• Sharon Doubiago (’67, MA ’69) was the recipient of the second annual Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Award at San Luis Obispo’s Language of the Soul Poetry Festival.


  • Maurice Cayem (’75, MA ’78) released a new book, “Why We Behave: A Practical Guide,” which provides an in-depth discussion on how one’s experiences affect them, and others. Cayem was trained in behaviorism in the labs at CSULA in the early 70s.
  • Portrait of Pamela Duffy.Pamela Duffy (’70), a real estate and land use partner at the firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP, was named by Best Lawyers as the “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2010. During her career, Duffy has played a pivotal role in some of the largest commercial and residential development projects in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco &T Park for the San Francisco Giants, and eBay’s campus expansion project in San Jose.
  • Tony Fellow (’70), a professor of communications at Cal State Fullerton, was elected in November to the Pasadena City College board.
  • Portrait of Robert Gapper.Robert Gapper (’73, MA ’79) was appointed as the new assistant superintendent of human resources and student services at the William S. Hart Union High School District. Gapper first joined the district in 1974 and has since worked his way up in various positions, ranging from teacher to assistant high school principal, and most recently chief operations officers for the district.
  • David J. Godoy (’72) retired from Cal State L.A. in December after 43 years of service. During his career he worked throughout Student Affairs, including serving as the assistant vice president of Student Affairs-Student Services.
  • Hannah Naiditch (’74), a former columnist for the Pasadena Star-News and junior high school teacher, has published a new book, Memoirs of a Hitler Refugee: Activism and Issues Define My Life. The book’s experiences as a Jewish refugee and beyond.
  • Carlos Ugalde (’77) recently retired from his post as a Latin American studies professor at Glendale Community College. He has also loaned to Cal State L.A., along with African American photographer Howard Morehead, part of his photography collection from his extensive travels of South and Latin America.
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  • Portrait of Patrick McIntosh.Patrick McIntosh (’81) was appointed in December to be Huntington Beach’s fire chief. Before taking on his new post in January, McIntosh served as the deputy chief for the Orange County Fire Authority.
  • Barry Moreno (’85), the national historian for Ellis Island, will be releasing a revised and illustrated edition of his book The Encyclopedia of Ellis Island in August.
  • Michelle Windmueller (’86) accepted in January a new position as the principal of Selma Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood. Prior to her new post, she was working as the director of instruction at Virgil Middle School.
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  • Lauren Arenson (MA ’90), a professor at Pasadena City College for the last 10 years, was featured in college publication Courier in December.
  • Isabel (Desanti) Gallasi (’99), an author, illustrator and former preschool teacher, shares her story about children’s first words in a new book published by PublishAmerica, titled I Want.
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  • Carlos Illingworth (’04) was selected and sworn-in to fill a vacant position on the Montebello Unified School District Personnel Commission.
  • Fred Ortega (’07) is the press secretary and district director for Congresswoman Judy Chu, the first Chinese American woman elected to U.S. Congress. Ortega also works with Bryan Urias (’06), Chu’s field deputy.
  • Mark S. Goodman (MA ’07), the rabbi and cantor at Valley Beth Israel, a Sun Valley Conservative synagogue, has attracted a new generation of families to the temple with his energy and efforts to modernize services by adding new elements, like a lively musical component in English and Hebrew. Goodman was also featured recently in the Los Angeles Times after the synagogue added a new tradition to the Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, by giving fruit trees to neighbors in the community.
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In Memoriam

  • Beth Armstone, was a nursing student, top scholar and volunteer. She graduated from Duarte High School.
  • Ryan Dean Lytle (’07, MA ’09), was selected to team-teach engineering courses at the University just weeks after earning his master’s degree in the field. Beloved by his classmates, colleagues and students, Lytle was the quintessential student who became the teacher.
  • Ramachandra Manvi was an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering and the former dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. A registered professional mechanical engineer in California, he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses, and served in college leadership for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as the dean of mathematics, sciences and engineering technologies at the College of the Canyons.
  • C. Lamar Mayer (MA ’63), an emeritus professor of education and associate dean for the then School of Education, dedicated 26 years of his career to the campus and the goal of preparing the next generation of teachers. Mayer was honored by the faculty for his extraordinary contributions to the Charter College of Education in 1995 with the naming of the center, used to prepare teachers and offer children and youth of the community enrichment classes in writing and other areas, as the C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center.
  • Dom Shambra (’61) was an East L.A. educator who rose up through the teaching ranks in Los Angeles to take on increasingly challenging and important roles. He served under fellow alumnus and first LAUSD Latino superintendent, the late Bill Anton (’52, MA ’54), and is most well-known for championing the Belmont Learning Complex.
  • Walter O. Wells (’69) passed away on May 20, 2009 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He earned his master’s degree in public administration.
  • Paul M. Zall, an emeritus professor of English, was a leading scholar on the lives of early American leaders, including President Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin. Zall taught at Cal State L.A. for nearly 30 years, after having taught at Harvard, Cornell, Oregon and Washington; and he was a research scholar at the Huntington Library.