- Jesus Campos (’10), a former Cal State L.A. shortstop, was called up to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Triple-A team in Salt Lake City in June. Prior to that, Campos was playing for the Angels’ Arizona Summer League team, having been selected in the 24th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft in May.
- Kat Fon (’07), a part-time CSULA professor in interactive design, was honored with the National Faculty of the Year award by Westwood College. The award recognizes instructors who encourage cooperation and communication among students, and honors teaching styles that focus on launching careers.
- Walter Ruiz (’06) worked as a production assistant for the “I Built it” video-documentary project that garnered two Silver Telly awards.
- Roxanne Bercik (’96 MS), a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, was recently selected to take command of the Professional Standards Division, the unit charged with overseeing the department’s disciplinary process. Bercik, an assistant chief, was previously head of the agency’s Homeland Security Division.
- Gabriel A. Griego (’90, ’98 MA) completed his first year as the principal of Torch Middle School in the City of Industry.
- Juan Sànchez Muñoz (’94 MA) was recently appointed as the vice president for undergraduate education at Texas Tech University. Having joined Texas Tech in 2004, Muñoz worked previously as an associate professor, associate vice provost and most recently, the vice president of institutional diversity, equity and community engagement.
- Art Simon (’96), the CEO of Art Simon Productions, was awarded two Silver Tellys for the “I Built it” documentary, which was produced in collaboration with CSULA Professor Alan Bloom for the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards.
- Daniel W. Kwong (’82) has been invited to serve as an editorial advisory board member for compliance and ethics professionals at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas.
- Tina Repetti Renzullo (’89), a kindergarten teacher at McKinley School, was named the Pasadena Unified School District’s teacher of the year. Having worked as an educator for 21 years, she was nominated for the award by fellow educators and staff throughout the district.
- Celia C. Ayala (’79 MA) was appointed as the chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool in July. A longtime educator and early childhood advocate, Ayala has worked for more than 34 years in education.
- Pervaiz Lodhie (’71) is the founder and chief executive of LEDtronics, a manufacturer of LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, which is located in Torrance. He was recently featured in the business section of the Los Angeles Times.
- Lourdes P. Owen (’75) retired in March from her post as the deputy director of the city of Los Angeles’ Asset Management Division.
- Sal Castro (’61), a renowned advocate for Latinos and higher education, was honored in June with a naming ceremony for a new middle school on the Belmont High School campus.
- Leslie Cromwell, former dean of the School of Engineering, now the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and emeriti professor of electrical engineering, devoted his career to helping Cal State L.A. students find success. He was instrumental in creating and developing the top-ranked College and building a tradition of student-centered learning.
- Harold E. Lionetti, an emeritus professor of Spanish, served briefly as the chair of the Faculty Senate and his department. He was one of the architects of the Spanish program and collaborated on a Spanish textbook before retiring in 1982 and moving to Arizona.
- Michael San Miguel (’71), a retired environmental engineer for Southern California Edison, was a passionate conservationist and well-respected ornithologist in Southern California. He had a gift for identifying birds, which earned him a place on the California Bird Records Committee and leadership roles in other organizations and data gathering projects dedicated to the cause.
- Taras Rohde, a track and field All-American in the shot put, competed for three years at Cal State L.A. He is tied for second in Cal State L.A.’s all-time list in the sport.
- Carol Anne Robb (’99) worked in municipal government for 22 years, with her longest stint as the city clerk for the city of San Marino. Robb, who was heavily involved in her church, was also ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2006 and served as associate pastor at Temple City Church of the Nazarene.