Students take the ‘spotlight’ for performance, service at Alumni Awards Gala

CSULA Alumni Association.
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Ms. Randi Moore

Let’s make a difference together—today

It's the perfect time to spring into action—and what better way to become involved and fuel your personal and professional growth than by joining the CSULA Alumni Association.

If you would like to take part in your Alumni Association I invite you to participate in the Alumni Networking and Leadership Recruitment Night, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 12. This event is an opportunity for alumni members to gather information about getting involved with the Association, and to network with fellow alumni members.

To register for the event, please visit by Monday, Aug. 9. For more information, you may also contact the Alumni Association at or call (323) 343-ALUM (2586).

Ms. Randi Moore
Executive Director, CSULA Alumni Relations


Students take the ‘spotlight’ for performance, service at Alumni Awards Gala

2010 Alumni Awards Recipients

Alumnus of the Year:
Richard D. Cordova ’72
President and CEO
Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles

University Service Award:
Susan De Pietro ’71
Nurse, Attorney & Educator

Distinguished Faculty Alumna:
Dr. Marlene Zepeda ’72
College of Health and Human Services

College of Arts and Letters:
Eric Teitelbaum ’73
Cartoonist, Designer & Producer

Bill Teitelbaum ’77
Cartoonist, Designer & Producer

College of Business and Economics:
Noelia Rodriguez ’86
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Institute of Politics, at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Charter College of Education:
James Wilson Davis ’76
The Davis Group, Ltd.

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology:
Stephen E. Pickett ’75
Senior Vice-President and General Counsel
Southern California Edison Company

College of Health and Human Services:
Deborah A. Proctor ’76
President and CEO
St. Joseph Health System

College of Natural and Social Sciences:
Jeffrey S. Silverman ’77
Senior Vice-President of Manufacturing Operations/Product Development
Abraxis BioScience

Steeped in years of experience on the stage and in the spotlight, two Cal State L.A. performing arts students will take center stage this fall as the recipients of the Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Graduate Student awards at the 36th Annual Alumni Awards Gala.

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Anne Hiroe Rodriguez '09

Anne Hiroe Rodriguez ’09, a graduate student pursuing her Master of Arts degree in music education and single-subject teaching credential, and Ben Caron ’10, a professional in the theater industry, are this year’s awardees.   

They will be joining eight other alumni awardees, and one faculty of CSULA in being recognized for their achievements and service at the Gala on Oct. 21.

The two students attracted the attention of the CSULA Alumni Association’s top awards because of their extensive involvement in their professional fields, leadership roles on campus, and ongoing commitments to improving their communities.

Anne, a principal clarinetist, joined the Cal State L.A. community in 2005 when she enrolled in the undergraduate music program. Since then, she has been involved with more than 10 ensembles at Cal State L.A., as well as the CSULA Symphonic Band and the University’s opera. She has also been recognized by her professional peers—being invited to travel to numerous music conferences—and was inducted into the nationally recognized honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International.

Portrait of Ben Caron '10.
Ben Caron '10

Meanwhile Ben has stolen the hearts of colleagues and fans with his star-studded theatrical performances. While at Cal State L.A., he performed in many productions, including Rashmon, All My Sons, Burn This and Urinetown: The Musical—and was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award by the American College Theater Festival for his performance in three of the shows. A play that Ben wrote, titled Ten Minutes, was also selected to be performed at the regional festival of the American College Theater Festival in 2009. He is currently a member of the award-winning Elephant Theater Company in Hollywood.

Outside of performing, Ben maintains a commitment to his philanthropic interests, volunteering for the L.A. Opera and Midnight Mission, and serving as a mentor for local high school students interested in college.

For more information about the Association’s annual event, visit or call the Association’s office at (323) 343-ALUM (2586). Tickets will be available in late August.


Let the career center work for you

Students at a Career Development Center workshop.

As a valued member of the Alumni Association, you are invited to attend the many seminars and job fairs hosted by the CSULA Career Development Center.  Recently, the Alumni Association has partnered with the CSULA Career Development Center to offer services to Alumni Association Members free of charge ($35 value)! Some of the programs include:

  • Career Center workshops
  • Employer job listing information
  • Career/job fairs
  • Eagle iJobs password and access
  • On-campus interviews
  • Individual career counseling
  • Job search techniques
  • Career testing
  • Career information/decision-making program

To access the CSULA Career Development Center, you must be a current Alumni Association member. Learn more by visiting: /sites/default/files/univ/cdc/index.htm, or contact (323) 343-3237.


Alumni Association Member Benefits Update

As an Association member, you have access to many benefits and services, including:

  • A 15 percent discount on service, parts and accessories, as well as special alumni pricing on new and pre-owned inventory at Longo Toyota/Longo Scion/Longo Lexus.
  • A 15 percent discount for all Kaplan Test Prep and Admission programs.
  • Up to 60 percent off most office supplies at Office Depot.
  • Free admission to all regular season Golden Eagle sporting events.

For more details, visit


Get ‘logged in’ to YOUR alumni community

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The CSULA Alumni Association can enhance your online experience and expands networking opportunities with its “official” group pages on LinkedIn and Facebook. These online networking and social sites can help you develop a community of friends, colleagues, and new contacts for professional and social purposes.


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There are currently more than 26,000 Cal State L.A. alumni and students in LinkedIn and close to 1,000 members of the CSULA Alumni Association LinkedIn Group today! To connect, click here.


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To get news, events, new membership benefits, share photos, and connect with fellow alumni members, join the official CSULA Alumni Association Facebook Page! To connect, click here.