ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: Carlos Illingworth Jr.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Home life: Lives in Montebello with wife Corrine, a Corporate Environmental Affairs Representative with The Walt Disney Company.
Q: What do you do?
A: I am the manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Vons, where I am responsible for the company’s media government and community relations programs in southern California and southern Nevada
Q: What inspires or motivates you to stay involved with your alma mater?
A: Both of my parents graduated from Cal State L.A. and so did my wife. Like so many of our students, all three were the first in their families to go college. I’m grateful for the opportunity to repay Cal State L.A. for providing me and my family with a strong educational foundation. Also, I want to make sure that it continues to be a place that helps students from all walks of life strive for excellence and maximize their potential.
Q: In what capacity are you involved as an alumnus?
A: I have the pleasure and responsibility of serving as an ambassador and advocate for the University — demonstrating the power and potential of a Cal State L.A. education and making the case in Sacramento for supporting the needs of the CSU.
Q: Why are partnerships with the community important and how does the Alumni Association help that effort?
A: Partnerships are key, especially in a city as big as Los Angeles. Cal State L.A. has always been engaged in the community and the Alumni Association has played a key role in that.
Become a mentor:
Looking for a way to give back to your alma mater? Have a lot of knowledge that you’d like to share? Then sign up for Cal State L.A. Alumni Association’s Alumni Mentoring Program.
A mentor works as a teacher, problem-solver, a motivator, coach and guide to facilitate personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years.
Learn how to become a successful mentor, enhance your leadership skills, improve your career development and add a meaningful and rewarding experience by sharing your knowledge and experience with others.
For more information or to sign up, contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-ALUM or log on to alumni.calstatela.edu.
37th Annual Alumni Awards Gala:
The following people were honored at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Gala in October. From left: Amira Francesca Ainis ’11; Roland D. Kelly '56; Maria Casillas ’78; Frank Edward Romero ’09; Matthew R. Landano ’63 ’68; Stephanie Moreno Aoalin ’12; Annie Chin Siu, D.D.S.; Tim K. Siu, M.D.; Elisa Crystal Callow ’90; E. Frederick Anderson ’65; Joan Feldman ’78; and Ronald Bension ’81.
The Alumni Association celebrated its standout stars at the 37th Annual Alumni Awards Gala on Oct. 6, which took place at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A.
The event honored the achievements of seven alumni, two students, friends of the University and one faculty alumnus in areas including professional achievement, University service, community service and/or academic achievement.
Those honored during the event were:
- Alumnus of the Year: Frank Edward Romero ’09
- University Service Award: Annie Chin Siu, D.D.S. and Tim K. Siu, M.D.
- Distinguished Alumna, College of Arts and Letters:Elisa Crystal Callow ’90
- Distinguished Alumnus, College of Business and Economics: Roland D. Kelly ’56
- Distinguished Alumna, Charter College of Education: Maria Casillas ’78
- Distinguished Alumnus, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology: Matthew R. Landano ’63, ’68
- Distinguished Alumnus, College of Health and Human Services: Ronald Bension ’81
- Distinguished Alumna, College of Natural and Social Sciences: Joan Feldman ’78
- Distinguished Faculty Alumnus: E. Frederick Anderson ’65, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
- Outstanding Graduate Student: Amira Francesca Ainis ’11
- Outstanding Senior Student: Stephanie Moreno Aoalin ’12
For more information, please contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-ALUM (2586) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.