service Honoree

Alumni Role Model Award

Donald P. Merrifield, S.J. Scholar

Gerald C. Salseda ’82 Principal, Salseda Law Group

Kendra Glenn ’17 Liberal Studies

“I think the spirit of Día was to invert a lot of what is traditional about academic commencement,” said Ernesto Colín ’99, M.A. 2001, who has attended Día de Reconocimiento as a student, as a faculty member and as a keynote speaker. “Instead of the traditional focus on the individual, we recognize that the graduates have come this far with the help of their loved ones.”

Accentuating the emotional impact of Día de Reconocimiento, Colín remembered that at the first few ceremonies he attended, the graduates read their own gratitude statements. But nearly all the graduates were overwhelmed and had difficulty finishing their paragraphs. The practice now is to have an announcer read the statements for the graduates.

INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER Page 2 Year in Review Page 3 LAA update: Let’s Talk Numbers Page 4 Save the Date! The 35th LAA Scholarship Awards Dinner

Colín noted that one of the advantages of Día is that it is more intimate than the larger commencement ceremony. Another important factor is Día brings together many cultural elements that connect the Latino community within LMU. There are also the presentations of the Chicana/o Studies Department Award, the Latino Faculty Association Award, and the Chicano Latino Student Services Award. Día de Reconocimiento, which is hosted by Chicano Latino Student Services in the Department of Ethnic and Intercultural Services, begins the celebrations that culminate in commencement, where our students take their first steps as alumni.

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YEAR IN REVIEW 2015–2016 NAMED ANNUAL AND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Thank you to the following corporate sponsors for their support of the LAA Scholarship. Presidential Sponsors

ALUMNI BBQ, SEPTEMBER 2015

LAA MIXER, JANUARY 2016

Alumni and their families returned to their alma mater for the 62nd annual LMU Alumni BBQ. Thousands of Lions reconnected with classmates and enjoyed food and games. The LAA Margarita tent, a constant at the BBQ, had volunteers ready with refreshing drinks for guests.

LAA welcomed more than 90 alumni and current students to a mixer on the Westchester campus. This was a terrific networking opportunity for our LAA scholars to connect with professional alums.

34th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner raised $116K, November 2015: The Latino Alumni Association recognized our accomplished scholarship recipients and the following esteemed honorees: Sodexo, Inc., & Affiliates, Corporate Honoree for Service in the Latino Community; The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, Community Service Honoree; Maria Salinas ’87, Role Model Honoree; and Marianna Hernandez ’16, psychology and sociology double major, the Donald P. Merrifield, S.J. Scholarship recipient

Anatolia Etcheverry de Gaviña Annual Scholarship Argelia Atilano Annual Scholarship Celia Margaret Gonzales Torres Memorial Endowed Scholarship David and Christina Moreno Family Scholarship Donald and Michele Alvarado Family Annual Scholarship Dr. Graciela Limón Annual Scholarship Edison International Annual Scholarship Flores-Watase Family Scholarship The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation Scholarship Jesus L. Legaspi Annual Scholarship LMU Latino Alumni Association Annual Scholarship LMU Latino Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Rose Acosta Yonai and John Yonai Annual Scholarship Salinas Family Annual Scholarship Sara Mijares Del Fium Annual Scholarship SOL Annual Scholarship

LAA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2015–2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Academic Awards Convocation

Mauro Gomez ’16, Presidential Citation

LAA Update: Let’s Talk Numbers Wallis Foundation Silver Sponsors Business Counsel Law Group LLP Curacao League of California Cities Latino Caucus Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation Union Bank Bronze Sponsors AltaMed ARS Financial Consulting Service Azteca America City National Bank El Clasificado Entravision Communications Company F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. Graphic Electric Inc. Jesuit Community Los Angeles County Hispanic Managers Association Molina Healthcare Northgate González Markets Paladin Capital Group Perkins Coie Porto’s Bakery PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

COMMENCEMENT, MAY 2016

ALUMNI AT THE BALLPARK, AUGUST 2016

We celebrated and honored our scholars’ achievements as we welcomed them into the Latino Alumni Association. Thanks to our scholarship supporters we were able to help 26 LAA scholarship recipients walk across the stage.

Lions were out in full force at Dodger Stadium to watch the Dodgers play the Pirates. Over 80 guests, alums and their families, made it to this fun pre-game reception.

UNIVERSITY MATCH ON LAA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED*

Newest LAA Team Member I would like to introduce myself: I am the new director of development for the Latino Alumni Association at Loyola Marymount University, Elizabeth “Ella” Gomez. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of LAA, which enters its 35th year of service to Latinos at LMU. As we start our 2016–17 school year, I wish to express my gratitude to alumni, parents and friends of LAA for your support of our hardworking scholars. Our work to help Latino students continues, and I encourage you to reach out, get involved and impact a student’s life. Stay Connected Phone: 310.338.7529 Email: laa@lmu.edu Web: www.lmu.edu/laa Facebook: LMU Latino Alumni Association LinkedIn: LMU Latino Alumni Association

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Elizabeth Gomez Director of Development Latino Alumni Association & Scholarship Initiatives 310.338.5878 Elizabeth.gomez@lmu.edu

NUMBER OF LAA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2015–2016

63% OF LAA SCHOLARS ARE FIRST GENERATION TO ATTEND COLLEGE

Student Service & Leadership Awards

$5 MILLION AWARDED IN LAA SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 1981

Honor Societies

Juan Sebastian Carrillo ’16, Pi Mu Epsilon and Sigma Xi Krista Marie Chinchilla ’16, Theta Alpha Kappa Justino Phillip Franco ’16, Tau Beta Pi Christian Jose Gutierrez ’16, Alpha Sigma Nu Sierra Hegle ’16, Sigma Delta Pi Genesis Laura Montalvo ’16, Sigma Tau Delta Mario Reyes Moreno ’16, Eta Sigma Phi Julianna Small ’16, Kappa Delta Pi

LAA SCHOLARS BY COLLEGE/SCHOOL

BELLARMINE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS 41 FRANK R. SEAVER COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 9 COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND FINE ARTS 9 SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION 4

Krista Marie Chinchilla ’16, Marie Anne Mayeski Award in Theological Studies Justino Phillip Franco ’16, Noyce Award Maria Jose Gomez ’18, Dr. Renee Harrangue Award Sierra Hegle ’16, Alfred Kilp, S.J. Award Jelani Bramble Manning ’18, Dr. Renee Harrangue Award Jasmine Reyna ’16, Sr. Raymunde McKay R.S.H.M. Award

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Graduates with Honors Magna Cum Laude

Juan Sebastian Carillo ’16 Graduates with Honors Cum Laude

Justino Phillip Franco ’16 Christian Jose Gutierrez ’16 Sierra Hegle ’16 Julianna Small ’16

*up to $150K total per year

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