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CSUF Responds to the National Nursing Crisis

Thanks to a $2-million grant from UnitedHealth Group, Cal State Fullerton will increase the number of nursing students it is able to enroll, train, graduate and place in the community in the next five years, thus meeting the looming nursing shortage head-on. You can read more about the grant and the nursing program beginning on page 12. n Cal State Fullerton is among the top 100 public colleges in the nation, according to a recent report presented in Forbes magazine. n A much-needed dialogue ensued as about 300 educators, school and business leaders, elected officials, and community members gathered on campus last fall in an effort to address the achievement gap. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell ’73 (B.A. history) described the gap as “the biggest civil rights challenge facing this generation.” n Experts on the U.S. and California constitutions and government converged on Cal State Fullerton for a week of serious discussions during the university’s fall Constitution Day activities, addressing such issues as the Supreme Court’s future battles, the role government should play, and the economy. n

Presi dent /View point

I want to thank

our alumni and students, faculty and staff, friends and donors – all of whom have pulled together to support Cal State Fullerton in the wake of the most severe budget cuts in university history. Facing a $38.7 million shortfall, we have had to take significant action to reduce our budget. I appreciate how hard everyone is working to overcome these challenges. In spite of the budget crisis, we are committed to future success – in graduating wellprepared students, generating funds to support the campus, and showcasing the success of our alumni. As we do so, we can celebrate some of the following:

TITAN S P R I N G 2 0 1 0 / VO LU M E 9, N U M B E R 2

Titan is the magazine of Cal State Fullerton, published by University Advancement for alumni, friends and the university community. We welcome your observations, news and comments. E D I TO R

Cathi Douglas ’80 A RT D I R EC TO R

Howard Chang ’00 W R I T E RS

Russ L. Hudson, Mimi Ko Cruz ’91, Pamela McLaren ’79, Valerie Orleans ’80, Debra Cano Ramos ’84 CO N T R I B U TO RS

Bruce Bourquin, Rachelle DeSimone’82,’89, Marcia Escobosa ’94, Jeanine Hill, Katie McGill, Kathy Pomykata ’80, Roy Rivenburg’81, Geri Silveira, Kym Snew ’10 P H OTO G RA P H E R

Kelly Lacefield P RO DUC T I O N P L A N N E R

Andrea Kelligrew’99 S E N I O R D I R EC TO R, D ES I G N

Mishu Vu PU B L IS H E RS

Dr. Milton A. Gordon President Pamela C. Hillman Vice President, University Advancement Jeffrey D. Cook Associate Vice President, University Advancement T I TA N A DV I SO RY B OA R D

Sherry Angel ’78, Janine Fiddelke Arp ’80, Elaine Beno ’83, Jeff Brody, David Ferrell ’78, Dianna Lopez Fisher, Michael Mahi ’83, Chris Meyer, Bill Prichard ’79, Bobbi Rice ’82, Paula Selleck, Steve Scauzillo’81, Andi Stein, Kelly Teenor ’86,’96, Greg Young’90

Cal State Fullerton continues to provide the workforce that makes our region stronger and even more vibrant. In fact, the California State University system creates jobs and revenue statewide. I appreciate the fact that you are our best ambassadors and advocates. I look forward to our continued work together. Sincerely,

Milton A. Gordon President, California State University, Fullerton

University Operator 657-278-2011 Titan Magazine 657-278-4850 P.O. Box 6826, Fullerton, CA 92834-6826 Nonprofit standard postage paid at Fullerton, CA. © 2010 California State University, Fullerton. Mail list updates occasionally result in error or oversight. Report concerns to: or 657-278-2586

Contents 6 Promoting Peace Fifteen Cal State Fullerton alumni are spending their days in foreign lands as volunteers in the Peace Corps.


8 Major Intersection Cal State Fullerton’s course offerings have always been a reflection of world issues and new advances.

10 Titan Time Machine Cal State Fullerton has its own portal to the past, just in time to celebrate the first 50 years of its publication: a digital archive of the student newspaper, the Daily Titan, and its predecessors.

12 Code Blue Cal State Fullerton has solutions to the looming nationwide nursing crisis.



29 Maple Designs Presidential Museum William Maple ’84 (B.A. art-environmental design)


is the interpretive designer who designed the Tribute Room of the USS George H.W. Bush.

2 University News 18 Alumni Association News 20 Class Notes

COVER Cal State Fullerton student nurses are part of the university’s response to the looming nationwide nursing crisis. From left, April Verkler, Whitney Dragon, Sara Katie Barnes and Zachary Winkler work in the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Skills Lab. Cover image by Jeanine Hill

University News For more campus news, please visit

National Organization Awards $50,000 To ECS Scholars Program Cal State Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is one of 20 university programs to be honored with a monetary award to support Latino student access in engineering programs. The honor for the ECS Scholars Program was presented by the nonprofit organization Excelencia in Education. “I’m delighted that the efficacy of the college’s efforts has earned national recognition,” said Raman Unnikrishnan, ECS dean, of the Scholars Program in which Hispanic engineering and computer science freshmen take their courses together as a cohort. Nearly 80 percent of ECS Scholars Program participants stay in college and remain engineering majors until graduating. “The ECS Scholars Program helped me to continue with school and never look back,” said Christopher Peinder, a mechanical engineering major. “I hope other students take advantage of it.”

Mihaylo College Is Among the Nation’s Best Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics has been included in Princeton Review’s 2010 issue of “Best 301 Business Schools.” It’s the third year in a row that the college has been chosen. “The rating is indicative of the continuing excellence at Mihaylo College,” said Dean Anil Puri. “We are getting increasing evidence of employer satisfaction with the preparation of our graduates and high-level success of our alumni.” Four-Year Grant Provides Child Care To Low-Income Students The Cal State Fullerton Children’s Center, a program of Associated Students, CSUF, Inc., has received a U.S. Department of Education grant to help low-income parents attend the university by making on-campus child care services available to them. The grant, expected to total more than $992,000, will enable up to 40 families to receive services. “Support of student parents through on-campus child care helps young parents to realize their educational goals and become valuable, self-sufficient members of the community,” said Children’s Center Director Betsy Gibbs.

Achievement Gap Summit

About 300 educators, school and

business leaders, elected officials, and community members attended the Oct. 2 Addressing the Achievement Gap Summit at CSUF.

Seeking Titan Legacies We are seeking the stories of Titan legacies, the tales of families who’ve attended Cal State Fullerton through the decades. Do you have sons or daughters, or even grandchildren, who’ve followed in your footsteps as Cal State Fullerton students? Did your brothers and sisters attend the university as well? How about cousins? We’re interested in your story. Please write to us at Titan Magazine, 2600 Nutwood Ave., Suite 810, Fullerton, CA 92831 with your story, or e-mail us at We look forward to hearing from you!


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News/ InBr ief


Jay Bond, associate vice president

for facilities management, is the new president of the Association of University Architects. The organization of registered professional architects represents more than 100 public and private universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. Jay Bond


Paul K. Miller, director of Cal

State Fullerton’s disabled student services, has been

President Milton A. Gordon discussed this year’s challenges

chosen to preside as chair of Gov. Arnold

and opportunities at Convocation on Sept. 15. For the text of

Schwarzenegger’s California Committee

his speech, visit and search “Convocation

on Employment of People with Disabilities.


“Dr. Miller is a highly recognized and

Daily Titan 50th Anniversary Reunion Scheduled For May 1 Former students who worked on the Daily Titan newspaper will have an opportunity to connect with other Daily Titan alumni at a gala reunion celebrating a half-century of journalistic training. Held on the Fullerton campus, the reunion will include a tour of the Daily Titan newsroom, reception, social hour, program and dinner. Rick Pullen, dean of the College of Communications, remarked: “Since I was the DT adviser from 1973 to 1977, the reunion takes on special meaning for me. I look forward to seeing many of the editors and writers I worked with during those years.” Information: . More Kudos: Cal State Fullerton Makes The “Top 100” List According to a report in Forbes magazine, Cal State Fullerton is among the top 100 public colleges in the nation. The university is ranked 81st in the magazine’s public colleges listing. The report, published in August, was compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and ranked 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.

respected expert about the most critical issues affecting people with disabilities at the local, state and national levels,” said Francisco J. Valle ’85, president of Valle Consulting and a member of the state committee.

Paul K. Miller n

Titan baseball coach

Dave Serrano was selected to serve as pitching coach for the 2010 USA Baseball National Team under Bill Kinneberg of the University of Utah. The 2010 National Team schedule will culminate in the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Championship Dave Serrano

in Japan. Team USA is the three-time defending

champion of the event, which is held every other year in different countries across the world.


Cindy Smith Greenberg, chair

and associate professor of nursing, has earned the Society of Pediatric Nurses’ Excellence in Education Award. The national honor recognizes a nurse who has made significant contributions to pediatric nursing as an educator.

Cindy Smith Greenberg

Greenberg was chosen as this year’s award recipient for “demonstrating development, implementation and evaluation of innovative teaching methods to educate target populations producing identifiable, positive outcomes.”




Fullerton Arboretum Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary Friends and supporters of the Fullerton Arboretum recently celebrated the popular botanical garden’s 30th year with an evening filled with fun and facts, including dinner and music, a historical presentation and introduction of past and present VIPs. The Fullerton Arboretum, encompassing 26 acres at the northeast corner of the Cal State Fullerton campus, is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. It features a permanent collection of more than 4,000 unusual plant species from around the world.

University Police Move Into New Building Dedicated on a sunny fall afternoon, the new University Police Building, located at the corner of State College Boulevard and Gymnasium Drive, replaces the old facility, which was originally placed on campus grounds in 1960 as temporary classrooms. The current building doubles the amount of space for the 24 sworn officers, eight civilian employees and 25 student assistants/community service officers in the department. It also allows for more offices and other features, such as a state-of-the-art communications center. “Many of the features included in this new building are standard in police departments across the country,” said Police Chief Judi King. “This facility will allow us to better serve the campus.”

Titan Tribute 2009 On Oct. 10, Titan Athletics inducted its third class of athletes and coaches to the Titan Tribute: Athletics Hall of Fame, including, from left, professional football’s career passing leader, Damon Allen; a nine-time All-American gymnast, Barbie Myslak-Roetert; the father figure for Titan football for its final 13 seasons, Coach Gene Murphy; the left-handed pitcher who helped change the complexion of West Coast college baseball, Dan Boone; and a national softball player of the year, Connie Clark.


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News/ Phila nthropic Founda tion Former Inmate Daniel Cole Receives Two CSU Scholarships After serving seven years at a state prison as a result of his drug addiction, Daniel Cole, 42, entered college and turned his life around. Currently a senior with a 3.91 GPA, Cole will graduate from Cal State Fullerton in May with a degree in human services. He is employed at a drug and alcohol treatment facility doing case management and has participated in numerous internships at area hospitals. “After I graduate, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in social work,” said Cole. “Then, I want to open a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment facility for the poor, the homeless and ex-offenders, so I can, in turn, give back to our community.” Cole is this year’s recipient of a William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement given each year to those students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. Cole received the additional distinction of being named a Murray L. Galinson Scholar, awarded to a student who best exemplifies extraordinary public service to his or her home or university community.

Board Moves Forward with Initiatives As previously reported in Titan magazine, this past year the board of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation identified eight themes that will govern future fundraising efforts as the result of renewed strategic-planning efforts. The themes address acquisition of land and facilities; ongoing efforts in infrastructure improvements; leveraging government funding opportunities; community engagement; student and alumni participation; building degree and brand equity; growth in the next 50 years; and the possible development of a university district – a distinctive, university-centered neighborhood of retail shops, dining establishments and residential areas – in Fullerton. Initial projects unveiled Specific projects have now been identified within these themes, which will receive priority attention over the next three-to-five years. These initiatives include: n expansion of the university’s nursing program in order to better meet future demand in the state; n strengthening of programs that help preserve Orange County’s natural history and human experience; n development of laboratories and programs in support of STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math); n renovation of our athletic fields, Titan Gymnasium, and university signage to enhance the student experience; and n creation of educational, testing, and technology-development programs involving assistive technology to help the senior population age-in-place safely and independently.

Fundraising Reaches 44 Percent of Goal At the halfway mark for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the foundation has booked 44 percent of its $9.5-million goal as of December 31. The foundation receives, invests, and manages donated funds on behalf of and for the benefit of CSUF, and distributes those funds to the university to support myriad capital projects, scholarships, special projects, and academic programs. “This continues to be a very challenging fundraising environment,” said Pamela C. Hillman, executive director of the foundation, who also serves as vice president for university advancement. “But I know our alumni and other donors understand how critical their gifts are as the university tries to offset losses in state support. We’re going to continue to work hard to deliver that message, help donors find giving opportunities that excite them, and move closer to this year’s goal.” McGarvey Named Governor Emeritus This past fall’s annual report issue of Titan neglected to include William J. McGarvey among the list of the foundation’s governors emeriti. McGarvey holds this prestigious designation along with Marilyn Powell Berns (deceased), R. James Considine, Jr., Len Dreyer, Jerry I. Goodwin, Rudy Hanley, Stephen R. Knott, Kerri Rupert and Jim Volz.




Nearly 300 Alumni Have Served in the Peace Corps

Promoting Peace

Story by Pamela McLaren ’79

At present, 15 Cal State Fullerton alumni are spending their days in foreign lands as volunteers in the Peace Corps. Part of a volunteer force that numbers nearly 8,000, they follow in the footsteps of nearly 300 fellow alumni who have served in 76 countries – from Albania to Zambia – around the world since the organization’s beginnings in 1961. “Cal State Fullerton has achieved a remarkable record in producing some of America’s finest global citizens, and the Peace Corps is one of those accomplishments,” said Gaddi Vasquez, former director of the Peace Corps and CSUF supporter. Here are the stories of several alumni who have served or are currently serving in the Peace Corps.

wharyn Obsatz spent part of her honeymoon in San Lorenzo, a city in Paraguay where she previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Returning with her new husband “was very emotional,” said Obsatz ’06 (M.A. communications). “I wanted to share with him what it was like, what I had experienced.” Serving in a poor neighborhood in Paraguay’s second-largest city, Obsatz was the first U.S. citizen that many there had ever met. They remembered her and were happy that she had returned, but she was sad because the situation for the barrio had not changed much from when she had been there. Obsatz went to the South American community in 1997 to work with urban youth. She was 26 years old at the time, a working journalist who had covered “teens in trouble, in gangs, running away from home, getting arrested, getting pregnant, dropping out of school, always pulling themselves down. “I wanted to stop being an observer and start getting involved,” she wrote in a 1999 news story about her two years in the Peace Corps. “When you are in your 20s, you have an urge for excitement, a desire to explore,” she said. “The Peace Corps really is a good way to do that. You get to know a place like you never would as a tourist. It makes you appreciate what you have here. “I learned a lot about myself and the world,” Obsatz remembers. “I was so sure of issues, saw things as black or white before I went to Paraguay. It helped me to see the world as more complex, more shades of gray. “It made me believe in small changes,” said Obsatz about her experience. “It doesn’t have to be all good to love it.”



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Exploring Options, Seeking Direction Alumna Lorraine Gunderson, who is serving in Moldova in Eastern Europe, graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology but found herself still questioning what she wanted to do with her life. “Become a therapist, become a journalist, write a novel? The last three and a half years zoomed by so fast, and I was still no closer to knowing where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do,” she explained. At the same time, her roommate graduated and got an internship in Portugal. It prompted her to consider a possible internship as well. “Traveling the world was always something I’d wanted to do,” Gunderson said. She considered other volunteer programs and then turned to the Peace Corps. “I began researching online and felt the program was exactly what I needed. I filled out the application, had an interview and then, six months later, was living in Eastern Europe.” Gunderson arrived last June in the capital of Chisinau and lived in a nearby village for 10 weeks while being trained and learning the language. In August, she passed the language test and moved to another village in the south where she serves as a health educator, teaching

basic health to students in fifth- through 10th-grades. She also works with the village’s medical center, leading health seminars for adults “so that the audience will be engaged, learn and actually use the information we’re giving them,” Gunderson explained. “I also teach them about how to evaluate the resources they have and utilize them in better and more efficient ways.” In addition, “I am working with a woman, who is the equivalent of the PTA president for the school I work in, on two community projects. The first will be to put in a toilet at the school and repair or replace the outhouse, so we don’t lose any children in the giant holes!” she said. “I also want to build a recreation center for the kids in the community. There is literally nothing productive for these kids to do after school lets out. My partner and I are looking into whether we’ll be able to find funding to get that done.” Meanwhile, she has formed a student club, working with a group of eighth- and ninth-grade students. “We’re working on a puppet show about the dangers of smoking to put on for the fourth grade right now. I love going to school on Wednesdays because I have the ninth grade class followed immediately by the club meeting and, to be honest, the ninth grade class is my favorite. “There are three boys, Ion, Gheorge and Boris, who are so funny, they’re like the Three Stooges. Whenever Ion sees me he yells ‘Ms. Lori’ and then runs over and gives me air kisses,“ she explained. “Then Gheorge tells me about his love life – at least I think that’s what he’s talking about. He talks so fast, I hardly understand him. Then there’s Boris, who’s just adorable and apparently stopped smoking after our month of anti-smoking classes.”

For more stories about Titan alumni in the Peace Corps, please go to

While Gunderson didn’t think she had any expectations going to Moldova, “it turned out that I really did,” she admitted. “Moldova is not what I expected.” Gunderson said that her challenge has been psychological. “It’s about getting the people to believe they have the power to change their situation. It’s a lot harder than I expected it was going to be, but this place and these people have so much potential that once that nut is cracked, there’s no limit to what they can do.”

From Childhood Dream to Reality For Brittany Kuhn ’06 (B.A. communications-journalism), becoming a Peace Corp volunteer was her mission. “When I was 10, I decided I wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer,” she said. “It was a dream that always appeared visible just beyond the horizon.” Shortly after graduating from Cal State Fullerton, she served two years in Cape Verde, just west of Senegal off the west coast of Africa. “It is an elusive mix of everything,” she said of Cape Verde. “A blend of Portugal, Brazil, America and Africa, the archipelago consists of 10 unique islands that offer everything from isolated windswept beaches and mountainous misty forests to giant salt flats and black volcanic lava flows.” While there, Kuhn served as an English teacher to seventh- and eighth-graders in a rural community located on the slope of a volcano crater. “There were daily struggles,” she said. “Living without running water and electricity are challenges that do not compare to the cultural adjustments necessary to thrive in community development work. But I must say, it was the best decision I ever made. The Peace Corps is a wonderful experience. It is, above all, about relationships. It is about finding yourself living in a place completely foreign to you, maybe a place you didn’t even know existed, and watching in amazement as it becomes home.” n

Sharyn Obsatz, at right in the back, spent lots of time working with youth during her two years in San Lorenzo as a Peace Corps volunteer.




Story by Valerie Orleans ’80

eventies-era students could major in engineering, but not computer science. Likewise, there weren’t yet animation classes in the arts or social media classes in communications. Today’s language students have diverse choices, including Arabic, Persian or Vietnamese. Cal State Fullerton’s course offerings have always been a reflection of world issues and new advances. Each year, the eight colleges on campus analyze course offerings – determining what courses to keep, add, adapt or drop. The most often selected undergraduate areas of study in 2008-09 were finance, child and adolescent development, psychology, accounting, marketing, kinesiology, liberal studies, business management, communications and human services.


Training Today’s Teachers When it comes to educating future teachers, Cal State Fullerton’s first graduates would be surprised by the additional assessments, curriculum changes, and emphasis on educational technology and knowledge of K-12 standards. Program offerings have evolved as well, including the creation of a new master’s degree in education with a concentration in higher education, online master’s degrees (such as instructional design and technology), and a new doctoral program with concentrations in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 leadership and community college leadership.


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“Officials predict about 1 million teaching vacancies will be created over the next four years as a result of baby boomers retiring,” said Karen Ivers, acting associate dean for the College of Education. “While students continue to seek elementary education credentials, there is also a need for qualified secondary education teachers, with a particular need for those who can teach math and science, and an ongoing need for special education teachers. The College of Education has highly regarded and innovative teacher education programs, and is the only college in Orange County with programs that are nationally accredited.”

Meeting Workforce Needs The number of students graduating in mathematics and the sciences is insufficient to meet future workforce needs. In addition, job prospects in these fields are predicted to grow. In the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the number of majors has grown in all departments during the last decade. The most often selected major in the college is biological science, followed by chemistry and biochemistry and mathematics. In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, civil and environmental engineering has witnessed the most rapid growth in student interest in recent years. “The market often drives students in choosing their majors,” said Dean Raman Unnikrishnan. “Although traditional engineering disciplines remain strong, environmental engineering is receiving a lot more attention from students who are more

eco-conscious.” Similarly, the College of Health and Human Development owes its origins to the general growth of health-related fields. “Each of the departments within the college has experienced numerous changes over the years and currently looks vastly different from the original program,” said Kathy Koser, the college’s associate dean. Years ago, the university considered eliminating the nursing program and today it is one of the fastest-growing programs on campus. In the past, students receiving a degree in physical education primarily taught and coached in the public schools. Today’s students receive a degree in kinesiology and choose a focus area in clinical exercise science, fitness and health promotion, gero-kinesiology, sports studies or teacher education, or a degree in athletic training. The child and adolescent development degree now offers options in early childhood development, elementary school settings, adolescent/youth development, and family and community contexts. New to the campus are the Master of Public Health and the Master of Social Work degrees. In addition, there are numerous changes to the master’s degree in counseling and the Bachelor of Science in Human Services. The most often selected majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are psychology, liberal studies, criminal justice and sociology. Psychology’s popularity, according to Jack Mearns, chair of psychology, can be attributed to its two different master’s degrees – an M.A. in research and an M.S. in clinical psychology. Both programs have more than doubled in size in the last decade, Mearns said, and both send graduates to Ph.D. programs. In addition, the M.S. program trains future marriage family therapy clinicians to treat patients in a variety of settings in the community.

Focusing on Professional Development The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics reports continued interest in accounting and finance. The college’s centers in Insurance and Sales Leadership also are creating increased student interest in careers in those areas, said Thomas Boyd, associate dean of the college. “Our focus is now on continuous improvement, resulting in upcoming curriculum innovations in the areas of leadership and functional integration,” Boyd noted. “We also have made significant changes to the MBA, moving beyond course content to include important aspects of professional development that will increase demand for our graduates and make alumni degrees more valuable and prestigious as well.” Between 40 and 50 years ago, the fine arts dominated majors in the College of the Arts, said Larry Johnson, chair and professor of art, who earned his bachelor’s and mas-

ter’s degrees in art as a Cal State Fullerton student during the ’70s. “There was a strong interest in the crafts area of metalsmithing, woodworking, weaving and so on, along with a robust drawing and painting program. In the late ’70s, graphic design majors began to grow, eventually overtaking all other concentrations to become the largest program area. The introduction of computers to design education in the early ’80s ensured continued interest. “In the ’80s and ’90s, successful feature animation projects at Disney and other major studios fueled a demand for creative talent with a strong foundation in figurative drawing skills. In the 2000s, we introduced digital to our more traditional or classical hand-drawn animation programs,” Johnson said. Theatre and dance programs also have drawn students, according to Susan Hallman, professor of theatre and dance who served as chair of the department from 1997-2009. “The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre is by far the most popular major.” Music has always been a prevalent major, with the number of music majors growing by more than 15 percent in the past two years. CSUF has always been a source of many of Southern California’s finest middle and high school choral and instrumental music teaching programs. According to Marc Dickey, chair of the music department, “When I met my first class of student teachers in instrumental music in 1988, they were all young men. These days, a typical student teaching class is about a 50-50 mix of males and females.”

Communicating Change With the advent of online publications, students in the College of Communications are focusing more of their energies on online communication. “Convergence is the name of the game today,” said Tony Fellow, chair and professor of communications. “For example, today’s advertising, journalism and public relations students must learn to tell a story, tell it across various media and learn how to market that story.” The university’s proximity to many of Southern California’s tourist attractions has led to new concentrations in areas of entertainment and tourism. Communications offers an entertainment studies concentration; art offers an entertainment art/animation concentration; and business offers entertainment and tourism management. What’s more, as the world grows increasingly smaller based on new technologies, there is more interest in the College of Communication’s programs in intercultural communications. n Russ L. Hudson, Mimi Ko Cruz ’91, Pamela McLaren ’79, Debra Cano Ramos ’84 and Paula Selleck contributed to this story. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON



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Daily Titan Issues Provide Portal to the Past arty McFly had his time-traveling DeLorean. Sherman and Mr. Peabody had the Wayback Machine. Now, Cal State Fullerton has its own portal to the past, just in time to celebrate the first 50 years of its publication: www.titanyearbook. com/archives , a digital archive of the student newspaper, the Daily Titan, and its predecessors. Although it isn’t indexed by topic and some copies are missing, the site enables users to relive almost any episode in university history via photos, advertisements and articles. Here are some of the top dispatches from the newspaper’s first five decades:



June 4, 1962

Elephant Mania

The school’s debut brush with fame was the world’s first intercollegiate pachyderm race, held on so-called Dumbo Downs on the northwest portion of the campus. Amid considerable media hoopla, thousands of spectators jammed the campus as 15 animals competed in various events. Harvard’s entry captured the sweepstakes, Santa Ana College was disqualified (because its “elephant” was two students dressed in gray cloth and a papier-mâché pachyderm head) and the home team won two first-place awards with Indian-born student Ramesh Mehra as rider.


April 13, 1964

Primeval Protests

Forget about civil rights and Vietnam. In the spring of 1964, the burning issue of the day was a plan to change the school’s name from Orange State College to California State College at Fullerton. Waving picket signs and playing “We Shall Overcome,” militant students denounced the new moniker as “ridiculous” and a “mouthful of words.” But others supported the switch, saying they were tired of being confused with Orange Coast College.


Nov. 2, 1964

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Student misconduct was pretty G-rated during the school’s formative years. Administrators didn’t even notch their first suspension until 1964 – and the offense was tame by modern standards. Carleen Simonson, a 23-year-old grad student, was busted for possession of seven unopened miniature bottles of liquor in a residence hall. A dean later commuted the one-semester suspension. 10 TITAN MAG.COM

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Nov. 26, 1963, and Nov. 21, 2003


Feb. 10, 1970, and Nov. 2, 1988


Sept. 7, 1976, and Sept. 4, 1979

JFK Remembered

Before text messages and Twitter, students relied on lesssophisticated methods to spread breaking news. When President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, a Titan Times reporter grabbed a grease pencil and several sheets of cardboard, copied down radio bulletins and posted them in the main hallway. Once JFK’s death was confirmed, classes were dismissed as “tears ran down manly faces, and feminine sobs sounded unchecked,” according to the paper. Forty years later, the Daily Titan revisited the slaying under this math- and spelling-challenged headline: “20 Years After JFK’s Assasination.”

A Tale of Two Reagans

When Ronald Reagan spoke on campus as governor in 1970, scores of protesters booed, chanted and screamed obscenities. Reagan finally yelled “Shut up!” and walked out. A few days later, police arrested two students for disrupting the speech, sparking a wave of violent demonstrations in late February and early March. In contrast, Reagan’s 1988 visit, the first by a U.S. president, drew marching bands, cheerleaders and “deafening” applause from a crowd of 4,500. Barely two dozen protesters showed up.

Tragedy and Triumph

Two of the biggest stories in CSUF history – the July 1976 library shootings and the June 1979 baseball championship – get short shrift in the archive because they happened during summer break. Writing weeks after the fact, Daily Titan


reporters tried to pick up where local and national media left off. For the library tragedy, in which a janitor killed seven employees and wounded two others, the paper offered articles on how campus police reacted that morning and how library staffers were coping in the aftermath. For the baseball team’s first national title, the paper recapped the College World Series games and analyzed the team’s prospects for 1980.

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March 14-28, 1978


May 18, 1979


Sept. 12, 1991


May 27, 2003

Cal State Who

March Madness swept the campus as CSUF’s Cinderella basketball team earned its first NCAA berth and stunned fourth-ranked New Mexico and 20th-ranked University of San Francisco before falling to Arkansas, 61-58. Sportswriters and broadcasters couldn’t figure out what to call the school, variously referring to it as Fullerton State, UC Fullerton, CalFullerton and – strangely – Cal-Furman.

Did We Mention Elvis is Alive, Too?

Cannibalism classes, valet parking for students and solving America’s energy crisis with a luxury car that runs on Kahlua and vodka. Fake news ruled in Not The Daily Titan, a rare satire edition of the paper. Most of the jokes now seem dated (references to Jonestown, an escaped Lion Country Safari hippo named Bubbles and an alleged “junta” takeover of the Faculty Council), but some still amuse. Also, if you visit the online archive, see if you can spot the two fake ads.



Without a Doubt

On the road to superstardom, six months before their debut album, CSUF’s semi-homegrown band No Doubt took the stage for a free noon concert. The performance was “like watching a cartoon,” said the Daily Titan review, referring to singer Gwen Stefani’s high-pitched voice, guitarist Tom Dumont’s crazy clothes and slam-dancing fans’ flying bodies.

Daily Titan Goes to War

Only one student journalist was embedded with U.S. troops as they invaded Iraq in March 2003: Ron Larson, a 39-yearold graduate history student. A sampling of Larson’s reports, covering everything from Scud missiles to military haircuts, appeared in the semester’s final issue. n




Cal State Fullerton Responds to the National Nursing Crisis

CODE BLUE By Valerie Orleans ’80 / Images by Jeanine Hill


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teven Huerta – married with three children – wants a master’s degree in nursing so badly that he works full-time as a registered nurse at Placentia-Linda Hospital while putting an additional 30 to 40 hours a week in classes and studying. It’s a new career for Huerta, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology and worked in research at UC Irvine Medical Center for 10 years. “What I really enjoyed was interacting with patients,” he recalled. “I was trying to figure out how to combine both interests and then it hit me: nursing.” Huerta was set to graduate in January from Cal State Fullerton’s three-year master’s degree in nursing program. (He received his RN certification after the first 18 months.) Similarly, Danielle Merchant, a pediatric ICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of Orange County whose undergraduate degree was in psychology/communicative disorders, works and studies long hours in pursuit of a master’s in nursing at Cal State Fullerton. “People sometimes ask me why it’s important to have a master’s degree,” Merchant said. “I think there’s a tendency, industry-wide, to hire nurses with more advanced degrees. Medicine is becoming more complex and we have to acquire the critical thinking and technical skills to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.”


Steven Huerta is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Cal State Fullerton. As part of the solution to the state’s nursing shortage, students like Huerta play an increasingly important role.

>> Responding to the Nursing Crisis People like Huerta and Merchant are increasingly important on today’s health care scene. As baby boomers age and our nation’s capacity to provide more sophisticated care to those with medical issues increases, there is one certainty: America will need more nurses. A lot more nurses –  especially those with advanced degrees.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects that California’s estimated shortage of 20,000 registered nurses will grow to a staggering 50,000 to 80,000 by 2015. That’s approximately 34 percent of the expected number of nurses required. Nationwide, the nursing shortage is estimated at 150,000 registered nurses, and the department projects that the shortage will grow dramatically to 800,000 nurses by 2020. California is ranked last in the nation for registered nurses per capita. To compound the situation, there isn’t enough space in nursing schools to educate all those who would like to become nurses. In fact, it’s estimated that about 40 percent of those who apply to nursing schools are turned away because schools are already filled to capacity. At CSUF in fall 2009, 387 pre-nursing students applied for the entrylevel bachelor’s in nursing program and 33 were accepted. For the entry-level master’s in nursing program, of the 355 pre-nursing student applicants, 30 students were accepted. “The cost of educating nurses is considerably greater than the cost of educating other, non-nursing students, due to heavy lab/clinical requirements and small class sizes,” said

Danielle Merchant, at left, believes a master’s degree in nursing will set her apart from other nurses. Opposite page: Student nurse Zachary Winkler checks the vital signs of a “patient” in the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Skills Lab.




April Verkler, Whitney Dragon and Barnes work to resuscitate a simulated patient in the nursing skills lab.

Mary Wickman, left, director of pre-licensure programs, directs student nurse Sara Katie Barnes in the preparation of intravenous medications.

Roberta E. Rikli, dean of the College of Health and Human Development. “The ‘gap’ between the actual cost to educate nurses and the amount that the campus receives in state support and fee revenue can be as high as $5,000 per student, per year. To expand capacity, the university must raise external, supplemental funds to pay for expenses not covered by core state funding.” So how do we alleviate the coming shortage? Supporting nursing schools through public funding, developing public-private partnerships, and generating private support for nursing programs like those at Cal State Fullerton. Nursing is one of the CSUF Philanthropic Foundation’s top six fundraising priorities over the next few years. Ultimately, more than $10 million will be sought to supplement the cost of educating nursing students; pay for administrative, faculty, and development costs; upgrade technology; and endow funds to help support scholarships, a professorship and chair.

>> The Road to Becoming a Nurse At Cal State Fullerton, a number of students take advantage of an “entry-level” master’s degree in nursing designed for students with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees. This program is one answer to the looming nursing shortage. “These students are required to take prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, English, speech, statistics, psychology and sociology or cultural anthropology,” said Mary Wickman, director 14 TITAN MAG.COM

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of pre-licensure programs. “The prerequisite and nursing curriculum provides students with a scientific, clinical and professional foundation upon which to build sound and safe individualized nursing care.” Kaiser Permanente was one of the first community sponsors to offer assistance by awarding $300,000 to the Department of Nursing for the entry-level program. More recently, the university received a $2-million grant from UnitedHealth Group that will allow Cal State Fullerton to admit an additional 120 nursing students to the entry-level, pre-licensure nursing program. (Students may choose to enter as freshmen or at the post-baccalaureate level.) “It’s very difficult for students to be in a nursing program and work at the same time,” said Cindy Smith Greenberg, chair and associate professor of nursing. “The hours they must devote to their studies often mean that they must give up jobs or cut back significantly on work and family commitments.” For that reason, scholarships are all the more important when our nation is trying to attract more students to

At left, Cindy Smith Greenberg, chair and associate professor of nursing, helps student nurse Angelica Panova work on a pediatric “patient” in the nursing skills lab. Above, Zachary Winkler and Russell Robinson work in the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Skills Lab.

consider nursing as a profession. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Cal State Fullerton $200,000 to offer 20 scholarships of $10,000 each to students in the accelerated entrylevel master’s nursing program. Students from underrepresented groups are targeted for these scholarships because, according to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, diversifying the nursing profession is essential to meeting the health care needs of the nation and reducing health disparities that exist among many underserved populations. For students who are nurses already, many classes are offered online as well, decreasing travel time and allowing students to access programs at times when it is more convenient for them. This allows them to pursue their studies while accommodating work schedules or other obligations.

>> Cal State Fullerton’s Nursing Programs Included among the nursing programs currently offered at Cal State Fullerton are the following: n Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) n Entry-level for those without RN licensure (usually enter as freshmen) n Associate degree (with RN) to bachelor’s degree (community college transfers) n Accelerated associate degree to master’s degree (ADN to MSN)

Entry-level pre-licensure to MSN (for those with bachelor’s degrees in other fields who want to enter nursing) n Master of Science in nursing degree with a concentration in: n nurse anesthetist
 n nursing leadership
 n women’s health care (nurse midwifery or nurse practitioner)
 n school nursing
 n nurse educator There are two pathways that lead directly to the Master’s of Science in Nursing. One is for those with an associate degree in nursing; the other is for those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The entry-level master’s program includes pre-licensure courses of basic nursing concepts, theories and skills, and culminates in the nursing leadership concentration. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the pre-licensure programs, nurse anesthetist and women’s health care concentrations also are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing. “The role of nursing has changed over the years,” Greenberg said. “Today’s nurses are often more highly educated and take on more professional responsibilities. In the hospital setting, patients are admitted for care that is prescribed by physicians but actually provided and n




monitored by nurses.” According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, hospitals that employed more nurses with bachelor’s, master’s or other advanced degrees had improved patient outcomes demonstrating lower patient mortality and failure-to-rescue rates nationwide. CSU campuses, including Cal State Fullerton, will continue to offer advanced nursing degrees and plan to begin to offer a doctoral program in nursing, if approved, as well to meet the need for a highly educated nursing workforce.

>> Hands-On Education As part of the nursing program, the university has a designated $1.6-million nursing simulation lab – a facility that replicates a hospital patient care unit. Recently named the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Skills Lab in appreciation of UnitedHealth Group’s generous gift, students can practice many of the skills and techniques they will need as nurses. Fitted with nearly $700,000 worth of equipment, including beds, wheelchairs, infant-care stations, patient mannequins and computer programs, the lab has a lobby; a 12-bed hospital wing with emergency, medical-surgical, obstetrical and pediatric rooms; a patient exam room; a 30-seat classroom; a six-seat study room; and a conference room. “The lab is great for students because this is often the first time they get a chance to actually put into practice the skills they are learning in the classroom,” said Barbara Doyer, the lab’s coordinator. Initially, students learn basic skills (with the help of the specially designed mannequins) such as taking vital signs, changing dressings, administering medications, inserting catheters, and learning the different ways to administer 16 TITAN MAG.COM

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Five of Cal State Fullerton’s nursing students pause from their work in the UnitedHealthcare Nursing Skills Lab: from left to right, April Verkler, Boudsakhone Sundara-Nunez, Zachary Winkler, Angelica Panova and Whitney Dragon.

injections. Because some of the mannequins are computerbased, they can “talk back” to the students. (Actually one of the nursing staff is behind a two-way mirror and can respond to the student’s actions.) As they progress in their studies, students will learn more advanced techniques: starting IV lines, recognizing signs of complications, learning labor and delivery techniques, and how to care for newborns. They may also be introduced to crisis situations – a patient goes into cardiac arrest, has a diabetic reaction, or develops sepsis (a lifethreatening bacterial infection). “We push the students here and we want them to think critically and quickly,” said Doyer. “Most of them are nervous when they start working in the lab but after their first time, they love it. I let them know that this is where we want them to make mistakes.” Doyer develops scenarios before the students arrive. In one instance, nursing students were required to defibrillate a patient who went into cardiac arrest. Doyer deliberately kept her hand on the patient’s bed. When the students applied the paddles to the patient (no, they weren’t charged), Doyer yelled and slumped to the floor because, if it were a real situation, she would have been shocked, too. “Now the students had two patients to deal with – the mannequin and me,” she said. “However, I think before they ever defibrillate a patient, they’ll make sure everyone is clear of the bed.”

In another instance, Doyer saw a student about to give the wrong dosage of medicine to the mannequin. While she was willing to sit back and see how the student reacted to the error, the student’s nursing instructor raced forward, yelling, “No! Stop!” “To me, that epitomizes the lab experience,” said Doyer. “Nothing bad was going to happen to a real person, but the mannequins become real to the folks working on them.” Following what is usually a 20 to 25 minute session with the mannequins, a debriefing will follow. Students are taped while they are administering care and they review what worked and what didn’t. “We also work with students on how they approach patients, family members, other staff members and doctors,” said Doyer. “We’ll tell some of the students to stop playing with their hair or waving their hands when they’re talking to the family. They’ll deny that they do it … and then they see the tape and those behaviors are on display. Of course, we get rid of the tape as soon as the lesson is over. This isn’t to embarrass the students but to point out how they might have approached a situation differently.” The lab also is considering adding a new dimension to the simulation scenarios – end-of-life training. “Sometimes, it’s appropriate to stop,” Doyer said. “We want students to be prepared for that and understand how to respond to family members and others who might be affected.” The truth is, Doyer admits, the students are pushed harder in the simulation lab than they probably would be on the floor of the hospital where the additional 75 percent of their clinical training takes place. But the point is to prepare them for worst-case scenarios and allow them to make mistakes in the lab before they begin to actually treat living, breathing patients. n

Riding the Silver Tsunami CATLab to Support Aging-in-Place By Russ L. Hudson Although the threatened “silver tsunami” of retiring baby boomers is a constant refrain in the national debate over Social Security, the nation has done little to prepare for it, warns California’s Department of Aging Director Lynn Daucher. Daucher, who has had the responsibility of thinking about such matters statewide since her appointment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, recently spoke on campus at the ECS Affiliates Technology Breakfast, a series of forums on technology-driven issues by the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Statistics show that more than half of those 65 and older have some disability, and more than half of those 85 or older are likely to suffer some degree of dementia. Hearing loss, glaucoma, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, arthritis, diabetes, and other livable but chronic conditions will only increase, Daucher pointed out. “There just isn’t enough money to build the nursing homes those millions of boomers will need by the time they reach their 80s, and this cohort is rejecting the idea of nursing homes anyway. They want to work longer and are expected to live longer, so assistive devices and innovative services are crucial to keep them in the workforce and in their own homes.” When Pauline Abbott, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Institute of Gerontology, Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Daucher started discussing the issue, they came up with the idea of an interdisciplinary CATLab (California Assistive Technology Laboratory), with gerontologists, sociologists and engineers working together. “I look at the CATLab as being an innovation incubator,” Daucher said, and she is promoting the proposed CATLab in Sacramento and Washington. “It is my greatest hope that people who want quality of life as they age will look at the growing assistive technology and say, loud and clear, ‘I want this!’ The technology and services industry that could grow to fulfill that need and profit by it would be a tremendous economic engine for the state,” Daucher said. “The innovations would benefit everyone – the aging, their caregivers and those who get the jobs that are created.” The CATLab initiative – a collaboration of the colleges of ECS, Health and Human Development, and Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Institute of Gerontology – also includes plans to offer students a minor in assistive technology. Along with nursing, the CATLab is one of six fundraising priorities adopted by the CSUF Philanthropic Foundation. Phase one of the project has a goal of $1.13 million for curriculum development and faculty support. Boomers, while aging fast, nevertheless are healthier, more tech-savvy and more affluent than previous generations. U.S. industries have not lost sight of this, said Unnikrishnan, who has submitted a grant application to the National Science Foundation to help fund the CATLab. The application includes a letter of support from Daucher. “I would like to see the development of a whole new area of study that I call gerontological engineering,” said Abbott. “We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what we can do, and I think Cal State Fullerton is well positioned to become a leader in this new endeavor.” n




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Alumni Association Scholarship Deadline Approaching The Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association awards multiple scholarships each year to assist students with their educational goals at CSUF. If you are attending the university or know a current Cal State Fullerton student who deserves a little help from the Alumni Association, please visit our Web site at www.fuller /alumni /scholarship . The deadline is February 18.

Business Titans Chapter Now Chartered Gathered for the inaugural Business Titans Networking Mixer at the Home Depot Center in October are, from left, Jessica Samson ’09, Eddie Gonzalez and Lynne Hakes ’06. The Business Titans Chapter has been chartered as the 18th official Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association chapter. The Business Titans’ goal is to create opportunities for social interaction and professional development in the business community. Learn more about the chapter at www.fuller /alumni /business . Buy One, Get One FREE at Select Titan Athletics Games Take advantage of the buy one, get one free tickets on exclusive CSUF Alumni Association game nights. Show your Alumni Association card and photo ID at the box office on game day to purchase your tickets. Upcoming Alumni Association buy one, get one free games include: n Women’s Basketball – Saturday, February 13, 5 p.m. vs. Cal State Northridge n Gymnastics – Friday, March 12, 7 p.m. vs. Michigan State n Softball – Saturday, April 10, noon vs. UC Riverside n Baseball – Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. vs. Santa Clara


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Titans Helping Titans If you would like to help current students achieve their dreams of graduating from CSUF, donate now at www.fuller /alumni /scholarship .

Student Alumni Ambassadors Program Launched The Student Alumni Ambassador program kicked off in the fall with 14 dynamic Titans. The Alumni Association looks forward to seeing the programs hosted by these students come to life this spring. In the top row, from left: Kathy Yu, Jason Whittington, Julianna Hernandez, Stephanie Butkus, Megan Morrison, Gilbert Valencia and Katelynn Monday. In the bottom row: Natalie Bueno, Melyssa DeLa Cruz, Kevin Chastain, Amy Ramirez, Nick DeFilippis and Grant Deering. Melanie Arce is not pictured. Once a Titan, Always a Titan! www.fuller /alumni /student /ambassadors.asp

Historic Alumni House Hosts Community Events Hidden on the west side of campus, the charming George G. Golleher Alumni House is the center of alumni activities and private special events. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style home is the site of more than 100 events each year, from hosting elaborate weddings and receptions to serving as a polling site. With its many unique features, it is the perfect location for intimate meetings for a few people or a classic setting for a reception of 250. The home, built in 1928, welcomes visitors with an open terra cotta patio, striking Spanish tile work throughout, beautifully landscaped gardens, and warm and inviting banquet room. Alumni and community members alike have made unforgettable memories during their time at the house. Golleher Alumni House is available to rent for your special occasion. Please call 657-278-8352 or visit www.fuller /alumni / house , and inquire about special Alumni Association member rates.




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1960s Gai Jones ’68 (M.A. theatre arts) has been elected to the Educational Theatre Association board of directors. Jones’ three-year term began in August. Her career spans more than four decades, with 34 years at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. While there, she was director of the association’s honorary student organization, the International Thespian Society troupe 199. Her service to the association also includes roles as California State Thespian chapter director, territory/ regional director and workshop presenter. She has served as an instructor at Fullerton College and California State University, Channel Islands, and as an associate professor at California State University, East Bay. Outside of the classroom, Jones has been involved with Ojai’s Theater 150, the Ojai Center for the Arts, Oxnard’s Elite Theatre Company and Camp Bravo in Angelus Oaks. Paul L. Sandoval ’63 (B.A. business administration) is vice president of business development at Commerce National Bank in Newport Beach. With more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, Sandoval has an extensive background in all areas of lending, with a focus on real estate lending.


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Vina Spiehler ’68, ’74 (B.A., M.A. chemistry) received the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists’ Alan Curry Award for her contributions to forensic toxicology and the association at its recent annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Spiehler teaches forensic toxicology through Cal State Fullerton University Extended Education’s distance learning program. She has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the UC Irvine Medical School, is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, and has published more than 100 papers on toxicology, pharmacology and drug testing.

1970s Elliott Almond ’75 (B.A. communications) is author of “Surfing: Mastering Waves From Basic to Intermediate,” published by The Mountaineers Books and available for $21.95 from In addition to instruction, Almond includes stories about the sport’s personalities, lingo and history. He said he hopes the book “inspires newbies to enjoy the ocean and all its amazing treasures.” Almond, now a reporter covering the Olympics, soccer, college football and college basketball for the San Jose Mercury News, was a former Los Angeles Times reporter who also worked for the Daily Pilot and Fullerton Tribune after getting his start at the Daily Titan.

A. Russell Asson ’76 (B.A. business administration-management) is a 32-year civilian employee of the United States Army. Asson recently was promoted to the position of Chief of the Program Review and Analysis Division of the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office in the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space. Richard Avery ’71 (B.A. business administration) is president of Laguna Niguel-based Growth Management and Constructive Changes (GMC2). Avery is a 28-year veteran of the aerospace industry who specializes in preparation of contracts and subcontracts volume proposals and win-strategies for all contractual aspects of major and minor program new business opportunities. He earned his master’s degree in behavioral sciences from Pepperdine University. Manuel Baca ’74, ’79 (B.A. anthropology, M.P.A.) has been selected to serve on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which sets policy and provides guidance to the system’s 72 districts and 110 colleges. Baca, a professor of government at Rio Hondo College and a member of the board of trustees at Mt. San Antonio College, was appointed to the board in July.

Stephen Christie ’79, ’85 (B.A. business administrationaccounting, M.B.A.) is associate dean and assistant professor in the school of business at California Baptist University in Riverside. Christie is pursuing his Ph.D. in educational studies at Claremont Graduate University. He spent 30 years in business, most recently as CFO/COO of Smith & Noble in Corona before retiring in 2006. Don DiCostanzo ’79 (B.A. business administration-marketing) and Terry Sherry ’80 (B.A. business administrationfinance) have founded Irvine-based Pedego Electric Bikes, an electric bicycle company that offers battery-powered beach cruiser bikes. “With Pedego, our goal is to provide an electric bicycle that’s easy to ride and offers the option to use the electric battery when desired,” DiCostanzo said. “It’s the perfect combination of fun and fitness in one of the most fashionable electric bikes available on the market.”

“A Charitable Gift Annuity is perfectly in tune with my financial goals.”— Betty Everett, planned gift donor

A musician, writer and retired journalist, Betty Everett fits in anywhere artistic – especially the Cal State Fullerton Flute Ensemble. “Inspired and accepted” by the student flutists with whom she performs, Betty created a charitable gift annuity that benefits the Music Department. “My annuity provides lifetime income for me and supports a program I’m passionate about.” Like Betty, you can get an annuity rate far above CD yields, achieve a sizeable charitable tax deduction and support Cal State Fullerton.

Lee S. Gardner ’73 (B.A. sociology) recently retired after 34 years in law enforcement. Gardner was employed for eight years at the Monterey Police Department and left as a senior detective. He was then hired as chief of police in Afton, Wyoming, where he remained for 15 years. In 1999, Gardner was elected sheriff of Lincoln County, Wyoming, south of Jackson Hole. He served two terms as sheriff prior to retiring. Gardner has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations and is the area chair of the local Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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Peter Hamel ’78 (B.A. speech communication) is vice president of platform delivery for 3Delta Systems Inc., a Chantilly, Virginia-based online credit card payment solutions firm. Hamel is responsible for the company’s technical operations, compliance, system design, maintenance and support as well as business development. With more than 20 years in the electronic payments industry, Hammel has held a variety of senior positions. Before joining 3DSI, Hammel was vice president of operations and corporate security officer for PE Systems in Spokane, Wash. Rhonda Fleming Hayes ’79 (B.A. Spanish) is a garden writer now living in Wayzata, Minnesota. Hayes has volunteered as an Extension Master Gardener for 10 years. Following her husband’s career with Cargill Inc., she has lived in the South, the Midwest and the United Kingdom. The couple has two children, Hannah (University of Missouri, journalism) and Will (University of Minnesota, engineering). She comments on new trends in horticulture and environmental issues and offers gardening advice. http : // . Kathleen Hodge ’71,’75 (B.A. speech communication, M.S. counseling) is vice chancellor in charge of instruction at the North Orange County Community College District. Hodge is the former president of Fullerton College, and previously served as a vice chancellor and acting chancellor for the South Orange County Community College District.


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Ron Morgan ’77 (B.A. theatre arts) was re-elected president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Los Angeles. Morgan, who ran unopposed in his bid for reelection, began his term July 1. He was also elected to the AFTRA National Board of Directors for a four-year term. He serves as national vice president for the union. Marianne Rinaldo Woods ’77 (M.S. education-reading) received the 2009 Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration Award offered by the National Council of University Research Administrators. Woods, who serves as the University of Texas at San Antonio’s senior associate vice president for research administration, was recognized for her significant contributions to the research administration profession and demonstrating noteworthy service to the organization. The council is the nation’s most prominent professional organization for academic research administrators and has more than 7,000 members. Woods began her 30-year career in research administration at Cal State Fullerton. David Siebels ’75 (B.A. music) is a composer, arranger, keyboardist and record producer who has arranged and produced 25 albums, scored 35 films and conducted 65 musical variety television shows, recording with such notable artists as Rita Coolidge, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Pat Boone.

1980s Craig Brown ’89 (M.S. engineeringmechanical) was promoted to vice president of Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing for Alcoa Fastening Systems. Brown has been with Alcoa since 1983. He is responsible for worldwide customer relationships, sales, marketing and customer service. He lives in Fullerton with his wife and three sons. Audrey Gardner Bryant ’83 (B.A. business administrationaccounting) worked at the California State Board of Equalization for 25 years before retiring in August. Previously she worked at Westminster School District as a school secretary. Married with two daughters, Bryant lives in Northern California with her husband of 50 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, taking tours and traveling in the family’s RV. “I feel like I have had it all – marriage, family, career – and have loved every minute of it,” Bryant writes. Tim Cutler ’84 (B.A. political science) represents the largest manufacturer of hydraulic automotive jacks in the world, the Chinese company Jiangsu Tongrun Machinery. Based in Boston, Cutler handles the company’s legal needs in the United States, from corporate formation and licensing agreements to massive product liability suits and patent litigations. He began working for Jiangsu Tongrun in the 1990s, when he practiced with the law firm of Knapp, Petersen and Clarke in Glendale.

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Melodie Earickson ’86 (B.A. linguistics) teaches English as a Second Language for the Riverside City & County Library. Earickson has an office in the Grace Mellman Library in Temecula and serves 10 libraries in the surrounding area. Previously she taught ESL at Long Beach City College and was a supervisor for the Adult Literacy Program in the Lake Elsinore Library. Linda Emond ’82 (B.A. theatre arts) portrays Simone Beck, Julia Child’s collaborator, in the recent hit film, “Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The New York-based actress has numerous stage, film and television credits to her name. Emond has also won an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. She portrayed Abigail Adams in the PBS program, “American Experience: John and Abigail Adams.” Television audiences have seen her in guest-starring roles in the “Law & Order” series and “The Sopranos.”

In the Bin and Beyond

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Andrew Glassman ’89 (B.A. business administrationaccounting) was named president of Spectrum Numismatics International Inc., one of the world’s largest rare coin and currency dealers. Glassman served as Spectrum’s CFO and has been with the company for more than 18 years. Jerrianne Hayslett ’82 (B.A. communications) received honorable mention from the Council of Wisconsin Writers in the nonfiction book category for her book, “Anatomy of a Trial: Lessons Learned from the People vs. O.J. Simpson.”

As a kid who grew up playing hockey in Minnesota, Lloyd Freeberg ’64 (B.A. psychology) dreamed about winning a Stanley Cup ring. Now, Freeberg has that championship ring, but not for anything he did on the ice. Freeberg, 67, has been an off-ice official for the National Hockey League for 17 years. Based at the Honda Center, he was a goal judge when the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, which is how he earned his diamond-studded ring. Another highlight of Freeberg’s NHL career is his 1998 book, “In the Bin: Reckless and Rude Stories From the Penalty Boxes of the NHL.” It covers zany antics from a Ducks mascot being suspended in midair during pregame ceremonies to a visiting player attempting to steal pucks while in the penalty box during the team’s inaugural season. And then there’s the incident involving Freeberg himself, which took place during a nationally televised game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings. “I had my eyes examined a few days before the game,” Freeberg said. “I was feeling pretty big about myself. During the game, this guy fires one past (Kings goaltender) Kelly Hrudey. I turn the light on, signaling it was a goal. But they said it never crossed the line. They announced ‘There is no goal’ over the loudspeakers. My face went up on the JumboTron. It was all over SportsCenter.” By day, Freeberg, 67, is a criminal defense attorney with an office in Fullerton. He has worked on high-profile cases (he represents two members of the Set Free Soldiers of Anaheim, a ministry of motorcycle riders, who were charged with attempted murder during a bar fight), but his specialty is rehabilitation law. A father of three and grandfather of six, Freeberg still plays hockey four nights a week and has coached several teams. While attending Cal State Fullerton, Freeberg was part of the Phi Sigma Omega fraternity – now Phi Kappa Tau – located near campus. He remembers his college years fondly, especially the extracurricular activities such as elephant and go-kart races, and the time he and a couple of friends tried to make the largest lemon pie in history. “It’s a great school.” n




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June Hetzel ’83 (M.S. education-reading) has been appointed the dean of education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. In spring ’09, Hetzel was selected as the Outstanding Alumna of the Year for CSUF’s graduate reading program. Her latest book, “The Literacy Gaps: Building Bridges for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners,” co-authored with Ivannia Soto-Hinman at Whittier College, is available from Corwin Press.

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Rick Kozak ’87 (B.A. biological science) is chief of staff at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Kozak also is the hospital’s chief attending emergency department physician. He serves as chair of the Medical Executive Committee. A member of the staff for 12 years, he serves as Paramedic Base Hospital Medical Director. He also chairs the Regional Paramedic Advisory Committee for Mission and CHOC Children’s Hospital at Mission, where he is responsible for paramedic oversight, policy and procedures for south Orange County cities. Michelle A. Martin Scarpella ’87 (B.S. human services) is vice president of F/A-18 programs for the Strike and Surveillance Systems Division of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. Scarpella is responsible for all aspects of the F/A-18 program. She joined the company in 1987, and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a certificate in executive management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jeffrey D. Miller ’86 (B.A. business administration-management) is chief operating officer of SeaBright Insurance Holdings Inc.’s subsidiary, Total HealthCare Management. Miller has operational responsibility for all product offerings, including medical bill review and utilization review. Miller has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance managed care, health care and financial services industries. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of St. Francis. Grace A. Mucci ’89 (M.S. counseling) has received specialty board certification in pediatric neuropsychology from the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Mucci has been in private practice since 1997 and serves as the coordinator of pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She earned her doctorate degree in 1995 from Alliant University. Susan Lewis Newton ’82 (B.A. business administration-marketing) is a credit analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Newton played softball at Cal State Fullerton and writes: “Titans unite. Titan Pride forever!” Margot E. Palmgren ’81 (B.A. business administration-marketing) has published four books with PublishAmerica during the past eight years of her retirement. Palmgren was also selected twice to serve on the Orange County Grand Jury. Before her retirement, she worked for the Boeing Company in Anaheim.

Carole Wagner Vallianos ’81 (B.A. political science) was inaugurated as president of the American Judicature Society at its annual meeting in July. Vallianos is president and CEO of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The American Judicature Society is an independent, national, nonpartisan organization of judges, lawyers and other members of the public who seek to improve the justice system. Carisa Walsh Wisniewski ’89 (B.A. business administration-accounting) is the San Diego office managing partner for Moss Adams LLP. Wisniewski has nearly 20 years of experience specializing in business assurance services for public and private companies in a variety of industries. Jeff Wollard ’87 (B.A. political science) authors the Around Campus blog focusing on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Olympic sports. As a teacher for the Clark County School District, he has developed award-winning journalism and publications programs. He has served as a freelance writer for the Las Vegas ReviewJournal and national publications during the past 12 years.

1990s Jesse Bluma ’98, ’04 (B.A. liberal studies, multiple subject credential) is a sixth-grade teacher in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and has served as head coach for successful student teams in the Orange County Department of Education’s Academic Pentathlon competitions. Bluma also owns Pointe Viven Cookies, operating an online Etsy store.

Jannita Zinter Demian ’99, ’02 (B.S. child development, multiple subject credential) is director of professional development implementation at Discovery Education, whose networks include the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Demian began her career as a teacher in the Anaheim schools, where after just five years in the classroom, she was named Anaheim City School District Teacher of the Year. Today she works on professional development plans for school districts seeking to maximize the power of digital content to improve student achievement. Carl S. DiNicola ’90 (B.A. business administration-accounting) is Pacific Southwest business tax compliance leader for Ernst & Young LLP. DiNicola, who has led the company’s Western region’s state and local taxes practice for the past four years, will continue to lead the SALT practice in addition to his new BTC responsibilities. Under his leadership, the SALT Western region practice has more than doubled its net engagement revenue. Daniel P. Donaldson ’92, ’94 (B.A., M.A. geography) is Park University’s associate vice president for academic affairs. Donaldson previously worked in the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he has spent the entirety of his professional career. He earned his Ph.D. in geography from Kent State University, and is a graduate of the 2008 Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education from the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education.

Suzanne Hawley ’97 (B.A. communications-radio/TV/film) is owner of Orangebased Hawley Communications LLC, handling a wide variety of public relations and publicity assignments. Hawley authors The Hawley Report, a twice-monthly publication for both professional and non-professional writers on various aspects of the English language. She is also a member of the executive board of directors for the CSUF Alumni Association, where she heads up the media and marketing committee. Dave Kang ’97 (M.B.A.) has joined B. Riley & Co. LLC as senior research analyst covering the electronics industry. Kang’s research calls have won him recognition from independent monitoring sources and the press, including a five-star rating from Zacks “Profit from the Pros” in the telecommunications and network equipment industry category and a top ranking in a Wall Street Journal “Best on the Street” analysts survey. Prior to his current position, Kang was with Roth Capital Partners, ABN Amro and The Seidley Companies as an optical networking equipment analyst. He also worked at Rockwell International as a systems engineer. Mitchell R. Lewis ’91, ’93 (B.A., M.A. English) is a tenured assistant professor of English at Elmira College in upstate New York. Lewis earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He and his wife Marichiel have a 2-year-old son, Quentin.




Phalen Lim ’97, ’08 (B.A. art, M.S. counseling) is one of three Californians honored by The California Wellness Foundation with its annual California Peace Prize for her work in preventing violence and promoting peace. Lim is director of youth programs at The Cambodian Family in Santa Ana, an organization that combats gang violence and promotes cultural pride and understanding. After escaping genocide, disease and starvation in Cambodia, Lim and her family made their new life in Orange County, ultimately seeking help from The Cambodian Family. Originally a client, then a volunteer, now she works primarily with Cambodian and Latino youth. “Youth can identify with people who have lived in the same neighborhood, gone through similar struggles and made it,” said Lim. “I am a very strong believer in leading through example.” Malia Ouzts Krogstad ’91 (B.S. physical education) is owner and operator of Little Inspirations, a day-care center based in Harriman, Utah. Krogstad played softball for Cal State Fullerton in 1989-90 and writes: “Once a Titan, always a Titan! Go Titans!” Rey Pasilini ’97 (B.S. engineeringmechanical) is chief compliance officer of YesPCI, the Lake Forest-based all-in-one payment card industry solution. Pasilini will continue to serve in his management capacity at YesPCI’s parent company Total Apps. He is an industry veteran with more than 10 years of experience in building e-commerce merchant systems. Pasilini earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. Michellee Phelps ’99 (B.A. communications-advertising) and her brother, Jonathan Munsayac ’04 (B.A. communications-advertising), are co-owners of the Tranquil Tea Lounge in downtown Fullerton.


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Ken Phipps ’91 (B.A. mathematicsapplied mathematics) is executive director of finance and administration for the Orange County Transportation Agency. A 15-year OCTA employee, Phipps formerly served as director of finance and administration. In addition to a background in financial analysis, Phipps is experienced with government financing and project management. Kirsten Vangsness ’96 (B.A. theatre arts) performed as the fast-talking and mysterious Mona in Theater of Note’s production of “Kill Me Deadly,” and was favorably reviewed in Variety.

James Wilson ’92 (M.A. comparative literature) is assistant professor of English as a Second Language (ESL) at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Wilson also is a musician, producing two instrumental CDs available from “A Jig Monkey in the Northwest,” and “Tunes Fer Yer Head.” They feature guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, flute, tin whistle and other instruments. A past solo performer at the Eugene Irish Cultural Festival in Oregon, he also is a member of the Sacramento Irish band Whiskey and Stitches, and the Corvallis group, Poitin and Stout. /jamesbrianwilsoncelt tunes

2000s Stephen Chang ’02 (B.A. business administration-marketing) has recently joined JP Morgan Chase as a vice president and relationship manager in commercial banking for Orange County and the Inland Empire. Chang is based in Irvine and develops and manages a client portfolio comprised of locally based middle market companies. He was formerly a vice president at U.S. Bank’s commercial banking division in Orange County, where he actively managed the bank’s participation in Families Forward’s Adopt-A-Family program each December, something he plans to continue. Ashley Force Hood ’04 (B.A. communications-radio/TV/film) became the first woman to win a National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals championship in the funny car division on September 7 in Indianapolis. Hood beat John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight in the final of the U.S. Nationals to win her second funny car event of the year. She joins Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey as the only NHRA female drivers to win U.S. Nationals championships.

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Courtney Patterson ’04 (B.A. political science) is in her second year at New York Law School. Patterson recently was awarded The Carbonell Fellowship for this academic year by the Justice Action Center. Last summer, she completed an internship at The Lenox Hill House in New York. Mike Refuerzo ’00 (B.A. communications-radio/TV/film) produces television commercials for Apple computers and is a producer with TBWA\ Media Arts Lab. Refuerzo lives in Culver City.

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Mariana Stoopen ’05 (B.A. art-graphic design) is senior graphic designer for the Anaheim Ducks, charged with creating just the right look and feel for the team graphically. Stoopen also designs the creative concepts for more than 120 live performances on the Honda Center’s stage annually. Ilona Takakura ’00, ’03 (credentialmultiple subject, M.S. education-reading) is developmental reading instructor for Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky. Takakura teaches full-time in various developmental reading courses. She previously taught at Riverside Community College as an adjunct developmental reading instructor. She is fluent in Japanese, Korean and Finnish and holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in Japanese studies from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Eric Dapkewicz ’93 (B.A. communications - radio/TV/film) has been a part of three animated Disney hits spanning the past 15 years. Most recently he served as lead editor on the DreamWorks animated film, “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Dapkewicz was honored as the 2009 Cal State Fullerton Radio-TV-Film Distinguished Alumnus in May. He was presented with the award at the TV-Film Society year-end banquet and awards ceremony in Orange. “I felt strongly it was important to come back to a class to talk with students,” he said. “I wanted to do this alumni event, to speak to students to let them know that, ‘Hey, I was in your shoes once.’” His student days helped launch him toward a career as a film editor. At Cal State Fullerton, “I learned the basics of production – pre-production, production, post-process,” Dapkewicz said. “It was cool. We had hands-on training. They lined me up with professors who mentored me.” His latest production, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” was the first computer-animated movie to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format, instead of being converted into 3-D after completion. “Earlier movies in post-process didn’t have 3-D in mind,” he explained. “We incorporate 3-D from the very beginning. The studios had not done that kind of thing before.” On the film, he worked with stars Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland and Seth Rogen, among others. “Reese called me the torture master,” Dapkewicz said. “During the big San Francisco scene, her character is being chased by this large robot, so I asked her to act out every physical gesture so we could record her sound efforts. I had her do this for all the action scenes. She told me I was giving her quite a workout.” From his beginnings as a tape vault manager in Santa Monica, Dapkewicz first broke into animated film work as a production assistant on the 1995 hit film “Pocahontas.” “I had a crash course on how to work in the film business,” he recalled. “One week they had me in editorial, the next week I was in special effects or lighting. I saw how films were made. I knew I wanted to get into editing.” After moving to Florida, Dapkewicz served as an assistant editor on another Disney hit, “Mulan,” released in 1998. Another opportunity came up the next year, where as an associate editor he worked on his first alien film, “Lilo and Stitch,” released in 2002. Upon moving back to Southern California in 2004, he worked for DreamWorks on “Flushed Away,” starring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Dapkewicz currently is working with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek as the lead editor on “Puss ’n Boots.” A spin-off from the “Shrek” movies, it is set to release in 2012. “Each of the films I’ve worked on has taken three or four years,” he said. “For me, it’s like going to college.” n




Alu m n i/ Sp o tli ght

Jennifer Kammes ’07 (B.A. business administration-marketing) has earned designation as a Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) through the California Association of Community Managers. As a community association manager with Keystone Pacific’s Irvine office, Kammes manages a portfolio of communities throughout Orange County.

In Memoriam Jerry Burchfield ’71, ’91 (B.A. communications, M.F.A. art-creative photography) died Sept. 11 of colon cancer. He was 62 years old. Burchfield, a professor and photography gallery director at Cypress College since 1987, had an international reputation as “an important contemporary artist with a social and political point of view,” according to Bolton Colburn, director of the Laguna Art Museum. From 1973 to 1987, Burchfield co-owned BC Space Gallery in Laguna Beach with Mark Chamberlain. He worked on sweeping projects, involving photographing life in Laguna Canyon and documenting the former El Toro Marine Base. Burchfield is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Brian; and his father, Darrell. Ronald J. Crowley, emeritus professor of physics, died Nov. 7 following complications that resulted from a bicycle accident. Crowley was 72. He joined the campus community as an assistant professor of physics for the 1965-66 academic year and served for 25 years, retiring in 1990. He was noted for his work in science education, including hosting science fairs at shopping malls and elementary schools. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Sean; and daughter, Colleen. Shirley F. de Graaf, wife of CSUF founding faculty member Lawrence B. de Graaf, died Aug. 12 of cancer. Shirley was active in the early faculty wives’ organization, as a transcriber for the Oral History Program and as volunteer with the Heritage House at the Fullerton Arboretum. She is survived by her husband of 50 years; daughter and son-in-law, Laurel de Graaf-Garcia and Win Garcia; and granddaughter, Lily Kathryn Garcia.


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Harry R. Gianneschi, former vice president for advancement, died Oct. 15 after a long battle with ALS. He was 65 years old. Gianneschi joined Cal State Fullerton in 1991 and served for 10 years before retiring and moving to Florida. Under his leadership, the university enjoyed nine consecutive years of fundraising growth. Gianneschi also established in 1996 the Center for Nonprofit Research to serve the community and the field of nonprofit sector research as a repository for data about philanthropic, charitable and volunteer activity in Orange County. A year after his retirement, the center was named in his honor. Gianneschi is survived by his wife, Pat, and his two sons, Matt and Brad. Elaine Hutchinson, administrative assistant emerita in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, died July 8 at the age of 86. She served on campus for 30 years, retiring in 1991. She is survived by her daughter, Cathe Murphy; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Debbie Hutchinson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Dorothy Thorsen; and grandchildren, Jeremy Butcher and Stephen Hutchinson. Doris Killian, a former employee in the financial aid office, died Sept. 3. She was 74. Killian, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991 from Cal State Fullerton, joined the university in 1982. She served the campus for 20 years. Killian is survived by her four children and their spouses: Patrick and Cathie Killian, Christopher and Julie Killian, Maureen and Javier Larios, Michael and Belinda Killian, and 12 grandchildren. Alice C. Kinoshita, former secretary in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, died July 2. She was 86. Kinoshita joined the university in 1967, first in Admissions and Records, then in HPER. She retired in 1977, returning in 1981 to serve a year in the Office of the Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James; daughters Carolyn Dale of Garden Grove and Donna of Colorado; son, Paul of Fullerton; and sister, Chiz Imoto.

Robert Rayfield, emeritus professor of communications, died Sept. 10. He was 80 years old. Rayfield served the campus community for nearly a decade, bringing his 14 years of experience working in the public affairs division of the Air Force to the classroom. He served as faculty adviser for Phi Beta Delta and the Public Relations Student Society of America, and oversaw the Communications Week Task Force for four years. He is survived by his wife, Ann, his seven children and five grandchildren. Frances Stoller ’73 ’81 (B.A. sociology, M.P.A.), wife of the late David Stoller, emeritus professor of management science, died Aug. 26 at the age of 87. Frances had served as a registrar in University Extended Education and was involved with the Fullerton Arboretum and Art Alliance. John B. Sweeney, registrar emeritus, died Aug. 15 at the age of 90. A 26-year, decorated veteran of the Marine Corps – he retired as a colonel – Sweeney joined Cal State Fullerton in 1970 after serving as registrar at Cal State Los Angeles and director of community relations at Ohio Dominican College. He served on campus for 13 years, overseeing registration as well as keeping track of students’ scholastic status, preparation of academic records, grade reports and veterans’ certifications. He was a member of the American and Pacific Associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and also served as a city councilman and planning commission chair for the city of San Juan Capistrano. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

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Maple Designs Presidential Museum By Rachelle DeSimone ’82, ’89 U.S. Navy image by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas Hall

Former President George H.W. Bush looks at an exhibit of his former ship, the small aircraft carrier USS San Jacinto, in the tribute room aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

hen the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va., in January 2009, William Maple ’84 (B.A. art-environmental design) was cheering. Maple, an interpretive designer, consulted with former President George H.W. Bush to design the Tribute Room, an on-board museum that honors Bush, the ship’s namesake. The ship’s museum wasn’t Maple’s first project with the former president. In 2008, Maple finished an $8.3-million redesign of Bush’s Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. The 49-year-old Maple and his wife, Leslie Tietze ’83 (B.A. liberal studies), were guests at the grand reopening where President Bush parachuted in, making his sixth sky diving jump. “Designing a presidential library is similar to the presidential aging process. You go in much younger than when you come out,” Maple said. “It was truly lots of prayer, on my part and that of others, that carried me through the two-anda-half-year process.” William Maple For Maple, the endeavor had personal significance. “I never served in the military, so I saw this project as a way to contribute to my country,” he said. “We tried to convey the ‘heartbeat’ of President George H.W. Bush. We wanted to communicate to future generations that [commitment to] duty, honor and country was not an outdated world view, but a pathway to a very rewarding life of service.” For the presidential museum, Maple designed 40 exhibits including a hands-on Oval Office where visitors can sit behind


the executive desk and open drawers. He also created a Gulf War object theater where visitors sit in a military tent to experience the sights and sounds of battle. The highlight of the project, Maple says, was seeing the opening day response of the staff, docents, community, and President and Mrs. Bush. “To know that they felt the final product exceeded their expectations was a huge weight off my shoulders,” he said. “The most rewarding exhibits were the ones where we took the biggest risk.” Maple’s resume includes a number of prestigious museums. His work can be seen in Georgia at the National Prisoner of War Museum, in Oklahoma at the Trail of Tears Exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center, in Washington at the Johnson/Coldwater Ridge Mount St. Helens Visitor Centers, and in Utah at the Zion National Park Human History Museum. Maple did his undergrad work at Fullerton College before transferring to Cal State Fullerton, where one of his favorite instructors was Bob Caddes, an architect, who taught marker rendering. “Bob actually sat down with a fistful of markers and communicated step-by-step how to draw,” Maple recalled. “It was a powerful teaching approach to see the instructor demonstrate the technique – rather than point out finished examples. “I knew how to build … but now I could convey my designs to others. Not just in flat drafting elevations, but clearly communicate what the final dimensional product would be,” Maple explained. “Without question, marker rendering was the tool that set me apart, and provided job opportunities that would never have been possible otherwise.” n CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON




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